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Canon XSi – 2 .JPGS instead of 1 RAW and 1 JPG

Ran across a strange problem this evening… First of all I want to thank some twitter folks for helping me out!


I asked the question searched the forums, but was having a hard time finding my answer. Perhaps it was because i wasn’t googling the right question I don’t know. But I finally found the answer at Canon Digital Photography Forums.

Here is what my problem was:

  • I have a Canon Rebel XSi
  • I set the camera to capture RAW + LG JPG
  • To download the pictures onto my computer I was using an interface cable that connected my camera straight to my computer which is running Windows XP.
  • The problem – there were no RAW images (.CR2) instead I had 2 images in .JPG in my folder


Here is the solution:

  • Buy a card reader – Doesn’t really make sense to me on the forum they said it might be because I am running windows XP, but still should work both ways. I could still save RAW by itself with the interface cable. just not RAW + JPG.

Targus Digital TGR-SD20 USB 2.0 Card Reader

A card reader has been on my list of things to buy for awhile. Was getting tired of setting the camera on the desk worried I was going to knock it off.  For some reason I was thinking a card reader would be a lot more expensive, but they not expensive at all! Inf act they are very affordable and convenient!

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4 Responses to “Canon XSi – 2 .JPGS instead of 1 RAW and 1 JPG”

  1. a card reader is the expensive solution… 😉

    use the Canon software for downloading the photos and I am pretty sure, they will then appear in RAW as well… :-)))
    because I believe you download the pictures via the windows explorer….

    Posted by TheBearInMe | April 5, 2010, 3:45 pm
  2. I always use a card reader for speed.

    My last FireWire SanDisk reader only lasted about a year, but it was fast enough that I bought another one anyway.


    Much faster then the USB2 readers.

    Posted by cyberjim | April 5, 2010, 5:29 pm
  3. @TheBearInMe You are correct I downloaded into windows explorer! The strange thing is I can see .CR2 images in windows explorer if I capture the files to RAW only.

    Thanks for the tip about the Canon software! You can’t beat the cost of the software that comes with the camera:)

    Posted by admin | April 6, 2010, 3:42 am
  4. @cyberjim – I can see the need for speed when you start working with RAW!

    Posted by admin | April 6, 2010, 3:44 am

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