20D: Why not simple drag-and-drop download?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Mack McKinnon, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. It might be a useless feature to you, and obviously it may suit you to turn
    it off, but I find it very useful on my 350D.

    Mike Bernstein
    Mike Bernstein, Oct 9, 2005
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  2. Mack McKinnon

    Bill Guest

    So you leave your camera on 24/7...?
    Bill, Oct 9, 2005
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  3. Mack McKinnon

    Bill Guest

    I hate to say it, but "me too".

    I like that it will turn off automatically when I'm walking around. It
    springs back to life instantly with a quick tap on the shutter button,
    so there's no need to waste battery power.
    Bill, Oct 9, 2005
  4. I turn it on to use it...turn it off when I'm done. Pretty complicated,
    Randall Ainsworth, Oct 10, 2005
  5. Mack McKinnon

    Bill Guest

    Yes, that does indeed sound very complicated.

    I'd better not try to do that. I'll just stick with the automatic
    setting, and stay away from any complicated procedures.
    Bill, Oct 10, 2005
  6. Mack McKinnon

    no_name Guest

    It's a device that plugs into a USP port & you plug your memory card
    into the card reader. Your card then shows up as a drive & you can drag
    and drop your photos to copy/move them onto your computer.

    One shortcoming I've found with plugging the camera into the computer is
    it drains the batteries while transferring the images. A card reader
    eliminates that. Pop the card out & slip in another. Put the card into
    the reader & download your pictures.

    My first couple of Lexar cards came with a card reader in the package.
    Looked like this one:

    no_name, Oct 10, 2005
  7. Mack McKinnon

    no_name Guest

    The other thing is that with a card reader, you could be out taking
    pictutres while the other card is downloading.
    no_name, Oct 10, 2005
  8. Mack McKinnon

    Bill Guest


    It only takes a few minutes to download dozens of photos. I usually have
    a bite to eat or take a shower or something while I download an entire
    gig of photos. I certainly don't need to wait long enough that I would
    have to go without it.

    My memory cards are like the American Express commercials...I never
    leave home without them.
    Bill, Oct 10, 2005
  9. Mack McKinnon

    G.T. Guest

    The battery life on my Rebel XT ain't that great so I find it useful, too.
    With the quick startup time of the Rebel XT I find no problem with auto
    power down.

    G.T., Oct 10, 2005
  10. Mack McKinnon

    Bill Guest

    I'm curious, what do you mean that it's not "that great"?

    Typically I've noticed an average of about 450+ shots out of a single
    charge when I run the battery down. Though most of the time I top up as
    needed since LiIon batteries work best when not completely drained.

    I don't use the image review after each shot, and the internal flash is
    rarely used. I do use the playback feature to review a group of images
    though, but I still find the battery life to be pretty good.
    Bill, Oct 11, 2005
  11. Mack McKinnon

    no_name Guest

    "Out" can be as near as the patio taking pictures of the butterflys on
    the potted plants, or "out" the kitchen window taking the birds in the
    back yard.
    no_name, Oct 11, 2005
  12. Mack McKinnon

    G.T. Guest

    I get about 350 with my usage which is considerably less than my original
    Digital Rebel. I use the review image after each shot (I could probably
    turn it off) but I playback images alot when I'm on all day hikes or bicycle
    rides because I'd rather delete then and there rather than wading through
    pics when I get home. I don't use the internal flash much.

    G.T., Oct 11, 2005
  13. Mack McKinnon

    Bill Guest

    How many photos can you take of the bird or butterfly in the backyard
    that downloading would be a time-constrained issue?

    Pics of the hot chick next door getting out the shower, well that I
    could understand...

    Bill, Oct 12, 2005
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