Sony DSC-W1

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I must give credit where it is due. I did very little research for this How To, true credit for what you are about to read needs to be given to <a href="">John Wyles</a>. More specifically you can read the original article on Johns <a href="">web page</a>.

So why did I recreate this How To? I noticed it was listed as an archive on John's web site and wanted to make sure this information would be available to me at all times.

Camera Setup

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  • Plug in the USB connections, from the camera to the PC
  • Turn on the camera. It should read USB Mode - Normal
  • Press the MENU button and select USB Connect with the middle selector button (it is the one you are probably most familiar with that is in the middle of the four arrow buttons)
  • A menu you will pop up giving you three options, use the arrow buttons to select the PTP button and then the middle selector button to select
  • The screen should now read USB Mode - PTP to complete the camera setup

  • Important Note: If you would like to enable this mode by default you can use the following instructions:
    • Make sure the USB cable is not plugged into the camera and turn it on
    • Turn the dial to SET UP
    • Use the arrow keys to select down to the Setup 2 (the bottom most) left menu item and hit the right arrow button to get to the submenu items
    • Arrow down to the second item on the list called USB Connect and press the right arrow button again to bring up the sub-submenu.
    • Arrow down to the PTP menu item and then press the middle selector button to select it
    • Exit out of setup by turning the dial and you are ready to now connect in PTP mode by default


Linux Setup

**Remember apt-get or yum can be very helpful for this section.

  • Install, if you have not already, the latest versions of <a href="" title="gPhoto: Download"> libgphoto2</a>, <a href="" title="gPhoto: Download"> gPhoto2</a>, and <a href="" title="gPhoto: Download">gtkam</a> to your system
  • Run <a href="" title="gPhoto: gtkam">gtkam</a> in X and go to the Camera menu and select Add Camera…
  • At this point your camera should be on and in PTP mode, select Universal Serial Bus (USB) from the port listing, and then click the Detect Button
  • <a href="" title="gPhoto: gtkam"> gtkam</a> should select from the model list, what I am assuming is the camera that comes as close to the DSC-W1 as possible, the Sony DSC-F707V model camera. I say this because this is what was detected in my situation. If you have detected a different camera I would not worry as it may still work with no problems. Click the Ok button
  • It should quickly initialize the camera and then add it to the camera listing on the left in the main window of <a href="" title="gPhoto: gtkam">gtkam</a>
  • Browse through the tree of the camera and select any folders that you have setup on the camera. What should happen, if you have taken any pictures or movies, is that the main window pane to the right will populate with all of the photos and movies you have taken or placed in the particular folder your selected
  • You can right click on any picture or movie and select Save or select multiple pictures and movies and go to the File menu and select Save selected Photos… or use Ctrl+S as a shortcut to save the photos and movies to your hard drive
  • If you do choose to save files you will be given the options to Save photos, Save raw data, Save audio data, Save thumbnails, and Save EXIF data. I recommend at least to have the first and last options checked because you will want to save your photos (duh!) and you will probably want to save the EXIF data (all of the information about each photo (e.g. date, time, resolution, camera settings, etc.)) inside of the file. If you are saving movies you will probably want to have the Save audio data option checked as well
  • You are done and should be a happy Sony DSC-W1 Linux user now
Additional Notes 

You may use the following links (provided by John) or you can use yum or apt-get (if your distro supports them) to download and install. [See my How To for <a href="yum_apt-get/yum.html">yum</a> or <a href="yum_apt-get/apt-get.html">apt-get</a>]

Final Word

I have verified these steps on Fedora Core 1 and 2

And again a big thanks to <a href="">John Wyles</a> for an excellent write up.

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