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The class-leading camera of iPhone/iPad makes it a best tool for day-to-day shots. But when it comes to more serious work, many of us, especially photographers, would still go for a fairly nice camera. To help users to transfer the photos from camera to iPhone/iPad for easy backup and sharing, Apple has launched the all-new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader (USB 3.0).
"After you insert the SD card into the reader, your iPad or iPhone automatically opens the Photos app, which organizes your photos into Moments, Collections, and Years. And when you use iCloud Photo Library, all your full-resolution photos and videos are stored safely in iCloud and automatically added to the Photos app on all your devices. With iCloud Photo Sharing, you can share your photos and videos with just the people you choose", says Apple.
Highlights of Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader
- View photos from SD Card on iPad screen
- Capable of running at USB 3 speeds (Only iPad Pro supports USB 3 so far)
- Both old & new Readers now work with iPhones in iOS 9.2
- Supports iPad 4th Gen, iPad mini and the latest iPad Pro
- Supports standard photo formats including JPEG and RAW, along with SD and HD video formats including H.264 and MPEG-4
- it’s backward-compatible with earlier USB 2 iPads and iPhone
- The accessory is priced at $29.99 at the online Apple Store
Which to Choose: Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader or iPhone Transfer?
Both the updated accessory of Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader and Phone Transfer proved a solid connection to your iPad/iPhone so you can sync and share your photos or videos with ease. But according to the reviews of some users, one disadvantage of the Lightning SD Card Camera Reader lies in that it cannot automatically convert all the video/image files to iOS device compatible formats. Therefore, not all files are readable on the device and you have to transfer them to the computer for viewing. iPhone Transfer, however, has the ability to convert the pictures or videos to iOS device compatible formats.
So is the USB 3 Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader a better choice? If you prefer to transfer and sync photos/video from Camera to iOS device with more control and convenience, iPhone Transfer might suit you better. But if transfer speed is what you need most, then the latest Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader is worth considering.
Note: if you are going to order the new Lighting USB Camera Card Reader from Apple, make sure that you have installed iOS 9.2 in your iPhone/iPad.