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Secrets of the Apple iPad Camera Connection KitApple's iPad Camera Connection Kit makes transferring photos to your iPad a breeze, but that's not all. Sharon Vaknin shows you how to connect other accessories to your iPad using the kit.
Hey, guys. I'm Sharon (Bachman?) (??) and today we're getting started with the camera connection kit for the iPad. As it's name spells out this $30 accessory lets you connect your camera to your iPad and transfer photos on the go. But after some testing I found out there's a lot more you can do with these little accessories. Let's take a look. That it comes with two adapters. The one with the USB and lets you plug in your camera with the cable. This is useful if your camera uses any memory card other than SD. The camera is compatible with SD, you'll use this adapter and plug it in directly to the iPad. Either way here's how it works when you connect your camera or SD cards to the iPad. When you insert the adapter your photos will launch immediately but actually happens pretty fast. Then you can tap the select specific photos and videos you want to import or you can import all of them by tapping this button here at the bottom. Once the photos are imported you have a choice to keep them or delete them from the SD card. So if you're traveling and your iPad has more storage than your (??) card, you can use this kit to free up space from more photos and videos. Now your photos will show up in the imported album in the photos app from here you can add them in the iPhoto by selecting them from the imported album or upload them to Facebook and try them with friends or even put them in your drop box with the drop box app. Videos you import can also be handled the same way. So you can upload high (??) videos, edit them in iMovie and upload them to Youtube all from your iPad. And for the record I've tried. This can't will not let you plug your SD card or camera into the iPhone but one fun thing is if you have an iPhone you can plug it into your iPad and import photos on the fly. So that's a primary use of the kit but this little adapter can also be use with other USB accessories, like a keyboard, lots of wireless keyboards created for the iPad or small and (??). So with this accessory you can just plug a normally size keyboard into the iPad. Ignore this warning message and you can start using your keyboard to compose text immediately. Same goes for USB microphone. Just plug it in and launch of voice recording app like (??) to get high quality audio recordings in your iPad. Many accessories also work with the iPad so you can plug it in actual keyboard and record music in (??). Not all models will work so check online to see if yours are compatible. I haven't tested every single USB device but many devices from these categories will work with the adapter as long as they don't require too much power. After all it's the iPad that will be powering the accessory. If you discover any cool tricks for these accessories, let me know in Twitter and subscribe to my Facebook page for more tips like this. For CNET.com I'm Sharon (Bachman?).