New Mac mini does not have SD card slot - How do you import pictures from camera

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ccsicecoke, Nov 3, 2018.

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How do you usually import pictures from camera (excluding iPhone) ?

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  1. SD Card Reader (built-in or external)

    59.3%
  2. Wireless transfer

    7.4%
  3. Connect camera to Mac via USB cable

    33.3%
  1. ccsicecoke macrumors regular

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    It came to my attention that the new 2018 Mac mini does not have a SD card slot, even it does not have a concerns of thickness controlling like Macbooks. I'm surprised that everyone was so cool about it. No complaining what's so ever.

    Is everyone past the stage of using SD card? Up till now importing from SD card is still the most convenient way for me. Luckily I still have an external card reader.

    Setting up a poll here to see how does everyone one import pictures from camera (Excluding iPhone).
     
  2. Broken Hope macrumors 6502a

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  4. someoldguy macrumors 68000

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    Use either a usb card reader , or connect a usb cable from the camera to the computer...
     
  5. archer75 macrumors 68020

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    You're still using SD cards? Use a USB cable from the camera. Done. We always do it direct from the camera.
     
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    Yeah, my mom does it this way as it was the easiest way for her. I prefer to use a fast card reader and I have multiple SD cards that I shoot RAW on so it's much more efficient w/ a separate reader.
     
  7. archer75 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah we shoot raw as well on several SD cards. Still use the camera and USB cable to transfer. Works well.
     
  8. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    I would import pictures into a new mini the same way I import them into my my Mac Pro and my MacBook Pro. I plug in a Sandisk CF card reader.
     
  9. F-Train, Nov 3, 2018
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    I need Thunderbolt/USB ports a lot more than I need an SD card slot. Secure Digital cards are not exactly a universal standard and never have been. Here is what I currently use for photo and video capture and the options for each to get the data to my computer:

    Leica digital camera: USB cable or SD card reader to USB
    Sony digital camera: wireless or USB cable or SD card reader to USB
    iPhone 8 camera: wireless or USB cable
    Sound Devices PIX E5H external video monitor & 4K video recorder: SSD thumb drive to USB or USB cable
    Sound Devices 702T audio recorder: Compact Flash card reader to USB or Thunderbolt 3 cable or FireWire cable
    Sound Devices MixPre audio mixer/recorder: USB cable or SD card reader to USB
    Sound Devices USBPre 2 audio recorder: USB cable

    The above isn’t even exhaustive of the possibilities in photography and video production.
     
  10. 0970373 Suspended

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    It's so much slower though. And I use multiple cards so no point putting it back in the camera just for that. But to each their own and one should do what's best for their needs/uses.
     
  11. archer75, Nov 3, 2018
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    archer75 macrumors 68020

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    It shouldn't be. Perhaps it depends on the camera? Ours is a Sony a7rii.
    Multiple cards are being added and removed from the camera or card reader, same diff either way.
     
  12. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    I transfer photos by WiFi to the iPad and with a USB cable from the camera to the MBP. The MacBook has a slot but I use that for storage expansion.
     
  13. ruka.snow macrumors regular

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    All my pro cameras are CF or CFast, so I use a USB-c breakout box. Though since this is less of a pro machine, they perhaps should have kept the SD reader. I guess the way to go if you don't have a super fast reader is to connect via ethernet(if on your camera) or USB.
     
  14. 0970373, Nov 3, 2018
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    If it works for you then great.
     
  15. F-Train, Nov 3, 2018
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    F-Train macrumors 65816

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    Camera storage is quite volatile at the moment. The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera uses CFast as well as SD, and Zeiss has just announced a new camera that will have an internal SSD drive. External recorders for video, like the new 5" Atomos, use SSD thumb drives. And there's a clear move to transmitting files via WiFi.

    Dropping the SD card slot just reflects the fact that at this point camera storage and file transmission are all over the place. It's interesting that the original poster excluded smartphones from his question. Why? They appear to have become far and away the most common camera in actual use.
     
  16. montycat macrumors 6502

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    I either connect my camera to my Mbp or I use an external USB card reader. My old iMacs never had a SD slot. Not having a SD card slot on my current Mbp or my future Mac Mini isn't a concern for me at all.
     
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