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How to Show Photos on TV

Find Tips for Displaying Your Photographs on Your Television


Sharing your digital photos with a room full of people can be frustrating if you don’t have the right equipment. Using small prints, the LCD screen on your camera, a digital photo frame, or a small laptop screen will work, but the ideal equipment for displaying photos to several people at once is your TV.

Use these tips for making a connection between your TV and camera when displaying your photos.

  • Displaying photos on a TV sometimes require slightly different techniques, depending on the type of TV you’re using. A standard definition TV will work a little differently than an HDTV. Be sure you’ve checked your camera’s user manual to see how the steps required to connect your camera to a TV differ, depending on the type of TV.

  • With a standard definition TV, you may want to use an audio/video cable to connect the TV and the camera. Not a lot of cameras ship with USB-to-A/V cables, but if yours does, you probably won’t need the red A/V connector. You also may be able to purchase a cable separately. Just make sure the cable you purchase from a third party has a USB connector that's compatible with your camera.

  • With an HDTV, an HDMI cable is preferred for connecting the camera to the TV. However, not every camera will have an HDMI connector, meaning you may need to use a USB-to-A/V cable or a USB-only cable. In addition, some cameras need a mini-HDMI connector, so be sure you know what type you need before you attempt to connect the camera to the TV.

  • Turn off the camera before connecting it to the TV.

  • If you have an AC adapter for your camera, you may want to connect it to the camera, rather than running from battery power, when displaying photos on a TV. Otherwise, the battery could drain pretty quickly.

  • With all of the cables hooked up properly between the camera and the TV, press the Playback button on the camera. Now, the images that would normally be shown on the LCD of the camera should be mirrored on the TV.

  • If you’re having problems making the images appear on the TV screen, the problem could be with your TV. Try pressing the Input or TV/Video button on your TV remote until you find the A/V channel or the HDMI channel, which should allow your images to be displayed. In addition, you may have two or even three A/V channels or HDMI channels, depending on how many connectors your TV has. Be sure you’re on the numbered A/V or HDMI channel that corresponds with the connection slot you’re using on the TV.
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