Working with Wired Cameras
If you are running iOS 13.2 or higher and Cascable 5.0 or higher, Cascable supports importing images from any PTP/MTP standards-compliant camera connected to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch via USB.
On the Mac, Cascable Transfer 3.1 or higher and Cascable Pro Webcam can work with wired cameras on macOS 10.15 Catalina and higher.
Important: At present, Cascable Pro Webcam is only able to work with Canon EOS and Nikon cameras via USB.
Once your camera is configured correctly and connected, Cascable should detect and connect to it within a few seconds.
Note: Due to the large number of USB cameras out there, we don't have a definitive compatibility list. However, if your camera is standards-compliant, it should work well. RAW support will depend on iOS' compatibility with your camera's RAW images — see Apple's RAW support article for details.
Mac Apps: Making Sure Other Apps Aren’t Interfering
On the Mac only one app can connect to a USB camera at a time, which means that other apps can get in the way of Cascable’s apps detecting and connecting to your camera. When trying to use your camera, make sure other apps that work with cameras over USB have been quit, and that any option to auto-launch on connect has been disabled.
Important: Canon’s EOS Utility app will, by default, run in the menu bar at all times and always connect to a connected camera. If you see the EOS Utility icon in your menu bar, make sure you quit it before using Cascable apps.
Some popular apps that may conflict with Cascable’s apps in trying to connect to a camera:
- Adobe Lightroom
- Canon EOS Utility
- Capture One Pro
- Image Capture
Making Sure Your Camera Is Set Up Correctly
A number of Canon cameras disable their USB port (sometimes labelled as the DIGITAL port) when WiFi is enabled, even if you aren’t currently using WiFi. If your Canon camera isn’t being detected by our apps over USB, navigate to your camera’s setup menu and set the Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/NFC setting to Disable, then try again.
When connecting your camera for use with Cascable, it must be in PTP, MTP, or Tethering mode for Cascable to be able to detect it as a wired camera.
Note: On iOS, Cascable can only import images from USB-connected cameras, and can't remote control them. This is a limitation in iOS that we hope will be eased in future iOS versions.
Some cameras will ask you what USB mode to use when connecting them, and some need you to manually change their USB mode setting in their menus. If your camera doesn’t have this setting (most Canon and Nikon models don’t), they’ll usually only support PTP/MTP mode, which is the correct mode for Cascable.
We have included screenshots of the setting from various cameras below. Consult your camera’s manual for detailed instructions.
Physically Connecting Your Camera
On the Mac, connect your camera via USB using the cable that came with your camera. If your Mac has USB-C, you may need a USB-C to USB-A (female) adapter.
On iOS, how you physically connect your camera to your iOS device will depend on the both the connector your camera has, and the connector your iOS device has. Some common examples can be found below.
iPad Pro with USB-C
If you have an iPad with USB-C, you can connect your camera either directly with a USB-C cable if the camera also has USB-C, or via a USB-C to USB-A (female) adapter and the cable that came with your camera if it doesn’t. Apple sells a USB-C to USB-A (female) adapter, but any high-quality, standards-compliant adapter should work.
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with Lightning
If your iOS device has a Lightning connector, you must use a Lightning to USB-A (female) adapter, then the cable that came with your camera. The Apple Camera Connection Kit contains such an adapter, and there are third-party alternatives.
If your camera came with a USB-C to USB-C cable, you can purchase a USB-A to USB-C cable from many reputable electronics retailers.
If your camera isn’t being detected by Cascable, or it is and you’re getting a No Access error, try the following steps:
If your camera has more than one mode that seems to match the ones required for Cascable, try each one. For example, some cameras have both a Tether and a PictBridge mode, but will only work with Cascable in PictBridge mode.
Make sure Cascable is up-to-date.
Make sure your operating system is up-to-date. Camera support is always evolving, and updating your operating system may improve compatibility.