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Canon owershot A5 Camera Drivers

I have a Canon Powershot A5 camera and drivers for windows 95. I have since update my computer to windows XP and now dont have the ability to download from the camera. Is there an updated set of drivers or any other wy of downloading the picture from the camera?

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Re: Canon owershot A5 Camera Drivers

Use a card reader to download directly from your camera's memory card. They're relatively inexpensive these days, and should be much quicker in download speed in comparison with your camera.

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