Saturday Mar 03, 2007

Reading pictures from your camera on Solaris

wanna connect your Digital Camera to your PC running Solaris ?? try gtkam!!

I own a Canon A610 and to download pictures from the camera I always had to boot into Windows (the alternate OS on my Acer Ferrari 3400), which I personally hate. Once, I tried to connect my camera (USB) and played around with the devices but didn't get anywhere.

Pavan told me about gtkam and that the support for latest Cameras is better in S11. I thought its still worth giving that a try on my S10 u3. These are the steps I followed,

1. Connect the camera to the PC.
2. Run gtkam. Click on 'Camera' and 'Add Camera'.
3. See if your Camera model is already listed in the model dropdown box. The dropdown box provides a big list of models. There are plenty of Canon Powershot models in that, but A610 was not listed. I tried 'Canon Powershot A60', but that did not help either.
4. Click on 'detect' if you can't find your model in the list. For my connection, the camera was identified as standard PTP class camera. This is a generic driver and using that I was able to see all the pictures on the camera memory card. Wow!

I believe the previous step is still worth a try because if there is a fully available support for your camera model, its best if that is used. I think the universal driver only provides basic support and I have no idea of the benefits of using the specific driver. All I needed was to get the pictures downloaded and the universal driver did the job for me.

This indeed was a pleasant surprise, I certainly did not imagine that I have all the required pieces to download pictures already on my machine. gtkam worked out of the box for me.

Later I found some interesting information on opensolaris website about this effort, which is worth checking out.

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