How to Connect a Camera by USB to an iPad

By Anne Hirsh

The Apple iPad has only two ports where you can plug in external items. The headphone jack supports audio output devices such as headphones and speakers, while the dock connector at the iPad's base supports the charging cord. The Apple staff realized that users might want to add photos directly to their iPads rather than downloading onto a computer first and syncing the images through iTunes, so they released the USB camera kit to solve this problem. The kit, which retails for $29 as of March, 2011, plugs into the dock connector on your iPad and accepts USB input from a camera.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple iPad camera connection kit
  • USB cable

Step 1

Charge your iPad enough that it will not run out of power while you transfer photos from your camera. The camera connector uses the same port as the charger so you cannot charge the device while the camera kit is plugged in.

Step 2

Plug the camera adapter kit into your iPad.

Step 3

Plug a USB cable into your camera and then plug the other end into the camera kit adapter. Your camera should have come with a compatible USB cable; the iPad adaptor does not contain this cable.

Step 4

Follow the onscreen instructions to transfer photos from your camera to your iPad.

Tips & Warnings

  • The connector kit also contains an SD card reader you can use in place of the USB connection if your camera uses compatible SD cards.
  • You cannot use the USB male plug on the iPad charger to connect with your camera. The iPad software does not support this use.