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Can you connect a camera to the iPad to transfer photos? How do you connect a camera to transfer photos? Does it have an SD card slot? Does the iPad work with the iPod Camera Connector?
For the original iPad, iPad 2, and iPad 3rd Gen models, Apple offers an iPad Camera Connection Kit for US$29, which includes a pair of adapters that make it possible to connect a camera to any iPad via USB cable or transfer photos directly from an SD card, respectively.
All later iPad models -- the iPad 4th Gen, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro -- have a "Lightning" port rather than the older 30-pin Dock Connector port, and as a result, the iPad Camera Connection Kit is not compatible with these models.
Instead, you will need to purchase either the "Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader" to transfer photos directly from an SD card to the iPad or the "Lightning to USB Camera Adapter" to connect the camera itself to the iPad. These adapters are US$29 each.
No iPad has an internal SD card slot, which seems unlikely to change. Also, as first confirmed by iLounge, the earlier iPod Camera Connector is not compatible with any of the iPad models, even those with a 30-pin Dock Connector port.
If you are not sure which iPad you have, see EveryiPad.com's iPad Identification section.
Connection & Photo Transfer Instructions
Regardless of the specific iPad or the adapter used, connecting a camera to the iPad and transferring photos is simple and straightforward. It is covered on page 49 of the original iPad User's Guide, but instructions are quoted from the manual below as well for your convenience:
This Q&A should help you determine the best way to get photos directly from your camera to any iPad. If you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch.