Tag Archives: Firmware update

Firmware Updates

What is “firmware”?  Firmware is the program code that resides in an electronic or computer device’s read-only memory (ROM). ROM can be written into using special software.  Firmware is also referred to as “microcode”. Typically, firmware is written into ROM when products are assembled in the production facility and is used to facilitate the running of the product defined by user programs.

In most cases, when a product is first introduced the firmware is given a numeric designation, typically 1.0.  As features are added and bugs or problems are resolved, new firmware is developed and the numeric designation is updated.  This could be 1.1 or 1.01, etc.  These are minor revisions or updates.  A significant enhancement or update is usually designated with a whole number increment, 2.0, 3.0, etc.  All firmware updates are designed to be incorporated into existing products via an update.  Such updates can be downloaded from the manufacturer to your computer and subsequently into the ROM of your product.

With many manufacturers, you will get an email notification when a new firmware update is released.  However, this notice will only come if you have registered your product. You need to periodically check for these updates on the manufacturer’s website (usually in the support section).

It is unfortunate that many DSLR’s and Mirrorless camera owners rarely update the firmware.  Only when they encounter issues and ask for support they will be requested to do an update. The update will in most cases resolve the issue.

It is good to periodically check the firmware version of your camera and verify that you have the latest.  If you are not up-to-date, then download and install the latest version.  Be very careful and follow installation instructions explicitly.  There are no shortcuts and a mistake during a firmware update can render your camera useless.  You will have to send the camera to the manufacturer for a complete reset and update.

DSLR and Mirrorless cameras are not the only products that require firmware updates. Newer lenses, flashes, lens adaptors, hand held light meters, studio strobes, etc. contain ROM and firmware.  If your photography product has a USB port (connection) then it probably has ROM and firmware so it is worth checking for updates.

Why not start the new year ensuring all your gear is up-to-date.  It is also good to check for updates once every three months.  Why miss out on a new feature or bug fix.

Posted in Educational, Photography, Software Also tagged |

Canon Releases EOS 7D Firmware version 2.0

Canon finally released its significant upgrade/update to the EOS 7D.

The firmware can be downloaded from this link

Version 2 of the firmware will provide users of this body the following:

Speed, the 7D will now shoot 130 Large/Fine JPEGs or 25 RAW.  This compared to 126 and 15.  The big jump is for RAW files.  The shooting rate remains at 8 fps.

The 7D will now be compatible with the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2  using the 7D’s USB connector.  GEO Tagging is not possible with Video.

For Video buffs the camera will provid custom audio recording.  The firmware will enable manual control of sound recording levels in 64 steps.  Visual indicators will warn you of custom recording.

Something that Nikon has had now will be available in the 7D.  Customization for Auto ISO in M, P, TV, AV and B modes.  You will be able to set upper limits up to ISO 6400.  The 7D will always auto adjust ISO for best exposure.

The firmware will now allow in camera processing to modify White Balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO Noise Reduction, JPEG Quality, Color Space, Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction, Distortion Correction and Lens Aberration Correction to RAW images capture.

JPEG images can be resized in camera from “L” to “M “ and from “M” to “S” JPEG.

An in camera rating system will be available.  A five step star rating will be available during image playback/review.

Using the “Q” or quick control button you will now be able to apply protection to images, rotate and resize then, see the highlight alerts and AF point displays.

A real neat feature with this upgrade is custom file naming. You will be able to set the first four characters of the file name, no more _IMG.  Image quality can be applied to the file name too.

How about this: “time zone settings”, you can not only define time zones, but also daylight savings time.

Significant improvements in the speed of scrolling images that have been magnified for review.


Posted in 7D, Accessories, News, Photography, Software Also tagged |