Updating Firmware

In Standard by Patrick

Many cameras have the proprietary software that runs the cameras functions. Each manufacturer has their own and it is called firmware. Why is it important to have the latest version? That is a great question. The camera works without the latest version, so why bother to upgrade? The firmware is what allows the manufacturer to add new features and functions in the camera as they are developed.

If you have never updated the firmware before, it can seem a bit confusing. Here is a simple walk through that will hopefully help someone when the time comes to upgrade your firmware. This firmware upgrade is specific to Nikon Cameras.

  • Navigate to your cameras manufacturers download page specific to your make and model camera
  • Create a folder on the computer hard disk and name it as desired.
  • Download the .exe to the folder
  • Run the.exe to extract the following file to a folder in downloads or a folder you choose
  • Generally the file will end in .bin (the camera firmware)
  • Using the appropriate card reader for your camera, copy the .bin” to a memory card that has been formatted in the camera.
    Note: Be sure to copy the firmware to the root (top-most) directory of the memory card. The camera will not recognize the new firmware if it is placed in a folder under the root directory.
  • Insert the memory card into the camera and turn the camera on.
  • Select Firmware version in the SETUP MENU and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update.
  • Once the update is complete, turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
  • Confirm that the firmware has been updated to the new version.

That’s it! Simple right? Now you should have all the features and benefits of the latest firmware updates. I find that most manufacturers don’t notify you of the upgrades, unless it is a major one, so check the firmware often.

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