Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit: Compatible with All iPads, iPods, iPhones and More

By J. Curtis
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Do you ever find yourself showing your friends the pictures on your camera on the tiny display screen provided? Sure, it gives you a chance to check through the shots, but that display screen isn't really made for mass viewing. There has to be a better way, right?

Only a few years ago, the idea of downloading your pictures from a digital camera directly to your computer probably seemed like the biggest luxury, especially since the process made old film cameras nearly obsolete. But thanks to the development and subsequent phenomenon of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, users are looking for more ways to utilize their gadgets to their fullest potential. And since people are sharing from their iPads and other devices more than ever, it makes sense that there should be a way to connect your camera directly to any one of those devices.

Enter the Apple Camera Connection Kit. It's a tiny input that you connect to your device so you can then pop your camera's USB cord into the slot and upload pictures and video directly from your camera to your phone, MP3 player, or tablet device. It also comes with another connector that allows you to pop the memory card from your camera directly into your device for quick uploads. Pretty cool, huh?

The Connection Kit has a three-star rating on the Apple Store's website for a couple of reasons. You should know that it's not compatible with all camera models. Check the kit's specifications to make sure that your type of memory device is supported. If your camera only uses a different USB cord to download the files, you might be out of luck. If you really want to test one of these kits out for yourself, bring your camera down to the Apple Store and have a sales associate put it to the test. At $29, it's not a huge investment, but you can at least be sure it works.

That way, when you want to share your child's kindergarten graduation with your family, or a few quick proofs from a photography shoot with your clients, you don't have to be near a camera to send them. You'll just plug your kit into your device, then pop in the memory card to upload whatever you want for easier sharing, crystal clear picture, and even posting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

What's more, you can also use the connector kit to connect other USB devices to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod, such as a USB keyboard or even a headset. It's definitely worth the money, especially if you often find yourself wishing you had a way to get your pictures even faster than going home and loading them onto your computer.

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