Apple announced a number of iPad accessories, including a camera connection kit, at the device’s launch, many of which have not yet shipped. The camera connection kit is now making its way into the hand of reviewer.
The Apple iPad lacks a USB port or any memory card slots in order to transfer photos to your iPad other than via syncing to one’s computer, but that’s about to change for photographers on the go. Apple will soon be offering a $29.00 camera connection kit which will let you transfer pictures to your iPad without another computer.
The kit consists of two components, both of which have the standard 30-pin dock connector which connect to the bottom of the iPad. One of the components connects to SD-cards, SDHD, Mini and Micro SD cards, and the other one lets you transfer pictures via the USB cable which comes with your camera.
When you connect one of the adapters to your iPad, the iPad’s photo application launches and you are given the option to import all of your pictures or specific which ones you want to import individually. A checkmark with a blue circle appears to all of those that you intend to copy, then the circle turns green after the photo has been successfully copied.
The iPad has the capability to recognize duplicate photos and the kit is compatible with all popular file formats such as JPG and RAW, a format used by digital photography enthusiasts.