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Apple provides further iPod Camera Connector info

Apple’s support site briefly hosted documents early Wednesday morning that offered details on using an iPod photo with the company’s new iPod Camera Connector. The support documents, which are no longer available, provided information on photo importing formats, tips on using the USB port on the device and deleting pictures, and linked to a complete list of supported digital cameras (which is still available here).

Apple said that most cameras with USB connectivity can be used with the iPod Camera Connector, and must support either the PTP, Type 4 (Normal), or Mass Storage protocol.

“The iPod Camera Connector’s USB port can only be used to connect supported cameras and media readers. You cannot use it to connect other USB devices such as a keyboard, mouse, hub, or printer,” Apple stated in one document. “The iPod Camera Connector is a low power port and it cannot charge another iPod, iPod mini, or iPod shuffle. While an iPod photo with an attached iPod Camera Connector may recognize another iPod if you connect it, transferring photos from one iPod to another is not supported.”

The iPod Camera Connector, which was announced last month and went on sale Monday, allows users to transfer photos directly from a digital camera or media reader to an iPod photo.

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Does not work with Sandisk USB 2.0 Compact Flash-only Memory Card reader (

Did not work with a cheapy 8-in-1 reader I have either.

Needs a powered reader (does one even exist??). Has been covered here:

This device is next to useless currenty. Connecting only to a camera with USB 1.0 for 1GB memory cards is not a solution worth considering - it is just too slow. Best to buy a stand alone image wallet hard drive (eg X-drive) and a cheaper iPod instead of the iPod “photo”. Grrr.

I bought the iPod photo 60GB because the camera connector was coming out. Now I have the camera connector I am very disappointed. In its current state it is junk.

Posted by ggr8 in Brisbane still on April 6, 2005 at 5:35 PM (CDT)


hi, this is for bola, who asked about compatibility with pentax optio s (or other people worrying about that). I just got the camera connector and works great with my pentax optio s ;)

I think this device is awesome: now I can travel everywhere without having to carry my laptop for downloading my photos in it!!

Posted by Lady Madonna on May 28, 2005 at 6:50 PM (CDT)


Lady Madonna,
I don’t get it? I can’t get the camera connector to work with my pentax optio S5i.  Do you have a different optio S? The two devices just are not communicating with each other at all.

Posted by KimWW on June 17, 2005 at 11:46 PM (CDT)


I haven’t yet found a card reader that the photo connector supports—it seems to be VERY picky. The problem appears to be that all modern readers have multiple slots that emulate multiple drives and if your card isn’t in the “first” drive you’re out of luck, and the iPod just says “no card inserted”. I’ve either gotten this message or, worse “unsupported device”. The unsupported device message came from a reader I bought specifically FOR the iPod photo at Gravis, an Apple-only store here in Cologne.

In addition to this don’t expect USB 2.0 performance. It seems that the Photo Connector never works faster than USB 1.1 speed, no matter what is connected to it. See this link here:

All in all a pretty unsatisfactory solution. I took the camera connector and the iPod photo with me on holiday and it drove me nuts. Copying a single 256MB card drains practically an entire battery charge from the 60MB iPod photo (and you can’t connect power at the same time) and transferring takes forever. If the battery dies while you’re transferring you’re also out of luck, the whole system freezes and dies.

This is really the kind of shoddy solution you would expect from a second-rate Taiwanese copycat, not from Apple…

Posted by Tim Green on July 27, 2005 at 9:52 AM (CDT)


I bought a Ipod Video 30 Gb, and the camera connector for use it wiht my Pentax Optio s5i,but at now I can’t get the camera connector to work with my camera…

Appear a message “No card inserted”...I dont know why, because this camera appear in the Apple compatibility cameras…

Please help me !!!


Posted by Diego on December 19, 2005 at 5:27 PM (CST)

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