Chapter 21. Digital Cameras and Linux

Table of Contents

Connecting to the Camera
Installating the Programs
Using Konqueror
Using gtKam
Using Digikam
For More Information


The application gphoto2 is an extremely convenient program for managing digital photographs in Linux. gPhoto 2.0 is a command-line program. It is compatible with several graphical interfaces (front-ends), including gtKam, Konqueror, Kamera, and GnoCam. This chapter covers the use of gtKam, Konqueror, and Digikam.


A comprehensive list of supported cameras is available at If gphoto2 is installed, retrieve the list with the command gphoto2 --list-cameras. gphoto2 --help provides information about the available commands in the command-line interface.

Connecting to the Camera

The fastest and most convenient way to connect digital cameras to the computer is USB, provided the kernel, the camera, and the computer support USB. The standard SuSE kernel provides this support. A suitable cable is also required.


Using the USB connection can quickly drain your camera's batteries. Consider using a power adapter.

Simply connect the camera to the USB port and turn on the camera. You may need to switch you camera to a special data transfer mode. For this procedure, consult the manual of your digital camera.