Newb question about bulk photo upload from Z cameras

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BlueCoug New Member • Posts: 2
Newb question about bulk photo upload from Z cameras

I’ve done a search of the forum but didn’t quickly find an answer—apologies if this is has already been addressed. What methods are people using for bulk uploads from Z camera to computer?

I’ve yet to find a good way to simply upload all files from my Z50 to my mac laptop. My older Nikon d40x would work if I connected camera to laptop via usb cable, but the Z50 appears to require special software for this.  This software apparently can’t work through a usb hub, which I need to use to connect the supplied usb a / micro cable to my laptop’s usb c jacks. SnapBridge is ok for moving pics to my phone, but not laptop. Connecting laptop to camera via Bluetooth hasn’t worked for me, and via WiFi is tedious—only worked one at a time through a clunky interface. I don’t have a card reader (never had a device that was as difficult to connect via usb before) and may buy one, or a direct usb c to usb micro cable, but unfortunately a hardware based solution will have to wait until I’m home from the end of a current photo taking trip where I’d dearly like to clear the SD card daily to have room for more pics.

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jthomas39 Contributing Member • Posts: 569
Re: Newb question about bulk photo upload from Z cameras
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Power the camera on!

Using Windows: my Z6 plugged in with the USB cable works just like a flash drive. I can navigate to the Z6 folders and copy files as usual.

The Z6 shows up as a device when it's powered off, but without any folders or files. That's confusing. Once I turn it on, the files appear.

I assume you can do something similar with your Mac.

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I'm not sure why a USB hub wouldn't work. Can you get a USB adapter plug, USB A to USB3? Then you can plug the camera in directly with the adapter. Or a new cable that's USB3 on both ends?

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A card reader is a lot faster than the camera USB transfer. It can be ten times faster.

OP BlueCoug New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Newb question about bulk photo upload from Z cameras

I ended up buying a USB C card reader.  A little more expensive but it's fast and works well.

Flowchart
Flowchart Senior Member • Posts: 1,676
Re: Newb question about bulk photo upload from Z cameras

I am using the import feature in Adobe Bridge.. it neatly creates and places them in directories named after date. (all copied using an XQD reader... I tend to have one card in the reader and switch it with the one in the camera).

At times I add a short comment to the directory name if it's a special session.

BlueCoug wrote:

I’ve done a search of the forum but didn’t quickly find an answer—apologies if this is has already been addressed. What methods are people using for bulk uploads from Z camera to computer?

I’ve yet to find a good way to simply upload all files from my Z50 to my mac laptop. My older Nikon d40x would work if I connected camera to laptop via usb cable, but the Z50 appears to require special software for this. This software apparently can’t work through a usb hub, which I need to use to connect the supplied usb a / micro cable to my laptop’s usb c jacks. SnapBridge is ok for moving pics to my phone, but not laptop. Connecting laptop to camera via Bluetooth hasn’t worked for me, and via WiFi is tedious—only worked one at a time through a clunky interface. I don’t have a card reader (never had a device that was as difficult to connect via usb before) and may buy one, or a direct usb c to usb micro cable, but unfortunately a hardware based solution will have to wait until I’m home from the end of a current photo taking trip where I’d dearly like to clear the SD card daily to have room for more pics.

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Tootsall
Tootsall Senior Member • Posts: 1,808
Re: Newb question about bulk photo upload from Z cameras

I simply insert SD card into the SD slot in the back of the iMac (27", 2015 build) and import. Mac "Photos" does not yet recognize the NEF files from Z50, so I'll import a RAW (NEF) file into either Nikon NX-D or DXO PL4 and process/convert there. If the file is a jpg then "Photos" handles it directly. If your laptop does not have an SD card slot, then using a "card reader" (they're pretty inexpensive) is definitely the way to go.  Trying to transfer wireless directly from the camera is slow, laborious, and chews up the camera battery.

One thing, don't forget to either delete the photos you've transferred from the card if you can.  Else the card will slowly fill up and the laptop will take more and more time to "look at all the photos" and you'll spend more and more time selecting the ones you want to d/l without repeating photos you've already put into the laptop.  Because I travel a lot (or did until Covid), I prefer to "save" photos on the SD card so I'll use several smaller SD cards rather than one larger one.  When a card gets full I just "lock and label" it and get a different card.

Once photos have been processed I'll then back them up on a separate SSD for security.

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Ernie Misner
Ernie Misner Veteran Member • Posts: 7,822
Re: Newb question about bulk photo upload from Z cameras

jthomas39 wrote:

Power the camera on!

Using Windows: my Z6 plugged in with the USB cable works just like a flash drive. I can navigate to the Z6 folders and copy files as usual.

The Z6 shows up as a device when it's powered off

and isn't it charging the battery when off?

, but without any folders or files. That's confusing. Once I turn it on, the files appear.

I assume you can do something similar with your Mac.

~~~~~

I'm not sure why a USB hub wouldn't work. Can you get a USB adapter plug, USB A to USB3? Then you can plug the camera in directly with the adapter. Or a new cable that's USB3 on both ends?

~~~~~

A card reader is a lot faster than the camera USB transfer. It can be ten times faster.

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