PictBridge Explained Simply

I recently discovered that very few website seemed to explain what PictBridge is simply, and some just didn’t know what they were talking about and were just regurgitating information.

PictBridge allows for an enabled camera and printer to be used to print on information directly from that camera using the printer.  This means if a Compact Flash card is used for the camera as its primary means of storing photos that’s what it will use.

Remember that both the printer and camera need to be PictBridge-enabled, this isn’t for any device that doesn’t have it.  You can find this out my typing ‘Product name/number PictBridge’ and looking at specifications on search engines.

How PictBridge Works:

  • Connect a standard 2 way usb 2.0 cable (you can buy them for 2 dollars) from your printer to camera.
  • Software pre-installed will load opening up the PictBridge interface menu on your camera’s screen.
  • This allows you to use your camera to choose what you want to pick to print of and what you want to leave.
  • Select what you want printing and get going.

The interface is limited but easy to use, however I wouldn’t recommend using it for anything aside from printing on the go.

The advantages of mobile photo printers and PictBridge are obvious because you can print out everything you want on whilst travelling without the need for a laptop.

Canon’s mobile wireless photo printers championed this solution so I definitely think kudos should be given to them.

It’s certainly worth checking their products out for PB enablement because they’re far more likely to have it.

Furthermore they’re more reliable whether you’re talking about their cameras or printers – I personally would choose Canon every time.

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