I am having a bit of a problem transferring pictures off my Olympus 850SW digital camera (maybe it being pink has something to do with it).

When using the camera

When connecting the camera to the computer I chose PC>MTP and iPhoto opens and starts indexing thumbnails. It would sit there (iPhoto says "Loading Photos...") and nothing has happened. The LED on the camera is still flashing.

If I chose PC>Storage then the computer does not react at all.

When using a card reader.

If I use an xD card reader similar thing happens. Doing import from iPhoto takes ages for one photo, browsing the car in Finder is equally slow. I can actually transfer files but it's painfully slow - takes about 6 minutes to transfer 50 MB.

What can I do to fix this issue? It strikes me as a system issue (i.e. OS dealing with the memory card), rather than the camera or the card reader.

When using either camera or reader with a PC

Both work fine and photos get transferred pretty fast.


Have you tried opening “Image Capture” and see if it works from there? I’ve had similar problems in the past with my Kodak.

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  • I gave Image Capture a go and got a similar issue. Too slow to be usable, when trying to import got an error saying images could not be transferred. – Igor Zevaka Sep 11 '10 at 11:58

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