Transfer & Storage

Transferring Photos

Written by Digicamhelp Editor

There are a number of ways to transfer images from a digital camera to computer, either directly from the camera or by using a built-in or external memory card reader.

Transferring photos to a computerDigital images can be transferred from a digital camera to a computer or other storage device via a USB cable. This is done either directly from the camera or by using an external memory card reader.

Some digital cameras come with a PCMCIA interface that can be inserted into a notebook computer.

Computers, notebooks and netbooks with built-in memory card slots make transfer of images easy without the need for  a cord or external reader.

A few cameras have built-in wifi so images can be transferred wirelessly with the right set-up.

Driver installation

Digital cameras come with a CD containing a driver for computers that require one, an viewer/organizer to browse images once transferred to the computer, and basic photo editing software. In most cases, the software should be installed before making the USB connection to the computer. A wizard on the CD walks you step-by-step through the  installation process.

Once the camera is attached to the computer and turned on, or the memory card is inserted into a memory card slot, the related software automatically launches (if it doesn’t, check the preference settings).

You can set how and where image files a stored into designated folders and append file names if desired. When the transfer is complete, you can browse and view images.

If the transfer process fails

Sometimes the process doesn’t work correctly. If not, try uninstalling and reinstalling the software. It may be that you have a conflict with pre-existing software. If you suspect this to be the case, call tech support or seek advice in an related online forum

In the mean time, you can manually transfer the images to your computer if the memory card icon is recognized. Navigate to the memory card icon, click to open it, and then navigate to the images folder on the card.  Click and drag the folder from the memory card so it is copied to the desktop.

Tip: Avoid losing images and possibly damaging a memory card, never shut off the camera or computer until images are completely transferred.


  • Jackie, I don’t know why your camera only downloads have the images. The only way to check is there is something wrong with your camera to format the card and test it again. You should also try downloading the images with a card reader. If you don’t have a card reader, go to a place where they sell cameras to test the memory card for you. You can also try uninstalling and reinstalling the software that came with the camera. If you find out the card is corrupted and need to get a new one, make sure it is compatible with your camera. It may not take the newer SDHC or other high speed/high capacity cards. If you determine the problem is the camera, you need to weigh the cost of repairing it vs buying a new one.

  • I have a kodak md1063 for 3 1/2 years. Using a 2g sd card. All of a sudden only half of the pictures are transferring on to the computer. I even tried taking 4 new pictures and only 2 copied. Am using the usb cable that came with the camera to transfer. Have never formatted the sd card. Is the card corrupted or do you think something is wrong with the camera. I Installed the software that came with the camera and has worked fine up until now. Got a message that said “duplicates were not copied”. Did not give me a choice to copy duplicates or not.

  • I have a Dell desk top with vista. I connected the usb to my camera and nothing happen. I can’t upload my pics to the computer