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
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 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

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Ok

      It's fine for uploading photos from an SD card, but doesn't upload videos from SD cards which is the main reason I bought it for and all that after checking the It's fine for uploading photos from an SD card, but doesn't upload videos from SD cards which is the main reason I bought it for and all that after checking the apple website to make sure it did.

      • Written by marjory C from galashiels

      239 of 260 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Ok

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Amazing!

      Does exactly as it says on the box. 100% love this! I do photography and now it's so much easier to share my photos on all my apple devices! I literally take Does exactly as it says on the box. 100% love this! I do photography and now it's so much easier to share my photos on all my apple devices! I literally take all my photo so on my camera then plug it straight into my iPad and done! Then my cloud puts them everywhere I need them! Highly recommend*

      • Written by Bradley W from Bracknell

      70 of 81 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Amazing!

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Works but basic functionality. JPEG only

      I have just bought a new iPad Mini 5th Gen running iOS 12.2. I want to transfer photos from my Panasonic GX9, which I can do wirelessly but the idea of this gad I have just bought a new iPad Mini 5th Gen running iOS 12.2. I want to transfer photos from my Panasonic GX9, which I can do wirelessly but the idea of this gadget is to make that a quicker and simpler process. The camera can take JPEGs at 5, 10 or 20 MP. I can put the SD card in the reader and Photos opens on the iPad and it will transfer all or some of the pictures. So the basic process works. However, as people have already remarked, there is only a thumbnail size preview available, which is pretty poor. There is NO other information whatsoever in Photos, before or after import, not even basic info such as file name, date and time, resolution. That is REALLY poor! The camera can also record in RAW format - 20MP obviously. Photos does import these but RESIZES them to a useless 1920*1440 !! This is bizarre!! If I take a photo in RAW + JPEG, Photos ignores the RAW file completely and only imports the JPEG. Half of the questions in the Q&A ask if it can write to an SD card. It definitely can't and the Files app doesn't even see the card. So you can't use an SD card for transfer or backup. Another glaring omission. Oddly, it lets you delete from the card, which you wouldn't want to do so that's a useless function. In summary: it does what it says, but only for JPEG and it's more difficult than it should be. It's no use for RAW (maybe that's just Panasonic, but I wouldn't bet on that). It could be much more useful than it is. I would expect better for the money.

      • Written by Paul B from Southampton

      3 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works but basic functionality. JPEG only

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Latest update throws a spanner in the works .

      Mine no longer works after the latest software update . I’ve spoken to one of Apples support staff , and she advised me to restore my IPad Pro . I asked if that Mine no longer works after the latest software update . I’ve spoken to one of Apples support staff , and she advised me to restore my IPad Pro . I asked if that would roll back the updates , and she said it won’t ! Pretty pointless advice . She also seemed to be under the impression that Apple don’t make this device ! I tested it on my girlfriends Pro , running on IOS 9 something , and it worked fine !

      • Written by Stewart M from Bishopbriggs

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Latest update throws a spanner in the works .

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      I’m amazed this is so bad!

      I have been a loyal apple user since iPhone 3GS days. I’m on my 4th iPad and my 4th iPhone. It seems inconceivable that such a major world class company could r I have been a loyal apple user since iPhone 3GS days. I’m on my 4th iPad and my 4th iPhone. It seems inconceivable that such a major world class company could release such a pile of dross as this device is. I can generally accept in sufferance the Apple quirks and limitations as a trade off for ease of use etc. However, this device stoops to beneath the level of cheap No brand eBay stuff. The functionality is so incredibly limiting. There are so many things it really should do but doesn’t. It’s all been said before on here so I won’t repeat. It loosely worked on my previous IPad Air, though I’ve now upgraded to iPad Pro 10.5. With ios12xx. I’ve given up trying to get it to import anything from several different SD cards. It opens up the photos app but nothing more. Cannot see or import anything. Utterly useless and I wish I’d never bought it. To cap it all, it really isn’t cheap either! I can’t help but think this company is in serious decline since the sad loss of Mr Jobbs. They seem to have lost the plot somewhat. I would migrate to Android but for the fact I simply can’t tolerate the way it works at all.

      • Written by Peter R from Halifax

      5 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?I’m amazed this is so bad!

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