Do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

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turnstyle
turnstyle Senior Member • Posts: 1,976
Do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

Just curious, do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

(I'm also aware of the Eye-Fi card, but not so much asking about it.)

Is one vs. the other "safer" for long-term use? ie, with concern about wearing out contacts, breaking pins, etc.

I'm also curious: is it faster to copy from a class 10 card, vs., say, a class 6?

AndyMulhearn Contributing Member • Posts: 607
Re: Do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

USB cable for me. I use both an iPad and a MacBook so with the camera kit, one option fits both.

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SQLGuy Veteran Member • Posts: 6,492
Re: Do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

SD card for the laptop, which has a reader; USB cable for the Ubuntu box, which doesn't.
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I'd prefer to keep my camera turned off and setting aside any time I am not shooting. Why run the battery and the camera engine when it isn't necessary? So I remove the SD card and have a reader on my Macbook Air or and a USB card reader on my main Mac.

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Re: Do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

Is there much reason to worry that regularly popping the SD card in/out is going to wear out the connection?

turnschuh Regular Member • Posts: 285
Re: Do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

I plug in USB Cable, what then automatically happens is:

  • All New pictures get downloaded and stored to HDD

  • Pictures are getting uploaded to dropbox

This way I can work with the pictures right away, everywhere.

I dont understand why someone would remove SD Card, its just so mutch easier to plug in a cable.

Im thinking about Eye-Fi aswell but its just easier to plug in usb, instead of turning on the Setting in the Menü.
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I always remove the sd card to place straight into my iMac, never had any connector issues and been doing this for ages

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BruinBlue Regular Member • Posts: 107
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I use the USB adaptor that came with my Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo card. Download to HDD, import into Lightroom.

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Re: Do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

turnschuh wrote:

I dont understand why someone would remove SD Card, its just so mutch easier to plug in a cable.

My Macbook Air has a SD card reader built in. I cannot understand how it would be easier for me to instead carry around a USB cable. That's an extra accessory that I don't need. In the time a person takes to get out the USB cable and connect it to the camera and connect it to the computer, my photos are already uploading onto my laptop.

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N0BOX Regular Member • Posts: 145
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I also just use the SD card alone. My Asus Transformer(1) has an SD card reader built into the keyboard dock and my Ubuntu netbox has a card reader. My main PC requires a USB SD card reader, but I leave it plugged into the computer all the time. Lightroom opens and begs to import the pictures on the card any time I plug the SD card in (Lightroom 4 beta), which is insanely annoying to me, but some people might like that.

1 - I found a couple of apps on the Android Market that will view Sony's RAW format: RawDroid(view, free) and RawVision(view/edit, pay)

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Fredy Ross Veteran Member • Posts: 6,812
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I use the same card reader for years for many cameras and have no problem. Only now with Sony I went to download a video and it told me I could only do it with the camera not a card. What to do as I don't want to look for the cable?
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Slynky Senior Member • Posts: 2,434
Re: Do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

(where is our forum poll option...)

I use the cable. The cable is connected to my PC all the time. It's very easy to plug it in the side of the camera and turn on the camera and transfer.

I'm assuming (with my many years of IT experience) that the company provided a cable to be used as the preferred method of transferring images. When I handle the cable, I don't have to worry about what I touch. It was designed to be plugged in and unplugged.

On the other hand, removing the memory card each time seems more time-consuming, may require the purchase of some kind of reader (if you don't have a built-in one), and is most prone to cause problems by touching something you shouldn't have, dropping it, or bending it. I remove the memory card only when I don't have a cable (like at a friends house or something).

As far as I'm concerned, this is the way Sony (and other manufacturers) prefer. Otherwise, I imagine they would have saved production costs by eliminating the cable, the door to the connector, the connector slot, and the internal circuits to connect it to the camera and just let people remove the memory card each time.
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jementa Junior Member • Posts: 33
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Just my 2 cents worth.

Was using Eye-Fi Pro 8gb as I luv seemless transfer. However as i wanted to transfer jpeg to iphone or ipad and raw to PC, i find that Eye-fi is not very reliable...sometimes i do nto know where are the files....in transition with the server of eye-fi some where.

So at times i need to take out the Eye-fi to transfer my raw to PC, not sure if it is the PC or the camera, the corner of the Eye-fi card is chipped when pushing in, leaving the connectors in tact. Now when i place the card in the camera, no card was detected. however the card is still okay on a PC. Tried it in my friend m4/3 and doesn't work as well. (some body can tell me what i can do with it, it is now a normal transfer card in my wallet :(... )

So I haven't taken out my SD card since even though I don't use a camera cover. My take is that if you have a cover...we all get lazy removing it....

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I have used up several 32Gb and 16 Gb SD Cards that have fallen apart over time in my SD Card slots on my Sony Desktop and my Netbook...50,000 photo transfers...no problems yet...hate USB cables and only use when there is no other means...
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koofle Junior Member • Posts: 47
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I used to use cable, but found that my camera battery would drain quite quickly if I left it plugged in. These days I plug it into a card reader.

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Have used readers since since 2001...

Hundreds of thousands of photo transfers and not one issue to date with a rather large assortment of card/reader options.

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SD card reader to transfer files

turnstyle wrote:

Just curious, do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

Is one vs. the other "safer" for long-term use? ie, with concern about wearing out...

Easiest for me personally seems to be to use a card reader; unconcerned about wearing anything out, if something breaks, it gets fixed, personal experience with Sony service has been excellent, so no worries, just having fun taking pictures, like this, with Summaron 35/3.5 on NEX-5:

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adi9 Contributing Member • Posts: 837
Re: Do you use a USB cable or the SD card to transfer files?

If you use cards up to 32 GB (SDHC) it does not really matter. If you have a new laptop with a fast reader build in it may be faster to copy the files from card than USB, if you use the reader.Some nwe cards have faster read speeds than what usualy get via USB cable.But if your reader is a USB one you get the sane speed ( or you need a USB 3.0 port an reader).

If you have SDXC cards (64 GB and higher) older readers may not support it, so you need to use the camera snd USB which acts as a mass storage device.

I personaly prefer to take the card out and use the reader.

BokehGlass New Member • Posts: 11
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If you have a fast memory card, the bottleneck is USB 2.0 transfer speed. I use my USB 3.0 card reader to transfer to my desktop. I haven't done any A/B comparison but I notice is at least 2x faster with USB3.

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Some has to clean up that backyard

I use mostly the cable, sometimes the card reader of my dell monitor.

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