The iPad Camera Connection Kit’s primary purpose is to import photos and images from iPhones, cameras, and SD cards, for storage and display on the iPad.
I just received mine yesterday and have now had a chance to try out importing photos from an iPhone via the iPad Camera Connection Kit – so I thought I’d share a few notes on how to work with the Camera Connection Kit and some general notes on what it does and doesn’t do.
What’s in the Kit?
As you can see in the picture at the top of this post, the kit consists of two connectors that slot into the iPad’s dock connector port. The taller one (on the left in the photo) takes SD cards, and lets you import photos from those. The one on the right is the Camera Connector to be used with iPhones and cameras (and has a little camera symbol on it).
There is also a slim instruction manual that comes along with the kit – with three pages worth of simple instructions for using it.
Importing Photos from an iPhone
To import photos from an iPhone:
Turn on the iPad and insert the Camera Connector (the one with the camera symbol on it) in the iPad’s dock connector port (the one you use when docking it or syncing).
Turn on your iPhone and connect it to the Camera Connector via the USB cable that came with the iPhone (this is your sync cable).
As soon as you make the two connections listed above, the iPad will go to the Photos app, and you’ll see a new tab along the top of its screen where it lists photos and albums. The new tab is labeled ‘Camera’ – and it will immediately begin loading the photos it finds on your iPhone.
My iPhone has over 3,100 photos on it – and the iPad loaded them quite quickly and nearly immediately started displaying rows full of images (it seems to continue loading on the fly as required as you scroll down the view).
Once the photos are loaded, you can begin working with them. The two actions the Photos app offers are Delete and Import.
So you can choose to Import All (to get all the photos on your iPhone’s Camera Roll) or tap to select individual images.
Or to Delete All or tap to delete selected images.
Importing (and deleting) happens very quickly. If you select a group of images for import (or deletion) they’ll get a blue checkmark in the bottom corner of the image thumbnail to indicate when they’re selected – and the checkmark will turn green on each one as they’re processed during an import.
After each import, you’ll be asked whether you want to delete or keep the images on the iPhone.
Some Things to Note
To see your imported photos, go to the Photos app on the iPad. There are two albums added to Photos relating to your imports: Last Import, which will hold all the images brought in during your last import activity, and All Imported, with contents as the name would imply.
There are no options to choose where your imported images go – so you can’t choose to pull them into an existing album. This is pretty lame, it would be much more helpful in terms of organizing pictures, if we could choose where to import to.
There’s also no ability to share photos to anywhere other than the iPad. It would be nice to maybe add some ‘Send to Flickr’ and similar links to cover places like Flickr, Facebook and other popular photo and social sharing sites.
When importing you can select videos as well.
If the iPhone goes to sleep while its connected with the iPad Camera Connection Kit, the Photos app will stop displaying its contents (seems to lose its connection) – so you may want to turn auto-lock off via Settings on the iPhone while working with the kit.
It looks as if only the iPhone’s Camera Roll is seen by the iPad Photos app via the connection kit, not its other photo libraries. Those can be synced with iTunes though, of course.
You can add the ‘All Imported’ album to the list of albums to be displayed by the iPad Picture Frame – so you can enjoy them all in full digital photo frame goodness. If you need help with using the iPad as a digital picture frame, see my earlier how-to post on that here: http://ipadinsight.com/ipad-tips-tricks/how-to-use-the-ipad-as-a-digital-picture-frame/
On the Events tab within the Photos app, you’ll see your imported photos in groups by date. And on the Places tab you’ll see a map view with drop pins indicating locations where images were taken – tap on one of them to see the pics from that place. I love both these features.
That’s about it for my notes on the iPad Camera Connection Kit and importing iPhone photos. I’ll look to publish some separate posts on other uses for the kit soon.