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Updating your firmware

The availability of a significant firmware upgrade for the EOS 7D created a lot of interest. We show you how to download and install the file on your Canon camera. Camera battery Fully charge your camera battery before you begin.

Inside the ‘update-procedure-pdf’ folder are five files. This gives you detailed installation instructions in English.

In our part of Oxfordshire the mains power supply is so unreliable that we prefer to place our trust in a fully charged battery – no problems so far.

Formatting a memory card If you plan to use the first of the two methods we're explaining, then you need to format a memory card for use.

Copy all the images you want to keep from a CF card (or SD card for cameras using the smaller card) – or use a new card. Go to ’Format’ on the settings menu (above ) will show you the amount of storage used on the card and remind you that all data will be deleted if you continue.

If you are sure all the images you want have been copied from the card, select ‘OK’ and press the ‘SET’ button.

The card will be formatted and you will be returned to the ‘Format’ menu.Check that the formatting has been successful by pressing the ‘SET’ button.The screen should now show that very little storage has been used.Just a few kilobytes (KB) will have been reserved for the card directory.Always format the card in the camera you are going to update.Never format the card from a computer and never in a different EOS camera. The contents should look like this (below).3) Take the card out of the card reader and insert it into the camera. Find the ‘Firmware Ver.’ item and press ‘SET’.4) You will see a screen with details of the current firmware version and asking if you want to update.There are two methods of updating the firmware in your EOS camera. Select ‘OK’ and press the ‘SET’ button.5) The firmware update will begin.One is with a memory card (via a card reader or compatible slot in your computer). You will see the screens showing the progress.1) Open EOS Utility on your computer. Click on ‘OK’.3) A window will open allowing you to find the . We are updating an EOS 5D Mark III, so we are looking for the ‘5D300113.The other is with the EOS Utility software (either from the CD supplied with your camera or downloadable from the Canon website). Now connect your camera to the computer using the mini-USB cable supplied with the camera. The mini-USB plug goes into the ‘A/V OUT Digital socket on the side of the camera. Click ‘OK’ in the window which comes up asking you to confirm the camera model. FIR’ downloaded from the Canon Download Centre.4) A confirmation window will appear giving details of the current firmware version on the camera and the version of the firmware update that will be installed.Both are equally good and both activate the ‘Firmware update program’ on the camera.1) Connect a card reader to your computer and insert the card you have just formatted (or insert your card into a compatible slot on your computer). Then click on ‘Camera settings/Remote shooting’.2) This panel will appear. If these are correct, click ‘Yes’.5) Another confirmation window will appear telling you to press the ‘SET’ button on the back of the camera.The card will appear as a hard drive on your computer screen. This will start the firmware upgrade process.1) You have reached the point where the camera begins to take over.

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