Canon: EOS-20D, 1D Mark II, Powershot S70 firmware|
(Friday, October 15, 2004 - 14:56 EDT)
Camera manufacturer Canon has released three new firmware updates for several of its camera models in the last few days.
Canon PowerShot S70 firmware v184.108.40.206 corrects a problem with error messages when making certain print settings in camera. Versions of the camera with a black dot next to the battery slot have already been upgraded, but users who don't have the dot can get the new firmware on Canon's website.
The EOS-1D Mark II firmware v1.0.3 adds new functions for use with the Speedlite 580EX flash, reduces noise on bulb exposures, and fixed sensor cleaning operations. The current firmware level can be checked by holding down the Menu button while rotating the Quick Control Dial to the Set-Up 2 Menu, where the firmware level is displayed in the Firmware section of the menu.
Finally, the EOS 20D firmware v1.0.5 fixes a problem with the camera locking up if a lens is removed or attached in Auto Power Off mode, fixes lockups during continuous shooting, and improves reliability with some CF cards. The current firmware level is checked by pressing the Menu button, and turning the Quick Control Dial until you arrive at the end of the yellow settings menu, where the firmware level is displayed.
The previous v1.0.4 version of firmware had a bug that could cause the camera to be rendered unuseable, and v1.0.5 corrects this. Canon recommends the update for all users who successfully flashed to the v1.0.4 firmware, even though there are no other changes between the two versions. Users who experienced problems with the v1.0.4 upgrade are recommended to contact a Canon service center, per the documentation with their camera.
As with all firmware updates, be sure to follow Canon's instructions to the letter before updating your firmware, lest you turn your camera into a rather expensive paperweight...