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I am currently engaged in a desktop sharing session with a remote computer running windows XP. There is an external video camera connected to the computer but I do not know which model number it is. Is there a way I can determine which model camera this is there? I am trying to retrieve this information so I know which cable I need to buy.

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Ok, What about pictures metadata? If you have the pictures has made by this camera, check the picture Properties>Details Is the camera model there?:)

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+1 - Great idea! – JNK Jul 29 '10 at 23:14
Forgot to specify that this is a VIDEO camera. Looked through a captured movie and the meta information does not appear to have anything about the model number. – Oren Hizkiya Jul 30 '10 at 0:32

Start->settings->control panel->system->Hardware->Device Manager

Device manager SHOULD list the camera and hopefully the model if it is detected.

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Nope. The device manager lists the camera under "imaging devices" but it only lists "Sony DV Camcorder" and does not list the full model number. – Oren Hizkiya Jul 29 '10 at 19:39
Is there any sony camcorder software installed? It may pick up the model number if you open it and check settings. – JNK Jul 29 '10 at 19:42
Also check the driver listed under device manager to see if it is model-specific. – JNK Jul 29 '10 at 19:43
Also check driver Properties -> Resources and see if any of those properties have an identifier. – hyperslug Jul 30 '10 at 0:53

Open Windows Explorer, right click on the camera drive letter, select properties, then the hardware tab, the model number should be in the list

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There is no hardware tab. Just general and color management. Neither of them list the model number. – Oren Hizkiya Jul 29 '10 at 19:36

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