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It would be helpful to know which operating system you have on your iMac. If you are running OS8.6 to OS9.2.2, then you may need to install drivers for the Mac to recognize your camera. If this is not the case, you may new a new connection cable. A work around for this would be to use a memory card reader instead of connecting the camera via a USB cable.

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This question comes up several times a day here in the camera section at Fixya. But please note, it's very hard to troubleshoot individual software problems online, and it likely is a software issue. But why put up with the headaches of bad software in the first place?

Please don't take this as a sales pitch as it's not, but please see the following blog article, as it describes the use of an inexpensive 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:
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-do-i-download-photos-or-pictures.html

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

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Use a card reader to download your pictures to a folder you create on your desktop.

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Solve your problem by using a card reader instead of your camera.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

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Use a card reader instead of the camera.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010

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