What are the consumer
benefits of PictBridge?
PictBridge ensures compatibility across digital still cameras and printers
and enables users to easily perform operations using the camera, regardless of
brand, giving consumers the flexibility and simplicity to create high-quality
How is PictBridge different from
the direct print solutions that exist today?
Until now, each company had its own proprietary solution for direct
printing -- without a computer -- between digital still cameras and printers.
This solution has proven to be limiting for consumers, as they are unable to achieve
the same convenience and ease of use when using a combination of products of different
brands. Provided both digital still camera and printer are PictBridge -enabled,
direct printing would be made possible regardless of the brand.
Are the current proprietary systems
that each company now uses going to be unified into PictBridge?
Although the decision is up to each individual company, there is the
possibility that each company will offer proprietary systems along with PictBridge.
What are the technical advantages
Since only the application layer is specified, a vendor can easily
adopt PictBridge. Additionally, it is also possible to expand PictBridge to other
interfaces beyond USB in the future.
What are the benefits of PictBridge
It is expected to grow the digital imaging industry by offering wider
choices to consumers through PictBridge-compliant products/solutions.
Is PictBridge able to comply for
other devices that have a function to take still images, such as camcorders, PDAs
and mobile phones?
It is possibly adopted by any input/output device which is able to
deal with digital still images.
Is it possible to add PictBridge
functionality on existing digital still cameras or printers?
It is possible when the device allows firmware version upgrades and
has the necessary hardware features, such as a USB port. However, it will ultimately
depend on each company's decision.
Has PictBridge used any new technology
in creating this standard?
New technology was used to enable to print by sending command from
a digital still camera without a personal computer. Provided both digital still
camera and printer are PictBridge - enabled, direct printing would be easily made
possible regardless of the brand.
Did each company provide any particular
technology for PictBridge?
CIPA heard that six companies contributed to solve problems together
by bringing suitable technologies and ideas, and then deliberated to find a better
solution when they created their specification. CIPA evaluated the validity of
their proposal technically and admitted it as a CIPA standard.
Why does PictBridge use USB?
USB is most suitable for data transmission in the current digital imaging
market because it is widely used in digital still cameras and printers. While
PictBridge uses the existing interface, it is independent from any physical transport
as the basic concept.
Is PictBridge compatible with USB
PictBridge does not rely on the physical layer so it does not depend
on the USB version. It defines only the application layer.
Is PictBridge compatible to USB OTG?
PictBridge does not rely on the physical layer. It defines only the
application layer. As such, it does not depend on the USB version.