Is there a high end expensive USB 2.0 photo transfer cable for my Olympus E-520 DSLR to my windows 7 PC? What type of USB cable does my Olympus E-520 take to transfer data to my PC?

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    USB is USB, that's the whole point of it. – user29608 Aug 23 '17 at 0:20
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    To be fair, there are several USB connector types. – Eric Shain Aug 23 '17 at 2:39
  • Check your manual or google the camera specs. – Robin Aug 23 '17 at 14:16
  • @fkraiem I've always found the U in USB to be a lie. With the myriad connector types, sometimes proprietary (especially in the point-and-click world), it seems far from universal. – scottbb Aug 25 '17 at 4:32
  • @scottbb The USB Implementers Forum doesn't forbid having proprietary connectors on a cable as long as the end that bears the USB logo meets the standard. The smaller connectors you find on very compact cameras are there because the standard USB connectors have mechanical and real estate needs that often can't be met on those kinds of projects. – Blrfl Aug 27 '17 at 3:47

The images are transferred digitally, bit-for-bit. A "high quality" cable isn't going to make any difference. You just need a working USB cable, with the right connectors at each end. There are many, inexpensive options widely available.

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Camera makers seem to have been among the last electronics manufacturers to completely adopt standard USB cables.

Olympus point-and-shoots in particular took a long time to come around to standard USB cables. The camera-end of the cable has a proprietary connector, which is also used for non-USB connections such as wired remote shutter release, A/V breakout, etc.

I have seen the cable your camera uses referred to as "CB-USB6". I don't believe that's an industry-standard name, and I don't know if that's how Olympus refers to the cable. But searching for "Olympus E-520 replacement USB cable" returns several product links with the same cable:

Note the camera-end connector: it is not a standard USB A/mini-A/micro-A or B/mini-B/micro-B connector.

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As far as "high-end expensive USB 2.0 cable", I'm not sure what you mean there. Being non-standard, this cable is what it is.

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