Can iPad import camera RAW files?

danlovaj

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I realize iPad is able to download photos off your camera with the camera kit. But what about RAW files? I shot a lot of RAW with my dSLR, and was hoping to be able to store them on the iPad during vacations/trips when the memory card gets full. I know even 16gb should hold lots of pics at 1024 resolution, but RAW files are so huge in comparison.

The question is just how much of a hybrid it is of iPhoto, which can display RAW files. What do you think?
 

elmo151

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at a max of 64GB there are limits on storage. There are 64GB SD cards.

they did announce an SD reader:

iPad Camera Connection Kit
The Camera Connection Kit gives you two ways to import photos and videos from a digital camera. The Camera Connector lets you import your photos and videos to iPad using the camera’s USB cable. Or you can use the SD Card Reader to import photos and videos directly from the camera’s SD card.
I think it may work if there is an ability to add external storage
 

yaroldb

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I'd like to see how fast it is. I used to have the camera adapter for my ipod (5th gen video). I'd connect the USB from my DSLR and transfer the files. It took raws and jpeg but only showed the jpeg's. The only problem I had was the time it took to transfer the files over. I'm talking hours. Once it even crashed during the transfer and I lost all my files. I threw it away after that.
 

chriszzz

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I was wondering this myself. It would make a great device to preview images without a computer.
 

skubish

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I doubt it will support RAW.
 

Manatee

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Eventually, I'm hoping to see lite-ened versions of popular Mac apps available for the iPad, and one of them would certainly be Photoshop Elements. I'd hope to see a RAW converter included with a product like that.
 

Chundles

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I don't mind if it doesn't support RAW files but it would be sweet to shoot in RAW+JPEG and have the jpegs viewable instantly but still be able to import the RAW files off the iPad onto my Mac when I got home.

If it did that then I wouldn't need to take my laptop on holidays.
 

ThatsMeRight

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iPad Camera Connection Kit
The iPad Camera Connection Kit gives you two ways to import photos and videos from a digital camera: using your camera’s USB cable or directly from an SD card. iPad supports standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW.
So yes.
 

thelonepixel

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What annoys me is that there is no CF Card adapter. Also I think the base model should have had 64GB, since you can get the iphone with 32GB.
 

blackNBUK

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I'm a bit surprised at the RAW support as I was under the impression that RAW wasn't a completely standardised format like JPEG (i.e. different cameras produce different types of RAW files)

I agree with Chundles and hope that there is the option to only import JPEGs. Being able to quickly preview JPEGs on the iPad sounds like a pretty neat feature.
 

danlovaj

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What annoys me is that there is no CF Card adapter. Also I think the base model should have had 64GB, since you can get the iphone with 32GB.
I wish it had a CF too. Because shooting in RAW is going to be on my Canon 40D. But i figure having a usb adaptor will download from both my dslr and point and touch.
 

Travisimo

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I was looking at the blurb about the Camera Connection Kit at http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/ but I have a number of questions:

Does the kit come with BOTH the ability to plug the camera in directly and a memory card, or are there two different kits?

Is it just SD cards that it supports?

Where does it store the photos once they are imported? Will I be able to plug my iPad into my iMac and import the photos into Lightroom directly, or will I need to import from iTunes first?

Since it says it supports JPG and RAW, does that mean the iPad will be able to view RAW photos, or just import them for syncing later? If it is able to decode the RAW files on the device itself, will it support the same RAW formats that Apple supports in Aperture?

Thanks a bunch!
 

bbydon

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Its one kit with both connectors in it. The other questions i dont have an answer for.
But if your iphone can import into lightroom then it should work the same. I imagine it stores them in the photo app
 

andyrusty

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Downloading Raw to ipad

Ive just connected my canon 400d to my ipad.
The photos app opened up itself and the thumbnails of the pics downloaded. The images that were in raw just showed as and empty box with RAW inside it. The jpeg images displayed the image. However when imported into the ipad all the raw images displayed correctly.
The only problem encountered was that the initial thumbnail of the raw image was not displayed.
 

LiloThePleo

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The camera connection kit comes with a USB adapter and an SD card adapter, the photo transfer for .mov and .jpg from my camera's SD was very quick, you can pick and choose which to transfer and you can also auto sync with the option to skip any you might have already moved. I moved 300 photos in less than 15 minutes including a couple of videos.

I used it while I was away and I could not fault it :)
 

MacinJosh

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Ive just connected my canon 400d to my ipad.
The photos app opened up itself and the thumbnails of the pics downloaded. The images that were in raw just showed as and empty box with RAW inside it. The jpeg images displayed the image. However when imported into the ipad all the raw images displayed correctly.
The only problem encountered was that the initial thumbnail of the raw image was not displayed.
I was wanting some info on this. Thanks for the update!
 

rs1001

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Adding to this, when uploaded to the iPad, is it still a Full-Res RAW or has it converted it / downsized it to a JPEG?

Also, is there an app better than the Adobe one?
Though some functions are given, level balancing & such are pretty critical & seem to be omitted at the moment.
 

armadaman

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with a little help

OnOnesoftware.com has an app that put the camera picture on your iPad or iPhone no matter what the format.
 

Stealthipad

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My iPad 2 with camera kit downloads and displays Nikon NEF (RAW) files along with jpegs if you use them. No additional software required!

I ordered it from Apple and was surprised that it included a CF card reader, too!

It works well!:p
 

Roy Hobbs

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My iPad 2 with camera kit downloads and displays Nikon NEF (RAW) files along with jpegs if you use them. No additional software required!

I ordered it from Apple and was surprised that it included a CF card reader, too!

It works well!:p
The Apple Kit comes with a CF reader?? I don't think so, one is SD and one is USB.