How to Transfer Pictures From a Camera to a Memory Card


Some digital cameras save photographs on the device's internal memory by default. These images must get transferred to a memory card before viewing them on your computer without using a USB cable, loading them directly into a home photo printer or taking them to the photo lab to make prints. By inserting a memory card -- also called a "portable data storage device" -- into the camera's media card slot, you can move pictures to the card without the use of a computer, camera-specific cables or accessories.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital camera
  • Memory card
  • Turn the camera's power button to "Off."

  • Slide and push down on the memory card door -- located on the bottom or side of the camera -- to open the door.

  • Push the memory card gently into the slot with the metal contact points going into the camera first.

  • Close the memory card door. Turn the camera's power button to "On."

  • Press the "Playback" and then the "Menu" buttons on the back of the camera.

  • Scroll through the menus using your directional button, located to the right of the LCD screen.

  • Stop on the Storage menu. Press "Set" or "OK" to choose this option.

  • Choose the option that best describes transferring photos from internal memory to a memory card. Press "Set" or OK" to save your choice.

  • Pick the "Select All" option to move all photos currently stored in internal memory to the memory card. Press "Set" or "OK."

  • Wait for the photos to transfer. Press the "Menu" button after the transfer completes to exit the Storage menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • The memory card will only insert into the memory card slot in one direction. If you feel resistance, take the card out and flip it over. Push the card in again until it clicks into place. Some cameras offer a memory card insertion diagram on the camera's memory card slot door.
  • Never insert or remove a memory card from a digital camera while the camera is powered on. This can scramble the images and make the card unreadable by the camera or a computer.

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