Re: cannot download photos from camera to computer. Red...
I have a similar problem. my raw images do not show up on the Browser EX. i cannot download them to my computer. i am running an old laptop running Windows ME. I have been able to download the RAW pics in a different (vista) laptop. i am not sure what the problem is. Hope you find some answers.
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Consider NOT connecting your camera to 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 iPhoto.
I don't know whether this camera has red-eye reduction. It is likely to be found in the setup for the flash, or as a toggle for the flash setting. On some cameras, you toggle through the available flash settings until the icon (usually a lightening bolt) has an eye next to it.
Red eye reduction is not perfect even if the camera offers it. You get a much better solution by using a photo editing program in the computer to remove red eye from your shots. Many such programs have a function just for this that works almost automatically. You may have gotten a photo editing program with the camera, but there are many others downloadable for free on the net, try www.download.com.
I have the same camera. The little red light flashing is normal. It should flash for about a second and then go out. I believe the camera is reading the SD card during this time. If you turn on the camera with no SD card present this light should not flash. It sounds like you’re having problems transferring pictures from your camera to the computer. I'm guessing you’re using the USB cable that came with the camera to connect to the computer. I don't have an exact fix for this problem; it could be a defective cable or connector. However, I do have an alternative way for you to download your photos that I believe will work even better for you. Buy one of those mini SD card readers with the USB port adapters. The one I have is made by SanDisk and is called the MicroMate. Here's a link so you can see what it looks like. http://www.sandisk.com/Products/Item(2018)-SDDR-113-A11-MicroMate_for_SDHC.aspx When you want to download your photos just unplug the SD card from your camera, insert it into one end of the SD card reader, and plug the other end into a USB port. The computer recognizes it as a flash drive. Then you can just copy from one drive to another. I find it to be much faster then using the USB cable to download photos. I hope this helps you out.
Connect Olympus camera to laptop with USB cable provided, turn the camera on and open "Computer" in Window explorer or Computer. You should see the new removable disk, click on it and you will probably see one subdirectory and one sub-sub drectory, something like 100OLYMP, open it up and you should see jpg files in your camera. The light will blink for some time and then stop. You should then be able to select the files and transfer them to your folder on the hard drive.
When you first turn on the camera you could check to see in Device Manager, under Portable Devices, if your camera is recognized and whether everything is OK with your driver.
If you have a card reader you can also try to read the card from the laptop.
This camera is bad for red eye. It's just a problem that happens when the flash is so close to the lens. Red eye occurs when the flash illuminates the subject's retina.
The only solution, really, is to add an external flash that's farther away from the camera lens, which is not an option with this camera. The other, is to get better at taking photos without flash. Higher end cameras have better ways to deal with the red-eye, but these usually involve preflashes that close the subjects pupils (by blinding them with a preflash) before the actual exposure is taken. The Sony DSC-U30 has it as a feature, but it doesn't work very well, I've found. When it does work, it's a nice compromise as it gets rid of the red eye, but it also introduces a delay between pressing the exposure button and the actual taking of the photo.
Unless the light is very dim, I don't use flash with this camera.
After you've taken the photo and have downloaded it, there are ways to edit the red eye out that can be pretty effective.