Digital camera for FreeBSD

Rolf G Nielsen rnmtw at
Sun Jul 18 22:37:29 UTC 2010

2010-07-18 19:06, Polytropon skrev:
> On Sun, 18 Jul 2010 12:21:42 -0400, Robert Ames<robertames at>  wrote:
>> If such a thing does exist, can someone recommend a simple point
>> and shoot digital camera that you can connect to a FreeBSD machine
>> via a USB cable and have access to the images via a (presumably
>> MS-DOS based) filesystem?
> Let me first make sure that I answer correctly: I do interpret your
> question about a "point and shoot digital camera" as a question
> regarding a photo camera primarily, not a movie camera. I hope
> that's correct.
> Nearly all cameras work - either by accessing the FAT file system
> on the card (or internal memory), or by PTP commands - both should
> be standard, and some cameras can even be switched from one to the
> other standard.
> I own the following (digital) cameras, all working with FreeBSD
> (list position indicates quality, quite):
> 	- Canon PowerShot S3 IS
> 	- Kodak EasyShare CX6330
> 	- HP PhotoSmart M407
> 	- Mustek MDC 3500
> 	- Aiptec Pencam (AEG Snap 300)
> Basically, you can use nearly ANY camera with FreeBSD. It's just
> important that at least ONE of the existing access standards is
> supported by the camera - USB direct storage access or PTP
> functionality.
> (I'm concentrating on USB cameras here, allthough Firewire based
> cameras should also work, but I don't own any, so I can't be more
> precise about this interface.)
> There's also a workaround you should know about: If the camera
> does NOT allow you to access its files through the camera, you
> often can eject a SD or CF card. Many PCs today include readers
> for those media. And if the reader complies to USB standards, it
> can be used with FreeBSD.

My Casio Exilim EX-S12 works perfectly, and identifies itself as a USB 
Mass Storage device, i.e. it gets a daX device node in /dev. I used to 
have an Olympus SP-500UZ, which also worked perfectly as a USB Mass 
Storage device. Neither of those are current models, but I doubt that 
either Casio or Olympus have stopped supporting USB Mass Storage (IIRC 
the Casio can be set to either USB Mass Storage or PTP).

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