As usual ... there were issues and extremely poor help.
When running ZoomBrowser EX, the software reported that it could not find a camera. The error message was cryptic at best.
No camera was foundor
Camera Error. Check the lens cover and the cable connections, then reconnect.Attempts to find an answer in the help and online failed ... at first. Eventually, the built-in help said
Your camera is not in the correct mode (refer to your camera manual for assistance).BTW, the Lens Cover has no effect on *connecting* to the camera ... but it will stop the camera from taking a picture.
Making it Work
Either way, with Communication set to PTP, my Windows XP system was able to copy images from the camera using Windows Explorer before I loaded the extra software. After the software was loaded, and the option was changed to Normal, Windows XP can still be used to copy files.
To help trouble shoot the problem
Once it was working, I was able to use the computer to take images - most of the time per image was spent downloading the images to the computer.
|Mode||File Size||File Type||Time||Resolution|
|Large/Fine||1,600 KB||jpg||18 sec||x sec||3072x2048 (6.3 MB)|
|Large/Normal||715 KB||jpg||10 sec||x sec|
|Medium/Fine||780 KB||jpg||10 sec||x sec||2048x1360 (2.8 MB)|
|Medium/Normal||360 KB||jpg||6 sec||x sec|
|Small/Fine||400 KB||jpg||7 sec||x sec||1536x1024 (1.5 MB)|
|Small/Normal||230 KB||jpg||5 sec||x sec|
|RAW||5,000 KB||crw/thm||43 sec||72 sec||3072x2048 (6.3 MB)|
Basically, except for the slow download times, this is a great piece of software.
This is also the application used to take time lapsed (repeated) images ... just be sure to allow enough time for one image to download before taking another.
About half the time, when I try to shut down ZoomBrowser EX, it complains that Remote Capture is still running ... even though there is no sign that it is. Turning off the camera seems to remove this error / warning.
There are 2 Time columns in the above table - my laptop has 2 USB 2.0 ports. That's right, the download speed depends on which port I use.