D800 USB connection

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starman1969
starman1969 Senior Member • Posts: 3,704
D800 USB connection

I recently upgraded to a D800 but I was disappointed with the supplied usb cable. It doesn't look like any other usb cable I own. Nothing like the popular type for my D600, so it does cause inconvenience when transferring files from different bodies.

Am I missing something, or is there a reason for the dual plug usb??

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Leonard Shepherd
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Re: D800 USB connection
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The D800 cable is USB 3 for much faster file transfer to a USB 3 computer than older style USB 2.

USB 3 needs a "full size" USB connection with the USB 3 notch at the camera end.

The Nikon cable has an extra plastic part at the camera end to prevent the cable from accidentally being pulled out. At first my cable was not 100% reliable but since using it about 7 times it works perfect every time.

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romfordbluenose Senior Member • Posts: 2,082
Re: D800 USB connection

starman1969 wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D800 but I was disappointed with the supplied usb cable. It doesn't look like any other usb cable I own. Nothing like the popular type for my D600, so it does cause inconvenience when transferring files from different bodies.

Am I missing something, or is there a reason for the dual plug usb??

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Its a USB3 connection. All USB3 devices use this cable

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starman1969
starman1969 OP Senior Member • Posts: 3,704
Re: D800 USB connection

romfordbluenose wrote:

starman1969 wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D800 but I was disappointed with the supplied usb cable. It doesn't look like any other usb cable I own. Nothing like the popular type for my D600, so it does cause inconvenience when transferring files from different bodies.

Am I missing something, or is there a reason for the dual plug usb??

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Its a USB3 connection. All USB3 devices use this cable

Thanks for the answers. It is very fast, so I won't complain about that.

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David314 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,790
USB3

starman1969 wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D800 but I was disappointed with the supplied usb cable. It doesn't look like any other usb cable I own. Nothing like the popular type for my D600, so it does cause inconvenience when transferring files from different bodies.

Am I missing something, or is there a reason for the dual plug usb??

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It is the USB3 standard that adds the other connector.  This is not a Nikon specific connector

You can still use USB2 cables - just plug it into the smaller of the two connectors on the camera

USB3 has blue on the computer end inside plastic

romfordbluenose Senior Member • Posts: 2,082
Re: USB3

David314 wrote:

starman1969 wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D800 but I was disappointed with the supplied usb cable. It doesn't look like any other usb cable I own. Nothing like the popular type for my D600, so it does cause inconvenience when transferring files from different bodies.

Am I missing something, or is there a reason for the dual plug usb??

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It is the USB3 standard that adds the other connector. This is not a Nikon specific connector

You can still use USB2 cables - just plug it into the smaller of the two connectors on the camera

USB3 has blue on the computer end inside plastic

I always thought the other connector on a D800 was an HDMI output port not a USB2 port.

Are you saying the HDMI port can be used for USB2 transfers using a USB2 cable, and have you actually used it in this way? As far as I know the HDMI port can only be used to connect to a display of some sort.

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David314 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,790
not in HDMI
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romfordbluenose wrote:

David314 wrote:

starman1969 wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D800 but I was disappointed with the supplied usb cable. It doesn't look like any other usb cable I own. Nothing like the popular type for my D600, so it does cause inconvenience when transferring files from different bodies.

Am I missing something, or is there a reason for the dual plug usb??

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It is the USB3 standard that adds the other connector. This is not a Nikon specific connector

You can still use USB2 cables - just plug it into the smaller of the two connectors on the camera

USB3 has blue on the computer end inside plastic

I always thought the other connector on a D800 was an HDMI output port not a USB2 port.

Are you saying the HDMI port can be used for USB2 transfers using a USB2 cable, and have you actually used it in this way? As far as I know the HDMI port can only be used to connect to a display of some sort.

USB3 micro B has two connectors, - see far right below

one of them is a standard USB micro B connector and any micro B USB 2 cable will work when plugged into that half

so you can use any standard USB 2.0 micro B cable with the D800 by only using half of the USB3 connector

I hope that makes sense.

I too was puzzled by the D800 connectors but now that I have other USB 3 devices I see the logic behind what was done and can understand how it can be confusing.

romfordbluenose Senior Member • Posts: 2,082
Re: not in HDMI

Thanks, I have learned something new today.

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AlephNull Senior Member • Posts: 1,308
Re: USB3

romfordbluenose wrote:

David314 wrote:

starman1969 wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D800 but I was disappointed with the supplied usb cable. It doesn't look like any other usb cable I own. Nothing like the popular type for my D600, so it does cause inconvenience when transferring files from different bodies.

Am I missing something, or is there a reason for the dual plug usb??

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They are watching us......

It is the USB3 standard that adds the other connector. This is not a Nikon specific connector

You can still use USB2 cables - just plug it into the smaller of the two connectors on the camera

USB3 has blue on the computer end inside plastic

I always thought the other connector on a D800 was an HDMI output port not a USB2 port.

Are you saying the HDMI port can be used for USB2 transfers using a USB2 cable, and have you actually used it in this way? As far as I know the HDMI port can only be used to connect to a display of some sort.

There IS an HDMI port as well as a USB3 port (the USB3 looks like two connections, but it's one), the HDMI port is separate.

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starman1969
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Re: USB3

AlephNull wrote:

romfordbluenose wrote:

David314 wrote:

starman1969 wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D800 but I was disappointed with the supplied usb cable. It doesn't look like any other usb cable I own. Nothing like the popular type for my D600, so it does cause inconvenience when transferring files from different bodies.

Am I missing something, or is there a reason for the dual plug usb??

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They are watching us......

It is the USB3 standard that adds the other connector. This is not a Nikon specific connector

You can still use USB2 cables - just plug it into the smaller of the two connectors on the camera

USB3 has blue on the computer end inside plastic

I always thought the other connector on a D800 was an HDMI output port not a USB2 port.

Are you saying the HDMI port can be used for USB2 transfers using a USB2 cable, and have you actually used it in this way? As far as I know the HDMI port can only be used to connect to a display of some sort.

There IS an HDMI port as well as a USB3 port (the USB3 looks like two connections, but it's one), the HDMI port is separate.

That's interesting. So if I was to just plug in the smaller connector that would work?? I understand the transfer would be slower if so.

I just got caught out by the strange looking connection because I've never seen one like it before, although I am aware of USB 3.0

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Robin Casady Forum Pro • Posts: 12,898
Re: D800 USB connection

Yes, it is a USB 3 Micro-B connector and you can find cables of various lengths on Amazon. I bought a 1 ft. cable for use with a CamRanger so there would be less spaghetti around the camera.

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Cliff Fujii
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Re: D800 USB connection

That's because it's a micro USB 3.0 cable. Most USB 3.0 connectors have a colored insert in the standard-A end denoting that it is USB 3.0. Not all of them do but the micro-B end is a dead giveaway that it is a USB 3.0 cable. The USB 3.0 cable that comes with the Nikon D800 has one standard-A end and a micro-B end.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_3.0

Micro USB 3.0 cable. Notice that it has two areas for conductors.

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starman1969
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Re: D800 USB connection

Cliff Fujii wrote:

That's because it's a micro USB 3.0 cable. Most USB 3.0 connectors have a colored insert in the standard-A end denoting that it is USB 3.0. Not all of them do but the micro-B end is a dead giveaway that it is a USB 3.0 cable. The USB 3.0 cable that comes with the Nikon D800 has one standard-A end and a micro-B end.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_3.0

Micro USB 3.0 cable. Notice that it has two areas for conductors.

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Thanks for that. I took another look at my cable and it has the blue end. I didn't notice that before.

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romfordbluenose Senior Member • Posts: 2,082
Re: D800 USB connection

Robin Casady wrote:

Yes, it is a USB 3 Micro-B connector and you can find cables of various lengths on Amazon. I bought a 1 ft. cable for use with a CamRanger so there would be less spaghetti around the camera.

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Be aware that USB3 is far more sensitive to cable length than USB2. Do not try lengths over 2m.

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