A common issue that we hear about when it comes to passport cameras used in environments with multiple operators is that there are issues with the USB port on the camera. The USB port on the Fujifilm digital cameras for taking passport photos is very tiny and fragile.
The port can be damaged very easily if the cable connector is forced in (sometimes in the wrong direction) or if removed at an angle. When looked at carefully, you can see that the camera cable end has one side that is rounded and another that is square. If inserted into the camera incorrectly, damage can occur and Fuji does not cover the USB port under their warranty.
To protect your camera’s USB port in an environment with several operators (and even with one person using it) we suggest the following preventative measures:
- Plug your camera’s USB cable in once and never unplug it again. You can connect to your Fuji IP10 printer with the USB extension cable included in the box (if you have a printer other than the IP10 that did not include a USB extension cable, you can easily find one online or at a local electronics store).
- Use a plastic wire zip tie to secure your cable to the tripod or its baseplate/foot.
- Print out a ,”DO NOT UNPLUG” label and adhere it to the cable.
These easy to implement measures will surely protect your investment and reduce downtime in offering passport photo services to our customers.
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