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Old 09-13-2017, 11:15 AM   #1
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I have a Macbook Pro that I've been using for the last 8-10 years to download my TC pics. It was a good run but the Macbook is toast and I'm about to enter the market for a new laptop/tablet that is used for my hunting pictures only. I'm not wanting to break the bank and buy a $1200.00 machine, I just want something that allows me to download a card with 3000 or so pictures on it and go through them fairly quickly. We have 5 cameras out at a time for the most part, so being able to go through 15-20 thousand pictures quickly is a big deal for me...I know a lot of you guys run a bunch of cameras at a time so I'm just looking for some input as to what works for you.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:26 AM   #2
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^The exact thing happened to me this year. In for answers.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:29 AM   #3
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I went to the electronic store in Longview and bought a refurbished laptop with starter windows for $50. I use it strictly for checking cameras. It's a compact laptop too, so it makes it easier
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:30 AM   #4
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Maybe a Chromebook or something similar? I got a feeling my $1200 laptop on its way out also. Thank God I get a chromebook for work I can use
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:42 AM   #5
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Avoid windows 10. I absolutely hate how it handles pictures. If you only have one cam it might not be bad, but the way it sorts pictures from multiple cams sucks.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:21 PM   #6
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Avoid windows 10. I absolutely hate how it handles pictures. If you only have one cam it might not be bad, but the way it sorts pictures from multiple cams sucks.
How does it sort the pics?
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:06 PM   #7
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How does it sort the pics?
First, it doesn't create a new file when you start loading pictures. Window 7 would automatically create a new file with the date as the name. Windows 10 puts them in the last place you uploaded to unless you change it.

It puts each month into a different file.

Then it can not distinguish the cameras from each other.

Where in windows 7 you can go through the pictures in the order it was taken, card by card, windows 10 just jumbles all the pictures from each card together. You can sort by date, or file name etc, but when you have multiple cameras that are the same model and they name the files the same it screws it all up. I haven't found an efficient way to do it yet.

On top of all that, if you go to "pictures" to look at it, it brings up this crappy gallery display that sucks instead of just listing the files like it should.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:09 PM   #8
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Are you downloading all the pictures onto your computer each time? Why not just 'preview' them and avoid the download and taking up all that space?
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:10 PM   #9
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I'm sure there are settings that can be changed to alleviate some of this, I just haven't taken the time to find them.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:17 PM   #10
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Are you downloading all the pictures onto your computer each time? Why not just 'preview' them and avoid the download and taking up all that space?
I download all of them so that I can scan through them to make sure I don't miss anything... I save the ones I want to a file for that particular stand, and then delete all the pictures and clear the card.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:21 PM   #11
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I download all of them so that I can scan through them to make sure I don't miss anything... I save the ones I want to a file for that particular stand, and then delete all the pictures and clear the card.
Why not just preview all of them and then grab the ones you want to keep as you see them and drop them into a folder? 'Preview' still allows you to go through all of the pictures individually or as thumbnails at your leisure as long as the SD card is in your computer.

** I think it's called 'preview' on a Mac. I'm on Windows and plug in the SD card, view files on SD card and as I come across good pics I drag and drop them into a file. Eject SD card and then delete all files via gamecam. This system works for me and I avoid downloading thousands of pics to my computer (save time and data) but still keep the ones I want.

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Old 09-13-2017, 02:32 PM   #12
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I've just used a cheap laptop to preview all my pics on each card. I can use the largest size thumbnail and scroll through and view like 9 pics at a time. If something catches my eye, I can quickly open the pic to full screen size and if I want to save it, I drag the pic over to a file folder on the desktop.

I can go though a couple thousand pics in about 5 min I reckon.

I haven't downloaded an sd card full of pics to my computer in years and years.

Have I missed something on a pic before? Probably


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Old 09-13-2017, 02:45 PM   #13
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Why not just preview all of them and then grab the ones you want to keep as you see them and drop them into a folder? 'Preview' still allows you to go through all of the pictures individually or as thumbnails at your leisure as long as the SD card is in your computer.

** I think it's called 'preview' on a Mac. I'm on Windows and plug in the SD card, view files on SD card and as I come across good pics I drag and drop them into a file. Eject SD card and then delete all files via gamecam. This system works for me and I avoid downloading thousands of pics to my computer (save time and data) but still keep the ones I want.



This is what I'm after... I was using Iphoto to look through them but I don't need that particular function, if i can just drag the ones i want to a file and save them without having to download that is ideal..

Does anyone use a tablet for this? I'm thinking about just buying a tablet and being done with it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:49 PM   #14
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I download them all, go through each photo individually, "favorite" the photos I want to keep, and discard the rest. It takes a while, but worth the effort of not potentially throwing away a good photo.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:53 PM   #15
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I went to a pawn shop and found a $50 laptop.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:06 PM   #16
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I just use my Ipad
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:10 PM   #17
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I just use my Ipad
I feel like the tablet route should be a lot easier to go through the pictures.. Am I right or wrong here?
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:13 PM   #18
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I feel like the tablet route should be a lot easier to go through the pictures.. Am I right or wrong here?
Yep, especially during season. I do it in the blind while waiting.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:28 PM   #19
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I feel like the tablet route should be a lot easier to go through the pictures.. Am I right or wrong here?
I think computer is much easier than tablet.
Put SD card in computer, view photos, save only a handful of pictures.
Will need extra SD cards to go this route.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:36 PM   #20
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I think computer is much easier than tablet.
Put SD card in computer, view photos, save only a handful of pictures.
Will need extra SD cards to go this route.
Why would I need extra cards?.. We get to the lease collect all the cameras, go through pics while we are there, clear the cards, and set the cameras back out before we leave to go home.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:38 PM   #21
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I think computer is much easier than tablet.
Put SD card in computer, view photos, save only a handful of pictures.
Will need extra SD cards to go this route.
I did it that way with the computer as well, so that way I spent minimal time in the area.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:39 PM   #22
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Why would I need extra cards?.. We get to the lease collect all the cameras, go through pics while we are there, clear the cards, and set the cameras back out before we leave to go home.
Because we leave the cameras running 24/7/365
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:56 PM   #23
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Why would I need extra cards?.. We get to the lease collect all the cameras, go through pics while we are there, clear the cards, and set the cameras back out before we leave to go home.


Wow. I haven't heard of anyone doing this with SD card cameras ever. Everyone I know has 2 cards per camera. Swap cards and be done.


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Old 09-13-2017, 04:09 PM   #24
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We have plenty extra cards... But we just grab the cameras while we are there.. We have 9 feeders but only run 5 cameras... We may hunt for a few days and decide to shuffle the cameras around and set them up elsewhere... I guess i forgot to mention we have a 7 hour drive to the lease so its not like we are checking the cameras every other weekend or anything like that.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:12 PM   #25
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I just started using an iPad and it is great. I bring the iPad with me to each camera and download everything then sort it back at the house. I think we have a 16 GB iPad and it never has any issues with storage or acting slow.


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Old 09-13-2017, 04:23 PM   #26
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I have always just eject the sd card from the camera and replace with another sd card. Then I can view the sd card at my leisure. Keep the photos that I want then clear the card. It is ready to put back in the next weekend. This route requires 2 cards for every camera but I like it.

I like the idea of viewing all my pics while I am in the stand waiting. I need to get a small laptop or Ipad that can read a sd card I guess.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:32 PM   #27
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I download all of them so that I can scan through them to make sure I don't miss anything... I save the ones I want to a file for that particular stand, and then delete all the pictures and clear the card.
I do this on my iPad. Download all the pics off a particular sd card, quickly resize the ones I want to keep (so I can pick them out from the rest of the thumbnails), then hit select all, then click the ones I've resized. Then delete all. The ones I've clicked to keep are then saved to an album of my choice. It's the fastest way I've found for the iPad.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:35 PM   #28
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This is getting off topic... I most likely don't get to go check cameras as much as most folks on here... I'm just asking your preferred method when you do check them.. If you have a particular brand cheap laptop or tablet that has done well let me know!
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:38 PM   #29
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Just one of those sd card readers you put on your phone work well you can save all pics you want to off of them to your phone then you can do what ever with them after that you can store them off of your phone on to a computer later if you want to ! That reader with erase all your cards as well and it's pretty quick if you don't have 2000 pics to go through!!
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:40 PM   #30
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I use my Surface Pro and a card reader. It downloads 3000 pics in aprox. 1 min. I then go through the pics later and delete the BS ones. I do this for 3 cameras, works pretty good.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:26 PM   #31
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Are you downloading all the pictures onto your computer each time? Why not just 'preview' them and avoid the download and taking up all that space?
Memory is cheap these days.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:45 PM   #32
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I bought a laptop for like $300. I use it a little for work but that is minimal. I use it mostly to view pics. I do however also have a 1TB external hard drive. Works great. Oh and by the way I agree with staying AWAY from windows 10. It sucks!!
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