iPad Camera Connection Kit Secrets and Tips
CNET has a good article up on some of the features of the Camera Connection Kit for the iPad. Some useful info for those that don’t know.
Using the Camera Connection Kit (CCK) to transfer and edit photos, videos
The CCK offers two ways to transfer photos from your camera to your iPad. If your camera uses an SD card, use the SD card adapter. But, if your camera uses another storage card (like Sony’s proprietary card), connect it to the USB adapter with the included USB cable.
Once your respective adapter is in the iPad, the Photos app will launch immediately. Tap to select the photos you want to transfer, or tap “Import” at the bottom and select “Import All.” The imported photos will appear in the “Albums” tab in a new folder.
You’ll then have the option to delete the photos from the SD card, which is useful if you’re traveling and need to clear up some storage space on your SD card in a pinch.
Now that your photos are on the iPad, you can edit them in the iPhoto app, share them on Facebook, or even upload them to your Dropbox or other cloud storage service.
For the record, I’ve tested the Camera Connection Kit with the iPhone, and it is definitely not compatible. Bummer.
(Credit: Sharon Vaknin/CNET)
Using the CCK for more than just photography
Unlike its name implies, the CCK will also allow you to use other USB-compatible devices with your iPad. But because these devices draw power from the iPad, only some will work.
Here are some that may work (possibly with some limitations) with your iPad:
- MIDI gear. Digital keyboards, drumsets, and synthesizers can be recorded using an app like GarageBand. Not all models will work, so check this list to see if yours is compatible. If the instrument can be connected to external power, be sure to plug it in.
- External USB microphones. Record higher-quality audio with an external mic, like the Snowball, which is compatible with the iPad via the CCK. With this set up, you can record voice directly into GarageBand or your preferred audio recording app.
- Desktop keyboards. Your USB desktop keyboard is much more comfortable than those cramped iPad keyboards. Sure, it’s not a portable solution, but if you find it necessary, you can plug in a regular keyboard to the CCK. Just ignore the warning message.
- Card readers. If your camera writes to a CF card, and you have a small CF card reader, simply plug it into the USB adapter and the iPad will read its contents.
- Your iPhone or Android phone. This works, but with some limitations. If you need to transfer photos from your iPhone to your iPad in a pinch, plugging it in via USB will prompt the photos app, allowing you to import photos. And, as long as your Android phone stores photos in a folder titled ‘DCIM,’ it will react the same way.
After some testing, it’s clear you can not do the following read or write non-photo files to an external hard drive or thumb drive. This would have been a great way to expand your iPad’s storage. Alas, it’s not (yet) possible.