Updating digital slr camera firmware

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If you have never checked your camera for a firmware update then now is a good a time to do so.First check what version of firmware your camera is running.If the battery fails during the firmware update or the update is interrupted in some manner, the risk is having a camera without usable software.Meaning you have a dead camera that you have to take to the manufacturer to fix!Believe it or not some people wanted more from their cameras and the only option was to team up with other smart people and write their own firmware!This started back in 2009 after Canon first released the 5D mark II, a full-frame (35mm) sensor body that was also capable of recording full HD video.This information is found within one of your camera’s menu options.Finding it is different on every camera and not always obvious.

An analogy is to updating the version of software on your smart phone.

Other reasons why firmware updates are released is to include new camera features such as added languages, or to have manually adjustable settings that were once solely automatic.

Some updates are to support new optional accessories for your camera (e.g. I like to think of them as free upgrades to your camera.

Inside your camera is a microprocessor (small computer), that uses software stored on non-removable flash memory inside your camera.

This is called firmware and is the operating system of your camera which allows you to control the features and functions, with the camera’s menus and buttons.

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