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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 iPhoto.
If your SD memory card contains more than 1,000 images, the camera will display "Communication Error". Use a card reader (if available) to import your images into the computer, or see about having some CD's made at a photofinishing business.
Try connecting the camera to another computer. Is the camera reading the same error? If not, it's a computer issue.
If the camera is reading the same error, see if there's a way to restore camera back to the factory settings, and try all over again. Good luck :)
I posted with the same problem. I was reading the software guide that came with my camera. I ended up going to the menu on the camera and setting the camera's communication. It worked! I can now upload my pictures to my computer again.
i had this problem for couple of days, until i started googling this problem. I started to reread this instruction manual. If you have a communication error on the camera screen. Make sure the the USB port you are using, is a working unit. If it is, more than likely the port is not inserted correctly. Keep fiddling around with it until the message goes away. I would also turn the camera on and off to double check and make sure.
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.