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Monday, February 4, 2008

Connect easily with Firewire Cameras!


Firewire is a high-speed data transfer connection. Firewire allows quick downloading of pictures from your digital camera and the ability to plug and unplug the device without restarting your computer. Firewire is a a common connection for high-end digital cameras. If you already have a Firewire camera or are looking into high-end digital cameras, you will need to know how to connect a Firewire device to your computer.


Step One

Locate the Firewire port on your computer. The Firewire port is a rectangular opening in the back of your computer which looks similar to a USB port. The difference, however, is a Firewire port is wider.

Step Two

Determine if you need an adapter. There are three types of Firewire connections, Firewire 400, Firewire 800 and Firewire S800T. All have slightly different shapes, but adapters can be purchased allowing you to connect your camera. Take note of the shape of your camera cable and the shape of the Firewire port on your computer and go to a computer hardware store to purchase an adapter.

Step Three

Plug one end of the Firewire cable which came with your digital camera into the Firewire port. Plug the other end into your camera. The Firewire port on your camera will likely be behind a door.

Step Four

Insert the compact disc which came with your digital camera. When you connect your digital camera for the first time, your computer will recognize a new device has been connected and prompt you for drivers to install it. With the compact disc inserted, follow the directions to install the drivers and software.

Step Five

Use the software you installed to access the pictures on your digital camera. Alternatively, if you are using Windows, you can access your digital camera from My Computer. With your digital camera plugged into the Firewire port, open My Computer and then click on the camera icon. From here you can copy pictures off of your camera and paste them onto your computer.

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