Why USB (for a Nikon D70)?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by john, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. john

    john Guest

    Hi folks,

    This may be an incredibly stupid question... but here goes...

    I have a USB card reader for my computer (it came with my 1GB Lexar card). I
    use this to copy my photos from the card to my hard drive.

    So, my question is... is there any reason to hook my computer directly to my
    Nikon D70 via a USB cable?

    john, Jul 20, 2004
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    Douglas Guest

    I always use a card reader.I do format the cards in my D70s.Why take a
    chance on knocking a $1300+ camera on the floor,when card readers are $15?
    Douglas, Jul 20, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    The camera USB might save any damage to the pins of the camera's CF card

    The more you remove/replace, the more risk is taken as well as the more
    wear & tear on the pins.

    Having said that, I use a card reader too, just in case I knock the camera
    over !
    Guest, Jul 20, 2004
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    Matt Ion Guest

    If you're using someone else's computer and don't have your cardreader
    along, maybe.
    Matt Ion, Jul 20, 2004
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    Bob Williams Guest

    If you are using someone else's computer you couldn't download from the
    camera either :-(

    I never could understand why anyone would want to download from their
    camera. (To save $15??) Especially now that USB 2 Card readers are
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Jul 20, 2004
  6. adm> Not really. You'll get just the same or faster transfer speed by
    adm> putting the CF card into a reader than connecting the camera via
    adm> USB. Plus, you won't drain the camera batteries.

    adm> The only reason I use the USB is if I want to use the camera in
    adm> "tethered" mode for time lapse or similar uses.

    If your USB CARD reader is broken or you lost it. ;-). Then that would
    be a good reason to download direct from camera.

    Whatever works best is the key.
    Post Replies Here Please, Jul 20, 2004
  7. I only have one memory card - I very rarely fill up the card before being
    able to download my pictures to my PC - so using the camera's built-in USB
    port is certainly the easiest solution: it's less hassle than removing the
    card to put it into an external card reader. It's a shame that digital
    cameras have been very slow to adopt USB 2: even my Minolta A1, only a few
    months old, is fitted with a USB 1.1 rather USB 2 port.

    The difference in transfer rate between USB 1.1 and USB 2 is phenominal: in
    theory, it's 40 times faster. So it's worth the extra hassle of taking the
    card out of my camera to put it into my Dazzle card reader.

    Even more infuriating: why can't all cameras standardise on the same USB
    socket so you can buy a generic USB cable rather than having to buy a
    proprietary one for your own camera. Yes, it needs to be smaller than the
    normal square USB socket that you get on a peripheral such as a printer or a
    scanner, but that's no reason for every device to have a different socket.
    Martin Underwood, Jul 20, 2004
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    Skroob Guest

    There's plenty of reason. So Sony (Canon, etc) can get $25 from you for a
    replacement cable instead of going to Brand-X with $5 for a generic cable.

    Skroob, Jul 20, 2004
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    chris French Guest

    My previous camera suffered wear and tear on the USB socket from
    repeated use. It would loss the connection with the computer if it was
    moved -even just very slightly.
    chris French, Jul 20, 2004
  10. Being a paid-up member of Cynics-R-Us, that thought had occurred to me as
    well. I suppose we should be thankful that cameras use standard memory cards
    and not proprietary ones that would require us to buy the manufacturer's own
    card reader ;-)
    Martin Underwood, Jul 20, 2004
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    larrylook Guest

    I once knocked over my old olympus digicam, while rushing to do something.
    It hit the floor - but still worked fine. Now with my Nikon I use the card
    reader. I agree with you that having the camera plugged into the computer
    can be risk if your rushing, so using the reader could reduce risk of
    dropping an expensive camera.
    larrylook, Jul 20, 2004
  12. Doesn't it have remote capture via USB like the Canon low-end DSLR?
    this old user, Jul 20, 2004
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