More on EOS D30 firmware, and Canon Microdrive statement!|
(Friday, February 2, 2001 - 20:35 EST)
Canon provides more details on its Japanese EOS D30 upgrade, and issues a statement on use of IBM's Microdrive with its PowerShot and EOS Digital cameras...
Canon Japan has posted further information on its firmware update program to resolve problems users have been experiencing with the 'Auto Power Off' feature of the camera, our friends at digitalcamera.gr.jp note. According to the page, if the last 6 digits of the 9-digit serial number (which will look like 0A1200001, and is printed on the bottom of the camera) are between 200001 and 499999, the camera should have its firmware updated. Note that this page is referring to Japanese cameras, and that cameras elsewhere may well have different numbering patterns... The update, which is free of charge, can either be done by taking the camera into one of 19 repair centers in Japan, or by sending it in. Because the firmware update alters a portion of camera firmware which is not user-accessible, the update cannot be done by the user...
Another page added to Canon Japan's site discusses use of IBM Microdrives in Canon's PowerShot S10, S20, G1, Pro70 and Pro90 IS, as well as the EOS D30. Canon Japan's official stance, according to the page, is that whilst the Microdrive does work with these cameras, it is easily affected by impacts. Hence the company is recommending users to pay close attention to the camera's LED to see whether it is still accessing the Microdrive, and whilst it is being accessed to ensure the camera is not subjected to vibration or impacts...