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The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program such as Picasa.
Do NOT throw away any of the contents of the box. <br /><br />That's it- the most important tip for your new camera.<br /><br />In Fixya, a large proportion of the questions we see start out- "I lost the CD that came with my camera. How do I download pictures to my computer?"<br /><br />Another popular category is- "I lost my manual- how do I do this that or another common camera task?"<br /><br />Occasionally we see- "I lost my charger. How do I charge my camera?"<br /><br />Really? You "lost" it?<br /><br />A digital camera is almost useless if you can't get the pictures onto a computer to show or print them. A camcorder almost as much so, though some can play back through a TV (if you haven't lost the cable).<br /><br />Sometimes you can download a copy of the manual, and/or some of the software, for some cameras, but not all. Some makes simply don't have a website offering such downloads. Others may only offer software updates, but not the main drivers/applications that came on the CD, or there may be conditions. If you want to download drivers for a Sony camcorder, for instance, you may be asked for the code that was printed on your original CD. Otherwise you may have to PURCHASE a replacement!<br /><br />Avoid all this hassle- just keep the stuff safe. <br /><br /><br />
First of all, you can always use a card reader to download your pics. That's what the pros do. They cost about $13 and read 35 different types of cards. Second, you can go to the support section of the Canon website and download any software that came with your camera for free.
Usually the maker has a website to download the drivers you need so your computer and camera can communicate. If you are looking for the photo editing programs that come with the camera then unless you registered your camera with the manufacter, they will usually charge you for another disc.