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Transferring photos from camera card to iphone 4


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Camino Frances (May 2014)
I thought this would be an easy technology puzzle and i would find a device similar to the ipad card reader to do this... But alas, i have found little reliable information of how to do this.

I will take pictures with my camera(much better pictures), then my plan was to use my iphone 4 to copy them to the cloud (dropbox for example). But i have not found a card reader for the iphone 4. Anyone successfully use the iphone 4 to transfer photos.. Please let me know! I found links on ebay reporting devices for iphone and ipad, but upon further inspection and reading review, not a one reported successfully using the reader on an iphone!

As an alternative method, are there any computers in the hostels along the way... Do they have sd card readers? I could take a portable card reader that plugs into a computer... But i will not have a computer lol. I am sure cities like Leon, Pamplona, etc have internet cafes where i can buy computer time, but is it probably there will be card readers on these computers?

Just a simple task that now has become very complicated!

Any feedback is appreciated!

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Look up a WiFi enabled SD card like EyeFi (Toshiba and Transcend also makes them now). Whenever you are connected to WiFi, the SD card and the phone will connect and transfer photos to your phone. I have not yet tried it personally, but have chatted with others who have and they are please with this product (once they figured out initial set-up that is...). I'm just waiting to see if I can find a good deal on the card, and since I'm not leaving for Camino until October, so I still have a bit of time to find my deal ;)

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You might need a new camera with WiFi enabled. Many pocket cameras have them now. You can transfer your photos wirelessly to your phone with a simple app, but your camera itself needs wifi. Nikon, Panasonic, Toshiba and more brands now make point and shoot cameras with WiFi. I am doing this with an IPAD mini and it works very well-- you never remove the card. The camera "talks" to your tablet/phone. You don't need wifi in the area either, because the Wifi in the camera talks to the Wifi in the phone in a private connection. Once the pix are on your phone you can do whatever with them. You never have to remove the SD card at all. I have a Nikon camera, downloaded the Nikon app, and, after some fumbling around, it works great. You can see more here (not a promo, just information): http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/coolpix/s/s6500/


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Last year, I took over 4,000 photos with my Canon pocket digital camera. It uses a standard sized SD card to store images. Along the way in Spain, Burgos I think, I went into an El Corte Ingles department store that sold Apple accessories.

I use an iPod Touch, ver. 5.x that runs the current iOS 7.1. In the store, bought an SD card reader that plugged directly into the Lightning port on the iPod and inserted the SD card from the camera to transfer the images. Once the images were on the iPod, I could send them as e-mail attachments. Sounds nice, simple and logical. That was the idea anyway.

In any event, I promptly got a message from the iPod stating "This feature is not supported on your device." it doesn't work on my wife's iPad (4th generation retina screen version) either.

Eventually, I found the easiest thing for me to do was to just use the Canon PC software to download all the photo images from the camera SD card to my desktop PC when I got home. Once I had the photos on my desktop, I could move whatever I wanted into the iPod photo folder maintained on the desktop. Once there, the images can easily be synchronized with your portable device. You iPhone ver 4.x should work about the same as my iPod Touch. Check with Apple for specifics.

The key here is to make sure you have the largest SD card you can afford in your digital camera, and which the camera will support. I took videos of mountain streams, animals, and assorted cool stuff I came across, in addition to all the still images. I also made a habit of reviewing the images weekly, deleting the ones that were not worth keeping to save space. So, storage less than 6 GB would be taking a risk of running short in my view.

Also, the older your iPhone is, the fewer options you are likely going to have. As others stated above, if you are in the market for a camera, get one with Wi-Fi built in. Mine does not have Wi-Fi. But, it would have come in handy last year.

This year, I am saving a pound by leaving the camera, charger, plug adapter, and spare battery home. My iPod Touch takes very good photos. It will be adequate to my needs.

I hope this helps.


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I have an Eyefi SD card and have been able to do what you want with my Ipad mini. On this Camino, I plan to do what you want to do. You will have to load the Eyefi app on the phone.
Just be forewarned that a few hundred photos can fill a phone up quickly, so you will have to manage that part also.

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Thanks for all the replies, i have many sd cards but hoped to upload photos to the cloud and to my blog as i walked. I will have to check on the wifi card mentioned.

Has anyone had experience at any of the internet cafes along the way... Or any computers in the hostels?

I am amazed that this is such a puzzle to get my pictures up to cloud storage. My ipad is wonderful for this, but i did not want to take such a large device and honestly thought the iphone was the answer! Go figure...



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Hi Ellen,
Have had problems with iPhone/iPad on facetime and Skype, remedy was to install the free latest IOS upgrade. Maybe your problem could be solved by ensuring that you have the latest IOS. Have not used the Apple devices for mobile photo/video taking and photo transfers as Samsung is the preferred choice with detachable SD cards which can take thousands of pictures and videos, most computers have SD slots for the Samsung for file transfer, and a card reader is obsolete. Samsung has detachable batteries which can be charged outside the phone. Docking your pictures into the Cloud is kid's play with Android devices. With the advent of the higher quality picture and video capturing abilities of the latest phones it is a matter of conjecture whether you need a SLR or point and shoot camera for the Camino.
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Apple sell them on their website... They are called Camera Connection Kit.. On the product information it says they are for iPads... But they also work with iPhone 4S.... 29 euro.
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On my last two walks I took my iPad and directly connected my nikon D70 to the iPad to transfer the photos. Apple has a simple USB connector you can buy that works well for this purpose.

It was quick and painless, more so than using wifi.

Instead of transferring each and every photos which will quickly fill you device, I cherry picked the photos I wanted to upload to out blog. I used a simple editing app to first edit the image, resize it and then went ahead and uploaded the image.

SD cards are cheap, cheaper than your iPhone, so take some extra and wait until your home to transfer all the images to your backup system.

Finally do not depend on finding too many Internet cafes on the camino that have facilities to read your cards. They few that exist, are coin operated and/or charge by the minute - and this can be costly.


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Step 1, move photos from camera card to computer. Then all the photos should be on computer. Step 2, use iTunes to transfer photos from computer to iPhone. But in order to maintain the resolution of photos, it's recommended to use FonePaw iOS Transfer.
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