DIY Video Studio is supported by its readers. Please assume links on this site are affiliate links or ads, and that I get commissions for purchases made through these links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you if you use any of the links.
If you own a Canon DSLR or mirrorless camera it may or may not be supplied with a USB cable, or USB interface cable as Canon prefers to call it. These cables can be extremely useful for several reasons, providing your model is capable.
Please note that your camera’s ability to exploit a USB connection is unrelated to whether a USB cable has been supplied with the camera. Nor is the price of your camera an indicator of whether it comes with a USB interface cable. For instance, the EOS R and R5 both come with a USB cable, but the EOS R6 does not. I find this an odd situation since the R6 sits between the R and R5 in both its capabilities and price.
Here are some reasons why you might need a USB cable for your Canon camera.
- Transfer of images to a computer
- Tethering your camera for remote shooting
- Using your camera as a webcam
- Charing the battery inside the camera.
Not all Canon cameras are capable of all the above uses. But if your camera has a USB socket, then you should be able to do at least one of the above.
You will find that buying the Canon original cable is more expensive than a generic but just as capable USB cable. For that reason, the following table will tell you what the Canon USB interface cable is for your Canon camera, whether the camera ships with the cable, and what the cable is if you want to buy one on Amazon or eBay.
|Camera Model||Canon Suggested USB Interface Cable||What is the cable really?||Bundled with camera|
|EOS-1D X Mark III||IFC-100U (to USB C)||USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable||Yes|
|EOS R||IFC-100U (to USB C)||USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable||Yes|
|EOS Ra||IFC-100U (to USB C)||USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable||Yes|
|EOS R5||IFC-100U (to USB C)||USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable||Yes|
|EOS R6||IFC-100U (to USB C)||USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable||No|
|PowerShot G5 X Mark II||IFC-100U (to USB C)||USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable||No|
|PowerShot G7 X Mark III||IFC-100U (to USB C)||USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable||No|
|EOS M6 Mark II||IFC-100U (to USB C)||USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable||No|
|EOS RP||IFC-100U (to USB C)||USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable||No|
|EOS 70D||IFC-130U||USB 3.0 Type A to Micro B||Yes|
|EOS Rebel T6i||IFC-130U||USB 3.0 Type A to Micro B||Yes|
|EOS Rebel T6||IFC-130U||USB 3.0 Type A to Micro B||Yes|
|EOS 1200D/Rebel T5||IFC-130U||USB 3.0 Type A to Micro B||Yes|
|EOS 600D/Rebel T3i||IFC-130U||USB 3.0 Type A to Micro B||Yes|
|EOS 1100D/Rebel T3||IFC-130U||USB 3.0 Type A to Micro B||Yes|
|EOS-1D X Mark II||IFC-150U II||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 5DS R||IFC-150U II||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 5DS||IFC-150U II||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 5D Mark IV||IFC-150U II||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 7D Mark II||IFC-150U II||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 1D X||IFC-200U/500U||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 1D C||IFC-200U/500U||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 5D Mark III||IFC-200U/500U||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 7D||IFC-200U/500U||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 60D||IFC-200U/500U||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 100D/Rebel SL1||IFC-200U/500U||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 6D||IFC-200U/500U||USB 2.0 Type A to mini Type B||Yes|
|EOS 6D Mark II||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 80D||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 77D||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 700D/Rebel T5i||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 760D/Rebel T6s||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||Yes|
|EOS 750D/Rebel T6i||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||Yes|
|EOS 850D/Rebel T8i||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 800D/Rebel T7i||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 2000D/Rebel T7||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 1300D/Rebel T6||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||Yes|
|EOS 4000D/Rebel T100||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 200D/Rebel SL2||IFC-400PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 90D||IFC-600PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Micro USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS 250D/Rebel SL3||IFC-600PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Micro USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS M50||IFC-600PCU||USB 2.0 Type-A to Micro USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS M50 MkII||IFC-600PCU||USB 2.0 Type-A to Micro USB Type B cable||No|
|EOS M200||IFC-600PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Micro USB Type B cable||No|
|PowerShot SX70 HS||IFC-600PCU||USB 2.0 Type A to Micro USB Type B cable||No|
Here are some of my favorite content creation tools
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Hopefully, you found it helpful in creating your own content for your social media and YouTube channels. I have listed some of the gear I use as a YouTuber and online course creator and hope you’ll also find it useful. I have recommended this equipment to my readers and my own family and friends.
Audio Recorder: I use Zoom digital recorders to capture good quality audio for videos, podcasts, and radio/TV advertising. Unlike SLRs the Zoom Handy recorders can record from multiple sources simultaneously, ideal if you have two or more people speaking. I’ve used the H4n, H5, and H6 and would recommend them to anyone.
Camera: You can use your smartphone when starting out, but I’d recommend getting a Mirrorless Camera. I use both the Canon EOS R and EOS R6. Both can shoot Full HD or 4K, and the Eye AutoFocus will keep you sharply in focus even if you move around. If your budget is smaller, I would recommend the Canon M50 MkII.
Video microphone: Arguably, sound quality is more important than video quality, that’s why I use a Deity V-Mic D3 Pro super-cardioid shotgun microphone on my mirrorless cameras. It automatically powers on when I turn on my camera and powers down when I switch off the camera. But I also like the versatility of the mic. It automatically senses what device it is connected to ensuring it works with SLRs, camcorders, smartphones, Handy recorders, laptops, and bodypack transmitters.
Video Lighting: Although daylight is my favorite lighting, I use LED lighting for all the videos I shoot indoors because good lighting can make a tremendous difference to the visual appeal of a video. For video calls on Zoom or Teams, I use the Lume Cube Broadcast Lighting Kit. For YouTube videos and creating video tutorials for online courses, I love the Lume Cube 18″ Cordless Ring Light Kit. Both these lights are excellent, and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them.
Teleprompter software: I use the iCue teleprompter app on my iPad when using it with a traditional beam-splitter teleprompter and control it remotely with the iCue Remote app on my iPhone. On my PC I use Teleprompter Pro from the Microsoft Store.
Teleprompter hardware: Teleprompters help you present to the camera without needing to learn your script. When I need more screen space and the durability of an all-metal build, I like the Glide Gear TMP100 beam-splitter teleprompter. It works with my mirrorless cameras and uses an iPad or tablet to run the teleprompter software.
Tosh Lubek runs an audio and video production business in the UK and has been using the Canon EOS R since it was released in the Autumn of 2018 and the Canon EOS R6 in 2020. He has used both cameras to shoot TV commercials broadcast on Sky TV, promotional business videos, videos of events and functions, and YouTube creator content. He has also won several international awards for his advertising and promotional work. You can meet him by visiting his “video booth” at HashTag Business Events across the country.
Most cameras will allow you to shoot in either auto or manual mode. Auto is excellent when you’re getting started with DSLR or Mirrorless photography, but you'll eventually move to manual control...
In this article, I explain how to use five methods to get the perfect exposure for your photography images. These includes: 1. Histogram method. 2. Using a semi-automatic exposure camera mode. 3....