• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Well, this is part of the rich fabric of Apple orifices.

    • Written by ian M from CLECKHEATON

    First, there is an absolute cure to 99% of issues this USB/camera to lightning adapter/adaptor fails to solve - add a powered USB hub somehow. 100mAh is the limit any device is permitted to draw apparently, but of course that’s not all that can go wrong.

    Apple it seems - deducing from my IT work - send a ‘ping’ signal down cables to check if they are their own brand. If this test signal is as I believe, a similar phenomenon to ethernet cables requiring the correct impedence and terminator, then it has nothing to do with functionality and entirely a fabricated test designed to catch 3rd party cables out.

    This camera adapter/adaptor is really good - I am using it now to have a USB keyboard work with my ipad because Apple systematically worked through all sorts of foibles to block bluetooth keyboards they don’t approve of, from working properly with their kit. Thus, a Bluetooth keyboard of 2016 vintage, will probably not now work to any usable extent, and I have gone through 4 different makes, before giving up and happily using the old wired USB way, which connects instantly and does not drop out as the bt ones do (now). As long as your keybd is miserly with current.

    A great little expensive adapter, works, and increasingly, Apple make sure nothing else does.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Ricardo N from los angeles

    Works very well, people must not know what their doing giving out these bad reviews.

    1 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iOS update broke this

    • Written by Matthew K from Cumming

    The original Lightning to USB Camera Adapter worked fine with my camera for years until the iOS12 update. In fact, I bought the new Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter with the power plug and that doesn't work either so it isn't a power issue. Do not waste your $30 - $40 on either of these until Apple fixes the issue.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No longer works with iOS 12

    • Written by Valerie P from Chula Vista

    Can't believe it, but they have an adapter that doesn't work with the latest OS. Now have no way to transfer photos from ANY camera to my iPad or iPhone. Thanks Apple! So glad I spent $30 on this.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad USB Camera Adaptor

    • Written by Blake P from Perth

    I got this USB adaptor to import photos from a USB to my iPad when I plug it in for a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 it “requires too much power” terrible considering it doesn’t even do its job! Really disappointed!!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Used to work with MIDI keys and mixer until iOS12

    • Written by Gusztav S from Budapest

    My use case is connecting Garageband on iPad to Yamaha MG12XU mixer to record/playback keyboard performance.
    Another use case is - when travelling - to connect a Swissonic Easykey 49 MIDI keyboard and play piano sounds I bought in Apple store.
    I used the Lightning to USB camera adapter in both use cases and it worked fine until I updated both my iPad Pro and my iPhone 7 to iOS12 (or 12.1 - I don’t know exactly because I didn’t try using it between the two updates).
    Unfortunately now none of them works with none of my adapters (I’ve got 2, both originals from Apple).

    It’s not just annoying that I cannot use my music setup since weeks, but I was searching for the root of the problem for days.
    If you don’t have multiple apple devices, multiple adapters and multiple connected devices that used to work, you cannot test out and therefore cannot be sure that the problem is with iOS12, and you can keep searching for the cause till the end of time.

    Even more annoying is that the adapter actually works fine for about 1.5 minutes before it stops working and sends the error message “this accessory is not supported by this iPad” - how come, that it is supported for 90 seconds, then it becomes not supported any more?

    While I am eagerly waiting for an iOS update that solves this problem, I would like to be notified by Apple in similar cases so that I don’t waste my time trying to identify the cause of the problem in my other gear (USB cable, Mixer, keyboard). I have seen that hundreds of users keep complaining about the AV adapter not working since iOS12 upgrade, but I haven’t seen a word from Apple on these topics.

    I think it is lame customer experience and should be fixed asap.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USED to work

    • Written by Mallory M

    This used to work perfectly fine with my camera (Canon Rebel EOS t5i) but now it doesn’t. Ever since one of the recent updates on my iPhone 8, it doesn’t work directly from my camera to my phone. I’m pretty sure it has to do with a recent update (I forgot which one) because my cords and camera are fine. I’m disappointed and unimpressed.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes it DOES work with iOS12

    • Written by Michael R from Salford

    I was a bit concerned buying the cable due to the two reviews here saying "don't but it doesn't work" etc, however that must have been a problem with just that release of iOS. I have iPhone8+ on the latest 12.0.1 release and the cable works perfectly - bought 22nd October 2018. I use it to connect my Chord Mojo DAC and it works flawlessly, so you can buy with confidence if you have any concerns about MIDI or audio compatibility.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow - they really have left the train at the station with this pos

    • Written by James S from Sammamish

    Have you ever heard of a USB adapter that won't read a thumb drive? Really - a thumb drive - extra memory, no moving parts...but the ipad pro says it uses too much power. So what exactly is it good for - don't waste your money - and time. Store employee should have been aware of this CRITICAL short coming and informed me that it was a useless piece of garbage....

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    requires USB hub to work

    • Written by Albert F from Timonium

    Did not work with Nikon Coolpix S9300. “The attached accessory uses too much power” popped up on iPad. Have since read in other comments that a USB hub/multiplier required. Not enough that the adapter is overpriced @ $29, but you need to spend another $10 for the hub. Ridiculous.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only useful for cameras

    • Written by Harry A from Madison

    The adapter will only transfer photos directly from a digital camera. If the photos have been copied to a PC and then copied to a chip, they can't be transferred to an Ipad. It took about 2 hours on the phone for Apple tech support to figure this out. However, one can upload photos from a PC to icloud.com which can then be accessed by the Ipad. No need to buy this adapter unless transferring from a camera.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    "Your experiences and opinions will help others make decisions ......"

    • Written by Don C from Englewood

    This Lightning To USB Adapter works perfectly - IF YOU USE IT PROPERLY. As Apple clearly states at the top of this Review page .... "Your experiences and opinions will help others make decisions before they make important purchases."

    Short & Sweet - and To The Point.

    As far as I know - ALL Apple adapters REQUIRE a small amount of Plug In Power or Bias Power which is supplied by the adapted device, BUT unfortunately iPhones and iPads (Lightning) draw power instead of distribute power; Therefore - adapters and devices that require power, i.e. USB Flash Drives, USB Hubs or USB-powered SD Card Readers WILL NOT WORK with this particular cable (Lightning).

    BUT if your intention is to download audio, video and image files from a POWERED device like a laptop, a desktop computer, a DSLR camera or an Audio Interface to your iPhone or iPad - "it's all good.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless piece

    • Written by ERWIN A from Redfern

    Initially I bought it to transfer photos from my camera to my iPad Pro for editing, I was going to buy the SD Card reader but staff at Apple recommended this USB to Lightning connector instead and said that could be used for USB stick to back up photos to. Tried a couple of different USB2 cables and both the camera and the USB stick, none works and keeps getting message the device uses too much power ????. I tried to connect a card reader via USB and get the same message. Wonder really what works with this connector then ?

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work - DO NOT BUY!!!!

    • Written by serguei M from baeretswil

    Does not work with iphone x or ipad pro and sd card reader- the most common use case!!!!

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!

    • Written by Craig T from Seattle

    I purchased this to attach a DragonFly Red DAC to the Lightning port so I can play hires audio using TIDAL and the ONKYO hires music player. It works perfectly and the audio sounds great. No extra power needed.

    I also have the larger USB camera adapter with the additional Lightning charging/power port to use with my Canon 5DMII. My recommendation if you are looking to download photos you should buy that one. You will need to plug the adapter into power to make it go.

    I purchased this smaller one because it is more streamlined for my portable audio needs.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It doesn’t do the job

    • Written by Robert S from London

    I bought it as apple store staff member on Regent Street in London told me that I won’t have any problems and I can try it at home as there is no way to try it in store.
    I got home just to find out that it doesn’t work for me. I paid, I tried, I will return it.
    Incredible waste of time as I couldn’t try it in store and now, I need to go back there on my expense in order to get my money back.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Use with a Camera? Or as a Hi-Res Audio Connector?

    • Written by Jon M R from Wheat Ridge

    I use this adapter not for photos but for audio.

    I use Roon and Tidal for hi-res playback, attaching the adapter to my iPad mini. Then I plug a Dragonfly Red DAC into the USB output. From there I can power good headphones (ATH-M50x) for a wonderful listening experience. Plus, with the right audio cables, I can connect the iPad to an AVR, giving me two more Roon/Tidal endpoints.

    Works perfectly.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Canon 5D Mk II

    • Written by Christopher E from Portland

    I really wanted this to work for the situation I had: transfer images directly from my Canon 5d Mk II to my iPhone, via a mini-USB to USB cable, which connected to this Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. The 'Import' icon shows fine on the Photos app, and I can choose the photos to import; but right after tapping 'Import' the Photos app quits and goes back to Home Screen. It never worked no matter how many variations I tried.

    So my recommendation would be DO NOT buy this if you have the same situation. This camera is super-old technology-wise, so I'll just have to upgrade that first, lol.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No longer works - DO NOT BUY!

    • Written by Jonathan A from North Shields

    This used to be a great product but no longer works since iOS 11.2. I'm now using iOS 11.3 and still all i get is the message: 'this accessory is not supported by this iPhone' - the iPhone in question is an iPhone 8 but it also stopped working on iPad and iPhone SE, all since iOS 11.2.

    Shame on Apple for still selling this!

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Shocked but it works!

    • Written by Marke K from Ottawa

    I have repeatedly tried to get Apple's newer USB 3 adapter and the newer SD card reader to work and while both have fast transfer speeds in all of my tests they have consistently missed approx. 5% of the images in every transfer. My tests involved multiple copies of Apple's adapters, multiple sets of images and multiple cards. Every time the percentage of missed images was consistent and there was nothing unique about the skipped images to explain why the adapters couldn't detect them. My goal is to find a backup system for the travel that doesn't involve the cloud or a laptop so always losing 5% of my imagers at random wasn't an option. Apple store staff while finding my issue "interesting" were of no help in solving it and kept suggesting that the solution was wifi camera cards.

    As a last ditch effort, I decided to give this older unpowered adapter a shot. To my surprise it has so far proven reliable. In my initial tests is has consistently copied all images from my attached camera (Nikon DF) with a transfer rate of less than 1s per 20mb RAW image which is considerably faster than the wifi hub I've been using until now and only a bit slower than the newer adapters.

    This adapter does not work with a Sandisk micro SD card reader that I experimented with. It produced the "too much power" error. However, it does work with a cheap full size SD card reader that I had lying around.

    I will continue testing before I'll be ready to fully rely on this but so far it is doing what Apple's newer adapters failed to do.

    Note that all of my tests have involved an iPhone 7plus and an ipad Air 2 both running ios 11.2.6.

    I'm giving it 3 stars largely because of the hours I've wasted with Apple's other garbage adapters and because Apple still insists on crippling the device through the power restriction and the inability to export files out to other media. What happened to the promise of the file management in iOS 11 Apple???

    1 of 3 people found this useful