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iPad Camera Connection Kit

$29.00 • Apple •

Great tool for bringing pictures directly from a camera into an iPad

The iPad doesn’t have a camera—or at least, the models available when I write this lack any—but you can still use an iPad to view images in the Photos app and manipulate them with software covered earlier in this chapter.

One way to do this is to sync albums, places, faces, and other collections between iPhoto on a Mac and your iPad. But you can also bring images directly into the iPad.

Apple offers the Camera Connection Kit to import pictures from a digital camera or Secure Digital (SD) memory card. The kit has two pieces, both of which plug into the standard Dock connector at the bottom of the iPad. One of the adapters has a USB jack at the other end; the other adapter is an SD card reader with a slot for that format of card.

When you plug in an adapter and either attach a supported digital camera or plug in an SD card, the Photos app launches, and you can choose to import some or all of the photos with an optional delete of the original. The full-resolution images are now resident in the iPad. You can forward them, upload them, and work with them more or less like any other image.

Because an iPhone or iPod touch also can act like a photo repository when either is plugged in via USB, you can perform the strange and unnatural act of connecting one of these smaller iOS devices to an iPad using the kit and import photos.

If you’re set up to sync with iPhoto on a Mac, the pictures you uploaded should be copied over the next time you sync.

With a 3G iPad and an active data plan, importing photos via the adapters can let you post pictures when you’re away from a computer and Wi-Fi network access. I’ve posted pictures when on trips just for fun.

You might think, “Hey, Apple has just given me a USB port! I should plug all kinds of things in!” Surprisingly, many USB devices can work with an iPad without official support. I’ve tested keyboards, external mic headsets, and speakers, and they all function. I’ve used a USB headset to make Skype calls. It’s unwieldy, but works.

Apple doesn’t offer a list of support digital cameras, but it appears that nearly all models are supported from major manufacturers.

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