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How to capture images from a digital camera directly to PC?

by Ronnie Lichman / October 21, 2007 7:16 AM PDT

I would like to interface a digital camera with an MS Access database.

I already have this working with a WebCam, but it causes the computer to lock up periodically.

So, I would like to use a digital camera instead to capture the images, but they must come directly into a field in a table in Microsoft Access.

Are there digital cameras that are capable of doing this?

Ronnie

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I don't think it's a camera problem.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 27, 2007 10:32 PM PDT

I don't use either Access or digital cameras so I am perhaps not the best person to reply.

But I don't think this is a camera problem, rather it is an Access coding problem. You would need to program Access to capture a file name, but that file name will be different for each photo/image.

For example if your field in Access is coded to get an image stored on the hard drive named;
"Family-10-23-07", the path would be C:\My Documents\My Photos\Family\Family-10-23-07, (or wherever the image is stored).

So that path and file name is hard-wired into the field. How do you do that to an image where the name could be anything? The path would be easy enough, depending what drive letter is assigned to the camera in My Computer. But as the camera assigns a different name to each image file as the image/photo is taken, how do you code that unknown file name into the field?

I think that's what you need to be searching for, specialized coding for the Access field.

Mark

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How to capture images from a digital camera directly to PC?
by taboma / October 30, 2007 3:35 PM PDT

Ronnie Lichman, About ten years ago, the company that I was working with had a photo department that shot all photos digitally and was tied into the Server.
Of course it can be done. Been going on for many years.
You need an IT person to explain and set it up for you.

Who is out there to explain it?

ALL digital cameras are capable of doing what you want to accomplish.

-Kevin

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Kevin's tantalizing reply to Ronnie's question
by Ratcliffe / March 11, 2009 1:38 PM PDT

Dear Kevin, You bring good news! I'm trying to set up a homemade document camera that can take high resolution "snap shots" of the document the camera is looking at. (Video capture software seems to be disappointingly "lo-res"). In your reply you state:
"Of course it can be done. Been going on for many years.
You need an IT person to explain and set it up for you.

Who is out there to explain it?

ALL digital cameras are capable of doing what you want to accomplish."

Could you point me in the right direction so I might learn how to do this?
Thanks, Bruce

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I've had to solve that lockup issue too often.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 31, 2007 1:45 AM PDT

I find missing motherboard drivers (or out of date), builders unaware of intel.com, AMD's CPU drivers and the list never seems to end. You could possibly fix the lockup issue but not here given so little detail.

Bob

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I've had to solve that lockup issue too often.
by taboma / November 12, 2007 12:42 PM PST

Bob, Never thought of lockup and drivers.
Thanks for you help and answer. Nice to learn new solutions from you.

-Kevin

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