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Old 01-29-2004, 05:23 PM   #1
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Connecting Olympus DigiCam to USB

I am new to Linux. Anyways, for a project, we have a Olympus C4000 digital camera that uses USB that we need to connect to a system running Linux. I've searched for this, but all the results that I've gotten all talk about connecting a digital camera using the serial port, not USB? Can anyone help me on how to connect my camera to a Linux system using USB and being able to retreive the pictures? Thanks.
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AFAIK most of the Olympus cameras might work with the usb-storage module. What kind of memory does it use sometimes helps to determine this?
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Sorry but I am new to this. What is the usb storage module?
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GPhoto2 is usually the best way to use your digital camera in Linux, but according to the list of supported cameras, yours does indeed need to use the usb-storage module.

A module is a bit of code (sort of like a driver) that your Linux kernel loads in order to make use of some piece of hardware. Might be kind of complicated to set up (or might be easy - your distribution may have come with some graphical programs that can automatically detect and use your camera, so look around in your various GUI configuration applications). Check out this Linux USB document for more information, in particular the section on mass storage devices.
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Originally posted by shakitcali
Sorry but I am new to this. What is the usb storage module?

Do you have a small memory card that you can remove from your camera? Might say "SD" on it. You should try to mount the memory card. Usually when you plug devices via usb linux will put it in /dev, probably called sda1 or sdb1 so you can mount it on your filesystem with:
mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/digicam

you can issue the command:
dmesg | grep usb
to check your system and find out what usb devices are assigned to what in your /dev directory.

After you mount it you will be able to view all your pictures as jpegs.

Hope this helps.
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I'm looking at the Olympus C-740. The C-750 seems to have good Linux support (I can't find this particular C-7xx listed in my gcam detector list). They use an xD memory card, other than pins vs. board contacts, I don't really know what the difference is between the different memory formats.

MY question is this: since I can find the C-750 listed in gphoto (found it earlier today before I came here), and the C-740 is essentially the exact same camera, but without the hotshoe and at 3.2MP (vs. the C-750's 4MP), do you folks think I can use the C-750 module?

And what about readers?
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I have the nikon coolpix 5000 which complies with the usb mass storage standard. I use this simple shell script. Its faster than the manufacturers supplied windows progam. . It might need tweeking depending on your distro.


echo "Please enter the new folder for your photos?"


mkdir /root/photos/$ANSWER

mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/camera/

mv /mnt/camera/dcim/100nikon/* /root/photos/$ANSWER/

umount /mnt/camera

i made the camera directory to mount to. The camera automatically made the dcim and 100nikon folders once its mounted.

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Great! Now, since the actual memory card is different (xD as opposed to SD), will those commands need any (other/non-distro specific) changeups? The beau has found doc'd support for the C-740, so that's a help, too. The Olympus complies with this USB mass storage standard as well, and from my research it seems that most large manufacturers have accepted this, either alone or in party with PTP (Photo Transfer Protocol).

I'll probably be giving the software a go anyway, since I have .wine enabled on this machine, but I'm sure you know how iffy that can be. Plus, I wouldn't be surprised if the Linux 'methodology' ends up working better.

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