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What is the average weight of a camera? How long does it take to upload a picture?

Asked by Plone3000 (668points) March 10th, 2011

What does the standard camera weigh on average? How long does it take to transfer pictures from a digital camera on to a computer?

I am writing a paper, so sources would be helpful.

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gailcalled's avatar

Look up the weights of various kinds of cameras. Average them out.

Look at your watch. Plug cable from camera into computer. Turn on appropriate software. Time the transfer.

Cite me as your source. (Or try Google.)

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

This can vary a LOT depending on what kind of camera you’re talking about.

Little point and shoots that you put in your pocket weigh ounces. Professional Digital SLRs can be much heavier.

For example, the very expensive Canon 5D weighs 42.5 oz./1,205g according to the specifications on the website. Put an external flash on it and it’ll weigh more.

In contrast, the latest Canon Powershot weighs only 7.58 oz./215g including the battery and memory card.

As for speed, depends on what kind of card reader/USB cable you’re using to transfer photos. My MacBook’s built-in card reader is very fast, but the external card reader I have for my bigger camera’s CF card is ridiculously slow.

If this is for a paper, I would really suggest doing this research yourself. Check Fluther’s FAQs about homework help as well.

Plone3000's avatar

@gailcalled good idea I might just do it.
@ParaParaYukiko what is this “FAQs about homework help” you speak of? (I am an inexperienced Fluther user) I may just look for the heaviest and lightest retail camera then meet them in the middle. As for the “uploading” part of the question I was looking for an anser like ” about 2.45 seconds” But this helps a lot.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

@Plone3000 Fluther has guidelines to ensure quality questions throughout the site. Homework-related questions are OK, but it’s considered rude to ask homework questions verbatim and expect the Collective to do your homework for you.

As for uploading, for a more specific answer based entirely on my experience uploading photos… uhh… Somewhere between 1–6 seconds per photo depending on filesize (you can set your camera to take higher or lower quality images, and some photos take photos in RAW format, which are larger than regular JPG images) and speed of the card reader/computer. But, like I said, I can’t give you a specific answer because of the huge variability of the process.

Plone3000's avatar

@ParaParaYukiko Right right, I understand. Thanks, this helps.

Odysseus's avatar

One of the heaviest cameras at the moment is the K2DMD at 685g, the lightest is the CHOBICAM1 it weighs just 12g but this does not mean the average weight is in the middle.
Upload speed also depends on your PC but the ave is around 1.3 Mbps.

Oh in case you didn’t know… no homework on fluther :) lol

Plone3000's avatar

@Odysseus thanks this is really helpful. I understand that you can not get answers for homework on this cite, don’t get me wrong, that was not my intention. My paper is not even about cameras, it is about how technology revolutionizes journalism. I just thought this information would be a fun and interesting fact.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

@Plone3000 You should have said so! For this, I don’t think you need specific facts. Just an estimate about weight and speed of cameras today in comparison to old cameras (pre-digital). Newspapers and magazines did not use actual photographic images until the 1880s (I would look for newspapers depicting photographs taken during the Civil War and you’ll know what I mean). Prior to the invention of halftone printing, even though photography was available, artists had to create engravings based on the photographs to put into the format of a printing press.

Timothy O’Sullivan, a famous photographer who is well known for his images of the Civil War, was highly bound by the photographic technology available to him. Because of the photographic process (wet plate collodian) he used, he had to basically tote around a miniature darkroom wherever he went—since the glass negatives had to be immediately developed. No way he could be in the thick of events happening all around him and successfully take photos! Most of the pictures from him were taken days after the battles had ended; you’ll notice in his famous photograph “The Harvest of Death” that the bodies are bloated from being out for several days. And, a lot of Civil War photography was staged, meaning these guys were dragging around corpses to get the composition they wanted. Gross!

Never mind needing to make etchings of photographs or carry your own darkroom-cart anymore, anyone with a cell phone camera can submit a picture/video to a news website or station (some directly from their phone, no need to transfer the image to a computer) and get it featured on the news. It’s ridiculous how much technology has changed the way we get the news.

…Why do I remember all of this? I hated my history of photography class, haha.

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