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

      463 of 528 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

      333 of 360 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

      231 of 258 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

      Buyer Beware

      If you are a professional photographer and you were drawn to the reader because of all the "unbiased" reviews you saw online; think again. I bought this a few m If you are a professional photographer and you were drawn to the reader because of all the "unbiased" reviews you saw online; think again. I bought this a few months ago and it has never worked completely. JPEGs will usually all get transferred to the iPad. However, if you are shooting RAW and hoping to import them to your iPad, and sync them with Lightroom mobile so you have a raw back up. It would be better to pass on the iPad and adapter and just get a laptop. Sometimes my RAW files never show up on the iPad and sometimes some of them show up. It is NOT A RELIABLE BACKUP. I have been on the phone with Apple support numerous times and I keep getting sent to "higher up" tech that can not offer a solution other than wipe your iPad clean and reinstall everything and see it that works... if not, we will address it in a future update. I will like I wasted $1000 on the iPad pro and another $29 for the adapter since I bought it specifically to backup and edit in the field.... Currently using a 2017 12inch iPad Pro with the 11.2.5 firmware update

      • Written by Matthew F from Glendale

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Buyer Beware

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      DO NOT BUY

      WHEN TRYING TO IMPORT ON IPAD SCREEN GOES BLACK AND YOU HAVE TO START ALL OVER AGAIN. WHEN IT DOES IMPORT, THE PICTURES ARE CROPPED AND DISTORTED! RETURNING IT WHEN TRYING TO IMPORT ON IPAD SCREEN GOES BLACK AND YOU HAVE TO START ALL OVER AGAIN. WHEN IT DOES IMPORT, THE PICTURES ARE CROPPED AND DISTORTED! RETURNING IT NOW

      • Written by Karin F from Four oaks

      5 of 7 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?DO NOT BUY

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Apple SD card reader

      Well, I received this for Christmas and expected this reader to work. My buddy bought an off brad from Walmart that worked great last fall. He downloaded an a Well, I received this for Christmas and expected this reader to work. My buddy bought an off brad from Walmart that worked great last fall. He downloaded an app and was rolling in about three minutes. This lightening adapter SD reader looked nearly identical. Actual performance was horrible. You couldn’t scan the pictures before uploading. Thumbnails you can’t enlarge just don’t cut it. Once uploaded, the pictures are cropped randomly and distorted. This was a huge disappointment. Seriously, SD card readers have been around for years and Apple couldn’t get such a simple thing right? In short, not convenient, effective, functional or recommended.

      • Written by George M. S from Battle Creek

      4 of 4 people found this useful

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