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I have had many iPads during the last few years, and in between owning each one, I've always kept hold of this little gadget. It costs around £20 usually, if you shop around and can serve many purposes.
1: Using with an SD card
Using the camera connector kit with SD card slot means you can plug an SD card straight into your iPad. This then brings up a view of all of the photos stored on the card (i.e. that were taken using your camera) and allows you to copy some/all of the pictures to the iPad, which can be very useful for editing and viewing. It's very quick and simple to do this and I found it very useful when I had my Nikon DSLR, as it allowed me to view the photos very clearly, straight from the camera.
2: Using USB connection to a camera
If you don't want to remove the memory card from your camera, you can simply use the USB part of the Apple Connector Kit to connect the iPad directly to the camera via its USB cable. This then allows you to copy the photographs to the iPad in much the same way as you would do from the SD card if you'd done things that way instead. Very handy.
3: Using the USB connection with a MIDI keyboard or Audio Interface/Microphone
Any budding musicians with an iPad will know that you can make great use of the USB connection on the Cam Connection Kit by plugging in various bits of music tech. For example, you can connect one of the high quality condenser mic's available, allowing you to record crystal clear vocals or acoustic guitar etc straight into the iPad. You can connect a multi-channel audio interface for (for example) 8 or 16-track simultaneous recording straight into the iPad using an app like Auria. You can connect a modern synthesiser to the iPad via the USB connection and control instruments in GarageBand and other Synth apps via the external MIDI keyboard, so you have physical keys to play and record with. It's amazing and works brilliantly, and it just keeps getting better..
These possibilities really make the camera connection kit a great investment, and essential for any photographer or musician, in my opinion
I love my Ipad and as the months have passed I have purchased more and more accessories to try to make the most of my Ipad and make sure that I can use it for as many things as possible.
The next item that I am reviewing is the Apple Ipad Camera connection kit, I purchased this as I was going on holiday and wanted to make sure that the photographs that I take with my camera were safe. This connection kit allows me to transfer the photos with ease to my Ipad, so that I can keep the space on my camera and do not have to worry about accidentally deleting any photographs which I have done before and lost them all.
This adapter allows you to attach it to the Ipad and you then have two choices, you can either attach your camera with its cable or then attach the usb to the adapter or you can insert your camera SD card into the adapter and they also transfer from there.
This does not only work with you photos, but also your videos, it is easy to use as once connected it opens the photo application on the Ipad and you then pick the ones that you want to download to the Ipad. They can then be arranged into albums and if you use icloud they are also saved on there so you have no fear of losing those special photos unless you delete them yourself.
This camera connection kit cost £25 from Apple and I think that this is worth every penny, it is so much easier to use my Ipad instead of my laptop as it takes a while to log in and load before it is ready to go, my Ipad is ready to go as soon as I open the cover which takes a few seconds.
When purchasing this make sure that you purchase the official Apple version as I have seen some negative reviews and when I was looking to purchase there were some cheaper alternatives available that were not compatible with all ipads. The great thing about Apple is if you have any problems they are more than happy to help your sort it, so you are better buying the real McCoy.
I cannot fault this one little bit I think that it is a must have for anyone with an ipad and digital camera, this made my holiday photographs perfect and I still use it now I am home. There are also some great applications available to allow you to play about with the individual photographs and change the colour and background for example.
I bought this device for two reasons: first to use an external hard drive to save to (yes, you can) and also the main purpose, getting photos onto the iPad. Both have been great but at £20 that smacks a bit of a rip off. It geniunely feels like they just smashed two bits of plastic together and put a port on. The unfortunate thing though is if you use anything unofficial Apple have put more restrictions on, letting the iPad know the kit is not made by Apple, thus rejecting the device.
Performance wise this has been a fast and simple thing to use, it transfers about ten photos within seconds and whilst this also depends on the camera you are using, its also fast for a USB 2.0 port. Transferring photos has been very smooth and i have never had issues with either the SD slot or USB. They run at roughly the same speed, prolonged use is not hard wearing on the components and they have never broke.
When using them for the unnaceptable purpose of saving to a hard drive, these things are easily tricked. Running iFile and moving video's to an external hard drive works perfectly, apart from apples message that says this device is not supported. Since this transfer method is not welcomed by apple, it will complain, but the point is you can do this, quickly, effectively, and without breaking the device.
Quality of pictures is not lost in the transfer, and it can also be used to open music files on external drives. Again music quality does not drop when it has to be sent through this device to the iPad. The SD slot takes just a second or two to recognise an SD card and can quickly begin transferring files. Bear in mind the cheap copies are about £5 upwards. Thats how much profit they make on this.
There are no software updates for the device and you dont have to worry about set up. Apple give you a stupidly long manual with warranty warnings all over it in different languages but this is actually a straight out of the box plug and play device. The iPad can already recognise it and use it.
Overall its a great little kit but because of stupid apple restrictions you have to pay £20+ for it because nothing else works. They are as bad as microsoft, its very poor value for money, and that alone knocks a couple stars off for me, its so limited and given that i paid so much for it, ill do what i want with it, and override the software for use on an external hard drive. It CAN be used for this purpose with the correct software changes. Jailbreak running iFile is best.
I recently purchased the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit for the price of £25 from Amazon, which arrived with me the day after ordering, as per their next day order promise. I did have a gripe when I got my iPad that there wasn't a built in card reader or that the iPad pack did not include a lead that would allow me to connect my camera to the iPad in order to upload my photos - but unfortunately, this wasn't the case. It does annoy me that I have to fork out £25 for a connection kit which really should have come as standard. However, if you want to store photos on your iPad, this really is the only option (unless you want to connect your iPad to your iMac) - and its one I've taken as the iPad really is fantastic for storing and reviewing digital photographs.
The kit is very small and consists of two connectors that are in the style of all Apple accessories.....sleek. One of these connectors is a USB connector which plugs into the iPad port and allows you to connect to any USB device, including your camera whose lead will have a USB connector at one end and the camera connector at the other end. Alternatively, the other connector is a SD Card Reader in which you can push in an SD card directly into the reader and then upload the photos to your iPad via this reader. Once either connector is plugged in and connected to the camera or the SD card is inserted, the iPad then displays an option for you to upload the photos to your iPad.
I am impressed by the speed with which the images upload to the iPad! Obviously the time it takes is dependent upon the number of images and the size of the files being uploaded......but it is quick! Really quick compared to using my Epson p5000 or doing it directly to my iMac. It will automatically sync when you connect your iPad to your computer also - and so your iPhoto library remains updated automatically - which I find particularly useful as I don't have to try to remember where I've stored a particular image.
One thing that I do find a bit annoying is the format of the card reader. I have one camera that takes SD cards and so this isn't a problem, but my other camera takes CF cards - and obviously the card reader is not enabled for CF cards. This does mean that I have to connect directly to my camera when I want to upload photos from the camera with the CF card.
The connection kit does support photo file formats which are in JPEG, TIFF or RAW - which are the three file formats I typically use.
I think the camera connection kit does what it is designed to do well - and for this reason I recommend it. However, as I said at the outset of this review, it does annoy me that this kit does not come as standard when you spend £500 plus for the iPad.