Definition - What is PictBridge?
PictBridge is the name of an industry standard for firmware (built-in software) that allows digital cameras and printers to communicate directly with each other. The firmware allows a digital camera to send images to the printer without requiring the assistance of a computer or any special image-editing software.
A PictBridge-compliant camera connects directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer with a standard USB cable. Once the devices have established a connection, the camera will “talk” to the printer and ask which PictBridge functions the printer has. When the printer answers, the camera will display a menu on its LCD screen or viewfinder with print options. After a print function has been selected and the print job is completed, the printer will send confirmation back to the camera.
PictBridge is vendor-neutral but both the camera and the printer must be PictBridge-compliant for the software to work. The standard is overseen by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA). To determine whether a camera or printer is PictBridge-compliant, look for the PictBridge logo or consult the product specifications listed in the owner's manual.
|Standard PictBridge Features||Advanced PictBridge Features|
|> Camera-to-printer USB connection||> Wireless connection|
|> Single image printing||> Print multiple copies of a single image|
|> Error and status messages||> Specify the exact size of a print|
|> Print all images|
|> Print part of image by specifying a clip area|
|> Print images with a time stamp|
|> Print an index of all images|
|> Print two or more images selected from the
display on the camera
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Details of the PictBridge standards are included in " CIPA DC-001-2003 Revision 2.0 Digital Photo Solutions for Imaging Devices."