iPhone support for the USB Camera Adapter to import photos and videos

The just released iOS 9.2 brings with it something that iPhone users have been wanting for quite some time now: the ability to import photos directly from a USB source via Apple’s USB Camera Adapter. Data transfer is still going to operate at USB 2.0 speeds, but having the option to work on videos and photos shot on traditional cameras is a nice new perk for iPhone users.

Here is a video showcasing the new functionality on my iPhone 6s when connected to my Panasonic GH4 via USB:

It works just like it does on the iPad, which of course, is totally new for iPhone users. Previously, when trying to connect a camera to the iPhone, you’d be met with the following error message:

Camera Connection Error iPhone

If you’ve updated to iOS 9.2, that should no longer be the case. This update comes right on the heels of Apple’s release of a new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, which is specifically geared towards the iPad Pro. That device does support USB 3.0 speeds (iPad Pro only), which is much more appropriate for today’s high quality videos.

  • Qiren

    Waiting for the “Android can already do this years ago” comment.

    • Ed

      LOL, it took TechnoBuff 10 minutes, but there you have it! LOL

      • TechnoBuff

        LOL, it is a fact irrespective.

    • hkgsulphate

      no, it should be “iPad can already do this years ago”

    • rockdude094

      Actually, Nokia had this… oh forget it

    • leart

      Nokia had this “basic” feature since always i guess on symbian

    • fuhosnmg

      Windows Mobile can do this way back in 2000

    • ravinigga

      I dont use it. But yea android can this years ago

  • TechnoBuff

    This is nothing laudable or special
    The fact that you cannot do this directly from a PC or Mac using the lightning connector to USB port makes it pretty mediocre. I like my Iphone but frankly Android has had this for ages.

    • ericesque

      You can drag and drop pictures from/to an iOS device on Windows in Explorer. The device shows up as a drive and has a DCIM folder just like a camera would.

      • TechnoBuff

        I might be wrong, last time i checked, you cannot transfer videos that way unless you use itunes.

      • Smegmatron

        My iPhone doesnt even show as a device

    • igorsky

      I’m glad that you get to decide what’s special or laudable. The rest of are happy to learn about this new iPhone feature that we learned from an iPhone-related blog. I couldn’t care less what Android has.

      • TechnoBuff


  • Is anyone able to sideload iFile onto iOS 9.2 and then see if USB drives can be accessed on iPhone this way?

    • Admin001

      I dont think it would work as iFile needs root access somthing apple does not allow it apps to do. The way round it is through jaibreak

      • Back before the Evasi0n jailbreak, I was able to sideload iFile onto iOS 6 via Xcode/IPA re-signing, it seemed to automatically detect that there was no root access but still worked normally by only accessing files under Mobile. Always wondered if that still works today.

      • Admin001

        Ohh, right. Well i am on IOS 9.0.2 and jailbroken so i cant help u im afraid.

  • The Afroman

    So… does this mean that this now makes the lightning to USB cable act like a USB host? because if that’s the case… that means many video playback apps will now see/support the cable and you could drop a 128gb usb key full of videos and play them back.

    • lemonhead

      well even if that’s the case the problem will still remain the same, the usb won’t have any power so the iPhone won’t recognize it…

    • alfon_sico

      This would be a dream. Till now you need root permission for access to files in SD or USB via Connection Camera Kit.

      Unique reason for me to stay with Jailbreak in my iPad is the ability of play videos via CCK

      Hope someday Apple permit 3rd apps get SD or USB contents

  • Bria

    This was one of the reasons I couldn’t use my iPhone as my main computer. And in turn bought an iPad Pro. I do a lot of hobby photography but never really needed a full computer. Nice to know I don’t need to lug my iPad with me now.

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    Can you also use this to upload photos directly from a computer, without the need to use iTunes?

  • leart

    this reminds me how far ahead was Nokia 10-12 years ago. I used just to copy-paste photo, video and music … Nokia was capable even to recognize media player playlists ..

  • Faisal

    Hey Jeff, how about a usb flash drive?

    • Bangali

      Wondering the same thing..if it can, I will be getting one!

  • YoungRabbi

    and 4 years from now apple will finally release the ability to close all background apps at once.. SMH…

    • Ed

      Yeah that’s a feature everyone is waiting for! lol

  • Ganesh Sha

    Does these mean that once we update the iphone to the latest IOS 9.2 will the older Lighting adapter connection kit work on the iphones