newbie help with camera software install

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by smy168, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. smy168 macrumors newbie

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    so I'm a newbie and I'm trying to install my Canon SD300 Elph software on a recently acquired iBook G4. I have the software installed but everytime I connect the camera to the usb wire and the book, the camera shuts off. Can anyone walk me through this?

    also...

    is the .mac worth getting? I like the reviews on the email side but do I have to renew every year for this?

    Thanks,
    Steven
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    At $99 per year .Mac is a very expensive web mail account. Yahoo and Googles gmail are free with almost unlimited space while .mac has only 1GB of space. Some people think it is worth it but I think 1GB of space for $99 per year is not worth it.

    Could it be that the camera is shutting off due to some power saving setting? You should turn the camera off then conect the cable then turnthe camera on.

    Also you liky do not really need the Canon software unles you really like it. iPhoto will import the files directly off the camera
     
  3. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Do not install any third party camera utilities onto Macs. I don't even know why they continue to insist on shipping Mac software. iPhoto is far superior to anything the Camera companies offer.
     
  4. Gee macrumors 65816

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    Yep, essentially all you need to do is plug in the USB cable and then switch the camera on. After a couple of seconds, iPhoto will open and ask whether you want to import your pics. If this doesn't happen automatically, you can open iPhoto manually.

    As for .Mac, there's a few other nice features that are (almost) worth the money, including the ability to easily create web pages of your photos and such. If you're intrigued, sign up for the 60 day free trial and give it a go.
     
  5. Irish Dave macrumors regular

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    Most software that comes with a camera is rubbish. As a previous "poster" said, connect your camera and turn it on, iPhoto will automatically start and ask you if you want to import your photos. Easy peasy ... job done.

    dave:)
     
  6. smy168 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks guys, just removed the camera software.
     
  7. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    For less than 99$ I have three domains with each 1GB of webspace and an unlimted number of emailadresses. .Mac is rather expensive unless you dont want to learn things like ftp and webdesign. I guess you don't pay for the 1GB of space but for the ease of use.
     
  8. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    I would recommend getting a Card Reader, instead of downloading your pictures directly from the camera.
     
  9. ero87 macrumors 65816

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    any reason for this?
     
  10. Neonguy macrumors 6502

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    Hehe..don't get .Mac is you're planning to use it for email only. GMail and Yahoo offer a lot more storage then .Mac. .Mac look nicer, user friendly interface but are you willing to pay $99 for that?
     
  11. Irish Dave macrumors regular

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    Yes, card readers don't use your camera batteries and are usually faster at downloading the images.

    Two good reasons, I think.

    Dave :)
     
  12. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah what he said :)
     

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