Quote: Originally Posted by hucker
Copying the picture to the hard disk first is no big deal, in fact a smaller deal than removing the memory card and risking wearing out the camera socket.
I only offered that approach as an alternative to doing what you started off "complaining" about, namely copying the pictures folder to your hard disk using Windows Explorer (which is the only program you can use to do that since the camera only supports MTP-mode and no drive letter is assigned, and Windows Explorer is pretty much the only common program that can handle drag-and-drop from an MTP-connected device that does not have a drive letter).
And then I mentioned that once you discovered your camera doesn't support MSC-mode that you were going to have to compromise somewhere. I'd say accepting that you must use Windows Explorer to copy your pictures from camera to hard disk before you can use them in your normal image editing/viewing programs is in fact a compromise of sorts, especially since you now describe it as "no big deal" even though originally you were unhappy.
In fact it's just less of a pain and nuisance than removing the flash card from the camera and putting it into a reader... which means "it's the lesser of two evils", i.e. a compromise. But I agree, that it's really no big deal to have to do this.
Anyway, the bottom line is that the situation is understood, and information about the notion of MSC vs. MTP connection mode for USB has now been explained.
And it's now at least understood why you're forced to do what you've been doing, because your camera doesn't support MSC-mode. I point out that my Nikon camera supports both modes, but obviously not all cameras do.
Note that you are lucky that the USB connectivity of your camera is supported by Windows 7. My cousin's older Canon Rebel XT is NOT supported, and plugging the USB cable into the PC does not automatically make the camera usable!!! You cannot even do what you do, namely copy the pictures from camera to hard drive with Windows Explorer!!
For my cousin and this older Canon camera the ONLY solution is to remove the card, put it into the card reader present on her Lenovo K330 desktop and see the card as a Windows drive letter, and now she has full access to the card itself... as a drive letter. Newer Canon cameras are supported by Windows 7 [drivers
] for USB connections, but the older Rebel XT is not.
So again... at least you can see the camera and get to it once you plug in the USB cable.