If you’ve been using your DSLR for quite some time, chances are, there might be a firmware update available for it. While it’s always a good idea to keep your camera software up to date, the process itself can seem daunting to some.
In this post, we’re going to show you how you can update your Canon DSLR’s firmware with ease.
Why should you update your Camera firmware
More often than not, if you’ve bought a new camera, chances are the software will have some bugs here and there. Most firmware updates are targeted at fixing those bugs.
Firmware updates can also really help increase the performance of your camera. No, it will not turn your 1300D into a Mark 1DX, but it’ll certainly improve the camera in subtle ways. Also, a firmware upgrade is a great way of fixing your camera should you mess with some settings and can’t get them right.
Note: The camera used in this post is the Canon 200D, but the process holds the same for all Canon DSLRs.
How to update your camera firmware?
Step 1: Go to Canon Support website and select your model.
Step 2: Download the firmware file provided
Step 3: Extract the zip file downloaded in the last step. You’ll see a file with a .FIR extension. Move this file over to the root folder of your SD card.
Note: Make sure you’ve formatted the card beforehand or that no important data is on the card during the update.
Step 4: Start your camera and go over to the firmware settings (colour-coded yellow).
Step 5: Select the firmware option. You’ll see another version pop in the menu. Select that to start the update process.
Step 6: Wait for the process to finish. It typically takes about 5-10 minutes. Don’t touch any buttons or turn off your camera during the update.