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Theoretically it's possible for your camera's memory card to transmit a virus to another PC or camera, but the chances of that happening are very rare.
Can a camera's memory card transmit a virus to my PC or to another camera?
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Can my computer get a virus from my camera?
OK, 99.99% no. The 0.01% "maybe" breaks down like this:
Memory cards as disks - memory cards used in digital cameras can, with the right adapters, often be used almost like floppy disks in most personal computers. It's one way to transfer your photos from the camera to computer. So it's theoretically possible that any virus that could propagate via floppy could do so via a memory card being passed around from computer to computer.
Cameras as targets - Digital cameras are in many ways sophisticated dedicated-purpose computers. So it's theoretically possible that if a camera's "operating system" allowed programs to be loaded into the camera somehow, such a program could be a virus.
I've emphasized "theoretically" in both cases above, because to my knowledge neither have ever happened. And in my opinion neither are very likely too. Viruses are just computer programs written by people looking for a thrill. There are more thrills to be had, and much easier ones at that, by making viruses for popular transmission media, like the internet, and popular computer systems, like Windows.
In a nutshell: I wouldn't worry about it.
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