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I just upgraded to Snow Leopard last week and I am still having growing pains.

When I plug in my camera I expect that it will show up on the desktop. (Like a hard drive shows up.) I expect that I will be able to interact with the media on the camera.

Unfortunately the camera does not show up on the desktop. I Can get the photos through iPhoto, but this is not what I always want to do.

(My camera is a Canon PowerShot A480. I am connecting it to the computer with a USB plug.)

How can I make my camera show up on the desktop like a USB stick or external hard drive?

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Has it worked like this for you before? I've never seen that work with any of my Canon cameras. You could always use "Image Capture" and disable iPhoto from automatically starting. It's much more lightweight than iPhoto. – EmmEff Nov 10 '10 at 3:25
My old camera used to show up on the desktop before I upgraded to snow leopard. Changing two variables here so isolating the problem is a little bit tricky. – sixtyfootersdude Nov 10 '10 at 11:51
Use Image Capture in Applications. No need for iPhoto. – user58064 Dec 5 '10 at 19:50

If your camera has a "USB mass storage" mode, you could try setting it before connecting the camera to the Mac.

This thread also suggests that you could achieve the same results using the Canon software included in the CD that came with your camera.

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Hmmm, maybe I will have to crack open the cd. I was hoping that I would not have to... – sixtyfootersdude Nov 10 '10 at 11:50
@sixtyfootersdude: Have you had any luck? – m.capobianco Nov 16 '10 at 17:30

If you use a separate card reader, the card will show up on the desktop and appear like a thumb drive in Finder. Bonus: a much higher transfer rate.

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