New USB-C ipad Pro and camera

swifty168

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I know this may vary from camera model to model but what happens when you plug your camera directly to the ipad Pro via a data-capable USB-C cable?
Does the ipad Pro do anything?
I recall seeing a picture of a Sony A73 (or similar) hooked up directly to the new ipad pro during the announcement presentation so I'm wondering what, if anything has changed?
If nothing happens, how do we transfer RAW files to the iPad Pro?
 

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The iPad should open up the Photos app and go to the import tab if it finds a connected camera with a photo file system it can read i.e. supported formats in the DCIM folder I believe.
 
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I know this may vary from camera model to model but what happens when you plug your camera directly to the ipad Pro via a data-capable USB-C cable?
Does the ipad Pro do anything?
I recall seeing a picture of a Sony A73 (or similar) hooked up directly to the new ipad pro during the announcement presentation so I'm wondering what, if anything has changed?
If nothing happens, how do we transfer RAW files to the iPad Pro?
The iPad Pro opens the photos app and the import tab appears. This is what my Nikon camera and Sony video camera do.

Now, if you are using a Sony camera recording 4K video, it will not display any 4K videos by default, as photos doesnt support the XAVC-S 4k video format. You have to change the settings on the Sony 4K video camera to connect USB via MTP transfer format. Then the videos show up.

I have been happily editing videos and photos on the 12.9" ipad pro for a few weeks now... one of my favorite uses of the iPad Pro and its big 12.9" screen so far.
 
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The iPad Pro opens the photos app and the import tab appears. This is what my Nikon camera and Sony video camera do.

Now, if you are using a Sony camera recording 4K video, it will not display any 4K videos by default, as photos doesnt support the XAVC-S 4k video format. You have to change the settings on the Sony 4K video camera to connect USB via MTP transfer format. Then the videos show up.

I have been happily editing videos and photos on the 12.9" ipad pro for a few weeks now... one of my favorite uses of the iPad Pro and its big 12.9" screen so far.
Thanks for that. I’m considering the iPad Pro as a backup device on travels and for some immediate edits so I just needed to verify how to get the photos on there.
Just to check, does the photo app recognise just the RAW files?
Can you shoot just in RAW (my preferred option) and still have the embedded JPEG (the one embedded in RAW files, not RAW + JPEG) display in the thumbnail so you know what that RAW file is of?
I’ll be using it with a G9 if it helps.
But am really undecided between 11” and 12.9”. The portability factor has me leaning towards 11” for now as it’ll primarily be for travel.
 

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Thanks for that. I’m considering the iPad Pro as a backup device on travels and for some immediate edits so I just needed to verify how to get the photos on there.
Just to check, does the photo app recognise just the RAW files?
Can you shoot just in RAW (my preferred option) and still have the embedded JPEG (the one embedded in RAW files, not RAW + JPEG) display in the thumbnail so you know what that RAW file is of?
I’ll be using it with a G9 if it helps.
But am really undecided between 11” and 12.9”. The portability factor has me leaning towards 11” for now as it’ll primarily be for travel.
Here is a good link of the workflow.
https://www.imore.com/how-import-your-dslr-or-other-cameras-photos-your-iphone-or-ipad

I love the 12.9" and travel a lot for work. I had an iPad Air for years and was set on the 11", but I got to the apple store and decided the 12.9" was small enough to take with me. Having side by side apps open and slide over up as needed makes it enough of a computer when I need it and still portable enough to watch videos on trips.

Enjoy and happy editing.
 
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You also have the option of connecting a SD card reader to import your files. If you shoot in RAW only, you will still see the thumbnails when imported assuming you have a supported RAW format which the G9 is:

https://support.apple.com/en-ie/HT207972

From a personal point of view, I would recommend the 11" if you are doing a lot of travel. I was using both 2017 10.5 and 12.9 iPad Pros and do prefer the 12.9 for photo editing purely for the bigger screen but hated the size for travel so it pretty much stayed at home. This time around I'm planning on going back to a single device so have picked up an 11" to replace my 10.5 but will likely sell my 2017 12.9 too. Even at home, the 11" is still a great device for photo editing but it really comes into its own for travel. If you compare both side for side, you will want the 12.9" for that screen but really consider how you travel and how often before making a decision.
 
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You should always use a dedicated card reader if you can.

Pick up a $5 USB C to USB 3.0 A OTG adapter from Amazon and then use any card reader you want. I've tested a few now and the iPad Pro will power them adequately.

Unfortunately everything has to go to the Photos app which is a nightmare for any kind of workflow, but if you just want to back up your photos or something it's fine.
 
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swifty168

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You should always use a dedicated card reader if you can.

Pick up a $5 USB C to USB 3.0 A OTG adapter from Amazon and then use any card reader you want. I've tested a few now and the iPad Pro will power them adequately.

Unfortunately everything has to go to the Photos app which is a nightmare for any kind of workflow, but if you just want to back up your photos or something it's fine.
I have the adapter which was supplied with my Sandisk external SSD.
However if you have followed some of the recent chatter about data redundancy in the one-slot new mirrorless cameras debacle, what came to light was that a weak point and common source of failure is the SD card physical design itself. Not taking the cards out for transfer via a dedicated card reader would actually be breaking a habit for me but this is suppose to help reduce physical damage to SD cards.
But since the G9 has dual slots, I might just limit myself to wireless transfers of select images for immediate editing only since data redundancy is already there in the dual slots.
I’m just exploring how my workflow would/should change with an iPad Pro with the view of reducing the number of items to carry whilst traveling.
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You also have the option of connecting a SD card reader to import your files. If you shoot in RAW only, you will still see the thumbnails when imported assuming you have a supported RAW format which the G9 is:

https://support.apple.com/en-ie/HT207972

From a personal point of view, I would recommend the 11" if you are doing a lot of travel. I was using both 2017 10.5 and 12.9 iPad Pros and do prefer the 12.9 for photo editing purely for the bigger screen but hated the size for travel so it pretty much stayed at home. This time around I'm planning on going back to a single device so have picked up an 11" to replace my 10.5 but will likely sell my 2017 12.9 too. Even at home, the 11" is still a great device for photo editing but it really comes into its own for travel. If you compare both side for side, you will want the 12.9" for that screen but really consider how you travel and how often before making a decision.
Thanks for the info and advice. Reading the other thread about 11” or 12.9”, I think the 80:20 rule is good rational advice. I think I’d prefer the 11” size 80+% of the time hence why I’m leaning that way.
Split screen multitasking is where I think 12.9” has the most advantage.