Scanners, Cameras, and Media Readers: Image Capture
The Mac OS X Image Capture application (path: /Applications/Image Capture) enables you to connect a digital camera, media reader (USB/FireWire), or flatbed scanner to your Mac and import images or even share the device to a remote computer.
Surprisingly, Apple provides no free solution for getting video/audio into a computer through FireWire or an audio input source. The new QuickTime Pro for Tiger includes these features at a nominal cost. Refer to Chapter 2, “Useful Tiger Applications and Utilities,” for more information about QuickTime.
Although you might opt for the commercial iPhoto solution, Image Capture provides quick-and-dirty import features from the same range of devices as iPhoto. ...