iPad Camera Connection Kit available for pre-order

The iPad When you plug in your camera, it opens the Photos app so you can be selective about which photos you dump.

The iPad's big, beautiful HD screen is ideal for viewing pictures, but actually getting your photos onto the thing is going to mean carrying around a little extra equipment. Since the iPad itself doesn't have any USB ports or an SD-card slot, you'll have to spring for the Camera Connection Kit, which comes with two dongles to alleviate its lack of built-in equipment. They're currently available for pre-order for $29 and will ship in "late April." When you plug in your camera, it opens the Photos app so you can be selective about which photos you dump. It will work with both JPEG and RAW files and will automatically sync the photos to your PC when you connect the iPad. Ultimately, the whole experience seems inconvenient and further drives up the already substantial price. But, at least we have the option.