Tip for P&S users that may upgrade to Nikon D40 series

Discussion in 'Mirrorless Digital Cameras' started by albert_smith, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. When local (national) retailers offered the D40 kit for the price of a Canon
    G9, I figured this is the time and I got one. The Camera is pretty intuitive,
    and I was able to get it out of the box and shooting in minutes without opening
    the manual.

    The one thing that was not working for me was the ability to view the images on
    my T.V. set via an AV input. First, there was no AV cord in the box (all of my
    Canons came with one). No problem, I thought, I'd just use one of the Canon
    cables. I plugged it in to the camera and set the T.V. to the standard AV
    setting I use with my canons...nothing. There was no signal, even though the
    camera's LCD did not come on, which is normal for AV output viewing. Now, I
    open the book and see that there is a Nikon cable required, the EG-D100. I
    figured that I'd have to get one the next time I was in town.

    Today, I was still trying to figure out why it was not working and then I had
    an idea. The Canon camera has video with audio, so there are two connectors to
    the T.V., yellow for video, and black for mono audio. I had the yellow plugged
    into the yellow input to my T.V. as it is always used with the Canon, and the
    black left dangling since I only shoot photos. I took the yellow plug out of
    the T.V. input, plugged the black audio input into the T.V.'s yellow (video)
    input and hooked up the Nikon D40...There were the photos in glorious color on
    my T.V. Nikon inverted the signal output.

    So, if you get a Nikon D40 camera, and you already own a digicam that you view
    on your T.V. via an AV cable, you don't have to buy a Nikon cable. At least
    for Canon users, just plug the audio (black) into the video input on your
  2. While there is color coded standard on the TV end of the cable, there is no standard on the other end.

    I do not think Nikon committed any sin, as their cable and the connector in the camera is just different. You need to use Nikon cable if that bothers you too much, and proper colors will carry appropriate signal.

    Your finding will be helpful for those who do use not original Nikon cable. I am not sure how a generic or 3rd party cables will work, but one always must try all ends to see what signal is there. I have a much longer generic cable, and all connectors are black color, but it works, if connected properly.

    Though it is more confusing to start with, but one must explore all the possibilities. If you leave the cable at the TV, that is only one-time headache, but if you reconnect the cable frequently, then getting dedicated original cable will pay off in the long run.

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