Safe & Easy Ways to Transfer Photos from Camera to iPad

Want to transfer photos from camera to iPad? This tutorial offers you two safe and easy solutions on how to move pictures from camera to iPad.


By Penny / Updated on May 31, 2024

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How to import photos from camera to iPad?



My camera’s memory is nearly full. I want to release the storage of my camera by moving some pictures from it. Luckily, I get a new iPad from my sister. So how do I transfer photos from Sony camera to iPad? Thanks.  

Photos captured by the camera are usually larger than ordinary pictures. These photos could fill up your memory card quickly. Maybe this is why many users intend to transfer photos from camera to iPad, laptop, or other electronic devices. This guide brings you two feasible solutions. Please read on.

How to move pictures from camera to iPad?

How to import photos from camera to iPad? If there’s a camera converter or card reader for you, you could transfer photos from camera to iPad using the official method provided by Apple. If not, you could try out the second solution.

Way 1. Transfer photos from camera to iPad via Apple camera adapters

Apple camera adapters permit you to import photos and videos from a digital camera, or SD card to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

According to your iPad model, you can select a suitable card reader among Lighting to SD Card Camera Reader, Lighting to USB 3 Camera Adapter, Lighting to USB Camera Adapter, and Apple USB-C to SD Card Reader.


Please note that only iPad with iOS 9.3 can work with the Lighting to USB 3 Camera Adapter. If you use a camera adapter as the one mentioned earlier, these iPad models could transfer data at USB 3 speeds. Apart from that, all other adapters and iOS devices use USB 2 speeds.

 Apple camera adapters only can import digital camera-captured content. Perhaps you will be unable to import the content that has been renamed, edited, or copied to the camera or the SD card.  
It’s feasible to import content to your iPhone, iPad, or iPad touch, but it’s impossible to export content to the camera or the SD card.
Apple camera adapters also can help you transfer photos from the camera to iPhone.

Step 1. Select a suitable adapter and connect it to your iPad. Then connect your camera to the selected adapter by USB.

Step 2. Open “Photos” and tap “Import” on your camera.

Step 3. You can “Import All” content or “Import Selected” your needed specific items by tapping it. Then locate a destination place to save these imported photos on your iPad.


Step 4. After importing, you can “Delete” or “Keep” these photos on the camera.


Way 2. Transfer photos from camera to iPad via FoneTool

Although Apple camera adapters are efficient, it’s hard for you to import the modified content. If there’s no right card reader for your iPad, the above method has nothing to do with you.

So why not consider using a user-friendly iOS transfer tool-FoneTool? This prominent backup and transfer software could catalyze the transfer process between the camera and iPad. Besides the camera and iPad, all you need is a computer device.   

It can transfer photos, music, videos, contacts, etc. 
Completely/selectively transfer data to iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. (Eg: You can also use it to transfer photos from iPad to iPad/transfer photos from iPad to iPhone.)
It supports the latest iPad Air 2022, iPad mini 8, iPad Pro M2 2022, iPad Air 2020, and iPad 10th generation.

Please refer to the following steps to transfer photos from camera to iPad. Enjoy the fast transferring speed within clicks.

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Step 1. Download and install it on the PC. Launch it, and connect the camera to the computer.

Step 2. Click the “Start Transfer” button on the Phone Transfer interface.


Step 3. Click the “+” icon to select your desired photos, then click the “OK” button.


Step 4. Click Transfer” to save your selected photos on the computer.

Step 5. Unplug the camera and plug in the iPad, then click the “Transfer to Computer” option.

Step 6. Click the “+” icon and select photos you want to transfer, then click “Open” to continue.


Step 7. Click “Transfer” to start transferring photos from the computer to the iPad.

In conclusion

How to move pictures from camera to iPad safely? There’s no denying that the official method provided by Apple is worth a try for you. Please ensure you have a suitable card reader or camera adapter for the iPad model. Moreover, the altered camera content could decrease the possibility of importing content.

As mentioned above, FoneTool also is a good assistant for 1-click iPhone backup. And it is another practical way to avoid iPhone data loss. It allows you to create a full/partial backup for iPhone photos, videos, songs, contacts, and messages. If you want to restore data from these backups, there’s no need for you to wipe out all the existing data on the iPhone.

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.