What method is best for downloading digital images from a camera :1.using camera software 2.using windows xp. I have a canon s410 and its user guide says there are certain limitations using windows xp software. Any advice please?
by far and away is by a dedicated USB card reader. This simply plugs into the USB port and the Computer reads it as another drive, no software required.
Cameras too when plugged in should register as another drive.
Software supplied with cameras is best left in the box. When the extra drive comes up [camera or reader] simply open it and copy the files to your picture location [default is My docs/My pictures but you can put them any where you like]
Don't really agree with accord. Taking the card in/out constantly could lead to undue wear/tear/possible damage to the tiny delicate pins within the camera which connect to the card. If the camera has a connection port it's much easier to connect the camera to the USB via its connecting cord than shelling out on a card reader and taking the card in/out each time. Saves the battery, rhubarb! most are rechargeable... My tip: bin the camera software and let XP do it for you via the cable.