DCIM

May 27, 2011

If you have a digital camera and you have ever looked at the contents or manually moved pictures from a memory card to your computer, you have no doubt noticed that the pictures are always under a folder called DCIM. Doesn’t matter what brand of camera you have. They all put pictures in a folder called DCIM. Have you ever wondered what this was all about?

DCIM stands for Digital Camera Images. Basically, it’s a standard. Kind of like hot on the left and cold on the right for sinks, tubs, and showers. It’s supposed to make it easier to find your pictures because you always know they will be in the DCIM folder.

This standard was started by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). It was adopted by digital camera manufacturers around the world and remains the standard today. If you delete DCIM from the memory card, the camera will recreate it and put any pictures you take in that folder.

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