There’s nothing more efficient and convenient than printing photos directly from a camera. To alleviate this process, most printer and camera manufacturers support the PictBridge standard. This functionality makes it possible to print one or more images, date-stamped images, thumbnail contact sheets, multiple copies, and selected areas of images.
To see if your printer and camera are compatible with PictBridge, check your user manuals or the CIPA website. The standard is integrated in most Nikon and Canon cameras. However, brands like Panasonic and Sony sometimes require users to change the camera’s USB function in order to recognize input from a printer. The settings menu of the camera makes this possible.
Turn off your camera!
Turn the camera off (crucial!) and the printer on and connect them via a USB cable. Keep in mind that some cameras, such as the Mini B, use a rather short USB. If USB cables aren’t included in the camera kit, you will need to buy a new cable or use one from an old camera.
You can turn the camera back on now. It is possible to run the camera from a wall outlet instead of a battery when printing if you have an AC adapter. If not, you will have to print from a battery. Make sure it is fully charged before you start printing because it will get drained very fast. This must be done to avoid the battery dying halfway through the printing process.
Your camera’s LCD screen will light up now. You can navigate through the print options available depending on your specific printer and camera combination. This interface can vary based on the manufacturer, but the camera’s control pad is almost always used to navigate through images. You press the OK button on the pad to select one or more images to print.
When you’re done printing, just switch the camera off and disconnect the USB cable from the printer and camera.
It is also easy to print directly from the camera with Wi-Fi capabilities, which are becoming a standard camera feature. Just join a wireless network and enjoy a hassle-free connection to a Wi-Fi printer without having to use a USB cable. The steps you need to take to print over a USB cable and those needed to print across a Wi-Fi network directly are almost identical, so there’s no need for another tutorial.