How Come My Digital Camera Pictures Are Always in a Folder Named DCIM?

You may have noticed that the pictures on your digital camera or smartphone are always stored in a folder named DCIM. Ever wondered why? Here is the answer:

At some point in the distant past, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) created a standard defining where and how digital images would be stored on digital media used in cameras. This standard gives direction to camera manufacturers on the directory structure, file naming method, character set, file format, and metadata format for the storage of digital images on media used in cameras.

Having such a standard means that cameras always know where to look for and store pictures when you insert a memory card into them. By default, pictures are always stored in the DCIM folder and there is a pre-set file-naming convention. If the DCIM folder doesn’t exist when the memory card is inserted, the camera will create it.

And it doesn’t stop at your camera, some image-editing software programs are configured to automatically look for and in the DCIM folder for pictures.

So now you know why your digital camera pictures are always in a folder named DCIM.

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