Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

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rheineck1
rheineck1 New Member • Posts: 2
Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

Hi,

I didn't find anything on a search so just wanted to make a comment here in case it helps someone. Apologies if this is common knowledge - I posted this in another discussion forum but thought that it should be here in the Android section also.

I have just discovered that my Nexus 7 understands and can talk to a Pictbridge connection (via an OTG cable), which means that my camera (a Panasonic LX7 as it happens) can connect directly to the Nexus 7 without needing to remove the card for a card reader or use any 3rd party software.

My Nexus is running Android 4.2.2 and has NOT been rooted or had any other modifications made - it is as I bought it from the shop. These details are for a Panasonic LX7 camera, but perhaps it will work for other Android platforms and pictbridge supported cameras?

Connection Details for Nexus 7 -> LX7 :

1) First, make sure the USB setting on the setup menu of the LX7 (page 6) is set for either "Pictbridge" or "Select on connection" and save the setting.

2) Open the Gallery app on the Nexus which is used for viewing albums of images.

3) Connect the LX7 via its USB transfer cable to the OTG cable connected to the Nexus.

4) Turn on the camera. It will detect the connection and either default to Pictbridge, or, you will need to choose pictbridge on the menu on the LCD screen depending on which option you selected on the USB setup page in step 1.

5) The Nexus will show you "Camera Connected" and will then create a temporary album which contains previews of all of the images on your LX7 memory. Depending on how many images this may take 20 or 30 seconds or more. The temporary album is called "Panasonic DMC-LX7".

6) Open the album, select the (preview) photos that you want to download, and then hit the "import" icon at the top of the screen. Be aware that by default ALL of the photos are selected.

7) The photos are downloaded onto the nexus into an album which is called "Imported".

8) Disconnect everything after the import is complete, and then the images can be handled on the Nexus 7 just like any other image.

Hope this helps someone.

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karl eller
karl eller Regular Member • Posts: 324
Re: Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

That's really good to know. I've got an N7 and I'm soon to get a DSLR that supports Pictbridge, and it's good to know I can transfer .jpegs straight from my camera to the table if I just want to upload to Facebook or show off to people.

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Ken Gosden Senior Member • Posts: 2,694
Re: Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

I thought I had tried this with my various Olympus cameras a while back without success.  I just retested my XZ-1, E-5 and E-PM1.  They all connect and work as long as you select MTP mode when prompted on the camera.

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PaulM2 Senior Member • Posts: 2,729
Re: Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

OK, I have made a connection between my Nexus 7 and my Olympus e420 camera using the MTP setting.

On the Nexus 7 it shows a folder called Olympus e420. I am using Gallery which shows the empty e420 folder.  I hit Select albums and import. Nothing.

What am I missing?

Paul

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Ken Gosden Senior Member • Posts: 2,694
Re: Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

Hmm, not sure, but the E420 is fairly old and it might not have a fully compatible implementation of PictBridge.  I only tested fairly new Olympus cameras, E-5 and XZ-1.  It does take a bit of time to populate the gallery if you have a lot of images on the camera.  Try it with just one or two and they need to be JPGs not RAW/ORF.

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PaulM2 Senior Member • Posts: 2,729
Re: Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

Thanks Ken,

Works OK now.

The problem was that on the CF card there were some Raw (Orf) files as well. I was trying to just import the .jpg.  No mix allowed on the card as it tries to import everything.

Reformatted the card and shot a few images in .jpg and it works like a charm.

My e-420 is up to date version wise, so it seems to work for this application.

Now if we can only find how to import RAW?

But this will be great at a party for show, instead of passing the camera around.

Again, thanks

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Ken Gosden Senior Member • Posts: 2,694
Re: Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

Well, in an interesting note I upgraded to the XZ-2 this past week and I cannot get it to connect to my nexus 7 via the gallery app.  The XZ-2 has two 'print'  connection settings,  easy print and custom print.   I have tried both and cannot get the nexus to recognize the camera.

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PaulM2 Senior Member • Posts: 2,729
Re: Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

Interesting, I am having the same problem with a Kodak z-990 bridge camera.

In my case, the Nexus 7 shows that it has created  a folder called Kodak z-990. Just no picture transfer.

With the present state of affairs at Kodak, there is no tech support, so after trying various settings its time to go on to other things.

I have a bunch of other Olympus P&S that are Pictbridge enabled, so  later on maybe give them a try.

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javaone New Member • Posts: 13
Re: Nexus7 (Android 4.2.2) understands Pictbridge protocol for image transfer

4.3 should improve things for some people. Post if it works (or doesn't) for you.

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Anyone know if this works with N7 (2013) and JB 4.3. ?
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PaulM2 Senior Member • Posts: 2,729
Re: Anyone know if this works with N7 (2013) and JB 4.3. ?

I have tried this procedure with a number of my cameras.

Recently, I bought a PEN m-43 (mirrorless) camera and it works OK on it as well.

In your camera, find the setup screen for the USB port and set it to MTP. (some of the other settings are control etc.)

It really boils down to establishing the handshaking between the Tablet and the Camera . The camera has multi settings for its USB port. Not all my cameras (point and shoots?) have the ability to set the USB to MTP Mode. Those that do, work very well with the Nexus 7 tablet and yes I have the latest version of Jelly Bean 4.3.

Keep in mind that this procedure only works for .jpg and will copy all files on your memory card. I had a problem where I had some RAW files also on the card and it did not work. I think this has to do with N7 being native .jpg? I have not tried this since Version 4.3, maybe it works with a APP that handles RAW (not Gallery etc.)? Anyone tried this?

Good luck.

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