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How to Transfer Photos to Computer without Losing Them?

Due to various reasons, one might want to transfer photos from a camera to a computer. The real question here is how can you do it without losing your precious photos and videos. Therefore, we have come up with an article to help you transfer photos from your camera to the computer using different methods safely and quickly.

The best way to experience the true beauty of the photos you clicked is by viewing them on your big screen. This might not be the only reason why you want to transfer your photos to a computer. If you want to make any changes to the pictures that you have clicked with your camera like editing, sharing, or modifying, you need to import them onto a computer. Also reviewing the photos with others is nearly impossible on that little screen of the camera, so the only way to really enjoy them is to upload them to your computer. Here, are a few ways to transfer photos from camera to computer without loss or corruption of the memory card.

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Generally, transferring photos to a computer seems to be an easy task but, there are various pitfalls that might result in corrupting or damaging the photos or straight out deleting them. I think as a photographer you want to be on top of it.

This is why we bring you this piece of content that will guide you on everything there is to know about how to download pictures from camera to computer.

How to Transfer Photos from Camera to Computer?

Conventionally we have numerous ways to transfer photos from a camera to a computer such as;

  • Connecting the camera to a computer with a data cable
  • Removing the SD card and connecting it to the computer using a card reader or adapter
  • Get photos off-camera using Wi-Fi in the following sections.

However, recently most of the popular cameras are provided Wi-Fi connectivity and let users upload pictures from the camera to the computer wirelessly. You will also find details with respect to how to get photos off camera using Wi-Fi in the following sections.

Apart from transferring the photos, this article also elaborates on precautions you need to take so that you don't have to worry about recovering lost photos during transfer.  

Note: If you have deleted photos from your SD card and are looking to recover them, this info is a must-read for you.

1. Importing Photos from Camera to Computer Using Data Cable

All the cameras come with ports that will let you directly connect the camera to a computer. Typically, a camera will be having two types of ports, one HDMI which directly displays the photos on your camera. Others might be a USB-based connector such as micro USB or in the latest models USB-C which transfers the photos and videos to a computer.

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So, you can directly connect the camera to a computer using an appropriate data cable (Micro USB, USB Type-C, mini USB). Now you can access the camera storage in Windows Explorer or in the case of Mac users it's Disk Utility. From here you can directly backup photos to the iPhoto library or move the photos from the camera to your computer or Mac.

Nevertheless, this is not a reliable method as the cables move, swing, and tend to easily disconnect if you yank it by mistake. Hence, you need to be highly cautious while using a data cable. Because interrupting the copy process might result in data loss or damage to the photos. Fortunately, you can recover the photos lost while transferring using a data recovery tool.

Can I Recover photos that are lost During Transfer?

As mentioned earlier, interrupting the data transfer process might result in data loss. Nevertheless, even if you have lost some files during the transfer process, it does not mean that you cannot restore them. In such cases, you just need to use effective SD card recovery software to restore your photos. 

Remo Recover is one such tool designed and developed under real-time testing scenarios to successfully recover data even from the most complicated SD card data loss scenarios.

Additionally, Remo Recover has an Advanced Filter option specially programmed to recover photos using various parameters like photo format, name of the folder, size, date, etc. Furthermore, the process of photo recovery is self-explanatory, and also allows you to locate lost or deleted photos based on tags like camera name, device model, etc.   

Note: While performing photo recovery do not connect the camera to the PC. You have to connect the SD card directly to your computer where you have downloaded Remo Recover Software.

In most cases of interruption, the photos are only going to get deleted or lost. since you have Remo with you, it is easy to recover the photos that are lost while transferring. Unfortunately, in some severe cases, the photo might be damaged.

If the photo is damaged, it can be complicated to fix. This is why most professionals suggest using a card reader or SD card adapter to import the photos from a camera to a computer. Also, in the case of using SD card data transfer rates are faster than the data cable.

2. Transfer Camera Photos Using SD card

Comparatively, transferring photos from camera to PC is much safer if you do it using an SD. In this case, you have to remove the SD card from the camera SD card slot and connect it to the computer. But, be very careful while removing the SD card because removing the memory card while some background operation is still processing might result in a damaged SD card on Windows or an un-mountable SD card on Mac.

Nevertheless, if you are stuck in any data loss scenario during this process, you can easily recover data from a camera SD card using Remo data recovery software. Keeping the data loss scenarios aside, be cautious while removing the SD card.

  • After cautiously removing the SD card, choose a working SD card reader or adapter and connect it to the computer. Since most of the latest computers are integrated with dedicated SD card slots, it might be easy to directly connect the SD card to the computer. However, in the case of Mac users specifically, MacBook Air users who just have 2 USB C ports, it is recommended to use a compatible SD card.
  • Once the SD card is connected, you must see the SD card as an external drive in your Windows Explorer or Disk utility. Access the SD card and look for the DCIM folder (Not specifically the DCIM folder, because in the case of Nikon, along with DCIM Nikon has an extra folder with a folder named NIKON. If the photos on DCIM exceed more than 999, the 1000th photo will be saved on the NIKON folder.) or any folder which might be defaulted to your camera brand.
  • Copy the photos from the camera to the computer. 

Let’s move on to the most secure and advanced mode of transferring data.

3. Transfer Photos from Camera to Computer via Wi-Fi

Even in the latest camera models, Wi-Fi options might be limited to sophisticated camera models such as DSLR or Mirrorless cameras. Once confirming that your camera has a Wi-Fi option, connect to your home, office, or any reliable Wi-Fi network. Make sure that your camera and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

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Next, based on the camera brand, you might be having a dedicated application that is required to be installed on your computer (PlayMemories Home is a Sony Wi-Fi photo transferring application, similarly, Snap Bridge application from Nikon). All these applications are even available on the mobile version, these applications are advanced enough even to operate the camera.

Install and launch the application on your computer, and follow the default steps to move the photos from camera to computer using Wi-Fi. Comparatively using Wi-Fi is highly secure, because no moving parts so no question of data loss. However, you can only copy photos from the camera to the computer; cut and paste using Wi-Fi is not possible. Nevertheless, you can copy the photos, later you can delete them.

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As a tenured data recovery specialist, John shares exceptional insights and blog posts about data loss and data recovery across any storage device. With 8+ years’ experience in writing for Data Recovery for both Mac OS and Windows OS computers, he is an avid learner who always wants to polish and simplify the data recovery process. John passes his free time playing Chess and reading Science Fiction novels.

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