AV Cable to Nikon and Canon SLR Camera




Most SLR cameras have an optional AV-out connection to preview photos on a flat screen or TV set. As most hotels and hostels around have this installed in apartments and rooms, this photo feature is very nice to take advantage of when on vacations. Most people enjoy watching "fresh" photos, which also obviously is one of the key features of shooting digital.

So, having lost my recently acquired AV cable, I figured out that this time, I had to make it myself. The construction is rather simple too, and parts can be purchased at your local general purpose store.

So, what's needed:
- Phono plug
- 3.5mm jack plug
- a cable with two conductors

To solder the parts you'll ned a copper bit and some tin solder.

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Step 1: Open It Up

Disassemble the plugs. This should normally be no problem at all.

(An alternative is to use existing "plastic welded" which tend to be impossible to disassemble. Here you simply cut of the wiring, and invesetigate which conductor combination which leads to perfect Tv picture)

Step 2: AV Cable to Nikon and Canon SLR Camera

The pin of the phono plug is connected to the "tip" of the 3.5mm jack plug. The "inside" plug connectors are the one located closest to the back of the plug.

The ones charaterized by the long thin shape are the other conductor, and shall be connected similarly.

Step 3: Finish

The end product can be used at any compliant tv set, and with most digital Nikon and Canon SLRs :)

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    10 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Is this only for dSLR? Because my SLR camera has a 3.5mm jack with a picture of a tv next to it on the side, but its not digital. is this the same thing?

    5 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Sounds odd to me. Sure it isn't a dslr? Don't know what good a tv out can do on a regular slr.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Good job, I was looking for this, i have benqdc1500, i don't have its tvout cable and it is not available in my place. Please look into this weblink link . Your cable and this cable same ?

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    They look very the same. I actually found my originally "lost" camera cable after composing the guide - and it looks just like that. And works the same way :)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    great idea, but the quality of any digital image on a television always dissapoints me. But this beats paying for the thing