Cameras: Why Do We Still Need Computers To Download To HDD's?

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Re: Cameras: Why Do We Still Need Computers To Download To HDD's?
In reply to MPA1, Oct 1, 2013

MPA1 wrote:

We wondered why, given that a digital camera is basically a computer with a lens on it, it is still not possible to just connect a portable hard drive direct to the camera and download your images to one or more drives when working in the field, enabling you to leave your expensive and cumbersome laptop at home.

Well it's more like a camera with a specialized computer built into it, that's why you don't have wide functionality.  Your digicam doesn't have Windows Mobile 6.5 or Windows 7.  It's an OS designed by or for Canon for running the camera.  Plus many external hard drives do not have a power plug, so it would be a bit of a drain on the camera's battery.  Camera makers are concentrating on making a solid camera, not one that is to be integrated into many other devices.

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