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Is your camera up to date? Make Sure You Have the Latest Firmware

Firmware is the software (just like operating system for computers) that makes digital cameras work. It is stored in the “Read Only Memory" (ROM) of the camera and is unaffected by battery power.

Digital Camera Firmware Update
Digital Camera Firmware Update

From time to time camera manufacturers release updates to the firmware of their existing camera models. These updates could serve a range of functions from fixing problems in the camera (bugs) to enhancing its performance or adding new features. So it's important to check for firmware updates from time to time.

How to Upgrade Digital Camera Firmware?

First step is to find out whether there is an update available for your camera. This can be done by checking the camera manufacturer’s website. Go to your camera’s set up menu and make a note of the release number of the firmware currently installed in your camera. Then compare this to the ones in the manufacturer’s website to determine if there is an update available. If there is an update available download it to your computer first.
The actual process of updating firmware may vary slightly between cameras, but this is how it is generally done, the most important point is to follow the instructions carefully.

How to Upgrade Digital Camera Firmware – Step by Step Guide.

  1. First and foremost make sure you have a fully charged battery in your camera.
  2. Format a memory card in your camera.
  3. Copy the firmware update that you downloaded to the memory card you formatted. Make sure you are copying it to the card’s root (not inside any folders).
  4. Insert the memory card in your digital camera, now go to update firmware option in the set up menu and press OK to apply the firmware update.
  5. Once the camera starts the update process, do not touch any buttons or try to turn off the camera. The update process is usually over in a couple of minutes.

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