Canon finally notices Vista has come out

April 2, 2007 – 7:31 pm | by Benjamin Watt

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Since getting my Canon 5D, one thing that’s been really bugging me is the lack of Windows Vista support by Canon. Unlike everyone else that makes cameras, Canon don’t support the ability to just attach your camera and have it appear as a drive for transferring photos. No, they have their own WIA driver which apparently works okay in XP, but there had been no Vista release until now.

I wasn’t really bothered about the photo transferring aspect of things because I was just plugging my CF card into a USB card reader which is faster anyway, but I did want to have a play with Canon’s software that allows you to control the camera from the PC.

So, I was pleased to see today via the MSDN blog that a Canon RAW codec has been released for Vista (which allows the CR2 format to appear thumbnailed in a normal explorer window and be viewable in Windows Photo Gallery), and with it updates for all the various pieces of Canon software that previously only worked under XP, including a new WIA driver.

The Microsoft Photography Blog has a rundown of how to find the RAW codec, but you’ll also find the WIA driver for Vista by going to the same bit at Canon, along with other bits and bobs like the EOS Utility, which works a charm, controlling my camera from my PC was a novelty that took at least five minutes to wear off.

It shouldn’t really have taken Canon so long to get Vista support out, but at least when they did they covered everything, and it works. The photo above if you’re wondering is just a recent photo I took with my 5D, it’s an HDR shot made up of three exposures taken of the Burn O’Vat, Dinnet in the highlands of Scotland. It has very little to do with this post.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Canon finally notices Vista has come out”

  2. By Taavi on Apr 3, 2007 | Reply

    Killer shot! Just superb composition and exposure.

  3. By Benjamin Watt on Apr 3, 2007 | Reply

    Thanks very much Taavi – much appreciated 🙂

  4. By michael on Apr 15, 2007 | Reply

    I installed the WIA driver on my new lenovo vista laptop, and now control panel recognised the camera – but I cannot use it in any apps and nothing pops up when I connect. I hear the USB bing but that is all.


  5. By Benjamin Watt on Apr 16, 2007 | Reply

    Hi Michael,

    When you say Control Panel recognised the camera, does it appear under ‘Scanners & Cameras’ in there (you might have to move to Classic View from the left hand pane of options)? If it’s listed, double-click on it and try the ‘Test Camera’ button.

    If it’s listed in there and that test works, then it’s probably installed fine. If the ‘Test Camera’ doesn’t succeed, make absolutely sure you didn’t accidentally get the XP version of the WIA driver.

    What applications are you trying to use with your camera? On my PC, Adobe Lightroom recognises the camera, as does Photoshop CS3 (I’m assuming CS2 would too, the option is under File > Import > WIA Support) and Google Picasa.

    If you’re using one of the Canon apps, make sure you’ve installed the relevant update from the same Canon area as the WIA driver, there’s an update for all of them.


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