[digiKam-users] --> Import from Android: lots of general photos

kaizubg at gmail.com kaizubg at gmail.com
Mon Feb 20 06:26:22 GMT 2023

la, 2023-02-18 kello 18:07 -0300, Alex Antão kirjoitti:
> Hi,
>    I'm new on Android stuff and need some help importing my photos
> from it.
>    I have a Samsung phone. When I plug it, I have 2 basic options to
> transfer my photos. One of them is File Transfer, and if I choose
> this, Digikan show ALL files on phone, including MP3 and other stuff
> I think it shouldn't. But it a lot of files mixed with the real ones
> and it turns very dificult to choose the right ones.
>      THe other option is Image Transfer. This limits the files to the
> images and videos, good, but it still show a lot of images. I can see
> on the list duplicated images, one of then is very small in size,
> like 50kb, and I think it's kind of a thumbnail generated by the
> phone. On the begining of the list, I always have a lit of images,
> and I thing they come from several applications, they are not on the
> Galery App, including, some images has WA on it's name, and I think
> it was generated by WhatsApp...
>      It's very annoying, having to filter all those images. 
>       Is there a way I can show only the images I need ? Hide All of
> those junk ?????
>       There's no way I can filter by size or other thing on import
> window...
> THanks...


I have observed the same issues with digiKam imports from a mobile
phone. The current state very sub-optimal indeed.

My personal solution is to use Rapid Photo Downloader software. RPD has
better functionality in filtering the files by source location folder
and/or by  date, also by ignored folders. I import the photos into
date-based folders on my laptop. From there digiKam loads the images
into the database. This functions and you get your work done. 

RPD has also some shortcomings: no RAW photo viewing or no photo
deleting on the mobile phone. These would be nice to have at hand.

According to my understanding digiKam has all these bits and pieces in
its code base. However these are not packed into the import dialog
where these could be needed. Most likely this yields into a bigger
revision of the digiKam import tool. I would welcome this.


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