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Firmware Updates are Important!

Firmware is the “computer program” that runs your digital device. Your digital photo equipment (cameras, lenses, flashes, and printers) can be updated and have their “working performance” improved thru firmware updates. Every-day engineers from the manufacturers are correcting faults, improving performance and adding features to today’s digital equipment.  You should update and improve the features and performance through firmware updates.

Frustrated with slow start-up and iffy focus on your camera? Try a firmware update to improve the workings of your camera. To be eligible you must own an authorized version of the equipment and it must be registered with the manufacturer. If you haven’t registered do it today…  

How do you know if you need an update?

In the setup menu of your camera find the info icon and check the firmware version. Note the version of the firmware which is currently installed in your equipment. Next we’ll compare your camera’s firmware version versus the latest update available from the manufacturer by visiting your manufacturer’s website.  Check the current firmware at the service and support or download page.

                                          How do you update?

If you need to update it’s quite simple. In most cases all you do is download the update to your computer. Insert your camera’s memory card (formatted in the camera before-hand) into your card reader. Drag the program from your hard drive or desktop to the memory card. Insert the memory card into the camera (power off). Turn the camera on and follow the icons… new firmware detected (OK) install (yes)… that’s it!

We currently recommend that you check your firmware monthly for the latest updates and revisions. It takes less than 30 minutes to update… you’ll love the difference! If you can’t do it PAUL’S PHOTO is always happy update your firmware for you … it costs $50 and takes a few hours!

                                                     FIRMWARE update

1.) Register your camera with your manufacturer. Go to USA Canon, Nikon, Sony or Fujifilm website / Service & Support / Register Product.

2.) Watch for email from your camera maker or posting on your fan websites “New firmware for your camera”

3.) Wait two or three days after a firmware release

4.) Follow the links from the email or the web posting to the firmware download site

5.) Download the firmware to your computer’s desktop

6.) Unzip the downloaded file and extract the program (.BIN file)

7.) Format memory card in your camera. Inset memory card into computer’s card reader.

8.) Drag firmware onto the memory card

9.) Power OFF, FULL battery in camera - insert memory card. Power ON

10.) Set-Up menu / Firmware version / UPDATE

                                               Update Firmware Video

CANON Firmware

NIKON Firmware

SONY Firmware