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Windows 7: Driver for camera's

10 Mar 2014   #1
tkpatric

W7 64 bit
 
 
Driver for camera's

Why oh why must I always reinstall the driver for my photo camera? (Canon G15 and Nikon P300) Then it works as long as the computer is on.


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10 Mar 2014   #2
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Does it give an error, or just require a re install every time you try to use it? Have you used the latest driver?
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11 Mar 2014   #3
tkpatric

W7 64 bit
 
 

It does give an error (yellow exclamation mark in devices). It are the latest drivers.
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11 Mar 2014   #4
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Just take the flash card out of the camera and use an external USB card reader like this one. You will never need "camera drivers" again.
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11 Mar 2014   #5
tkpatric

W7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks but I already do that, and it is very inconvenient because I take a few photo's (at home) and I directly look at them.
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11 Mar 2014   #6
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tkpatric View Post
Thanks but I already do that, and it is very inconvenient because I take a few photo's (at home) and I directly look at them.
Well, you do say that you have to reinstall the drivers everytime you freshly connect the camera to the PC, so that's inconvenient as well.

I know nothing about Canon, but I use the standard Nikon software for my D300 (not P300 like you have). I've got the latest Nikon software installed, from Nikon's software download site. No problem connecting the camera directly to my Win7 x64 PC and transferring pictures.

I don't know about the P300, but with the D300 you configure the camera to communicate over the USB connection in either of two ways: MTP/PTP, or MSC.



The MSC approach assigns a drive letter to the "removable" camera storage, and also requires that you "safely remove hardware" before you disconnect the USB cable. You can use Windows Explorer and 100% of normal programs to access the contents of the flash card while inside the camera, because a standard Windows drive letter has been assigned.

In contrast, the PTP/MTP approach requires special drivers or software, and typically ONLY Windows Explorer or camera-provided software can access the contents of the flash card inside the camera. This is because NO Windows drive letter is assigned (although the camera shows up in Explorer as a removable device with a name), so only software specifically capable of communicating through PTP/MTP can be used.

Does the P300 have a similar configuration option? Have you tried both methods?
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11 Mar 2014   #7
tkpatric

W7 64 bit
 
 

Sorry but I tried everything with both the camera's. The problem is W7, very sure about that! But first of all, thank you very much!
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11 Mar 2014   #8
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x2 + Windows 10, Ubuntu
 
 

The connection of a camera directly to the PC is basically a bad idea, any type of issue with the camera or camera power will often result in lost data, it is much safer to use a card reader to transfer images.
You will also find that good quality card readers will transfer images a lot quicker than a direct camera connection - I use professional level cameras and although they have the facility for direct connection, they strongly advise that this direct connection is only used as a last resort and then only with a camera powered by an external power supply. my normal transfer is about 200 images and direct camera connection would take 30 to 40% longer than my in-built card reader
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14 Mar 2014   #9
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

As a photographer with a high end camera (Nikon D800E) I attach mine to my PC all the time and have never had any data loss.

BTW the D800 comes with a USB 3.0 connection so it transfers pretty darn quick when doing about 50 images; and these are 72ish meg RAW files as the D800 is a 36.3 megapixel camera.

That said, you can never be too cautious. Since my camera has two card slots, for critical shots, I use the other as backup.
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