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What's the preferred way to x-fer photos from camera to PC?(17 posts)

What's the preferred way to x-fer photos from camera to PC?Fez
Nov 18, 2003 8:55 AM
1) Docking station and press button
2) USB cable at both ends
3) Taking media out of camera, inserting it to card reader

I'm at work doing #3 very repetitively right now (taking lots of pictures and have to see if they come out well before moving on to the next job) and it is a royal PITA.

The docking station would eliminate the hassles of opening the door and removing and reinstalling the media. Also would make charging easier.
definitely, docking station (nm) IMO94Nole
Nov 18, 2003 9:00 AM
re: What's the preferred way to x-fer photos from camera to PC?ColnagoFE
Nov 18, 2003 9:01 AM
Card reader is the fastest method for me. Takes way longer doing it through the camera for some reason.
Is the card reader USB?Fez
Nov 13, 2003 6:32 AM
Funny how the card reader is faster than doing it thru the camera, assuming both are connected via standard "slow" USB connection.

I'm running an IBM Microdrive CF Type2 connected to a notebook PC card adapter and the file transfer is lightning fast. Its just a pain to take it out of one hardware and install into another and vice versa.
yup USB...don't know why one would be faster, but it is (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 18, 2003 10:25 AM
Does the camera connect to PC by USB?czardonic
Nov 18, 2003 10:28 AM
Mine doesn't, and the transfer process is intolerably slow. It could also be that the camera itself is the weak link, speed wise.
How the heck does your camera connect? (more)Fez
Nov 18, 2003 10:45 AM
An ancient serial port connection?

I think ColnFE above said they were both USB, but perhaps the camera is the cause for slowing down the transfer rate.
Nov 18, 2003 10:58 AM
I wasn't sure what ColnagoFE's camera used, but mine does indeed use an ancient serial connection.
Card reader and USB2 is the fastest and ...Live Steam
Nov 18, 2003 10:42 AM
most convenient. Not only is it faster, but there is no need to run the camera and file manipulation seems to be much easier - ie. cut/copy and paste to other folders, etc.
Yes, but you still have to remove the media from the camera.Fez
Nov 18, 2003 10:49 AM
how long does that take?ColnagoFE
Nov 18, 2003 11:07 AM
I can pop out my CF memory card in about 1 second. Open compartment, push button and it's out. When done, pop it back in again just as fast. Don't even need to turn the camera on.
Not a problem for a one-time transfer, but...Fez
Nov 18, 2003 11:58 AM
Like I was saying, I have to check the quality of the pictures I just took before I can move onto the next project.

The LCD on the camera is too small, so I have to see it on my laptop. So I've been moving the memory card back & forth all day. That's the PITA.
Can't be good for the equipment, either.czardonic
Nov 18, 2003 12:10 PM
My camera can be hooked directly to a TV such that the screen can be used to compose and view pictures. Any such option with your equipment?
That's a big deal? 2 seconds to ...Live Steam
Nov 18, 2003 11:08 AM
remove the media and all the time saved in the file exchange and the ease of manipulation, make it worth the "extra" effort :O) If you have a USB2 you will be happy with the results. Actually even a USB1 is better than the camera connection. My printer has a media slot for different memory cards, but that too is slow for some reason and it will only transfer .jpeg files. The .mpeg files my camer can take, do not get transfered through that port for some reason. Card reader is KING :O) Just kidding, what ever flaots your boat!
Actually the fastest way seems to be . . .Rich_Racer
Nov 18, 2003 11:43 AM
to have one of those printer/scanner/copiers with the digital photo card readers and do it via that. The rate determining factor in photo transfer is not the cable or the connector (although USB is slightly faster than serial) but the slow processor in the camera.

Get a second card making it less time crucialpitt83
Nov 19, 2003 8:29 AM
Sounds to me like you're not liking the time it takes to edit and view. The transfer you're complaining about is the actual editing time. Nothing's going to reduce that.

But, you can put it off until later if you have a second card. You could even use Card A for work and card B for personal keeping editing task specific.

And I'm not an effeciency expert!

PS: I use the SAN cube card reader with USB1 and it's just fine. They're real cheap and real easy. The cable / camera route is too klunky and I couldn't get the software to work well. A simple "F" drive for the cube I understand.
SEcond and third card is way to goLive Steam
Nov 19, 2003 8:43 AM
There are times I want to keep images on the card to share with other people, either by using the viewer on my camera or using a PCMCIA card in notebook or DVD player. An extra card or two provides a great deal of flexibility. They are pretty inexpensive now too.