9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2008 3:09 PM by Old Toad
Charles Cole Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
How do you import images from a PowerShot to the computer without the Canon software? Maybe I messed up by loading the Canon software, because when I connect the camera it launches the Canon software every time. I can quit the software easy enough, but there is no "mounted" image of the camera. Therefore, I can open the camera image to get to the pics. In fact, since there is no mounted image (in finder) I have to just unplug the camera's usb connection to free the camera. This goes against everything I'm accustomed to with my Mac. You should always "unmount" a drive before disconnecting it.

I've tried Image Capture and although it allows me download the images, it won't erase them from the camera (neither will the Canon software).

The camera is the new G10 and it simply does not show up as a mounted drive when connected. I'm probably taking a big risk just unplugging it without unmounting, but, hey....where is it!

Can anybody please help me here with how I can retrieve images from my camera if it shows no mounting in finder?

intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • 1. Re: Importing from a Canon Camera
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)
    I've tried Image Capture and although it allows me download the images, it won't erase them from the camera (neither will the Canon software).


    1 - it is recommended that you do not use iPhoto to delete photos form your camera since it is possible to lose photos this way - it is recommended that you complete the download, properly disconnect your camera and after you are sure that everything is ok use the camera to format the card thereby deleting the photos and renewing the card format

    2 - the cannon software should have a way to "turn it off" - read the manual or help file or check the preferences - then set your choice of iPhoto or image capture to launch when a camera is connected

    3 - Canon camera's generally do not mount to the Mac desktop - it is the way they work. Some (maybe just the movie cameras) have a two modes, one that mounts and one that does not according to a recent post


    Some cameras only support Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PictureTransferProtocol which doesn't mount the camera's memory card on the desktop.

    Some cameras also support USB Mass Storage Device Class >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USBMass_StorageDevice which allows the memory card to be mounted on the desktop when plugged in.


    LN

    PS - it is also recommended that you do not SPAM the boards by posting the same question everywhere you can think of - once is enough

    Message was edited by: LarryHN
  • 2. Re: Importing from a Canon Camera
    Charles Cole Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Thanks for your response. And, you're right about my posting in more than one place. I apologize, my bad.
  • 3. Re: Importing from a Canon Camera
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)
    But more importantly did you resolve your issue?

    LN
  • 4. Re: Importing from a Canon Camera
    Charles Cole Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Well, at least part of it. I understand that it is a "feature" of a Canon camera that an image IS NOT mounted on the desk top when the camera is connected via USB. However, since there is no image, I'm confused as to how I can access the images directly from the camera's card without the use of any software. The Canon manual says that I should be able to access the images without installing the Canon software. Again, with no mounted camera, I don't understand how to do this.

    Also, it makes me extremely nervous to just simply disconnect the USB cable without doing the conventional Mac un-mounting procedure.

    I really do appreciate your help, and again, I'm sorry for posting in more than one location. This seemed like an odd question and I wasn't sure were it belonged - but that's no excuse for multiple entries.
  • 5. Re: Importing from a Canon Camera
    Smtr Level 5 Level 5 (5,450 points)
    Can anybody please help me here with how I can retrieve images from my camera if it shows no mounting in finder?


    A convenient workaround is to use a USB card reader. Remove your card from the camera, place it in the reader, plug in via USB, and the card will mount on the Desktop as an external drive. Then it's a simple matter of drag and drop to move your photos to a folder in the Finder. I prefer this to connecting the camera, because the card reader takes up much less space on my (very cluttered) desk. Another benefit is that you don't have to worry about the camera's batteries dying during a long upload.

    What is set in iPhoto's Preferences for what should happen when a camera is connected? Is there an application selected to open? Does it say to do nothing? There is also a setting like that in Image Capture - where you either choose an application to open or choose nothing. Check both of those Preferences, because you should be able to get the Canon software to NOT launch when you connect the camera.

    Re your camera eject dilemma: isn't there a way to eject the camera in Image Capture?

    Regards.
  • 6. Re: Importing from a Canon Camera
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,670 points)
    Either use Image Capture as you already know it works or get a card reader as Smtr suggested and which I recommend also as the preferred method for uploading. Much safer IMO.





    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto (iPhoto.Library for iPhoto 5 and earlier) database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger or later), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 6 and 7 libraries and Tiger and Leopard. Just put the application in the Dock and click on it whenever you want to backup the dB file. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.


    Note: There's now an Automator backup application for iPhoto 5 that will work with Tiger or Leopard.
  • 7. Re: Importing from a Canon Camera
    TFERG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just ordered a Canon FS100 and this is my first. My MacBook Pro has an Intel based and I have iMovie 6.03. I want to record family video and burn to DVD. I would like to learn to do a bit of editing just to clean up videos. I have 1GB of RAM. I ordered 2 8GB SDHC cards with a card reader. Will I need to upgrade my RAM or require an external drive? Should I download iLife 08 or give iMovie 6 a try with Streamclip?
    This is my first time in a discussion so if I did not do this right, I am sorry.

    Thank you
  • 8. Re: Importing from a Canon Camera
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)
    TFERG

    You need the iMovie forum. That FS100 is a video camera and all your queries seem to relate to iMoive. You can find that forum here:

    http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=141

    Regards

    TD
  • 9. Re: Importing from a Canon Camera
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,670 points)
    TFERG:

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. Be warned that many users have reported problems with SDHC cards getting recognized by their Macs. Do a search in the Apple Discussions for "SDHC" and you'll find many topics regarding those cards. The problem may not manifest itself when importing into iMovie but I don't know that for sure.





    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto (iPhoto.Library for iPhoto 5 and earlier) database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger or later), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 6 and 7 libraries and Tiger and Leopard. Just put the application in the Dock and click on it whenever you want to backup the dB file. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.


    Note: There's now an Automator backup application for iPhoto 5 that will work with Tiger or Leopard.