1053 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 5, 2008 12:21 PM by orangekay
I agree. I've got a usb memory card reader plugged in most of the time and don't like to run down camera batteries just to get the pictures off the memory card.
I don't see why iPhoto would have any problem importing the Raw images directly from the card to it's database.
I believe the changes in 10.5.4 merely lets a Mac use the files without needing a proprietary reader program like Nikon tried to use years ago.
Message was edited by: dechamp because I can't speel sometimes.
I am one of the "few". I have used Image Capture for about 4 years and haven't had any problems with it at all. I also take photos in raw and large jpeg format, but using a Rebel XT. I prefer to use Photoshop Elements to do my processing and to put my photos in my Picture folder where I have straightforward control over them. I do use iPhoto for some organization and for producing slide shows, and I realize that I could download using iPhoto and still use Photoshop Elements for processing.
I also have a USB card reader but to use it means removing the card from the camera regularly and often and I'd just as soon leave it in, except for necessities.
Yes, I understand that (technical) distinction, but Image Capture has worked fine for me with earlier Canon cameras. If this was just support for iPhoto and Aperture it should be labeled as such, but the actual documentation for the 10.5.4 updates says "Includes additional RAW image support for several cameras" and the document describing Raw support says "Mac OS X Leopard provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats from the following cameras.
Mac OS X 10.5
Supported by Mac OS X 10.5.4 or later
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / Kiss Digital x2 / EOS 450D"
The key language here is "system level support" - which I had assumed included importing the raw images. Image capture recognizes the XSi and moves the jpegs just fine - it's not clear to me why raw files would be any different.
Anyway, as others in this thread have mentioned, just using a SDHC card reader works fine - and is faster. You just have to remove the card for the transfer.
"Support" means that the built-in raw decoder knows how to handle raw files formatted by that camera. I have no idea why copying a JPEG would be any more difficult than copying a raw file, but again, Image Capture is something of a vestigial holdover from 10.0 and nobody really uses it for anything, so it's probably never tested.