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I have a MacBook Air (M1, 2020) running Ventura 13.5.2, and am trying to connect my camera (Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, released 2011) to it via USB. The Mac only has USB-C ports, and the camera only has a USB-A cable, but I join them using an adapter. No matter what I do, the Mac does not "see" the camera, either in "Finder", or when I type ls /Volumes at a command prompt.

Sometimes "Disk Utility" can show an external drive which is not automatically connected, but that does not "see" the camera either.

I know the adapter is okay because I have tested it independently. I know the cable and camera are okay, because I can connect the camera to either a Windows laptop or my old Linux desktop.

Is there anything I do to make my Mac "see" this device which I know is connected to it?


Extra information: It appears under System Information -> USB devices

USB 3.1 Bus:

Host Controller Driver: AppleT8103USBXHCI

Canon Digital Camera:

Product ID: 0x322c
Vendor ID:  0x04a9  (Canon Inc.)
Version:    0.02
Serial Number:  [redacted]
Speed:  Up to 480 Mb/s
Manufacturer:   Canon Inc.
Location ID:    0x01100000 / 1
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA):  2
Extra Operating Current (mA):   0

Also, according to this Canon page the file format is "Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version1.1) compliant", whatever that is.

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  • According to this Canon page asia.canon/en/support/6200102000 the file format is "Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version1.1) compliant", whatever that is.
    – Peter B
    Commented Dec 28, 2023 at 1:16
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    Download the images to my Mac.
    – Peter B
    Commented Dec 28, 2023 at 2:42
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    That works too - thank you!
    – Peter B
    Commented Dec 28, 2023 at 3:31

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I wish I had a sure fire solution, but since the USB device codes are recognized, you now need drivers if neither Image Capture nor Photos sees content from the camera. The best I can think of is trying this for a free evaluation just in case one of their reverse engineered Canon scanner drivers works with the firmware on that camera.

Also, be sure to fire up Image Capture which comes from Apple to see if it can read any photos on the internal storage and be very patient if the camera doesn’t immediately go into the mode where storage is presented to the computer.

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  • Ok I have progress... I can see the entire camera contents on Image Capture. Previously it did not, so I am not sure what has changed!
    – Peter B
    Commented Dec 28, 2023 at 2:28
  • Hooray! It shouldn’t show up in Finder AFAIK - and weren’t those amazing cameras for the money? Great design, feature, size and optics paired with very nice electronics for the day.
    – bmike
    Commented Dec 28, 2023 at 2:37

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