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Connect a Digital Camera to Your iPad

Importing pictures to your iPad can be done in a few ways. Connecting a digital camera or memory card involves buying an accessory.

Almost all digital cameras come with a USB cable that can be used to transfer images to a computer. Of course, the iPad isn’t a regular computer, and it isn’t equipped with a USB port.

Instead, Apple sells an optional iPad Camera Connection Kit; here’s how it works:

  1. Connect your camera to your iPad using one of the two connectors in the kit.

    Two small connectors are included, and each fits into the iPad’s dock connector at the bottom of the machine. One connector has a USB port, the other an SD slot.

    If you’re going the USB route, kindly use the cable that comes with your camera because no such cable comes with Apple’s kit.

  2. Make sure that the iPad is unlocked.

  3. If you haven’t already done so, turn on the camera and ensure that it’s set to transfer pictures.

    Consult the manual that came with the camera if you’re unsure of which setting to use.

    The Photos app on the iPad opens and displays the pictures that you can import from the camera.

  4. Tap Import All to select the entire bunch, or tap the individual pictures you want to include if you’d rather cherry-pick.

    A check mark appears next to each image you select. And that’s pretty much it: The iPad organizes the pictures into albums and such.

At this point, you’re free to erase the pictures from your camera.

The SD Card Reader connector accommodates the SD memory cards common to so many digital camera models. The procedure works almost identically to the USB connector, except that you’re inserting the SD gizmo into the dock connector port rather than the USB connector mentioned previously. Just be careful to insert the SD gently, to prevent any damage.

The Camera Connection Kit supports many common photo formats, including JPEG and Raw. The latter is a format favored by photo enthusiasts.

The USB connector in this kit can also be used with certain USB computer keyboards, MIDI keyboards, microphones, and even some USB memory card readers.

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