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by yorickk / October 19, 2012 1:04 PM PDT

I have just purchased a Sony HDR-XR260VE Handicam which has a Hard Disk. There is provision for downloading the videos from the hard disk in the camera to an external portable hard disk. It is necessary to purchase a connector from the them at $AU29 which plugs into the usb mini b ouput port and has a female standard usb connector on the other end. Before I eventually purchased the Sony connector I tried using a number of different combinations of connectors and found that none of them work. It is possible that Sony may have intentionally crossed wires in their usb mini b output and that this is corrected in the lead they sell. However I wondered if anyone has found a combination that works - may save others from having to spend $AU29.00

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What if it's not just wires?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2012 2:30 AM PDT

Some of those have a chip in a small board. 29 bucks sounds not so bad for a feature where you don't have to lug around a PC.

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Sony HDR0XR260VE usb connectors
by yorickk / October 21, 2012 9:07 PM PDT

Thanks Bob for your response

The female USB on the end of Sony connector if anything is not a long as the female USB on a standard connector so its hard to see that there could be a chip inside.

If I use the mini b to male USB connector from my WD external portable hard disc and insert it into same receptable on the camera that the Sony one goes into and plug it into my PC it launches the Sony software just like it does if I use the male usb plug in the hand strap. However if I plug the normal mini b connector into the camera with nothing connected to it nothing happens but if I plug in the Sony connector in with nothing connected it is recognised the by the camera. The Sony plug must have some connectivity additional to the mini b plug in order for the camera to recognise it.

But as you say spending $30 beats lugging a heavy PC or laptop around.

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More on the Sony USB Connector
by yorickk / October 22, 2012 6:31 PM PDT

I noted that although the mini b plug has 5 pins the standard plug on the other end has only 4 so I did some internet research and found a web site that describes what is in the usb connectors.

This extract from the web site may explain things:

Pin x of mini-USB connector may be not connected, (may be) connected to GND or (may be) used as attachment identification at some portable devices. This pin is numbered x here due to historical reasons.

Pin Name Cable color Description
1 VCC Red +5 VDC
2 D- White Data -
3 D+ Green Data +
x ID May be N/C, GND or used as an attached device presence indicator (shorted to GND with resistor)
4 GND Black Ground

This suggests that the Sony lead is using the x pin for recognition purposes

This will be my last word on this subject


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