I'm posting this as question & answer because Google was no help at all for what turned out to be such a simple 'fix'.

Connecting the camera to the computer showed it as being seen by the OS, but no amount of pushing or poking seemed to make Camera Control Pro 2 be able to detect it. The app would simply show the error "No camera was detected" & hang there. The only way out was to force quit.

This symptom survived reboots & also updating the app [in all I tried 3 different versions].

How do you make the Camera Control Pro application recognise your camera?

Adding keywords Capture & Tethering, as my own google-fu couldn't find this again next time I needed it;)

Tested only on Mac with Nikon D5500.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Telling us which specific Nikon camera you were using would make this question more valuable to a number of readers looking for a wide variety of answers, seeing as how Nikon differentiates its models by whether or not they can be tethered and with how much functionality if they can. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Mar 28, 2020 at 4:59

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Turn the camera off before connecting to USB.

That simple.

I eventually went through the manual page by page & that was the only thing I hadn't done.

Switch it on again once connected, then CCP will immediately identify & connect to it.
Whether you connect before or after launching CCP appears to make no difference.

Once connection has been established for that session, it then appears you can re-connect at any time & it will still be recognised - it's just that first time.

Needless to say, it was one heck of a "D'oh!" moment. I just hope it may be of some help to future Googlers.

This was tested only on Mac & only on a D5500.
I could not repro reports of it not working if other USB devices are connected. I always have at least half a dozen other things permanently connected. It may require that the camera tether goes on its own bus - i.e. connect straight to the computer, not through a hub.

I would appreciate confirmation (or otherwise, with details) of it working on Windows or with other Nikon cameras.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, do NOT have any other USB cable connected to the MAC (like for charging your phone). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 15, 2019 at 17:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Interesting - never thought of that one. I have a dozen devices hung off my machine at all times, didn't seem to come into play at all. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 15, 2019 at 17:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ What is it about additional USB use that would cause the OS to not recognize the attached camera? \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Commented Jan 15, 2019 at 22:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ What Nikon camera model? \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Mar 28, 2020 at 5:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Isn't working for me on Camera Control Pro 2 (2.31.0). No matter the order, if the D750 is on and connected to my Mac, CCP freezes. Turning the camera off or disconnecting USB unfreezes CCP (menus and and minimize/close buttons register clicks stored up while it was frozen). Bizarre. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jacob C.
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 5:57

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