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Deb Richards , Oct 01, 2007; 01:47 p.m.

that are on the camera themselves; not on the disk. I am a highly inexperienced photographer with a new camera. When my memory disc was full, I took it out and continued to snap. Nothing to download. Was the camera simply being nice to me by letting me continue to photograph or are there actually photos I can access? I chose the option, during set up to allow photos without the memory disc. THANKS if anyone can answer this basic question.


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Juergen Sattleru , Oct 01, 2007; 01:54 p.m.

No pictures in the camera! You should change your settings! Never allow the camera to shoot without a memory card!

Spencer Salyer , Oct 01, 2007; 02:08 p.m.

No memory card, no photos. You didn't mention what model camera you have, but chances are, it doesn't have internal storage and won't store any images when the shutter is fired with no memory card installed.

You can likely change your camera's settings to not allow shooting without a memory card inserted and save yourself some wasted effort in the future. :)

Dan Mitchell , Oct 01, 2007; 02:48 p.m.

Once the card is full the camera will not record any more photos - it is just like shooting with no film in the camera. (Think of the memory card as your "film.")

There are basically two methods for getting photos from the camera (or, more correctly, the card in your camera) to your computer.

1. Using a cable provided with the camera when you purchased it and using software that came with the camera, you can connect the camera to the computer's USB port and let the software download it. (If you have a recent Mac, built-in software can do this for you.)

2. Get an inexpensive external "card reader" that will work with your card and connect it to your computer. Put the card in the card reader and use your computer's software to download the images.

Take a look at your camera manual. It will almost certainly explain these options.

Deb Richards , Oct 01, 2007; 02:56 p.m.

Thanks Everyone

I have a memory card, it was full. Thanks for all your responses, thoughts. Lesson on me.

Nick White , Oct 01, 2007; 03:35 p.m.

Deb, what camera do you have?

Many compact cameras have a certain amount of internal storage, which is independent of the memory card - sounds to me like you have one of these?

If that is the case the camera will allow you to continue shooting after the memory card is full, up until it has also filled the internal memory.

EG - I have a Fuji F31 which in addition to using XD cards has 26mb of internal storage - to download that 26mb I would have to connect to the computer via the USB cord (without the memory card in the camera), and follow the instructions for the camera software to download.

Jason Hall , Oct 01, 2007; 03:40 p.m.

Any of the (current)Canon DSLRs have an option to allow the shutter to "fire" if there is no memory card. You should get a message on the LCD telling you that there is no memory card when you try to take the picture.


Rob Bernhard , Oct 01, 2007; 04:55 p.m.

The same Canon DSLRs have the option to /not/ allow you to shoot if there is no memory card in there.

Leszek Scholz , Oct 01, 2007; 06:40 p.m.

The car will not drive without petrol. People will not last without food and water. The lights will not work without electricity.

And the cameras...they will work even if the users have no clue and are not bothered to read the manual. Pretty amazing and funny, watching the human race play with newest technological inventions...

Nick White , Oct 01, 2007; 08:26 p.m.

Well Leszek - I'm sure your observations have been a great help to Deb with her problem!

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