How does the SD card reader work?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kat.hayes, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    1. Are photos automatically imported to the iPad when plugging in an SD card with the adapter OR are you able to select the photos you want to import?

    2. What happens with RAW files? What happens with AVCHD footage that contains many folders and sub folders?

    3. Do the imported photos and videos automatically get shared to other devices if you have iCloud Photo Library turned on?

    4. Will the SD adapter work with a mini SD adapter used to import footage from a GoPro?

    Thank you!
  2. BrennerM macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    I can only answer #1 : you have to select the photos/videos you want to import. I believe there is an "import all" button which can be used as well. I don't have experience with the other things you asked.
  3. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    RAW files edited in photoshop save as jpeg in camera roll then got to cloud.

    Never done video so cant answer that.

    Yours a Nikon user. FWIW the edits are great. I fooled a fellow photographer with one RAW to jpeg image edited on iPad Pro 12.9 & the same image edited on Lightroom 6 on my Mac. The Pro tog couldn't tell which was which. :)
  4. tgara macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    Connecticut, USA
    1. Once you plug your SD card in, you get a choice to import all photos or only the ones you select. You can only see thumbnails at this point, so I import all, then delete the turkeys.

    2. RAW and video get transferred.

    3. If you have a cloud service or Photostream activated, copies are put into those services and you can see photos on other devices. This applies to JPGs; videos do not go to the cloud. Not sure about RAWs.

    4. Idk

    Keep in mind, the iPad is made to work best with JPGs. RAWs have been problematic from the beginning and still are. On my Canons, I have 2 card slots and shoot RAWs to a CF card, and duplicate JPGs to an SD card. I transfer only the JPGs to the iPad for sharing and light edits, saving the Raw copies until I get home and work on my Mac. RAWs take up a lot of space and will fill up your iPad memory quickly. You might want to shoot RAW+Jpg and import only the JPGs to save space.

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