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ALTERNATE WAY TO TRANSFER PHOTOS AND VIDEOS TO A COMPUTER If your photos and videos are stored on the memory card, then remove the memory card from the camera and insert it into an USB memory card reader. Connect this USB memory card reader and memory card into the USB port of your working computer. Your computer will see this as an USB Mass Storage Device or an external storage device; you can then open the folder on the memory card and copy the photos and to your computer. Memory card reader is a handy device and is inexpensive. You can copy photos from other cameras and you can also download photos off your memory card to someone else's computer without the need of installing any programs.
Unfortunately, you're going to have to buy one or two more cameras.
The A470 was not designed to stream images and videos to a computer, but to record them onto a memory card. It cannot be used as a webcam. Nor cannot it be connected to a computer to save images directly to your hard disk.
Canon's digital SLRs can store images directly to your computer using dedicated software, but they cannot be used as webcams.
So, if you want a webcam, you need to acquire one. Likewise, if you want to save images directly to your computer, you need a camera that can do that. Some webcams can record and store still images, but they tend to be rather low-res, often only 640x480 (0.3 megapixels). Even HD video is only 2 megapixels. Webcams and cameras are two completely different things.
Try using a different USB cable. The connections between cameras and computers usually are problematic. A card reader will allow you to download the pictures from the SD card, without problems and saving your camera's battery power supply
I don't know what operating system you are using, and I don't know how to make it work with a MAC sorry.
If your camera won't connect when plugged in via USB cable, then try a different USB port, and a different cable if you can. I have a USB mouse that quits on me sometimes, then I unplug it and plug it back in a few times and it works again.
If that doesn't work, your computer may need a driver for the camera (if you have an older version of windows) or your USB might not even be working... try another USB device in that same slot, does it work?
This could be a computer problem.... hard to say without testing a lot of different things sorry, hope the information above helps.
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search for your cannon model number on canons webpage and download the software. You should be able to use the camera via usb without it though. Your pc will see it as an external storage device. Your pics will be in the DCIM folder.