When I first tried to import photos from my camera to our recently installed Vista, the computer didn't recognise the camera. I tried again today and it came up with a Capilio icon to click on, but when clicked it comes up with a box saying there are no items to import!?
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Vista requires updated drivers for most of the older cameras. Unfortunately, Canon chose not to update the drivers for many of these cameras, including the A80. BUT please see the following blog article, as it describes the use of a card reader as a much easier, faster, and less error prone way to download your photos. In fact there are several important reasons discussed in the article for using a card reader vice downloading from the camera. USB Card readers are also very inexpensive these day, with cost virtually not an issue. Just make sure that you get one that's stated capable of reading a CF card:
Insert the recording media containing the pictures into the camera.
Depending on your camera, set the USB Connection or Transfer mode setting in the menu to the Mass Storage , Normal , or PTP .
Use the USB cable supplied with the camera to connect the camera to the computer. IMPORTANT:
through a USB hub or other USB device -- such as a printer or keyboard
-- is not supported and cannot be guaranteed. Connect the camera
directly to a USB port on the computer.
If the USB connection
from the camera is not recognized by the computer, disconnect the USB
cable and repeat steps 4 and 5 using a different USB Connection or Transfer mode setting. If the connection is still not recognized, further troubleshooting is available.
The computer will automatically install the USB driver for the camera.
When the camera connection is established, an AutoPlay window will appear.
In the AutoPlay window, click Import pictures .
In the Importing Pictures and Videos window, click the Import button. NOTE: After the pictures have been imported, the Windows Photo Gallery window will appear and display thumbnails of the imported images.
If this doesn't work there is an updated driver available
The camera doesn't care what operating system you're using on your computer.
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.
You do not need any software for the camera to be recognised.
As you have discovered it can complicate things.
Remove the software.
Vista like XP before it will recognise the camera via the Camera/Scanner Wizard.