You might want to take a look in /media to see if the camera is mounted there.
Nope, it doesn't show up in /media. It was one of the first places I looked for it.
Also, I would strongly encourage you to part with a little bit of change and buy a decent external card reader
Like I said, if I have to, then I have to. I just want to know why something that used to work out of the box in the older version of LMDE does not do so now.
It's not so much the money as getting a good one. I know many of my friends who have gotten supposedly good ones only to find that they were fake Chinese made ones (not that the originals are made elsewhere, but you know what I mean). And since I live in a small town where this kind of thing is very common, I need to make a 6 hr up and down trip to the city nearest to me to get one that I am half way confident about. Just want to avoid it if possible.