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Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

You Pay: $28.94
Product Highlights
  • For iPad Air, iPad 4th Gen & iPad mini
  • View Photos From SD Card on iPad Screen
  • Supports JPEG, RAW
  • Supports H.264, MPEG-4

The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader from Apple makes it possible to download photos and videos from your digital camera to your iPad Air, iPad 4th generation or iPad mini so you can view them on the tablet's display. After you insert the SD card into the reader, your iPad automatically opens the Photos app, which lets you choose which photos and videos to import, then organizes them into albums. When you sync your iPad or iPad mini to your PC or Mac, the photos and videos on your iPad are added to your computer's photo library. The Lightning to SD card reader supports standard photo formats including JPEG and RAW, as well as SD and HD video formats including H.264 and MPEG-4.

Allows you to download photos and videos from your digital camera to your iPad Air, iPad 4th generation or iPad mini so you can view them on the tablet's display
Supports standard photo formats including JPEG and RAW, as well as SD and HD video formats including H.264 and MPEG-4
Compatibility iPad Air
iPad 4th generation
iPad mini
Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    AppleLightning to SD Card Camera Reader
     
    4.5

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (20)
    • Compact (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (11)
      • Family photos (7)
      • Wildlife (6)
      • Weddings (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (25)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Would buy again

      I had hoped it would work with the iPhone so I could upload photos when away from wifi, but it does not. It only works on the iPad. Also if you have photos...Read complete review

      I had hoped it would work with the iPhone so I could upload photos when away from wifi, but it does not. It only works on the iPad. Also if you have photos in more than one folder on the SD card it only gives you access to the first one. My new photos all go in the newer folder, and I can't see them. Other than that it works ok.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      WORK AROUND 2 LOAD JPG - PC TO iPad

      Wrote two reviews, but want to provide an update.This cable designed to take pictures directly from camera to iPad only BUT FOUND A WORK AROUND to take pictures from PC to iPad. 1)...Read complete review

      Wrote two reviews, but want to provide an update.This cable designed to take pictures directly from camera to iPad only BUT FOUND A WORK AROUND to take pictures from PC to iPad. 1) format SD card with camera. 2) Take one test shot. This will create a folder named DCIM. 3) Rename the pictures you want to move from your PC to names 8 characters long (this excludes the file extension portion .jpg). 4) Load pictures on SD then transfer them to iPad. NOTE as stated in one rating here, an upper limit is iPad will not work with/recognize SD cards larger than 32GB. See Apple for updates. See also post I list for guidedance on PC to iPad image transfers.

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      4.0

      Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader by Ap

      By hilt

      from south africa

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

        works EXACTLY as advertised - what more do you want?? :):).

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Works with 64 GB and 128 GB SDXC1 Cards

        By DG

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Form Factor

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

        I am using an iPad mini running iOS 7.1.2 with two SanDisk SDXC1 cards; an Extreme 128 GB and an Extreme Plus 64 GB. This works perfectly for importing images onto the iPad.

        The SD cards do not lock into place, as neither does the Lightning connector. Be gentle.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works exactly as described

        By prymsnap

        from Illinois

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

              Note that this is only works with photos and movie files.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Very fast transfer!

              By Matthew

              from Ramona

              Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

              I use my iPad Air and T5i together all the time. I can take 100 photos and transfer for viewing, editing and uploading all within a couple minutes! Seriously the best addition to my camera and iPad. Definitely worth the cost. Very simple to use.

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              4.0

              WORKS WELL

              By Photothug

              from Ashalnd, KY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Too Costly

              Best Uses

                Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                Does exactly what it is supposed to do. Only reason I can't rate it 5 stars is that I think it is over priced significantly.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Works great with my iPad 4

                By PeetahMai

                from Vancouver, Canada

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Convenient
                • Easy to Use
                • Fast
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                  Works extremely well! I have a Kingston 16GB Class 10 and a Sandisk Class 10 32GB. Both works great, reads very well and responds quickly to my iPad's import interface :)Definitely worth the buy ONLY if you own the iPad. Won't work with iPhone 5/5S unfortunately :(

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Simple tool to load SD card to IPad mini

                  By clikrf8

                  from Bellingham, WA

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Perfect Application
                  • Small / Compact
                  • Useful

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Landscapes
                  • Landscapescenic
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                  I was made aware of this product on an online forum. This is the perfect solution to move files from my camera to iPad mini to share with clients. I use a Nikon D800 (purchased form B&H of course) and shoot RAW image which transfer to the CF card and I use the SD card slot for jpgs. At music festivals I shoot I can share with both the bands and the festival goers and generate sales on the spot. This reader is small and easily to store in my Ipad Mini RooCase (see separate review). It is well-made and is simple in its construction. As a second shooter at weddings I can display images to the primary shooter after we conclude our shoot (no time at the wedding). I also plan to use it when I shoot landscapes as It can give me a better idea of my composition and if focus is sharp. And, again, I can share with friends who wonder where we go and what we see. better than the old fashioned slide show.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  It does the job

                  By Pictureperfect

                  from Fort Davis, Texas

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                    I was unsure about ordering an iPad Mini because there is no USB port and downloading from SD cards is a daily activity for me. With two game cams in play as well as my personal camera to produce plenty of digital photos, a card reader and a port to plug it into are real necessities. Someone suggested checking out iPad accessories and this treasure was there. Still no USB port but the combination card reader/lightning connection to the iPad works as well as any card reader/USB connection I've ever used on a Mac.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Works right away

                    By Ivy

                    from Madison, WI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                      I tried it as soon as I got it and it works right away. Great product. Now I can download all photos from my camera easily.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works great on iPad not at all on iPhone

                      By CaseyB

                      from Columbus, Ohio

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                          I bought this for an iPhone but I didn't read the compatibility part because I assumed it would work for both. I plugged it into the iPhone and it popped up a message saying that the peripheral was not compatible. I tried it on an iPad mini and it worked very will. I am giving it 5 stars because if you use it like it says to it's great!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Tool for On-the-Go

                          By Dia

                          from San Jose

                          Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                          This connection pairs perfectly with the photographer on the go. I use it to plug into an iPad and upload images. It's great if you don't do post production on your shots immediately, and need a place to store shots or quickly review. It's small and compact, easy to carry and works well.

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                          5.0

                          Easy to Use

                          By Sue

                          from Simsbury, CT

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos

                            Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                            This is very easy to use. Just plug into the ipad and put a camera SD card in and it instantly shows which photos are importing. Bought this for my 78 year old mother-in-law and she has no trouble using it.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            3.0

                            Have to read the fine print!

                            By Larrry

                            from Diamond Bar, CA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                                  When I was looking for a SD card reader for the newly purchased iPad, I was debating between the genuine Apple product and the look-alike. I used to have a pretty good luck buying Apple look-alike products before, for example, Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter, Thunderbolt to VGA adapter or Mini DispalyPort to HDMI. They all are functioning well as they should with the cost only half of the original. Somehow, I decided to spend a couple more dollars to upgrade myself to a higher level this time. After I moved a lot of pictures from my computer into my SD card, I tried to plug in the Lightning to SD card CAMERA reader by Apple to the new iPad. Nothing happened. The new iPad is not detecting any images. I tried several different SD cards I have, still the same result. I almost gave up and ready to return this "defected" reader to B & H, then I tried another SD card straight from my camera. And it works! So the key point is: This Lightning to SD card camera reader is for camera images only. Any transfer files are not working.

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                                  • No

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  B&H and Apple together.

                                  By Rogerio Rodrigues

                                  from Niteroi, RJ - Brazil

                                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos

                                    Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                                    Easy to use!!!
                                    Works fine.

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                                    5.0

                                    Works as descrided

                                    By Mohammed usama

                                    from San diego ca

                                    Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                                    Good product works as described , great fir those who were willing to see their images instantly on ipad and share it

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                                    5.0

                                    Works perfectly

                                    By CP

                                    from PA

                                    Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                                    Works perfectly, good price, arrived very quickly.

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                                    4.0

                                    works like a dream - but only for photos

                                    By MTBens

                                    from NW Montana

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Small / Compact

                                    Cons

                                    • Only One-way Xfer
                                    • Only Xfers Photos

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife photos

                                    Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                                    Simply plug in a camera card, plug the reader into your iPad, and your photo folder opens automatically. Then you have a choice of transfering some or all of the photos on the card. It would be nicer if music or docs could be transfered in the same way - or if the transfer could be two-way.

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                                    • No

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                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    WORK AROUND 2 LOAD JPG - PC TO iPad

                                    By Rich Ard

                                    from Houston, Texas

                                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                                          Wrote two reviews, but want to provide an update.This cable designed to take pictures directly from camera to iPad only BUT FOUND A WORK AROUND to take pictures from PC to iPad. 1) format SD card with camera. 2) Take one test shot. This will create a folder named DCIM. 3) Rename the pictures you want to move from your PC to names 8 characters long (this excludes the file extension portion .jpg). 4) Load pictures on SD then transfer them to iPad. NOTE as stated in one rating here, an upper limit is iPad will not work with/recognize SD cards larger than 32GB. See Apple for updates. See also post I list for guidedance on PC to iPad image transfers.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Really useful

                                          By india

                                          from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                                          Worked out great

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                                          5.0

                                          So simple to use

                                          By Skrebok

                                          from Kolomna, Russia

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader:

                                              This is really plug and play. What else do I need to write ? Nothing

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                                              • No

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