UC-E6 USB Cable
Basically, seems good, but cable kinks -- forever?
The camera connector is microminiature, because the cameras it's to be used with probably all have really-limited space for the connector. With reasonable care, and common sense, the connector seems rugged enough. It goes in only one way; flip it half a turn if it doesn't go in easily.
It doesn't fall out, either; my S3100 is so light that I can (carefully) suspend the camera upside-down from the cable; in this case, that's not abuse.
The cable itself, apart from the connectors, is decent, but not up to Nikon's reputation. It comes bundled and tied with a wire tie, and the vinyl takes a "set" while it's in storage. When you undo it, the vinyl doesn't relax, and the cable's kinks really don't want to disappear. I think they are ugly.
There is cable that doesn't take a "set"; I think Apple uses such cable. It is available.
Considering that this cable is likely to be used (and handled) often, it's disappointing to see that Nikon used what they did.
November 18, 2011
Do not lose this charger!
It is a fairly standard, rather low end cable. It is packaged bundled up with wire, and retains the kinks from this manner of storage for months. I had no real problems with it until I lost it. It certainly has a unique, tiny tip, and no other cable will be able to take its place. All around decent cable, but do not lose it! You will be forced to order a new one!
May 27, 2013
Don't lose this cable
This cable is fine. I find the fact that it has 'fold kinks' convenient as it is easy to fold it quickly and get it neatly into a compact camera case, or put it away.
However the camera USB connection is unique #tiny#, and not the same as the many other USB cables you have hanging around from other camera and computor devices. Therefore if you loose it you are hooped. And it is not a normally stocked item at my local camera or computor stores. You have to special order it and wait.
April 10, 2012
Absurd to use non-standard USB - when mini usb should provide same foot print
Lose it and you will spend a while getting a replacement cable.
September 29, 2012
The USB STANDARD is called a STANDARD for a good reason.
The connector is smaller than a micro USB connector but not by much. The only reason Nikon have done this is to make money pure and simple. I will never buy another camera (Nikon or otherwise) with a non-standard USB lead again and wouldn't have bought this one if I'd known beforehand. Also very annoyed that my camera will only charge from a PC and not any mains or car USB chargers.
September 25, 2013