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View Images on camera from computer via SD card

Philip Townsend , Jan 10, 2007; 07:11 a.m.

I would appreciate assistance as I am not able to view images on my camera which have been uploaded to an SD card either directly to the camera or using a card reader. When I try to view the transferred images the camera reads "There are no files" and I cannot view. however the images ARE on the card and I can transfer them back again from the SD card in the camera to a computer. I'd like to put a selection of my favourite images onto a spare SD to show friends images of home on my camera when I travel. Thanks in advance for any help because I acn't find anything on the net and this truly frustrating me.

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Rainer T , Jan 10, 2007; 07:36 a.m.

Philip,

with those cameras I've seen the main point is, that an image that is brought into the camera from a computer is not longer the original image ... it has been edited. Thereby the original fileheader including the original EXIF information (including makernotes) are gone, or at least modified.

The camera now feels no longer confident to display that image.

Another point is, that the image doesn't match the directory-structure and naming scheme used by the camera.

One camera (my first P&S) would display modifed images, if I eqquipped them with an original EXIF-header, and generated a new thumbnail. This was my old Kodak DX4530. Other cameras ignore the images under the same circumstances.

So, to be able to show images to friends using a spare SD card, you need to have the originals. If they are placed on an SD card containing the correct directory structure, the camera will (very likely) not ignore them.

Rainer

W. Smith , Jan 10, 2007; 07:37 a.m.

Hi Philip,

so the card and the uploading onto it seem to work (on your PC), but the camera does not/ cannot 'see' them. Check if another SD card ("write-protect" unlocked!) shows the same behaviour. If it does, the camera is the problem. Could be a setting, so check those - with the manual next to the cam - carefully. If the problem persists I recommend sending the camera in for a diagnosis and repair.

Sanford Edelstein , Jan 10, 2007; 08:37 a.m.

I can't even view images taken with a D50 when I put the card into a D80. It assigns a new file name.

Rob Bernhard , Jan 10, 2007; 10:18 a.m.

You will likely have to use the software that came with your camera to do this, if it's even possible. Canon software has an option to send photos from the PC back to the card or camera but it's a very specific function. Very few cameras will read images simply because you copy and paste them onto a card. There are specific rules cameras follow for writing to and reading from cards.

Philip Townsend , Jan 11, 2007; 03:16 a.m.

Thanks all for the inputs which are very helpful. Unless I am misunderstanding, the answer is that transfer of images is, for all practical intents and purposes, a one way street; from camera to disc. So to share images during travels I must either print them or else bring a laptop and/or have a laptop available for downloading from an SD/flash chip. Am I being obtuse or would it not be nice to carry around images on an SD for display on a camera? Would this be so difficult for the manufacturers to achieve and would this not be a useful and cool feature? Thanks again for the inputs.

Philip Townsend , Jan 11, 2007; 03:21 a.m.

Thanks for the inputs

Thanks all for the inputs which are very helpful. Unless I am misunderstanding, the answer is that transfer of images is, for all practical intents and purposes, a one way street; from camera to disc. So to share images during travels I must either print them or else bring a laptop and/or have a laptop available for downloading from an SD/flash chip. Am I being obtuse or would it not be nice to carry around images on an SD for display on a camera? Would this be so difficult for the manufacturers to achieve and would this not be a useful and cool feature? Thanks again for the inputs.

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