How can I replace my proprietary digital camera software?

By jimflint1 ยท 10 replies
Dec 13, 2005
  1. I just bought an Olympus d-580 camera, which comes with Camedia software that enables you to download pics from the camera to the pc. I haven't even bothered to install the software yet, because my daughter has an Olympus that came wit the same software and it's really junk. Any suggestions for a cheap solution to getting my pics onto the pc without using the Olympus software?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Provided you have the camera drivers installed, you should be able to uninstall the Olympus software from add remove programmes.

    Then, when you connect the camera, it should appear as a disk drive in my computer. You can then open the drive and drag the photo`s into whatever folder you like.

    If you need some good free photo editing software. Irfanview is pretty good.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Even easier, get a card-reader for your camera's memory-card.
    Things like a 7-type external USB card-reader only cost like $12-20.
    Added advantage: you don't drain the camera's battery.
    You just use Windows Explorer to copy the pictures.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    once pictures are uploaded to the PC, this tool is great for editing and printing digital photos.
  5. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    Thanks, Howard. I already have discovered Irfanview. I used it when I had my old Pentax 35mm photos put on cd, and you're right, it works well.

  6. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    Thanks for the great idea. Is that what I'd call it in google to look up prices (or in or elsewhere)? A "7-type external USB card-reader"?

  7. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    Thanks, Jobeard. I'll definitely give that a try.

  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,187   +470

    They are called Card Readers

    For some examples, go to a site like and search for Card Readers. That will get you started.
  9. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    Thanks a bunch.
  10. jshields13

    jshields13 TS Rookie Posts: 109

    Finally something i know a little about!! I agree with all the above. My camera uses a Compact Flash card. I have a card reader that attaches to a USB slot. My computer treats the reader as another drive, and has assigned a letter to it. After I put the flash card in the reader, all I have to do is open explorer, click on the reader drive letter and cut the pictures from there to a folder I have set up in My Documents called pictures. I use the free photo program from Google called Picasa2, which I like alot. It automatically "sees" the pictures and loads them into the program.

    Sorry to get so wordy. You can find Card Readers on sale at all the chain stores. I have seen them recently for as little as free after rebate.

    Good Luck.

  11. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    Thank you, Jeff. I've got it to work now.
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