Can iPad import camera RAW files?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by danlovaj, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. danlovaj macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    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?
  2. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  3. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    at a max of 64GB there are limits on storage. There are 64GB SD cards.

    they did announce an SD reader:

    I think it may work if there is an ability to add external storage
  4. yaroldb macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2007
    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.
  5. chriszzz macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2008
    I was wondering this myself. It would make a great device to preview images without a computer.
  6. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    I doubt it will support RAW.
  7. Manatee macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2003
    Washington DC
    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.
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    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.
  9. azcoyote macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Good news! The specs for the iPad Camera Connection Kit now indicate the iPad will support RAW format.
    The camera connector is not yet available for pre-order though.
  10. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    oddly enough the camera connection kit was not listed as an accessory today.

    I wonder where it went?
  11. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    So yes.
  12. thelonepixel macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2009
    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.
  13. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    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.
  14. danlovaj thread starter macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    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.
  15. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    I was looking at the blurb about the Camera Connection Kit at 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!
  16. bbydon macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    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
  17. andyrusty macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2010
    Surfers Paradise, Queensland Australia
    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.
  18. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    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 :)
  19. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2006
    I was wanting some info on this. Thanks for the update!
  20. rs1001 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2009
    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.
  21. bluehydrangeas macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    This may be of interest to some of you:
    This is the only raw image developer for the iPad
  22. armadaman macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2011
    with a little help has an app that put the camera picture on your iPad or iPhone no matter what the format.
  23. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    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
  24. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    The Apple Kit comes with a CF reader?? I don't think so, one is SD and one is USB.
  25. Ecoh macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2009

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