All-In-One Camera Connection Kit Takes Pretty Much Any Memory Card

All-In-One Camera Connection Kit Takes Pretty Much Any Memory Card

The All-In-One camera connection kit will take anything you throw at it

If you have a DSLR, I hope you opted for the 64GB model when you bought your new iPad – MIC Gadget has just announced a new camera connection kit which will let you slurp in your huge RAW (and not-so-huge JPEG) files from your Compact Flash cards, SD cards, microSD cards and even via USB direct from the camera.

The dongle is larger than ones that Apple puts in its own camera connection kit, but on the other hand it keeps everything all in one place. Plug it into the 30-pin dock connector and it acts just like Apple’s own.

Why would you want this? Because the battery drain on a camera when transferring photos and videos direct via USB is substantial. Usually a DLSR has great battery life, but start down this roads and that life will quickly be sucked out of it. And at $33, the All-In-One Card Reader is less than a third of the price I paid for a spare battery for my Panasonic GF1.

The folks at MIC Gadget are also tech bloggers, and they have run the card through its paces (you should of course take into account that they are testing something they sell). Still, it looks to be fast enough, pulling a 36MP uncompressed RAW file into the iPad in 20 seconds (there are lots more tables, charts and videos in the blog post).

I just wish Apple would add an option for me to only import the JPG part of a RAW+JPG photo, letting me preview and edit the smaller file while keeping the RAW file on the card for later processing in Lightroom. Until then, I’ll be forever juggling photos. And yes, I sprung for the 64GB iPad 3. Even that might not be enough.

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    itunes app store -> “FileApp Pro”

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    itunes app store -> “FileApp Pro”

    What does FileApp pro do that is relevant to this article?
    Can it import JPEG files from a card reader?
    The documentation doesn’t say that it can, and knowing the iOS API I’m pretty sure it can’t.

  • Downs
    itunes app store -> “FileApp Pro”

    What does FileApp pro do that is relevant to this article?
    Can it import JPEG files from a card reader?
    The documentation doesn’t say that it can, and knowing the iOS API I’m pretty sure it can’t.

    I think I remember reading that you have to jailbreak and then it allows you to do so. I wish you didn’t have to jailbreak to open up such simple features. If fileapp wont do this function after jailbreaking, then I read their advertisement wrong.

  • Downs
    itunes app store -> “FileApp Pro”

    What does FileApp pro do that is relevant to this article?
    Can it import JPEG files from a card reader?
    The documentation doesn’t say that it can, and knowing the iOS API I’m pretty sure it can’t.

    I think I remember reading that you have to jailbreak and then it allows you to do so. I wish you didn’t have to jailbreak to open up such simple features. If fileapp wont do this function after jailbreaking, then I read their advertisement wrong.

  • sonofsci

    I’m not sure I am going to buy an iPad until the card reading ability is built in and there is more support for using more hardcore work apps. I was looking at Adobe Photoshop CS6 and the interface is iPadish. I’m hoping this comes soon because as useful as my MBP is, the iPad would be convenient as heck.

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