How to Transfer Photos to a Computer

Hey … can you share any thoughts/facts you might have about using SD cards to transfer images off your camera vs. using a cord or wireless connection to upload photos? I’m sure all that popping-in/popping out has got to wear down an SD card over time, yet it’s the method my family and I are used to. I would need a strong argument (from an expert like you!) to convince them to break this habit. Well, I guess the strongest argument would probably having one get damaged and losing a bunch of precious pictures, but I’d really like to prevent that with some words of wisdom from our CM expert! Anne Marie Gross, January 21, 2010.

In general, the greatest chance for damaging a memory card is if the card is removed without properly turning the camera off or using the remove hardware feature on your computer. If a memory card is removed while data is being written, it may very well become corrupt. Given, these warnings, I personally transfer images from a camera to the computer by removing the card and placing it in a card reader. Your suggestion for using a cable or wireless connection to transfer data is certainly safer, although it may be less convenient.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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