How to Control a Digital Camera With a PC

By Bennett Gavrish

You can control your digital camera with your PC computer and import your photos.
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Although most digital cameras come with their own software CDs, you can control your camera just by using the Windows 7 operating system. Every time you connect your digital camera to your PC computer using a USB cable, Windows will detect the device and prompt you to select what action to take. While controlling your digital camera with your PC, you can import the images on your memory card directly to your "Pictures" folder.

Connect your digital camera to your PC computer using the USB cable that came with the device.

Turn on your digital camera and put it in "Review" or "Playback" mode. The Windows operating system will now take control over the device and display a pop-up window on your screen.

Click on the "Import Pictures and Videos Using Windows" option in the pop-up window.

Enter a label for the group of pictures you are importing in the "Tag These Pictures" field.

Press "Import" to have Windows extract the pictures from your digital camera's memory card and save them in the "Pictures" folder on your local hard drive.

Items you will need

  • PC running Windows 7

  • Digital camera

  • USB cable