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The Different Use Cases of Mini and Micro HDMI Cables

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If you've ever bought any gadget, whether it is a TV, a laptop, a camera, a tablet or a phone, in the past five years, you have met HDMI. Sometimes it is the regular HDMI, mini HDMI cable, or even a micro HDMI cable. As the name suggests, all three are different, the regular one being standard in most use cases. But then what do we need the other two for and how are they different?


The main difference in any cable standard is its usage. Since HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, you can use the cable for audio-video data transfer.


The mini HDMI cable comes into play when you want to connect a gadget to perhaps a computer or a TV. The port is generally on devices that have less space to spare. For example, a DSLR camera, video cameras, and standard size tablets. All of these devices are compact to make it as portable as possible.


On the other hand, the micro HDMI cable is for when there is an even smaller space than mini HDMI. The few examples of these are smartphones and smaller tablets.



Let's take a detailed look at the different use cases of these two cables:


1. Photo Booth


Photo booths are a popular party feature nowadays. While most people don't print photos nowadays, vintage photo booths did print photos. You can have a similar concept but with a digital camera and digital printing setup. You can have a camera set up on a tripod, and connect it to a laptop via the mini HDMI cable for quick edits. Add a printer to the laptop and you have your photo booth read!


Add a funky backdrop, arrange some props for people to use and modify the camera settings for the situation. You can have a person taking the photos and another who can make basic alignment edits and print. If you wish, you can offer different types of prints as well, like the one that comes out of an instant camera, one with four pictures like a filmstrip, one simple average frame sized print, etc.


Instant prints can be a hit because you'll be giving tactile souvenirs that people can put on their fridges and have framed rather than a 24-hour long story on a social media account.


2. Movie Night


Powerful projectors are tiny now. They have so many features that they can even replace your TV. But if you just need one for cozy movie nights while camping, you don't need a high end one. Simply, get a lightweight one with decent inbuilt speakers that you can connect to your phone via a micro HDMI cable. And voila! There's a movie theatre in the middle of nowhere!


Add some cheese popcorn, make some smores, fill up your hot chocolate mugs, and settle next to the fire for the best movie experience possible. Because of this, you don't need to watch movies on your phone alone. You can share the movie with your fellow campers!


These are some of the unique advantages of HDMI cables. One can liven up a party with a fun photo booth, and another can take the big screen to a campsite!


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