Transferring Pictures from a Camera

by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 13, 2016)

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If you have a digital camera, chances are that you'll want to transfer pictures from it to your computer. Depending upon the particular camera, this is usually a fairly straightforward task. Many cameras come with a transfer cable that has a USB plug on one end and a plug on the other end that fits into the camera.

With the camera turned off, plug the cable into your camera and into a USB slot in your computer. Then, turn the camera on. Windows will recognize the newly attached device and, depending on your AutoPlay settings, it may prompt you to see what action you want to take. If prompted, click the option that says "Open Folder to View Files". If you aren't prompted, Windows will have automatically mapped a new drive letter to your camera.

Using Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (later versions of Windows), navigate to the newly mapped drive that represents your camera. Navigate to the folder of the camera that contains your pictures. Select the pictures that you want to copy to your computer, and copy them as you would copy any other files from a computer-based folder.

When you're finished, turn off the camera and unplug the cable. Your pictures are now on your computer.

If you are using an older or non-standard camera that does not include a USB transfer cable, then transferring pictures from the camera typically requires special software of some manner. If you find yourself in this group of camera owners, you'll want to check the user's manual that came with the camera for transfer instructions.

 This tip (11723) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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2016-06-14 08:37:39

Jennifer Thomas

Thanks to @Ted Duke - I will try it!


2016-06-13 15:01:34

Ted Duke

To Jennifer Thomas: I have not had this problem on my Moto-G. I did search and find an answer to your questionb that may help:

"Go to Windows Explorer instead, and see if the Moto G shows up in the list of device on the left. If not, go back to Windows Device Manager, right click the Moto G device, and click on Uninstall Driver. Then unplug the phone from the computer, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in via USB.Nov 4, 2014"


2016-06-13 14:49:09

Ted Duke

FYI: If my MOTO-G (Android) Phone is typical, there will be many folders on the camera. Digital pictures are in the DCIM folder, which was also the folder name for images in very early digital cameras.


2016-06-13 10:43:04

Eric Rush

My cameras have no cable connection. Simple to pull the card and plug it into the computer. Windows 10 wanted to use some program I'm not familiar with to deal with photos, but I was able to make inserting a photo card automatically launch my preferred Roxio importer

My Dell running W10 does not recognize my GoPro when I plug it in, although it will charge the battery. W10 says the device may be broken. But if I pull the mini-card and put it in an adapter and plug it directly into my computer, the Roxio importer opens and I can download the video files.


2016-06-13 09:10:04

Jennifer Thomas

I don't know about digital cameras, but transferring photos from some smartphones (e.g. Moto G) has gotten a bit harder because you now have to set HOW you want to use the USB cable (for charging, file transfer, photo transfer, etc.). You get to that option by pulling down the notification tray after you plug in the cable -- just passing that on because it's non-intuitive and took me a while to figure it out.


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