[lug] digital cameras and linux

Sean Reifschneider jafo at tummy.com
Mon Jul 28 01:22:40 MDT 2003

On Fri, Jul 25, 2003 at 11:59:29AM -0600, Alex Olivas wrote:
>i'm starting to shop for a digital camera and they all require windows 
>or macos.

Most of them in one way or another work with Linux.  I've mostly given
up trying to directly connect the camera because it tends to be spotty
for results at the best.  I often seemed to get read errors, and the
last two cameras have required their docking base (and possibly power)
to use the USB connection.

I tend to use readers instead.  The ones I like the most are the PCMCIA
based.  My older camera used Smart Media, and the newer ones have used
MMC.  For the Smart Media card I used a USB reader.  I have both a CF
and PCMCIA reader that will take the MMC cards, and I can just plug the
card in.  These work really reliably.  I have a program that detects
when they're plugged in and copies all the pictures off, verifies that
they were copied off correctly, and then deletes the source.  So, once
every hundred or so shots I just plug the card into my laptop, wait
until it beeps, then continue shooting.

>whether anyone knows of any cameras (not too expensive $100-$200) that 
>will work with linux.

One of the guys who sometimes comes to the Fort Collins Hacking Society
has a 3 mpixel digital camera that he got for $50.  It's big and bulky,
but uses MMC media and is cheap.  You might look for something like
that, you might even be able to get it someplace local.  No information
on what brand, etc...  That plus a 64MB card would put it around the
bottom end of your range.

I love my Casio Exilim EX-Z3, but it's way out of your price range, even
without media.

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Sean Reifschneider, Member of Technical Staff <jafo at tummy.com>
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