Which USB cord to bring?

Travel Forums General Talk Which USB cord to bring?

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1. Posted by grant123 (Full Member 38 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I'm bringing my laptop but I'm planning on getting pictures from other people and not bringing a camera. The digital camera I have is so bulky that I know I would never have it on me when I'm hanging around. My camera uses the small-on-one-end USB cable. Do cameras sometimes use the big-on-both-ends USB cable or is it always the small one with the cameras you've seen? I'm trying to travel as light as possible.

Has anyone else relied on this method of photo accumulation? I'm going to the Greek islands so there will be a lot of people around.

- Grant

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Everyone I have ever seen has the small end/bigger end.
Here is my tale of woe...I went to Chicago a few weeks ago...and found out the hard way that most camera cords (to download from the camera, if you don't have the port to just plug in the card, least that was my case) well..most are camera specific...so I was out of luck! The only Camera store that had the Olympus that I could find...could special order it for me...would take 3 to 5 days to arrive :(
Don't know if this helps at all...but I hope it does :)
I try to travel as light as humanly possible myself.

3. Posted by grant123 (Full Member 38 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


Are you saying that some USB camera cables only work with certain USB camera brands?

- Grant

4. Posted by wtanaka (Budding Member 44 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Some camera cables may be close enough in size to work, but most cameras that i've seen don't have the same size small end port as my canon cable's small end.

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I have an Olympus, and the cable that connects my camera to the computer is camera specific...I can't just go buy a cable..I tried :(

6. Posted by grant123 (Full Member 38 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like bringing my cable is a waste of time. Has anyone tried getting photos only via email addresses? Do you end up satisfied with your photos?

- Grant

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Grant, what type of camera will you be getting most of your photos from?
Does your laptop accept the chips to download or do you need the cable? I think they are all different, and newer cameras are better then older ones. When I was without my cable..I just brought the camera to a store (camera store, walmart, drug store) and you can just burn them to a CD and send it home.
Sending them by email is time consuming and if you have a high resolution the files will be quite large.

I wish I could be of more help, have you posted this question in the Travel Photography Forum? Maybe someone much more knowledgable than me can be of assistance?

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9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Your digital camera may be more "bulky" than your laptop, but how can carrying a laptop around be easier than a camera?

I must admit, I just don't "get" people who want to take their toys from home away travelling with them. The last thing I would want to do is travel around with the hassle of a laptop.

My suggestion is to buy a 512MB or 1GB flash drive (of the plug and play variety; i.e. no software required) and save the photos directly to it. When you begin to run out of space, simply email the photos to a hotmail (250MB) or gmail (2BG) account to "empty" the drive.

These drives are cheap, reliable, require no power, are USB2.0 compliant and can be carried on a key-ring.

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5503 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Get a universal card reader - like one of these things. You connect that to your computer with a usb cable (only one - the one that comes with this thing), and it can read pretty much any type of memorycard that other people could use. Only costs you 10-20 bucks too. Plus it will vastly speed up the transfer time of the pictures, since most cameras only transfer at the badly named Full Speed, rather than real USB 2.0 Hi-Speed. (Of course make certain that the cardreader you get is capable of hi-speed, but I'd say every single one of them is.)