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Digital Camera Compatibility With Windows Vista 64 Bit

by mtepper1 / September 18, 2008 12:22 PM PDT

Please state the name and model of any digital cameras that are compatible with the Windows Vista 64 bit operating system. My new computer, which has the Windows Vista 64 bit opreating system, does not recognize my Olympus digital camera. The camera is three or four years old, and Olympus has no software update for that camera on its website.
I am interested in purchasing a new digital camera, but first I need to confirm compatility with my computer. I e-mailed Nikon about compatiblity with the Windows 64 bit operating system. Nikon replied that it has no compatible software with that system, and it does not currently plan to add this type of software.
Please help. Thank you.

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Virtually all
by Jimmy Greystone / September 18, 2008 12:48 PM PDT

Virtually all cameras should work, since when you connect them to the computer, they're just treated as a USB mass storage device. No different from a USB flash drive or something like that.

Of course you can also save yourself some money, and just get a card reader for your computer that reads whatever kind of memory card is used by your camera. Probably CompactFlash (CF) or SecureDigital (SD) which are easy to find in even the el cheapo <5USD card readers.

I can say that I have a Samsung S860 (I think that's the right model) and it works fine on my system with Vista x64. Don't believe it required any special software to be installed, I just connect the cable to the computer, select the option for connecting the camera to a computer instead of a printer, and off it goes. Works on my iBook G4 as well without a hitch. It's nothing terribly special as digital cameras go, but it suits my basic needs, which is just to have something a bit better than your average cell phone camera for ebay listings and what not.

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I use the card reader...
by glenn30 / September 19, 2008 12:03 AM PDT

to transfer from the camera to computer. Most new system have card readers already installed or you can add a card reader if desired. Special software for individual camera is not really needed.

So buy the camera you want and forget about extra software. This may all change with next revision of operating systems anyway... so you will still be ahead of the game.

Glenn

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