In This Chapter
Downloading with a USB cable
Downloading with a card reader
Downloading with a PCMCIA card
Converting RAW images
Updating firmware and software
Downloading digital images has come a long way in the past few years. Rather than crawling behind the computer to hook up cables, you can now use the USB cable that is supplied with your camera, or you can use an accessory card reader or PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) card. Also, with direct-printing capability, you can print images directly from a memory card.
If you capture RAW images, you have a lot of latitude in processing them using either Canon's Digital Photo Professional program or Adobe's Camera Raw conversion program to tweak the original exposure, white balance, picture style, and more. When the image-editing cycle is complete, you can back up images to secure media for long-term storage.
Downloading using a USB cable is as simple as connecting the camera and the computer using a USB cable. The computer recognizes the camera as a removable drive. Because you must turn the camera on during download, you should ensure that the battery charge is sufficient to complete the download without interruption.
If you're using a Mac, you see the Digital Rebel XTi/400D as a Digital Capture that can be imported.