While Apple offers a 30-pin Camera Connection Kit — not a Lightning Connector version — the guys over at iPhone5mod has released a 3-in-1 Lightning Camera Connection Kit which is a versatile dongle with a trifecta of ports: USB, SD and microSD. Watch the promo video after the jump to see how it works.
Improving on Apple’s o-fficial Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader and Lightning to USB Camera Adapter by cramming accommodations for USB, SD and Micro SD cards in one tiny (but unofficial) dock-connecting package, iPhone5mod’s Lightning Camera Connection Kit is available for sale for $23.90.
In order of mention, users can offload photos from camera onto iPad via a direct USB connection, offload photos from a SD card and offload photos from your microSD card. Video import is supported too, but only H.264 and MPEG-4 video formats could be recognized.
The verdict? There’s hardly a reason to even consider the official version because two dongles/adapters aren’t better than one. And three is just way too many.
Note: Apple offers a $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit containing a pair of dongles supporting USB and SD connections for its original 30-pin dock connector, but for the new Lightning connector, Apple has moved to split the kit, and the company now sells cable-based SD card and USB adapters priced at $29 each.