How to Upload Photos From the Sony Cyber-shot to a Computer

By C. Taylor

Updated August 29, 2017

Cyber-shot cameras support USB or memory card transfers.
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Nearly all Sony Cyber-shot digital cameras support two methods of transferring photos to your computer. A direct connection via the Sony USB cable connects the camera to any Windows computer, which typically has at least one USB port. If your computer has a card reader, you also have the option to insert the Secure Digital or MemoryStick card into the card reader and access photos similarly to using the USB method.

USB Connection

Connect the smaller end of the USB cable to the Cyber-shot's USB port, which is typically on the underside of the camera or in the battery compartment. Connect the other end of the cable to your computer's USB port.

Click "Open Folder to View Files" from the AutoPlay window.

Locate the photos your wish to upload to your computer. The photos will be in a DCIM folder, but the exact name of the subfolder may differ on your model.

Drag and drop photos to another location on your computer's hard drive. Alternatively, select files, press "Ctrl-C" to copy them, navigate to the upload location and press "Ctrl-V" to paste them.

Click the USB icon in the Windows notification area and choose to eject the Cyber-shot camera. If the USB icon is not visible, click the arrow next to the notification area to view hidden icons.

Memory Card

Slide open the Cyber-shot's battery compartment and press the memory card to eject it. Insert the memory card into your computer's card reader.

Click "Import Pictures and Videos" in the AutoPlay window.

Enter a descriptive tag and click "Import" to automatically upload photos to your Windows Pictures library.

Click the USB icon in the Windows notification area and choose to eject the memory card.


Before you can import photos or videos from a memory card, you may need to first connect the camera directly to the computer using a USB cable the first time. This is often required to authenticate the Sony camera. After that, you can insert the memory card directly to your computer whenever desired.