Connecting a Canon camera to a computer is quite a straightforward process, though it involves various steps and sometimes you might face different problems.

You can do it using a USB cable or via a Wi-Fi connection.

En este artículo aprenderá how to connect a Canon camera to a computer, how to transfer photos, and what to do if your Windows computer doesn’t recognize the USB cable.


How To Connect Canon Camera To Computer Using USB

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Follow these steps to connect Canon camera to computer using USB:

  1. Ensure the camera is not already connected to the computer. Turn the camera on by setting its power switch to <ON>.
  2. Presiona el <MENU> button on the camera to access the menu.
  3. To change the Auto power off settings:
    • Navigate to the [ ] tab by pressing the <Cross Keys>, then select [Auto power off] and press <SET>.
    • Elige [Off] from the options displayed and press <SET> again for confirmation.

For detailed instructions on Auto power off settings, consult the camera’s instruction manual.

  1. Presiona el <MENU> button again to exit the menu and turn off the LCD monitor display. Then, turn the camera’s power switch to <OFF>.
  2. Insert the supplied USB cable into your computer’s USB port. The exact location of this port varies with different computers; refer to your computer’s documentation for specifics.
  3. Connect the other end of the USB cable to the <A/V OUT / DIGITAL> terminal on the camera.
  4. Turn the camera’s power switch back to <ON>. This should automatically open EOS Utility and initiate communication between the camera and computer.

If EOS Utility does not start by itself:

  • For Windows, click the [Start] button (or button), select [All Programs] > [Canon Utilities] > [EOS Utility] > [EOS Utility].
  • For Mac OS X, click the [EOS Utility] icon in the Dock.

The on-screen message will vary based on your computer’s operating system, the software installed, and whether it’s the camera’s first connection to this computer.

If prompted to select a program, choose [Canon EOS Utility / Downloads images from EOS camera] and click [OK].



Computer Doesn’t See USB on Windows 

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To get your computer to recognize the camera using Disk Management, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Start icon and choose Search.
  2. Enter “control panel” and press Enter.
  3. Click on Control Panel.
  4. Select Administrative Tools.
  5. Choose Computer Management.
  6. In the new window, select Disk Management and look for your device in the drive viewer.
  7. Right-click on the USB flash drive.
  8. Choose Format to prepare the USB drive for use again.

If the camera still doesn’t appear on your PC, consider reinstalling the disk driver for the USB drive.

This solution is applicable to any Windows system, including Windows 10. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Right-click on This PC/Computer and select Properties.
  2. Go to Devices Manager.
  3. Find and click on Disk driver.
  4. Right-click on General Flash Disk USB Drive and select Uninstall. Ensure the driver you’re uninstalling is named “Flash Disk.”
  5. Click OK and wait for the process to complete. If it’s taking too long, you can safely remove the USB flash drive from the PC.
  6. Reconnect the camera to the PC, which will prompt the installation of new device software.

After these steps, your PC should recognize the USB drive, allowing you to access the drive in Windows 10 and view its contents.


Connecting To a Computer via Wi-Fi

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This part explains the process of connecting the camera to a computer using Wi-Fi and conducting camera operations through EOS software or other specialized software.

Ensure you have the most recent software version installed on your computer prior to establishing a Wi-Fi connection.

Camera Setup Steps (1):

  1. Navigate to [Wireless features: Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connection].
  2. Elige [ComputerRemote control (EOS Utility)].
  3. Seleccione [Add a device to connect to].
  4. Note the SSID (network name) and password.

Computer Setup Steps (1):

  1. On your computer, select the SSID noted earlier.
  2. Input the password you noted down.

On the Computer’s Network Setting Screen (Sample):

  • Choose the SSID you recorded in step 4 of the Camera Setup Steps (1).
  • For the password field, use the password from step 4 of the Camera Setup Steps (1).

Camera Setup Steps (2):

  1. Seleccione [OK].

Computer Setup Steps (2):

  1. Launch EOS Utility.
  2. In EOS Utility, select [Pairing over Wi-Fi/LAN].
  3. Haga clic en [Connect].

Camera Setup Steps (3):

  • Complete the Wi-Fi connection setup.

On the [SmartphoneWi-Fi on] Screen:

  • Disconnect,exit: Ends the Wi-Fi connection.
  • Confirm set: Allows you to verify the settings.

Error Details:

  • If a Wi-Fi connection error occurs, you can review the error’s specifics.

How Do I Transfer Photos From My Canon Camera to My Computer?

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Images that are transferred are automatically saved in the [Pictures] folder on both Windows and macOS computers, organized by the date they were taken.

Si Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP) is installed on your computer, it will launch automatically after the transfer and display the images.

Please note that transferring movies may take more time due to their larger file sizes.

Batch Image Transfer: To download images in batches to your computer, follow these steps:

  • Click on [Download images to computer].
  • Then, click on [Settings] and choose a condition for the image transfer before clicking [OK].
  • Initiate the transfer by clicking [Start automatic download].

Transferring Selected Images: For selecting specific images to transfer:

  • Click on [Select and download].
  • In the viewer window, choose the images you want to transfer by selecting their checkboxes. You can select multiple images at once using the mouse.
  • After selecting, click [Download], set the destination for the images, and then click [OK] to start the transfer.



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