Sending Pictures to the Computer

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You can take two approaches to moving pictures from your camera memory card to your computer:

1 Connect the camera directly to the computer. For this option, you need to dig out the USB cable that came in your camera box. Your computer must also have a free USB slot, or port, in techie talk. If you aren't sure what these gadgets look like, Figure 8-1 gives you a look.

The little three-pronged icon you see on the plug and between the two ports in Figure 8-1 is the universal symbol for USB. Be sure to check for this symbol because a different type of slot, called a FireWire slot, looks very similar to a USB slot, and your USB cable can even seem to fit (sort of) into a FireWire slot.

i Transfer images using a memory card reader. Many computers now also have built-in memory card readers. If yours has one that accepts a CompactFlash card, you can simply pop the card out of your camera and into the card reader instead of hooking the camera up to the computer.

As another option, you can buy stand-alone card readers such as the SanDisk model shown in Figure 8-2. This particular model accepts a variety of memory cards, including CompactFlash. Check your photo printer, too; many printers now have card readers that accept the most popular types of cards.

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USB ports

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USB ports

Figure 8-1: You can connect the camera to the computer using the supplied USB cable.

Courtesy SanDisk Corporation

Figure 8-2: A card reader offers a more convenient method of image transfer.

I prefer to use a card reader, for two reasons: First, when you transfer via the camera, the camera must be turned on during the process, wasting battery power. Second, with a card reader, I don't have to keep track of that elusive camera cable. And third, when I copy photos to my desktop system, transferring via the camera requires that I get down on all fours to plug the cable into the computer's USB slot, which is of course located in the least convenient spot possible. The card reader, by contrast, stays perched on my desk, connected to my computer at all times, so there's very little physical activity involved in transferring pictures, which is how I prefer to live my life.

Courtesy SanDisk Corporation

Figure 8-2: A card reader offers a more convenient method of image transfer.

If you want to transfer directly from the camera, however, the next section explains some important steps you need to take to make that option work. If you choose to use a card reader, skip ahead to the section "Starting the transfer process" to get an overview of what happens after you insert the card into the reader.

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