iPad Best Micro SD Card connector for iPad Air?

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  1. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

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    Hi.

    I just bought my girlfriend an action cam to take snowboarding.

    It takes a micro SD card (up to 32gb), which I'm shopping online for now, but I'm assuming I'll need to get her some kind of adapter so she can download her movies of an evening to her iPod Air. I know some of the micro SD cards come with a USB adapter, but you can also get multi port adapters to plug straight into the Apple device.

    I was just looking at the KiwiBird one on Amazon but it has some very dodgy reviews.

    Can anyone suggest a failsafe connector she can use with her iPad Air & iPhone 5?

    Thanks.
     
  2. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone?

    I did a search on here but turned nothing up, and I've been looking online for an answer since I first posted, with no success so far. Seems to be a sticky issue.

    I really would appreciate some help, or if I've missed the thread on here, if someone could point me to it?

    Thanks.
     
  3. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    I think the Apple Camera Connection Kit is your only good option. It's the only supported one as far as I know. You'll need an adapter for the microSD to SD also.

    Not sure about importing video, but I'm sure it's possible.
     
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    So the apple kit only takes SD? The card I'm looking at converts SDHC to USB, but of course there's no USB port on the iPad Air.

    OK, let me go take a look at the apple kit....

    EDIT> OK, stupid question - does it need to be the official Apple branded kit? 5 seconds into eBay search and there look to be a bunch of copies around <EDIT

    Thanks for the reply....
     
  5. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    To avoid issues, I would get the official one. As far as I know, it's the only supported one. I think others will cause more headaches than it worth.
     
  6. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The worry I have is how many people on Apple's own website have left reviews saying they plug the kit in only to be told it isn't supported - and this is an apple product! Surely if I'm rolling the dice on whether the thing is going to work or not I may as well try three different cheap ones and pay half the price for all three than I would for the Apple product?

    This is turning into a real minefield :(
     
  7. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    I wonder if they were "Apple" products bought for $5 from China? Guaranteed legit:D.

    I've had the 30 pin version and now the Lightning version, used them with 5 or 6 different iPads with not one issue.
     
  8. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I thought exactly the same, but if you check out the reviews here:

    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MD822ZM/A/lightning-to-sd-card-camera-reader

    Apples own product on it's own site only having 2.5 stars out of 5 over 66 reviews? It just seems really fishy to me... I mean would someone really buy a knock-off product, or a fake Apple product, then go on the Apple site to leave a poor review? And so many people?
     
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    Yeah, strange that it gets so man poor reviews. I wonder if it's the product, or people trying to use it for unsupported filetypes and things like that. Might be worth trying a cheaper knockoff as long as it gets good reviews.
     
  10. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So do you think it's the section where the lightning port meets whatever you stick in there that has the issues? I can get a micro USB to lightning port - Apple brand for £5.99, I'm sure I can then work backwards to connect the SD/micro SD card with other connectors...

    Worth a shot?
     
  11. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think the iPad Air will recognize any file transfer trying to use the micro USB to lightning port adapter (tends to only work for syncing and power). I have had good success using the Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader using a micro SD card and adapter. It has always worked well transferring photos and video from my digital camera. Remember it only works on the iPad and not any of the iPhones.
     
  12. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Dammit. Wish there was a way I could test this without giving the game away.

    I can't find the official adapter for less than £20 online, which could be a waste of time if it doesn't work, but more importantly, a disappointment.

    I'm really starting to see why people bash apple. I have iPod and iMac and I can make those work for me how I need to, but for it to be so awkward getting files on and off the iPad? Nah, it's not for me....

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    I mean, even if she can get a functioning link to transfer the movie files she shoots, it the iPad restricted to only store certain file types? The camera I got her shoots AVI, which I know she's been able to view with VLC media player, because I've put a few vids in drop box for her before, but will she be able to save these as files to the iPad or will iTunes step in and complicate things?

    Or if she gets a connection, can she bypass the iPad software, upload to drop box, then view with VLC?

    Sorry, so many questions :confused:
     
  13. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    I was kind of thinking the same thing, if she doesn't have to directly transfer them to the ipad, then use Dropbox.
     
  14. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, cool. Now when she's away, all she'll have with her is her iPad Air and her iPhone, so I guess the next question is, how does she get them from the Micro SD card uploaded to drop box?

    Will she need some kind of wireless connector, otherwise we're back to square one?

    Cheers.
     
  15. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    According to Apple it will only save H.264 and MPEG-4 files. Sounds like it will not recognize AVI files for transfers onto the iPad.
     
  16. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, so what are my options then? Wirelessly uploading to dropbox somehow?

    This is giving me a migraine....
     
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    Do you have a computer? If it doesn't have a card adapter built in they are cheap, they you just sync using the dropbx app and sync it to the ipad.

    It sounds like a lot more than it really is, especially if you have moderately fast internet.

    If you don't have a computer then it's a bigger problem.
     
  18. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have an Imac, she has a laptop, but neither will be accessible when she's away snowboardi g. All she'll have is the camera with it's micro sd card and her ipad... air...
     
  19. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    They make wireless sd cards, I haven't seen them and they're so tiny they probably don't, but maybe they make it Wi-Fi version of the mini SD card
     
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