Why don't camera reviews cover the data connection to the PC?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Pat Cheney, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. Pat Cheney

    Pat Cheney Guest

    I'm sad because I read the camera reviews and now that I've opened the
    gift, I found out the Casio EXILIM camera uses a proprietary USB cable!

    The reviews failed me.

    I only found out when I tried to pull some pictures out that all my mini
    usb and micro usb cables are useless on this Casio camera.

    What good are the camera reviews if they miss totally something that is as
    important as a totally non-standard data interface to the computer???????

    I'll never trust dp review ever again. I'm livid at how stupid the camera
    reviewers are when they can't even tell me that a cable is proprietary.

    Not one camera review caught this. Idiots all. I'm so angry at them.
     
    Pat Cheney, Dec 25, 2008
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    Bob Williams Guest

    Don't get too upset about it.
    Most camera users don't even use the Camera-to-Computer cable anyway.
    If your computer is of fairly recent vintage you may already have a
    built-in card reader....Insert card in proper slot....Bingo!...Your pics
    are ready to view and download. No Fuss....No Muss....Simple as Pie.
    If you do not have a built-in Card Reader you can purchase one for a
    pittance and simply plug it into an open USB Port.
    I deal a lot with Newegg. Great selection and excellent prices.
    See for instance:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609205
    Bob Williams
     
    Bob Williams, Dec 25, 2008
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  3. No, your parents failed you, stupidity is hereditary.
    Somehow I feel that you and the word "useless" have a long association.

    You forgot to type "Boo Hoo..." How can anyone take your whiny little post
    seriously if you don't add Boo Hoo and throw in a couple of "Woe is me"s.

    Of course you are right, technology retailers are so out of touch, why just
    the other day I bought a Blue ray disk then discovered that they expected
    me to buy a Blue Ray player. Why couldn't they make it work on my VCR?

    Restaurants are just as bad. Last week I went into a Seafood restaurant and
    they refused to sell me some new blades for my lawn mower. And the grass
    really needed cutting. I was so pissed. Not pissed at them, just pissed - I
    had way too much to drink.


    BTW, You are a lying sack of shit with a petty little agenda. DPreview has
    not done a review on any of the current range of Casio Exilim cameras. They
    have however published some user comments on the camera.

    Socky
     
    [email protected], Dec 25, 2008
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  4. But they didn't say that the cable was standard. So they didn't tell
    you any lies. You simply assumed that something they were silent about
    would be like you hoped it would be. And since you've already got lots
    of different USB cables you knew this was a likely problem area.
    This must be only the latest of an endless list of situations where
    people you didn't ask and don't know failed to tell you something that
    would have stopped you doing something stupid. I don't know how you
    can bear it.

    Has it ever occurred to you that there might be a conspiracy of
    people deliberately planning to make you look stupid?
     
    Chris Malcolm, Dec 25, 2008
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  5. They do. They're deliberately trying to make you look stupid. And it's
    not just camera reviewers either. You think that's unlikely? Just
    pause for a moment and think about how much such a conspiracy would
    explain.
     
    Chris Malcolm, Dec 25, 2008
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    SMS Guest

    That's something that would be nice for them to include in the database
    of features, but that you should have checked yourself first.

    It's like when you buy a car, the manufacturer doesn't list every
    feature or characteristic, yet some are very important to owners, but
    unless you check the owners manual or the actual vehicle you'll never
    know whether or not the vehicle is acceptable to you.
     
    SMS, Dec 25, 2008
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    ransley Guest

    I dint not come with a cable, most do, you didnt read the box is yor
    fault not DPs. Every camera I have came with a cable that worked, so
    go buy an adaptor or just use a card the reader in you computer.
     
    ransley, Dec 25, 2008
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    Ofnuts Guest

    Maybe because the camera they got came with its own USB cable? Have you
    thoroughly searched the box?
     
    Ofnuts, Dec 25, 2008
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    ray Guest

    I've never used a direct connection to transfer data on a regular basis. I
    always found it easier, better, faster and saving on the batteries to use
    a card reader.
     
    ray, Dec 25, 2008
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    SMS Guest

    It's just safer to use a cable on a CF camera.
     
    SMS, Dec 25, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    You'll probably spend more replacing batteries than you would from
    wearing out cards. There are small card readers without a cord, just a
    usb plug and slot for your card, at least that way you don't have a
    tangle of cables.

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    all google groups messages filtered due to spam
     
    Paul Furman, Dec 25, 2008
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    ray Guest

    I guess I'm particularly dense - could you explain why?
     
    ray, Dec 25, 2008
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    J. Clarke Guest

    While there is a tiny chance of damaging a pin, it is as
    overexaggerated as the amount of labor involved in maintaining a
    motorcycle chain.
     
    J. Clarke, Dec 25, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    Quite seriously how the hell do you get from your front door to your car, it
    must be so hard.
     
    Pete D, Dec 25, 2008
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    Justin C Guest

    Now that's absurd. What would be the point in encrypting the data? Why
    spend the money developing software that'll just piss off your
    customers?

    Justin.
     
    Justin C, Dec 25, 2008
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    Justin C Guest

    These posts are bothering me. OK, removing and re-inserting an SD card
    time and time again may cause damage, but don't you risk the same
    connecting and disconnecting the cable time and time again?

    If either point fails the camera is useless. It's bad design, and
    something the buyer should have checked before making the purchase.

    Justin.
     
    Justin C, Dec 25, 2008
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    Nervous Nick Guest

    I'm sure he has complained about this to his GPS manufacturer because
    the GPSr won't work indoors.
     
    Nervous Nick, Dec 25, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    Right. You can muck up the card or the points inside the camera by
    taking the card in and out repeatedly, or you can muck up the cable
    connection by plugging it in repeatedly. Not that you will in either
    case, but it could happen.
     
    tony cooper, Dec 25, 2008
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    Bob Williams Guest

    Of course, ANYTHING is possible.
    But statistically, either event is highly improbable.
    You are more likely to damage your camera by dropping it into water or
    onto pavement, or banging it into walls etc., than you are to damage it
    by removing and inserting a memory card.
    I have had 4 digital cameras over 10 years and have never had a failure
    from removing / inserting a memory card.
    Bob Williams
     
    Bob Williams, Dec 25, 2008
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  20. Bob Williams wrote:
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    Same here, Bob. SD cards seem to be quite reliable with multiple
    insertions - more so than CF cards where you hear occasional reports of
    bent pins. What about the chances of dropping and losing a memory card,
    especially SD?

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Dec 25, 2008
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