There are several ways to get images to your iPad from a camera. If you have an iPad with the original connector (that’s iPads 1, 2 and 3) there’s still the very handy Apple Camera Kit. It comes with two adaptors - one that enables you to connect a camera via its USB port and an SD Card adaptor.
The iPad 4 has a different type of connector; a Lightning port. Your old camera kit won’t work with it - but there are new adaptors. Unfortunately, they’re more expensive than the old camera kit. The Lightning to USB Camera Adaptor and Lightning to SD Card Reader are sold separately by the company. Each costs about the same as the combined camera kit for older models.
The original iPad camera kit is still available and works with iPads 1, 2 and 3.
In either case, whether you slot in an SD card full of snaps or connect your camera via USB, your iPad will launch the Photos application and enable you to import images individually or in batches.
The only issue with this method is that if your iPad has limited storage space then you will find your images take up a lot of space at full resolution.
Use Photo Stream to sync images from Mac to iPad
Another solution is to use Photo Stream to share files across devices. For example, connect your camera to your Mac and open iPhoto. You can add images to your iCloud enabled Photo Stream, making them available on any iOS or OS X device you sign in to. This enables you to download as many or few images as you want - and stream slideshows easily.
Put your photos into the cloud, where any of your devices can pick them up, using iPhoto on your Mac.
Use an Eye-Fi card to get photos from camera to iPad
Eye-Fi cards actully connect to the internet from your camera and with the accompanying software you could see the images you take with your camera apearing on your iPad in seconds of you pressing the shutter button.
Use Dropbox to transfer images
If you just need to transfer big batches of images, then Dropbox is a more officious workaround. You can have 2GB free storage on the service (rising to 18GB with referrals) and there’s an easy-to-use app for your iOS devices. Simply connect your camera or upload images from an SD card to your Mac, then add them to a folder in your Dropbox. The shared folder syncs across all your devices. Best of all, this solution costs nothing.
We also have a number of other articles about sharing photos. Read the following:
- Photo editing tips for iPhoto and Preview, free software for photo editing on a Mac
- How to transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac
- How to share your Mac's iPhoto library via iCloud
- How do I transfer photos from PC to a Mac?
- How to copy photos from iPhone to iPhone (or iPad)
- How to use AirDrop & AirPlay in iOS 7
- How to share photos to an iPad: share photos from your Mac, camera or iPhone
- iPhoto versus Lightroom Mobile