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A Little Early Good News on Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit

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By Jeremy Horwitz

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Published: Friday, April 23, 2010
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The iPad Camera Connection Kit started to show up in mailboxes yesterday, and ahead of our review, we have a few preliminary details that should be of interest to photographers interested in using the iPad to share their pictures.

* Resolution: If you’re worried that you’ll be capped to sending out low-quality photos from your iPad, there’s some mostly good news to share. Rather than chopping JPEG pictures down to 800x600 as is done with iPhone photos, the iPad defaults at e-mailing images out at roughly 3-Megapixel resolution: 2048x1536 for typical 4:3 point-and-shoot images, or 2048x1364 for 3:2 DSLR images. EXIF data is stripped for re-sized images. If you select an image manually using the Copy button and Paste it into an e-mail, you can send the full-resolution version out instead, complete with EXIF data.

* Videos: The cap on sharing imported videos through e-mails appears to be 5 Megabytes. Photos on the iPad contains the same realtime video trimming capability as the iPhone 3GS, enabling you to chop and resize a video dynamically for e-mailing—the difference is that it can reformat videos that were created by non-Apple cameras. An exported video wound up as a 54-second 5MB 480x360 H.264 file after starting as a 244MB 640x480 file running for 3 minutes and 3 seconds. The file size, length, and resolution will vary based on a number of factors.

* Speeds: We’ll be publishing formal speed test results soon, but the iPad Camera Connection Kit is a hell of a lot faster than the iPod Camera Connector ever was—a good thing because that accessory became next to useless as cameras continued to grow in Megapixel counts. While importing a big batch of pictures will still take a long while, and possibly crash in the process (this happened with a tethered import from a Canon 5D Mark II on photo number 7 of… hundreds), more typical digital cameras will be relatively easier; still, you’ll likely want to select thumbnails for pictures to import rather than doing huge batches at the same time. The iPad also seems to know which pictures it has already imported when it scans a card for the second time.

* iTunes/iPhoto: iTunes doesn’t appear to have any new dialog boxes for handling the import of photos synchronized to the iPad. This is, instead, handled by your camera photo import/organization software, such as iPhoto. iPhoto brings the images in at full resolution with EXIF data, preserving their file names—even though e-mailing the photos using the default sharing button changes the file name and removes that EXIF data while rescaling the image. This isn’t a huge surprise, but it’s good to know—transferring photos to the iPad doesn’t appear to hurt them before they’re transferred back to your computer.

More to come soon.

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Comments

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regarding video: any idea yet as to how the iPad deals with video shot on, say, a Canon 5DMII or 7D? my gut tells me its probably a no go, but a part of me wants to believe the iPad would make for a great solution out in the field when a quick & dirty preview of something just shot is needed.

Posted by luke on April 23, 2010 at 12:32 PM (PDT)

2

Are you going to test it with a Flip video camera?

Posted by Nokin on April 23, 2010 at 11:13 PM (PDT)

3

Does anyone know if you can download and store RAW files on the iPad using this?

Posted by Cliff on April 23, 2010 at 11:28 PM (PDT)

4

Tested 1080p on 5dmkii and 720p on Flip HD. Both download to the iPad but neither play or edit on it. RAW files do download.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 24, 2010 at 6:38 AM (PDT)

5

does this work also on iphone with firmware 3.1.2 or 4.0?

Posted by bluenick on April 24, 2010 at 10:57 AM (PDT)

6

After getting imported into iPhoto, is there an option to delete the original unresized copy from iPad while keeping an “optimized” copy on it? I have a 10MP camera, and it won’t be long before the storage space runs out on iPad.

Posted by Eddie on April 24, 2010 at 11:27 AM (PDT)

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Is there a way to export photos from the iPad to an SD card, or will all exports require iPhoto (or equivalent photo app)?

Posted by mongo on April 25, 2010 at 5:10 AM (PDT)

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With the camera connection kit, can I export photos, and if so will that be to a flash drive?

Posted by Laura Welch-Vilker on December 7, 2010 at 4:29 PM (PDT)

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