Uploading digital images onto a computer.

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  1. jimbryan

    jimbryan TPF Noob!

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    Hi. I am a newbie and would like to know the best way to upload from a compact flash card onto a computer.I have had conflicting opinions,one being via a card reader,and the other direct from the camera via the digital lead.
    Any help gratefully recieved.
    Canon eos10D.
     
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    I use a card reader simply for convenience. I don't think there is any significant difference in the two.

    Connect a card reader to a USB2 port, insert card, and the computer sees the reader as another drive.

    If you connect the camera to a USB2 port, the computer sees the camera as a drive.

    I use the reader because sometimes I'm doing more than one card and because my computer desk is usually so cluttered there isn't room for my camera.
     
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    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The biggest issues I have with connecting the camera to the computer are:
    1) the camera is the worlds costliest card reader.
    2) If the battery fails during download, you will most likely corrupt 1 or more files.
    3) Your camera is tied up while downloading, can't take pictures that way.
     
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    In order of speed. slowest to fastest and lowest cost to highest:

    - Cable from camera to PC (I hate it... a small power surge could damage the camera)
    - USB 1.0 card reader
    - USB 2.0 card reader
    - Firewire card reader

    Having a fast card makes a big difference here.
     

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