If you’re a photobug, like me, you probably take a lot of photos. Whether you’re having lunch with friends, attending a special event, or journeying on the vacation of a lifetime, there are probably quite a few memories being captured with a digital camera. It’s almost inevitable; just about every mobile phone has a camera built in, and point and shoot digital cameras have gotten so inexpensive that just about everyone can afford them.
Unfortunately, that means that lots and lots of photos are “trapped” on cameras and memory cards, waiting to be shared with family and friends. Of course, you can wait until you get home to download the photos onto your computer, but what if you run out of space on your memory card? What if it’s lost or stolen in the middle of your trip? Or perhaps you’re at a family reunion and you want to share (and have fun with) your photos immediately.
There some great photo editing, special effects, and sharing apps for the iPad, many of which have already been reviewed here at TabletPCReview. Since the iPad doesn’t have a camera, and since you probably don’t want to carry your laptop with you everywhere in order to sync with iTunes (isn’t the iPad supposed to lighten your load?), there has to be a way to get those photos from your camera or cameraphone into your iPad so that the true magic can begin. Apple provided a way for that to happen with the iPad Camera Connection Kit, a $29 accessory that is currently available from the Apple Store.
BUILD & DESIGN
The iPad Camera Connection Kit contains two small pieces that resemble memory card readers, and for good reason — they’re very similar to the SandDisk MicroMate that I use to import photos from my Sony digital camera.
Each one has the standard 30-pin iPod connector. On the other end, you’ll find either an SD memory card slot or a female USB slot that you can use to plug in the cable that came with your digital camera so that you can transfer photos to your iPad tablet computer.
The build quality is quite nice on these. They are made of thick white plastic, and whether you’re plugging in an SD memory card or a USB cable, the connection is nice and tight. Special clear plastic protective caps are also included to protect the actual iPad connector, so you can toss these into your camera bag without any worries about inadvertent damage to the connector.