Why Are New Cameras Featuring a USB-C Data Port?

Posted by: on Sep 7, 2018 | 6 Comments

This last week details surrounding the new Nikon Z7, Canon EOS R, Phase One XF IQ4 and Fujifilm XT-3 were released, and they all had one thing in common — a USB-C data port. Add these cameras to the recent releases from Sony, Hasselblad, Panasonic, and Olympus and we have a surefire shift in the way that camera manufacturers are designing their newest cameras. So, why do all these new cameras have a USB-C data port? In a word, speed.

USB 3.1 Type-C cables offer a transfer rate of 10 GBps, which is twice as fast as the transfer speed of USB 3.0 (5 GBps). Keep in mind that to achieve that rate of transfer you’ll need both a camera AND computer that have USB-C data ports. What that means is that if you’re using a new MacBook Pro and a Nikon Z7 (both have a USB-C port) to shoot tethered, your images will transfer lightning fast, theoretically twice as fast as a photographer without a camera and computer featuring USB-C.

If you have a camera with a USB-C data port and a computer with the traditional USB-A port you’ll have the USB 3.0 speed on your transfers. Not optimized, but much faster than if you were using a camera with a USB 2.0 port.

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6 thoughts on “Why Are New Cameras Featuring a USB-C Data Port?”

  1. Speed and connection, an upgraded protocol. Highly recommend USB-C over USB 3.0 just based on port type. USB 3.0 is fragile and the cable has a tendency to slip.

  2. I shoot with a Sony A7iii using the USB C on the camera but not the computer. Transfer speeds are not super fast, but fine for what I’m using it for. In response to Jason, my camera seems to charge when connected.
    The one complaint I have is the cable does not seat completely as body of the camera is in the way, making it a bit loose. I have been tempted cut away a bit of one side of the cable to get seated all the way.

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