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I'm looking to leap into the world of DSLR's and I'm contemplating one of the new bodies from Canon or Nikon. Let's not argue which one. What if any problems in terms of compatability might these new bodies have with my Apple laptop and iPhoto? How about PSE? Learning the DSLR world is going to be hard enough without having to fight my computer too. If there have been computer/camera "growing pains" in the past I likely will pass on the new tech and get the older body...

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The only thing I can think of is that third party raw converters are sometimes a few months behind, so you might be stuck using the raw conversion software that comes with your camera for a short while..

If you don't/won't shoot raw - I can't think of anything at all that would get in your way. Even old computers will handle jpegs, if slowly..

~ Rylee Isitt..

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I'm sure you wouldn't have any problems connecting any modern camera to iPhoto. But if you did, you could easily connect via a card reader to take the camera out of the equation.Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

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My camera (Pentax) talks quite happily to both my Dell PC and my Apple G4 Powerbook. The raw conversion software on the CD that came with the camera comes in both Mac and PC flavours. You shouldn't have any compatibility problems..

Best wishesMike..

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Cameras get connected to computers in two ways; you can run a cord from camera to computer, or you take the memory card out fo the camera, attach a card reader device to the computer, and put the memory card into the crd reader..

Assuming your Mac is new or only a generation or two old, either method should work well..

As for Photoshop Elements over in the Windows world, each version of Elements needed more computer power than the previous version. There's a new Mac version of Elements on it's way, or just arrived..

Chances are really good that it will require a fair bit of computing power, just like Elements 6 for Windows does. So it's worth comparing system requirements for the new Mac Elements with the capabilities of your camera..

I have Elements 2 and Elements 4 on this coimputer, and almost always stick to Elements 2 because 4 slows things down too much. The computer celebrates it's fourth birthday next week, so isn't ancient, but it's far from modern, too..

BAK..

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The new version of Elements for the MAC (Version 6) isn't shipping until the end of March. If you get Elements 4 now, I don't know what their policy on upgrades will be. Maybe you can get by with a demo version of it and/or GraphicConverter for a month or two..

You didn't mention what laptop you have. As BAK said, depending on your power, you may be better of with v4. It has been out for at least 2 or 3 years now. I'm still running v2 on my G4 iBook and my G5 iMac so I can't tell you anything about performance..

DavidDallas, TX..

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I've never had to mess with anything to get any of my cameras to work with OSX 10.3.9 or 10.4. No drivers or anything...

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