There are five easy and fast ways to connect a camera to TV, regardless of whether it’s a GoPro, mirrorless, or DSLR camera.

In this article, you’ll learn how to connect any of these cameras to your TV via HDMI cable, USB, SD Card, RCA cable, and screen mirroring to older, non-smart TVs.

Also, I’ll recommend the cables you need for these connections.

Connect Camera To TV Via HDMI Cable


Connecting your camera to a TV using an HDMI cable is a great way to ensure a stable and high-quality signal, thanks to HDMI’s ability to handle large amounts of data at high frame rates.

Plus, it’s convenient since most cameras and TVs come equipped with HDMI ports. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Find the HDMI output port on your camera. If it’s a mini-HDMI port, you’ll need an HDMI adapter to connect.
  2. Locate the HDMI input on your TV and plug in the other end of the cable.
  3. Power on both your camera and TV. Use your TV remote to select the correct HDMI source by pressing the Input or Source button.
  4. You’re all set! You can now stream IP videos, play back your camera footage, and more right on your TV.

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What HDMI Cable Do You Need?

Here comes the table where you can check out which type of HDMI cable you need to connect camera to TV:

Camera Brand Connection Type Cable Needed Additional Notes
Canon HDMI/USB HDMI to mini-HDMI/USB cable Mini-HDMI cable not typically included with the camera. USB cable is included.
Nikon HDMI/A/V HDMI to mini-HDMI/A/V cable A/V cable is included. HDMI cable usually bought separately. Remember to adjust HDMI settings in the camera menu.
Sony HDMI HDMI to mini-HDMI Just connect and set the right input on your TV.
Fujifilm HDMI HDMI-kabel Playback mode only; shooting while connected is not supported.
Olympus HDMI HDMI to mini-HDMI Plug in, turn on, and enjoy.
Panasonic HDMI HDMI to mini-HDMI Cable not included with the camera.
GoPro HDMI HDMI to mini-HDMI HDMI connection is recommended for stability, but there are some other ways

If you want to connect your GoPro to TV, watch this guide:

Connect GoPro Hero 12/11/10/9/8 to TV Monitor (HDMI, Wireless, USB)

Problems?

If you’re having trouble seeing the camera feed on your TV, it might be because you’re connecting an IP camera that requires a decoder for certain TV models.

Check your camera’s manual to see if this is the case. If you need a decoder, ensure it’s compatible with your camera’s brand for a smooth connection.

USB


This is a straightforward way to connect your camera to your TV using a USB cable:

  1. Find Your USB Cable: Most cameras include a USB cable in the box. This cable is versatile, perfect for tethered shooting or transferring images to your computer.
  2. Identify the Connectors: One end of the cable will have a USB connector (usually Type A) for the TV, and the other end will have a Micro-B connector for your camera.
  3. Connect the Cable: Plug the USB connector into your TV’s USB port and the Micro-B connector into your camera.
  4. Power On: Turn on both your TV and camera. Your TV should automatically detect the USB connection.
  5. Access Your Photos: If your TV prompts you, select to open the browser to view your camera’s content. If it doesn’t automatically prompt you, manually navigate to the USB input signal on your TV.
  6. Enjoy Your Photos on the Big Screen: Now, you should be able to see the video feed from your camera and browse through your photos on a much larger display.

 

 

If your camera didn’t come with a USB cable, or you need a replacement, check your user manual to find out the specific type of USB connection your camera requires. This ensures you get the right cable for seamless connectivity.

Note, you’ll need quite a long cable.

Bijvoorbeeld, Monoprice USB 2.0 Type-A to Micro-B 5-Pin Cable can be a good choice:

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SD Card Reader


These are the stepd you should take if you want to connect your camera to TV via SD card reader:

  1. Grab a Memory Card Reader: If your TV doesn’t have a built-in SD card slot, no worries! A memory card reader with a USB connector is all you need.
  2. Remove the Memory Card: Carefully take the memory card out of your camera. Make sure your camera is turned off before doing this to protect your data.
  3. Connect to the Adapter: Insert your memory card into the memory card reader. Then, plug the reader into a USB port on your TV.
  4. Check Compatibility: Keep in mind, some TV USB ports might not support media reading. If you find that your TV isn’t recognizing the memory card reader, don’t fret! Just refer back to this article for other ways to connect your camera to your TV.

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Here are some of the SD card readers that I recommend:

SanDisk SD UHS-I Card Reader 

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Screen Mirroring


Screen mirroring displays your device’s screen on a TV, mirroring exactly what’s on it.

Here’s how to set it up based on your device:

Type apparaat Method/Feature Steps/Requirements
Samsung Devices Smart View Swipe down to access Quick Settings > Tap on Smart View > Select your TV
Other Android Devices Third-party app (e.g., ApowerMirror, MirrorGo, Screen Mirroring (Castto)) Download the app > Follow the app’s setup instructions
iPhone/iPad AirPlay Swipe to open Control Center > Tap on Screen Mirroring > Choose the device > Enter passcode if prompted

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There is also one alternative that can be useful to help you connect camera to TV:

Video Casting

Casting allows you to send video to your TV while keeping your device free for other tasks. You can even turn off your device’s screen to save battery life.

The setup for casting depends on the app and device you’re using, but generally, you’ll find a cast icon within the app when your device and the TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Tap the icon, choose your TV, and start casting.

Both methods require your TV and the device to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Whether you’re mirroring your screen to share everything on your device or casting videos while still using your phone or tablet, these features enhance your viewing experience and make sharing content with others a breeze.

 

 

RCA Cable


If your TV is a bit on the vintage side, lacking HDMI or USB ports, an RCA cable is your go-to solution for sharing your camera’s content on a larger screen.

  1. Find Your RCA Cable: Look for a cable with three colored plugs at one end – usually red, white, and yellow. These colors aren’t just for show; they ensure you connect everything correctly.RCA cable
  2. Match the Colors: On the back or side of your older TV, you’ll find corresponding colored ports. Simply match each plug to its like-colored port on the TV – red to red, white to white, and yellow to yellow. This ensures the video and audio from your camera play through the TV correctly.
  3. Connect to Your Camera: Now, the other end of the RCA cable might need a little magic to connect to your modern camera, as it likely requires an HDMI connection. Here’s where an adapter comes into play. You’ll need an HDMI to RCA converter – a handy device that transforms the HDMI output from your camera into something your RCA cable can work with.
  4. Plug in the HDMI: Once you have your HDMI to RCA converter, connect the HDMI end to your camera. Make sure it’s securely attached to ensure a stable connection.
  5. Power On and Enjoy: With everything connected, turn on your TV and camera. You might need to select the correct input channel on your TV – often labeled “AV” or “Composite.” Once that’s set, you’re ready to stroll down memory lane or create new memories by viewing your camera’s content on your classic TV.

 

 

 

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