iPad iOS 6 Update - Camera Connection Kit Fix

October 24, 2012  •  39 Comments


I have "The New iPad", AKA "iPad 3". I use it to review photos after a shoot. I've been meaning to write a blog post about my workflow, but haven't yet gotten around to it. Suffice to say that at the end of the day, I use Apple's Camera Connection Kit to copy photos directly from my camera (currently a Nikon D800) to my iPad, where I can quickly and easily review the photos on the high-resolution display, and see what I've got. I can then delete the ones I don't want to keep, and I import the 'keepers' into Lightroom, directly from the iPad.

The Problem

With the introduction of iOS 6, the iPad would no longer import photos from the Nikon D800. There was no useful error message - Just a red exclamation mark over the thumbnail image, rather than the nice green tick displayed when it's been imported successfully. This is something that worked fine in iOS 5, but suddenly no longer worked after the upgrade to iOS 6. Other cameras which also apparently fail are the Nikon D600, and D3200 - All high-resolution (MP) sensors.

The Suggested Solutions

After a lot of Googling, I found several forums suggesting various 'fixes' that didn't work:

  • "update iPhoto to v1.1" - No use to me, as I don't have iPhoto, and this doesn't feel like a logical solution.
  • "The memory card isn't formatted correctly" - Yes it is, this is a flagship camera from a major manufacturer. And it worked in iOS 5!
  • "Photo Filenames must be 8 characters long" - See above.
  • "iOS 6 only imports photos less than 5000px wide" / Some other resolution-based limitation has been applied by Apple  - OK, this does sound like something Apple might do, but it's infuriating, and more people would be complaining about it.

The Actual Solution

All I had to do was close down the apps I had running. You do this by double-clicking the Home button, and closing down the icons along the bottom of the screen. I restarted the iPad, but I don't think that was really essential. Now the iPad is back to importing high-res RAW files from the D800. I guess the cause was either that the Photos app needed closing and reopening after the iOS 6 update, or that I simply had too many apps open at once, and the iPad didn't have enough RAM available to process the large photos I was trying to import.

Hey presto. Hope it works for you.



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Post by George Wheelhouse, 2012.


41.Bob Shapka(non-registered)
Thanks George. By the way, how are you connecting your D800 to the iPad? I'm seeing lots of problems posted about problems with the iPad connection kit to lightning adapters. At this point I'm hoping Apple will release a new lightning based kit.

I have been looking for a solution for this for a long time now, I had at least JPEG files worked and then all of sudden even those weren't. I could NEVER get RAW files to work and could NOT figure out why. Closing all open apps and then restarting ipad did the trick. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

To the person asking how to close open apps- double click home button- row of open apps appears, long-press on one, they'll all start to jiggle and get a "-" sign on them, hit the "-" sign and they're closed, voila! Enjoy. (BTW- this works on ipad and iphone, and should be done on a semi-regular basis for apps that constantly run and suck battery like Maps, Stocks and Weather).
I have a Nikon D5200 with a 64GB card and cannot read it using a third party Camera Connection Kit. It will read my wife's 16GB card from a Nikon S50.

Tried closing all apps, turning off my iPad 3 and it still will not read the card.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, in advance.
38.Guy Patenaude(non-registered)
Thanks. Same problem with my D600. Closed apps and I can now import.
37.Robert Katz
Hi...I have an iPad 2 running 0S 6.?
I have double clicked the home button and can see the app icons across the bottom.
How do you close down running apps from this area.
I tried to see if the running app icon showed. I opened the app "numbers" and then double clicked the home button.The icons appeared, however, the icon for "Numbers" did not show up.
I am confused. How do I close all running apps?
I presume if I reboot the iPad, the all apps will be closed.
Please help...I need to get my photos transferred using the camera connection device.
I am using a Nikon D90.
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