This chapter lists information about what you need to run gphoto2. This information is intended to assist you in setting up your computer so that you can connect a camera and use libgphoto2 software to download images.
What you need:
A camera and whatever cables (serial RS232, USB, ...) you need to connect your camera to your computer
A list of currently supported cameras is maintained at http://www.teaser.fr/~hfiguiere/linux/digicam.html
If you want to use a camera using the
USB mass storage protocol,
not help you. Your operating system already contains an
USB mass storage
driver, so there is no need for us to write another one.
For information on how to use a USB mass storage camera with Linux, see the USB Digital Camera HOWTO (which is more a USB mass storage camera HOWTO). There is another nice description at the digikam web site.
A computer with the right kind of port (serial RS232, USB, ...) running a Unix-like operating system:
The hardware architecture (x86, PowerPC, Sparc ) doesn't matter. Or at least, it shouldn't.
For USB cameras, your Unix OS must be supported by
libusb. As of
2002-08-29, this is the case for Linux 2.2 and 2.4, FreeBSD
and OpenBSD. FIXME: Is the USB support for OS/2 independent
libgphoto2, some libgphoto2 frontend and (if you want to use USB cameras) libusb
The KDE IO slave interface. Using kamera is simple: Just open camera:/ in Konqueror. That's it. Has been and still is a standard feature of most KDE installations.
It also features a configuration frontend in the KDE control center..
Available software formats