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Hour 4. Importing Source Images > Importing Images from a Digital Camera

Importing Images from a Digital Camera

Digital cameras and scanners have a lot more in common than digital cameras and film cameras. Film cameras rely on light and chemistry to produce an image. Digital cameras use a device that collects image data much like the scanner does. Scanners send the data directly to the computer. They don’t have any storage media. Cameras have memory. They may have an internal memory and/or a removable memory card, stick, or floppy disk. When you fill up a card and need more memory, you remove the full card and pop in an empty one. Memory cards (and for our purposes, Sony’s Memory Sticks are also considered “cards”) are intended to be reused. They’re not for data storage. So, at some point, you need to get the data off the card or out of the camera and into the computer. There are several ways to do this, depending on the make and model of camera you use.

USB Connection

The first and by far the easiest way to import data is from a camera that uses a standard 3 1/2’’ floppy disk. If you have one of these, simply remove the disk from your camera and stick it in the computer’s disk drive. However, most digital cameras do not use floppy disk drives, so we’ll talk about other options.


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