Import Photos from Your Canon Digital Rebel

by Tom Harrison in photography

If you are a proud new owner of Canon’s popular entry-level DSLR, the Digital Rebel, you may be confused as to why the camera does not appear among your drives or on your desktop when it’s connected to your computer via USB cable. Your camera is not defective, nor is there anything wrong with your computer. Canon has disabled this feature of the camera.

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I just got the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. It’s a great camera, but I can’t figure out how to download the photos onto my computer. When I hook the camera up to my computer, nothing happens, and I can’t see it listed in “My Computer”.

It’s not the case that you can’t import photos directly from your Digital Rebel to your computer. You just need to know the proper way to accomplish this task. There are two methods for getting your photos from your new Canon DSLR:

Import Photos with a Card Reader

A compact flash card reader is a device that attaches to your computer, and features a slot that accepts your camera’s memory card. Remove the memory card from your digital camera, insert it into the card reader, then plug the card reader into your computer (usually via USB). The card reader should appear either on your desktop or among your drives. From this point, you can copy the digital photos from the card, to a folder on your computer.

A compact flash card reader is usually the choice of most photographers, since it doesn’t require you to waste battery life while importing photos.

Import Photos with the Canon EOS Utility

Your Digital Rebel came with a CD containing Canon’s EOS Utility software. The EOS Utility allows you to control your Digital Rebel through your computer, as well as download photos from it’s memory card. Locate the aforementioned CD, install the Canon EOS Utility, connect & turn on your camera, and start the EOS utility. You will see this screen:

Screenshot of EOS Utility
The Canon EOS Utility’s opening menu

If you simply want to download every photo on the camera, press the button labeled “Starts to download images”. If you want only a few selected photos, press the button labeled “Lets you select and download images”. The final step before the download begins will be for you to select a target folder on your computer.

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