January 31, 2011
Although the Apple iPad is a great piece of kit and we all love it, one of the common drawbacks is that it is a closed-loop device. So what do we mean by closed-loop? Well, there are no expansion slots so getting data on or off your iPad is very tricky.
This is where the iPad Camera Connection Kit comes in. Yes, I know we are paying another £25 or so to get what we now expect to be standard functionality, but in essence if you want to transfer data like how you would expect with an SD card reader, then the iPad Camera Connection Kit is an essential iPad Accessory.
The iPad Camera Connection Kit essentially connects to your Apple iPad, using the standard Apple Connector and has back end connectors: the first being a USB connector and the other being a SD card slot. To ensure that that the iPad Camera Connection operates properly it is essential you connect the USB cable (with the other end connected to your data device, for example your camera), once this is done the Photo Application is automatically loaded and provides you with the option to transfer data, for example images to your Apple iPad. The process should be completed in a matter of seconds, but again will depend upon the amount of data and the number of photos and images that you may have.
When you are uploading data using the iPad Camera Connection Kit, data and images can be selected one by one rather than download all of the images and photos at once. What is useful to note is that when your Apple iPad is synchronised to your PC laptop or you Apple Macintosh, the images on your iPad are updated to your image library on your computer – this device really does take all the hard work out of the data transfer.
All the iPad Camera Connection Kit supports all standard photo formats, but essentially it supports the JPEG and RAW image formats. The iPad Camera Connection Kit does also enable the transfer of unspecified data as well.
With many applications becoming browser based, the Apple iPad is now becoming a real contender to the standard laptop. However, annoying the Apple iPad does lack data expansion slots and the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kits allows you to easily transfer data and images from various devices using standard SD and USB technology which many of us are used to.
For all of those graphic designers who are now looking to use the iPad as a serious business tool to supplement their Apple kit, I would serious urge that they get hold of theiPad Camera Connection Kit to improve your overall experience and improve the performance of the Apple iPad device