Sending Pictures to the Computer
Whatever software you choose, here are the basic ways you can download images to your computer:
- Connect the camera to the computer via a USB cable. The cable you need is supplied in the camera box.
- Use a memory card reader. With a card reader, you simply pop the memory card out of your camera and into the card reader instead of hooking the camera to the computer. Many computers and printers now have card readers, and you also can buy standalone readers for less than $30.
- Invest in Eye-Fi memory cards and transfer images via a wireless network. You can find out more about these special memory cards and how to set up the card to connect with your computer via a wireless network at the manufacturer's website, www.eye.fi. Also check the Eye-Fi details provided in the D600 manual; look for the section related to the Eye-Fi Upload option on the Setup menu. (The menu item appears only when an Eye-Fi card is installed in the camera.) I don't cover these cards in this book.
I recommend using a card reader because sending pictures directly from the camera requires that the camera be turned on during the entire download process, wasting battery power. That said, I include information about cable transfer in the next section in case you don't have a card reader. To use a card reader, skip ahead to “Starting the transfer process.”
Connecting the camera and ...