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4.4. Troubleshoot

4.4.1. Verify that your camera is supported

This troubleshooting guide will give you steps to verify your camera can be used with tethering. This is done using the gphoto2 commandline tools. This is what darktable uses to interface with your camera.

  1. Verify that camera is detected

    The following command will verify a camera that is connected to the computer and detected by gphoto2. Find your camera port name to use it in the following tests below. Usually port usb: will be enough and therefore used in these examples.

    env LANG=C gphoto2 --auto-detect

  2. Verify camera driver abilities

    Execute the following command and verify that the capture choices ability supports Image and configuration support is yes. darktable will check these two abilities and decide if tethered shoot button should be shown or not.

    env LANG=C gphoto2 --port usb: --abilities

  3. Verify camera remote capture

    This step will verify that your camera can be remotely controlled; that it can capture an image, download it to your computer and display it within darktable.

    env LANG=C gphoto2 --port usb: --capture-image-and-download

  4. Verify camera tethered capture

    And this last step tests if your camera supports events which darktable heavily relies on. Running this command will make the gphoto2 process wait for an image capture event which you must manually trigger on your camera. If successful, the image will be downloaded to your computer.

    env LANG=C gphoto2 --port usb: --capture-tethered