Perfect Camcorder For iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by usasalazar, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2006
    Any suggestions for a camcorder that works natively with the iPad?

    I'm not interested in having to convert video files - just looking for that unicorn of a camcorder that plugs in via the camera connect kit and transfers its video files and they magically play back on the iPad.

    Success stories and brand names with model numbers welcomed.

    p.s. Please don't go off on AVCHD vs. h264 and 1080i vs. 720p blah, blah - I'm just looking for the winners here. :)
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
  3. thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2006

    Anything other than the obvious?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    I remember reading that the iPad is able play motion-jpeg movies. So perhaps a video dslr like the D5000 or D90 would be a great option. Most consumer camcorders record in avchd, I cannot confirm, but I doubt the iPad can process the raw avchd files for play back. Again this is just from what I have read.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2006
  6. thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2006
    This is what we know -

    iPad Supported Video Formats
    H.264 video (up to 720p, 30 frames per second; main profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats)
    MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
    Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format .

    iPad Supported Audio Formats
    AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
    protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
    MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR
    Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
    Apple Lossless

    Those are the facts - since over 200 people have looked at this thread and have not responded, I'm thinking no such camcorder exists - - yet.

    Still, if anyone finds a working solution (other than the iPhone 4) I'm sure there are loads of people who would like to hear about it!

    p.s. Those Cisco "Flip" cams don't work when directly connected to the iPad either.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    I'm not sure, but my Panasonic P&S shoots in either avchd or m-jpeg. Maybe their camcorders can do the same. Just a thought.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2010
  9. thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2006
    What I've Found So Far.

    After lots of web research, the closest solution I've found so far is the Sanyo VPC-TH1 HD.

    It comes very close but since I do not have access to one I don't know if it's a sure thing or not.

    On mp4 setting, the lowest bit rate is 3 and the iPad requires 2.5

    Still, it might work in h264 mode.

    I wish I had access to one to give it a try.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2011
    Flip MinoHD works with ipad

    I am using a Flip MinoHd with the ipad. It will import to the iPad by just plugging into the USB camera connection adapter. The Flip MinoHD also creates video in the correct format so you can use iMovie for iPad to edit the videos. Any standard MP4, MOV or other quicktime format should import using the camera connection kit adapter or itunes, if you just want to view. However if you are planning on using in iMovie to edit the format must be 720p and the audio has to be 44100 bitrate to be seen by iMovie. The Flip video camcorders UltraHD and MinoHD will import without a problem and can be seen by iMovie.
  11. macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Just posting to see if this is still the case. The only ones I've ever heard 100% confirmed as working were Flip Mino HD (long discontinued) or an iPhone/iPod touch.

    I don't know for sure that iPhone 5S video is eligible to import to an iPad or not.

    Does anyone know of any other cameras that work?
  12. macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Wow, and old thread here...

    My camcorder, Panasonic HDC-SD90, can record in iFrame format, 960x540, which works directly on an iPad. I import the video through Apples SD-card reader.

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