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Can I "tether mode" my Samsung sl420 to my laptop?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:48 pm
by frascati
Why am I always finding out something doesn't exist, but ought to?

Precisely what I want to do and why I'd like the functionality is described well on this page...

Whereby I navigated to your website.

I got this SL420 in order to take macro images and to upload images to Ebay. I actually, foolishly, assumed that all current cameras on the market would support "tethering" right out of the box. It's hard to get very good information on camera forums about this however.

Is there any possiblity of using my cameral, through FastPictureViewer, to sync such camera fuctions as are described in the article to my laptop? I've asked two help desk persons at Samsung about PTP support but they seemed not to understand what I was driving at.

Thank you very much.
Brad Williamson

Re: Can I "tether mode" my Samsung sl420 to my laptop?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:53 pm
by frascati
I've downloaded the professional trial. This is a new netbook running win xp home 2002vers so I downloaded the 32bit.

I installed fastpictureviewer and connected the camera. This camera (I"m not a camera expert so perhaps this is standard operation) is completely functionless as soon as the usb connector is plugged into the body. This would seem to indicate that "tethering" might not be an option from the get-go. I'm able to access pics through fastpictureview. However when the usb is connected and the camera is powered up and FPV program is running I press CTRL T and bottom of the screen reads ...

100% 0/0 by name [Waiting for MTP/PTP]

...and nothing transpires.

Am I at the end? If this capability is important enough to me, can you suggest any other budget digital cameras that might support tethering?

Thank you again.

Re: Can I "tether mode" my Samsung sl420 to my laptop?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:31 am
by Axel
There is still a faint hope: the camera might support an USB mode called PTP. This is what FastPictureViewer uses to download files as they are shot. However, be aware that many cameras are "functionless" also when connected in this mode, which is mainly used for direct printing or image transfer driven from the computer side. Some cameras (like Nikon DSLRs) have a fuller PTP implementation and supports operating the camera while connected in PTP, and thus tethering works.

Check your camera's documentation (or the setup menu) and look for USB options. If you have a choice, it will be between something similar to "mass storage" (where the camera appears as an external drive) or something like PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol). Try the alternate modes and see if you can actuate the shutter while connected. If not, then tethering will not be possible, unless the camera manufacturer produces some software to that effect. In this case you can use the manufacturer software to transfer the images to some "incoming" folder on your computer, and watch said folder in FPV in tracking mode (T).

Re: Can I "tether mode" my Samsung sl420 to my laptop?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:33 pm
by luvecor
actually i never managed to do that

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