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    Canon Optura

    My father gave me his camera, Canon Optura camera to get the photos off for him and such. Anyway I know nothing of this camera, and quite frankly its confusing. I hooked it up to my mac laptop, and normally if I hook my nikon up it shows up as another hard drive, but this one isn't even recognizing it.

    I know this is an old camera, but he refuses to upgrade.. anyway does anyone know anything about these cameras?

    This is a picture of it: http://firstforty.files.wordpress.co...non_optura.jpg the date on the top the camera says 1998... if that helps (he doesn't have the manual either)
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    Isn't the Optura a camcorder?

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    its a minidv according to canon's site, but it takes still and video.
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    They are Mike... I would bet that you will need the propietary software that came with the camera to see the stills... if I remember right when I had my JVC Mini-DV it was that way... they were on a small fixed internal drive... and I couldnt see it when just hooking it to the computer...
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    I believe this camcorder has an SD card somewhere for still images. You will need to take the card out and use a card reader. I don't think there is a way to hook it up like a digital camera to a computer. I believe the only way to hook it up would be firewire to control the video end of things, not the still storage.

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    FWIW, I've got a JVC mini-DV camcorder with an SD slot. It's got 2 interfaces on it - FireWire for video and USB for stills. Or you can download the manual from the Canon site.
    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...6&modelid=8275
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    Thumbing through the manual, it looks like it records the still images to tape, not another form of media... Soooo, it won't appear as a hard drive on the machine, but rather you'd need to use a video acquisition software to get the images off of the tape (kinda like frame grabs). Can you see the camera in iMovie?
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    yeah, i had a sony camcorder that did that... all it did for stills was record a still on the tape so when you were watching the video later it would seemingly stop for a couple of seconds on the still shots. lol dont understand way though... you can just pause video..lol
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    Not sure, I will have to check that out this morning. Thanks for the link to the manual as well, my father lost his.

    I will let you know how I do after I play for a bit and see if I can get it.

    Thanks!
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