Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

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  • Overview

    With the Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, it’s easy to download photos and videos from your digital camera to your iPad or iPhone so you can view them on the gorgeous Retina display and share them with family and friends.

    After you insert the SD card into the reader, your iPad or iPhone automatically opens the Photos app, which organizes your photos into Moments, Collections, and Years. And when you use iCloud Photo Library, all your full-resolution photos and videos are stored safely in iCloud and automatically added to the Photos app on all your devices. With iCloud Photo Sharing, you can share your photos and videos with just the people you choose.

    The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader supports standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW, along with SD and HD video formats, including H.264 and MPEG-4. It supports data transfer at up to USB 3 speeds on the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and up to USB 2 speeds on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and all other iPad and iPhone models.*

    What’s in the Box

    Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

    System Requirements

    iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models with iOS 9 or later

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  • 2.5 Average
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    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Here's how to get your non-Camera image/video files to import properly

      The product description warns that this device may only work for images and videos generated by a digital camera. It goes on to say that any random image/video The product description warns that this device may only work for images and videos generated by a digital camera. It goes on to say that any random image/video you have on your computer may not import. That's true, but there's a way to fix it. Here's how: 1. Update iOS device to iOS9.2 or later. 2. Using your computer, create a folder called "DCIM" to the root of your SD card (or microSD). 3. Copy the images/videos into the DCIM folder. 4. Rename each image/video file like this "GOPRXXXX", where XXXX is a unique and incrementing number. For example, if you had one JPG file and one .MOV file, name them GOPR0001.JPG and GOPR0002.MOV. Incrementing numbers may not be required, but "GOPR" + 4 numeric characters are. 5. Safely eject SD card from computer, plug Reader into the iOS device, place SD card into the Reader, and Photos app should open. If you're file naming is acceptable, Import will remain open and allow you to view/import the files. Import and you're done! Note #1: Other common digital-camera file naming conventions will most likely work. Note #2: I've successfully imported several image filetypes: .jpg, .png, .raw. And these video types: .mov, .m4v, .MP4. I am sure many more will work. Also, you can have a mix of filetypes on the SD card simultaneously, and the import will work. For example, import will work with .jpg and .png and .m4v files on the card at the same time. This reader itself deserves 4 or 5 stars. It worked for me with several microSDHC cards of various levels of quality, each using a different SD adapter. However, it's the Photos app I find problematic. The Photos->Import feature requires a strict file structure like the one given above. A file named wookie_wants_cookie.jpg won't import. Why can't it be intelligent enough to accept any filename?

      • Written by George H from Orlando

      398 of 451 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Here's how to get your non-Camera image/video files to import properly

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works great with iPhone 6s

      I just bought this SD card reader to transfer the photos from my Nikon D3100 to my iPhone 6s and it works flawlessly. I was a bit apprehensive as most of the re I just bought this SD card reader to transfer the photos from my Nikon D3100 to my iPhone 6s and it works flawlessly. I was a bit apprehensive as most of the reviews on Amazon about this product stated that it works only with the iPad. However I have tested the same and it does work with iPhone 6s.

      • Written by Irfan A from Santa Clara

      303 of 327 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works great with iPhone 6s

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Great device, pity about the software

      This card reader works fast and reliably. I used it for many hundred photos on a recent cruise. But Photos import facility is so limited. The thumbnails are so This card reader works fast and reliably. I used it for many hundred photos on a recent cruise. But Photos import facility is so limited. The thumbnails are so small you cannot see any blurring or other faults. You have to import all the photos first before you can see them full screen. Only then can you see any misfocus or other problems. But by then you have two copies, one on the iPad and one on the card. Yes I know you can delete all photos from the card after importing, but then you have only one copy of your photos on one device. And no serious photographer would tolerate that. On a cruise ship or elsewhere, backing up to iCloud is not an option. So the only option is to delete individually all the bad ones both from iPad and from the card now back in the camera and leave the good ones. This is a very slow, boring and error prone process, especially as Photos does not display even file names, let alone metadata. What is needed is a facility to see the photos full screen BEFORE importing, with just 2 buttons, Import and Delete. New updated version PLEASE!

      • Written by Anthony S from Colchester

      226 of 248 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great device, pity about the software

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Really Slow!!!

      I received this item yesterday (19/10/2017) and connected it with my iPhone 8 Plus it works well and the device recognizes it, but it is so slow to pick when sh I received this item yesterday (19/10/2017) and connected it with my iPhone 8 Plus it works well and the device recognizes it, but it is so slow to pick when showing pictures. It states its USB 3 however it runs like USB 1 :( disappointed in this product

      • Written by Parvon K from Birmingham

      Is this review useful?Really Slow!!!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Why do they advertise this as working on ipad pro?

      I bought it from Apple and it wasn't cheap. So I would expect it to work. But this SD card reader doesn't work on the new iPad Pro 10.5 and it doesn't work on t I bought it from Apple and it wasn't cheap. So I would expect it to work. But this SD card reader doesn't work on the new iPad Pro 10.5 and it doesn't work on the iphone 6s Plus. Both running the latest iOS 11. Pure garbage from a decaying company? Is really Apple getting that bad at customer service that they ignore this details on accessories that don't work?

      • Written by Daniel K from Tomball

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Why do they advertise this as working on ipad pro?

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Does not import all images

      For some reason that escapes me the card reader "misses" 1-3% of the images in any given import. I've tested this with various cards (all formatted in camera), For some reason that escapes me the card reader "misses" 1-3% of the images in any given import. I've tested this with various cards (all formatted in camera), various sets of images and two different readers. Typically if I attempt to import 300 raw images anywhere from 3-6 images are skipped even though all images are in the same folder on the card and named by the camera in the same way. I've spent hours identifying and examining the skipped images and there is nothing unique about them in terms of the way they are named, their size or their exif data to suggest why they would not be imported like the rest. Three out of 300 images might not sound like much but this is meant as a backup solution and even if they aren't "keepers" I want to be the one to decide that not Apple's messed up card reader! I got the reader with the idea of getting an ipad pro to use for mobile photo backup and editing but if it can't work on an iphone 7 plus or the ipad Air that I've used for testing then there's no point. Again, it might seem trivial to base such a decision on a simple dongle but it's the weak link in the chain and for me, with that chain broken I'm leaving the Apple ecosystem entirely. I'll likely go with a surface pro for my mobile backup needs and if I'm going that route I don't see much point in replacing my aging iMac with a new Apple machine. The ipad pro could be a fabulous tool for photography but not if you can't reliably get images in to it. and don't even get me started on the torture that is getting images back out. Goodbye Apple.

      • Written by Marke K from Ottawa

      Is this review useful?Does not import all images

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