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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  • 2.0 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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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

      497 of 566 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

      349 of 379 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works great with iPhone 6s

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      tested, works with iPad Pro, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 9.2

      The adapter works to import image files to the iOS Photos app. I'm running iOS 9.2 on an iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Pro. The transfer speed on the iPad Pro is faste The adapter works to import image files to the iOS Photos app. I'm running iOS 9.2 on an iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Pro. The transfer speed on the iPad Pro is faster, rated at USB 3.0 speeds as opposed to the iPhone's USB 2.0 speed. I transferred a Nikon D800 RAW file, which are huge 36 megapixel files, in about 2 seconds on the iPad and roughly 5 seconds on the iPhone. If you're working with RAW files, make sure your camera model is supported by iOS. Once the files are transferred to your Photos app, you will still need an app to convert the RAW files to file types compatible with the photo editor apps you use. Most will convert to JPG at this time. I'm using the piRAWnha app but there are others. Even the current Adobe apps for iOS will only work with JPG files—Lightroom and Photoshop Fix are the two I tested.

      • Written by Steven O from Flagstaff

      241 of 272 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?tested, works with iPad Pro, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 9.2

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Card reader stopped workin

      Like many, my card reader stopped working. My get around is to put the photos on a PC/Notebook and email them to myself. Or allow Google photos to upload to the Like many, my card reader stopped working. My get around is to put the photos on a PC/Notebook and email them to myself. Or allow Google photos to upload to their cloud and then download to the iPad. What an awkward way to do something which was so easy. Also no use to many who want to transfer on the road. I am going to take my reader back ro the store for a refund as it now not fit for purpose. Maybe if we all do this it will encourage them to fix it

      • Written by Alan P from Canterbury

      Is this review useful?Card reader stopped workin

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      iPad SD card reader

      I got the SD card reader from Apple. I can read all the photos on my iPad Pro, but cannot see the videos.... I am using Sony A7. Is there a way to see them? I w I got the SD card reader from Apple. I can read all the photos on my iPad Pro, but cannot see the videos.... I am using Sony A7. Is there a way to see them? I would like to use the iPad Pro to edit the video. I hope that Apple can fix the problem

      • Written by Kin S from Ithaca

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?iPad SD card reader

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Worked with my previous iPad - but not with iPad Pro 10.5

      I just don't get it - how hard can it be for Apple to get it's own products to work with their own products??? With my previous iPad (Air 2), I purchased sever I just don't get it - how hard can it be for Apple to get it's own products to work with their own products??? With my previous iPad (Air 2), I purchased several 3rd party SD card readers that would work for a bit then quit/die. I finally broke down and spent the $30 for the Apple version - and on my iPad Air2, it worked, and worked fairly well. But since upgrading to the iPad Pro 10.5- this thing is a worthless piece of junk. It simply isn't recognized at all by my iPad Pro 10.5 I've tried rebooting the device, I've tried different brands of cards, tried in different cameras - tried renaming files - I've tried everything - and it just doesn't work. I believe it is something to do with iOS 11 (and beyond) - as that seems to be a common denominator in posts that are consistently bad here.

      • Written by Michael B from Siloam Springs

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Worked with my previous iPad - but not with iPad Pro 10.5

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