Nikon D80 - photos while connected by USB?

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  1. arn macrumors god

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    Hi,

    Quick question....

    Let say I've got a Nikon D80. Is it possible to take photos while connected to a computer via USB?

    Any way this can be accomplished to allow for quick transfer of photos taken in real time?

    arn
     
  2. JeffTL macrumors 6502a

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    On my D50 (not that different from the D80) there are two different modes for USB operation -- Mass Storage, in which it functions as an SD reader, and PTP, in which it functions as a device from which images can be retrieved using Image Capture. In PTP mode, if I recall correctly, you can still shoot while the camera is plugged in.

    But it sounds like you might benefit from Nikon Camera Control Pro, a program ($57.99 at MacMall) that lets you upload photos to your computer as they are taken. I believe there is a 30-day free trial available from Nikon if you want to give it a try; I haven't ever really messed with that sort of stuff, since I generally don't have my computer with me when shooting.
     
  3. liketom macrumors 601

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  4. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    What you're talking about here, Arn, is called "tethering," and, yes, you'd have to have Nikon Camera Control Pro in order to be able to do that. Gonna try it at MacWorld? Wish I were going this year!
     
  5. arn thread starter macrumors god

    arn

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    thanks guys...

    that software Camera Control Pro seems like it'll do the trick.

    arn
     
  6. EstorilM macrumors regular

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    With Windows XP, when my D200 is plugged in using PTP mode, it opens up a new window (even has a "take picture now" button in the left side that controls the camera) Anything taken will instantly pop up into that window. I have yet to figure out how to do this in OS X, I'm not sure that it will, but it's not really that important for me haha.
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Yes, it is common. They call this "tethered" shooting. Nikon offerers some add-on software that allows you to remotely control the camera. I think a 30 day demo is included with the camera. Nikon has recently changed the name of the software so I'm not sure of the exact name. They have two programs One is free with the camera and the other costs like $100. You need ther $100 one.

    The main advantage you get to check the image on the large computer screen seconds after it is shot and then you have the normal histogram display.
     
  8. EstorilM macrumors regular

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    Yup, CaptureNX does a lot of cool stuff like that - just overlaps too many apps that I already have.
     
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    He started this entire forum and got this question answered. All of that time, effort, and money he put into this place must have just paid off!
     
  10. After G macrumors 68000

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    He probably did it to get pictures from the keynote.

    I'd like to say thanks if that's the case. :)
     

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