By Arturo Rivo Jr.
A camera’s firmware is the operating system of the camera. It is simply the one controlling it. In other words, the FIRMWARE is responsible for making your camera work. If you are a photographer who wants to maximize the potential of your camera, then updating your firmware is important. Manufactures of different digital cameras always advise to update your firmware to ensure you have the latest menus, improvements, bug fixes and lens data for your camera.
Currently, I own a Nikon D7000 and Fujifilm Xt-10 and I updated them both this year (2016). For me, I chose to update to make sure that my camera is up to date and to maximize all the features my cameras have to offer.
Nikon D7000 Fujifilm xt-10
Here is the pictures of my Nikon D7000 update.
I checked the firmware version of my camera. This is a photo of the old version. Then go to Nikon website and download the update and saved it in an SD card.
I turned off the camera and inserted the SD card with the update. I switched it ON and I selected the UPDATE option on the firmware option of the camera and the update started
After finishing, (be sure it is succesfull) I turned OFF the camera and removed the SD card. I turned ON the camera again and checked the Firmware Version. And here it is… Done. It just took me less than 2 minutes to finish.
The only downside of updating the camera’s firmware is the risk. If done incorrectly, they say it would make the camera faulty and you have to send your camera to a service center.
TIPS before a firmware update:
1.) Make sure the battery is charged and in good condition before
2.) Go to the official website of the camera’s manufacturer
3.) Follow the instructions carefully posted in the official website.
To wrap things up. The decision is yours to make. To be safe, it’s better not to worry about firmware updates especially if you are not a professional photographer (a photographer that earns a living out of photography) or nothing is bothering you about the camera. If in doubt either leave things as they are and just enjoy shooting. 🙂
Good day everyone.