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 organises 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

      662 of 753 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

      419 of 454 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

      367 of 407 people found this useful

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

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Does not work after iOS 13 Upgrade!!

      I upgraded to iOS 13. When inserting it, it does not show the "import" tab from the app Photos. I need the card reader for, working on my professionals pic I upgraded to iOS 13. When inserting it, it does not show the "import" tab from the app Photos. I need the card reader for, working on my professionals pictures, importing 4K video for editing, so the fact it doesn't work with the new OS is a disaster. When I read all the complaints about this adapter, it's always after an upgrade; Apple can you please explain us what is the workaround to make this expensive adapter work after an upgrade? Thnx

      • Written by Stephen C from PARIS

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Does not work after iOS 13 Upgrade!!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works with my iPhone 8 iOS 12.3

      So I know the instruction book only refers to iPad, but I suspect it would take up A LOT of room to type out every. single. compatible. product. I also read tha So I know the instruction book only refers to iPad, but I suspect it would take up A LOT of room to type out every. single. compatible. product. I also read that iOS 13 or later doesn't work, my iOS is 12.3 so it was fine. Following the instructions EXACTLY as they're written: 1. I insert the SD Card (32gb Kingston, SD HC 30MB/s) into the Adapter 2. I plugged the adapter into my iPhone 8 (screen already on and on the home screen, when I did it with my phone locked it didn't load anything and I had to unplug the adapter and plug it back in) 3. Waited a second or two, and the Photo app launched automatically with the images on the card and I could select what to import. DONE! Using this when I'm on vacation so I can transfer some photos from my Canon camera to post on IG or FB while we're away or send to my family so they can see what my toddlers are getting up to.

      • Written by Natalie S from Toronto

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works with my iPhone 8 iOS 12.3

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Possible fix if the SD Card reader stops working

      This product worked then stopped working. What I did to get it working again was to set the correct time on the camera, it was set ahead of the correct time. On This product worked then stopped working. What I did to get it working again was to set the correct time on the camera, it was set ahead of the correct time. Once I did this it worked again!

      • Written by Ron V

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Possible fix if the SD Card reader stops working

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