Problems using Nikon Coolpix 5900 camera with iPhoto

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by colester, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. colester macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2006
    Was wondering if anyone could help me out on this. Ive got a Nikon Coolpix 5900 camera which is not recognized by iPhoto. I have been using Nikon's own software Picture Project to import my pictures but it keeps losing pictures and returning messages like file not found. Therefore I am determined to get iPhoto to recognize my camera. I have checked on Apple's website and it is not among their list of compatible cameras for some reason, despite other Coolpix cameras being in the list. Is there anything I can download such as a driver perhaps that will enable iPhoto to see my camera. At present it just says that there is no camera connected. I have another camera which is recognized by iPhoto no problem, so I know it is not a software issue.

    Would be most greatful if somebody could throw some light on this for me.
  2. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    Have you done a firmwire update? here

    All other websites and reviews said that it was compatible with Mac OSX or was that just the software?

    sorry I couldn't be more help.
  3. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    I haven't used the 5900, but I have a 5400 and in the setup menu there is an option to select which USB transfer mode the camera uses - PTP or Mass Storage. If your camera has that option, try changing it.

    Edit: I just looked it up and your camera should have that option. I'll bet Mass Storage would work. It will cause your camera to show up as a removable drive, which iPhoto should recognize.
  4. Jay42 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    I have the same camera and it works great for me with iPhoto. What version of OS X are you running? What version of iPhoto?

    I had some problems with iPhoto crashing when I tried to import pics by plugging the camera directly into (ie. not a card reader) a G4 mac mini running 10.3.9. However, it doesn't seem to cause any problems on my G4 powerbook running Tiger and iPhoto 5.0.4.

    Does the camera even pop up on the desktop as an external drive?

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