Canon digital camera - how to mount on OS X desktop

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Tim, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    I have a Canon Powershot A620 which I'm trying to transfer photos from
    using the included USB cable. I can use the Canon software to transfer
    the pictures but I'd rather just mount the camera on my OS X desktop and
    drag the images to the hard drive. I used to be able to transfer
    pictures from my old Nikon that way. Any idea how to mount the camera on
    the desktop?

    Tim, Jul 24, 2006
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    Marc Heusser Guest

    You'd have to have the camera play a hard drive.

    I think you can set it either to P2P or Mass storage - as far as I
    remember both work with my Nikon.

    And prevent Mac OS X from opening iPhoto (unless you want to have iPhoto
    copy the photos to your Mac).

    From iPhoto Help:
    iPhoto works with Image Capture, an application included with Mac OS X,
    to transfer pictures from your digital camera to your photo library.
    When you open iPhoto for the first time, you're asked if you want iPhoto
    to open each time you connect a camera to your computer. You can also
    choose a different application.
    To choose the application that opens:
    1. Make sure no cameras are connected to your computer.
    2. Open Image Capture (in your Applications folder).
    3. Choose Image Capture > Preferences.
    4. Click General at the top of the Preferences window and choose an
    application from the pop-up menu.


    Marc Heusser, Jul 24, 2006
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    WT Guest

    I have a Canon Powershot A620 which I'm trying to transfer photos from
    If OS X is not seeing the usb device, perhaps try a Mac driver for that
    camera. Or just use a card reader. Most people find them cheap and
    more convenient. Are you trying to use the computer to control the
    camera? If so, you need remote control software for OS X and your
    WT, Jul 24, 2006
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    Jim Townsend Guest

    Canon cameras can't be treated as external drives. For some
    reason Canon doesn't want to support USB mass storage. (There
    are other cameras brands that take this approach as well).

    Canon has its own protocol (usually called 'Normal' in the camera
    menu under 'Communications') most newer cameras also have the widely
    supported PTP protocol. (Picture Transfer Protocol).

    It appears OSX supports PTP (sorry for the long URL.. depending on
    your reader, you might have to fix the line wrap).

    The best way by far is to pick up a USB card reader. You can
    plug these into any modern computer. They only cost about 15
    bucks for a basic one. You pay a bit more for USB2 but not
    that much.
    Jim Townsend, Jul 24, 2006
  5. It's always helpful to state what version of osX- or other software- one
    is using as well as machine.

    A card reader with Image Capture is the most convenient way I have
    found. That'll put the images in a folder of your choice in a location
    of your choice, and from there to PS, GraphicConverter, iPhoto, or
    Lightroom are good choices.

    When I checked a month or so ago, Canon didn't seem to have updated
    their software to be compatible with the MacBookPro, or maybe not the
    version of 10.4.6/7 I am running.
    John McWilliams, Jul 24, 2006
  6. Tim

    Marc Heusser Guest

    If OS X is not seeing the usb device, perhaps try a Mac driver for that
    camera. ...[/QUOTE]

    OS X supports A420, A530, and A700 - the A620 should be sufficiently
    similar, and has a USB 2.0 connection. It should work without drivers, I

    Marc Heusser, Jul 24, 2006
  7. No matter whether you go for a card reader or the camera cable, Image
    Capture and iPhoto have the added benefit of being able to embed a color
    profile during import which will prove helpful when editing/printing.
    You don't get that normally when manually pulling images off a mounted
    Martin Sammtleben, Jul 24, 2006
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    Shawn Hirn Guest

    Speaking as a long time Canon digital camera owner who uses Mac OS X,
    save yourself a lot of trouble and buy a card reader. 'Nuf said.
    Shawn Hirn, Jul 24, 2006
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    aRKay Guest

    I agree with buying a card reader but I have used the cable with my
    Canon SD-410. When you attach a cable or card, the Mac OSX opens iPhoto
    and gives you the option to import the pictures. Let iPhoto do its
    thing then drag them where you want if you don't like iPhoto.

    The Mac OSX iPhoto works great with Canon digital cameras.
    aRKay, Jul 25, 2006
  10. What version and what machine, please?
    John McWilliams, Jul 25, 2006
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    Rodger Stamm Guest

    You should have Image Capture application in your Applications folder.
    Set the camera setting to no applications in the preferences.
    Rodger Stamm, Jul 25, 2006
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    VAXman- Guest


    A little story about card readers...

    I have 2 Canon 20Ds which use Compact Flash. I had a PCMCIA Compact Flash
    reader I used for some time. It was faster than using the USB from the 20D
    itself. I'd been toying with purchasing a new MacBookPro but the choice to
    use ExpressCard/34 that Apple made assured me that I'd never see a Compact
    Flash ExpressCard/34 option (CF cards are larger than the 34mm of the EC/34
    slot). I started exploring the external card readers.

    Aperture worked much better and faster with the external card readers! I
    tried both USB and Firewire. I finally purchased a Lexar Firewire Compact
    Flash card reader. The all firewire readers had a considerable edge over
    the same USB (same mfg) readers.
    VAXman- , Jul 25, 2006
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    Bill Funk Guest

    The OP wants to bypass any other software, and see the camera as a
    Canons don't do that.
    Bill Funk, Jul 25, 2006
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    WT Guest

    I have a Canon Powershot A620 which I'm trying to transfer photos from
    Moving TIFFS can take a lot of time so:
    So how was the speed of the firewire (400?) card reader compared to the
    Are there any internal IDE or SATA card readers?
    Are there any external SATA card readers?
    Are there any firewire 800 card readers?
    WT, Jul 25, 2006
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    halbertm Guest

    Why do you want to drag the photos onto your hard drive manually? Why
    not use the software Canon provides?

    I bought a Canon PowerShot S-80 in February; it came with a Canon
    Utilities package that is completely adequate for anything I have
    needed to do so far, and seems more convenient (and less baffling) than
    iPhoto. It works well with Mac OS X 10.4.6 on my iMac G5 (iSight) and
    hasn't given me any problems at all.

    In particular, Canon's ImageBrowser (version is convenient
    for organizing the photos on a hard drive. By default it places the
    image files taken on a given day in a folder with the date as the
    folder name, but you can change the name -- say, add a brief
    description -- if you choose to. The folders and the image files can
    be moved, copied, renamed, or deleted at will, either with ImageBrowser
    itself or with the Finder -- unlike iPhoto which always seems to have a
    mind of its own as to where your image files should be stored. For any
    photo, ImageBrowser shows complete information on the camera settings
    (26 items for the S-80) as well as the brightness histogram. It also
    allows you to examine the photo at full resolution and compare up to
    four images side by side. It can be used to print a photo in your
    choice of size, orientation, and with or without the exposure date (in
    any color you choose).

    Transferring from camera to hard drive is automatic when you plug the
    USB cable into the camera. The computer loads a program called Camera
    Window that allows you to upload all your photos or only the new ones,
    as you choose. If you have a card reader, the same program will upload
    from the memory card equally well. Again, why struggle to transfer
    your photos to your hard drive when this free program does it for you
    intelligently and easily?
    halbertm, Jul 27, 2006
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    Stewy Guest

    I used to own a Sony S70 and transferred pictures using the USB but the
    cable became faulty after a year or two so I was forced to get a small
    card reader. This simply becomes an icon on the desktop under OSX.
    While it's very easy, you'll have to sort and label the pictures
    yourself, but it does allow you to create a folder to dump unedited
    pictures for backup to CDR or DVD.
    Stewy, Jul 28, 2006
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    Tom Stiller Guest

    IPhoto will import pictures from a mounted card reader.
    Tom Stiller, Jul 28, 2006
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    Stewy Guest

    Stewy, Jul 30, 2006
  19. OS X and Windows XP use a protocol known as PPTP. This mode does not mount
    anything on the Desktop as far as I know.

    Becuase I use my Nikon with Windows 200 and Macintosh I have set the camera
    to use USB disk mode rather than PPTP so I always get a mounted disk.

    Possibly the Canon can be set to use a mode other than PPTP?
    Richard Tomkins, Jul 30, 2006
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    Jim Townsend Guest

    No. For some reason, Canon doesn't like to include USB mass storage
    in their cameras. (I don't know of any Canon models that have this).

    Canon only uses Picture transfer protocol (PTP) and their own proprietary
    protocol. They can't be accessed directly like a drive.
    Jim Townsend, Jul 30, 2006
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