EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT / EOS 350D DIGITAL Firmware Update Version 1.0.3


Firmware specification changes

This firmware update incorporates the following improvements:

  1. Fixes the phenomenon of shots being unable to be taken when using the remote controller RC-1.
  2. Fixes the phenomenon wherein the camera continues to scroll through images being played back.
  3. Improves reliability in communication when using some CF cards.

This firmware update applies to cameras with firmware versions up to 1.0.2 installed. By installing this update, the phenomena will be fixed, and the affected cameras can be used without these problems. If your camera's firmware is already version 1.0.3, it is not necessary to perform this update.



Before downloading the firmware update, please be sure to read the entire contents of this page.




Precautions

When performing the firmware update operations, do so after removing the lens from the camera.

A power failure during the firmware writing operation may disable the camera.

  • Use a fully charged Battery Pack or dedicated AC Adapter Kit (Optional) ACK700 for the firmware update.
  • Do not shut off the power during the firmware writing operation.
  • Do not open the CF card slot cover during the firmware writing operation.

Do not press any camera buttons during the firmware writing operation.


Firmware Q&A

Q: Are the previous versions of the firmware included in this version?
A: Yes, the following improvements from the previous version are included.

Version 1.0.2 changes:

  1. Fixes the phenomenon of extreme underexposure when using some lenses.
  2. Fixes the phenomenon of auto power off function failure when auto power off is set more than 2 minutes.
  3. Fixes the phenomenon of incorrect white balance when using an external flash.


Q: How do I check the camera's current firmware version number?
A:
Turn the Power Switch ON, and press the MENU button to display the menu. Press the Cross keys and display "Set-up 2 menu", you will see the "Firmware Ver.x.x.x" at the end of the settings, which is the currently installed firmware version number. For more details , please refer to the instruction manual on page 31.

Note: Select P mode (or one of the other creative modes). The version of the firmware will not appear in the basic modes.



Q: How do I update the firmware?
A: These are two ways to update the camera's firmware.
  1. Download the firmware file from this web site and install the update as shown in the updating procedure.
  2. Bring the camera to a Canon Service Center and have the firmware updated by the center.
If you choose the latter method, contact a Canon Service Center in your region.


Q: Do I need any special equipment to update the firmware?
A: The firmware update file needs to be copied to a CF card, so a card reader or a computer with a card slot will be required.

There are cases where a PC card adapter is necessary.

Other required equipment is listed below.

(1-A) Battery Pack NB-2LH (The battery pack must be fully charged.)
(1-B) AC Adapter Kit ACK700 (sold separately)
(2) CF card (8MB or more, 2GB or less)

In order to supply power to the camera, either (1-A) or (1-B) is necessary.



Q: I do not have the equipment necessary for the firmware update.
A: Please contact a Canon Service Center in your region.



Preparation for firmware update

The firmware update procedure is available in the PDF file at the end of this page.
Please download the PDF file and read the procedure carefully before updating the firmware.



Firmware update procedures

In the following instructions, X.X.X or xxx indicates either the current firmware version or the firmware version for the update.

(1) Format a CF Card

Be sure to carefully review the contents of the CF card before formatting.

Insert the CF card into the camera, and turn on the Main Switch. Press "MENU" button and select the tools "Setup" menu. And then select "FORMAT" and then accept the confirmation to initialize the CF card.

* For firmware update, be sure to use a blank CF card formatted with the camera.



(2) Download the firmware update file from this page


The file for updating the camera's firmware can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

Please download the compressed, self-extracting file that matches your computer's operating system.

Extract downloaded file to creat firmware update file. Copy the firmware update file in the first window that appears when the CF card is opened (the root directory).


Firmware update file

  • File name : e3kr2103.fir
  • File size : Windows:3.50MB / Macintosh:3.5MB (3,671,580bytes)



Windows


Double-click the downloaded file.

Clicking "OK" will cause the file's contents to be extracted and the firmware update file to be created. (Click "Browse" to select a destination for the extracted files. This destination may be different from the path initially displayed, "C:\".)

Confirm file size of the firmware update file. If the file size differs from the above, please download the file again from the Web site. Also, firmware updating service is provided free of charge at Canon Service Centers.

You can confirm this by right-clicking the icon and selecting the Properties command from the pop-up menu that appears.

Copy the firmware update file via a card reader to a CF card that has been formatted in the Camera.

The drive letter (E:) may be different on your system.

Double-click the CF card icon ["Removable disk (E:)"].

Remove the CF card from the card reader after confirming that the firmware update file has been saved to the card.

*When removing the CF card, be sure to do so as described in the documentation for the computer or the card reader.



Macintosh


The downloaded file will automatically self-extract, creating the firmware update file.

Confirm file size of the firmware update file. If the file size differs from the above, please download the file again from the Web site. Also, firmware updating service is provided free of charge at Canon Service Centers.

To check the file size, select the icon, and then select the Get Info command from the File menu.

Copy the firmware update file via a card reader to a CF card that has been formatted in the camera.

Double-click the CF card icon ["EOS_DIGITAL"].

Remove the CF card from the card reader after confirming that the firmware update file has been saved to the card.

*Before removing the CF card from the card reader, select the EOS_DIGITAL icon, and then choose Eject EOS_DIGITAL from the File menu (or drag the EOS_DIGITAL icon to the Trash).


*Please copy the firmware update file to the root directory of the CF card. If the firmware update file is placed in subfolder of the CF card, the camera will not see it.



(3) Insert the CF card with the firmware into the camera and turn the Main Switch on.


Rotate the Mode Dial to select <P> mode (or one of the other modes in the creative zone).

Turn the camera ON, and then press the "MENU" button to display the menu.



(4) After selecting "Firmware Ver.x.x.x", press the "SET" button.


Press the Cross Keys to select the "Firmware Ver.x.x.x" item at the bottom of the Set-up 2 menu and then press the "SET" button.

The firmware update screen will appear.

Press the Cross keys , select [OK], and then press the "SET" button.

If the following message will appear on LCD monitor, the CF card may not have been inserted or the firmware update file may not have been properly copied to the CF card, so please try again starting from step (1).

The following message will appear on LCD monitor, and the camera will check the version of its firmware.

After checking the current firmware, both the current and the new versions will be displayed on the LCD as follows.



(5) Execute the firmware update after confirming the version to be installed, by selecting [Yes] with Cross Keys and pressing the "SET" button.


The following message will appear during the update.

When the update is completed, the following message will appear on the LCD.



(6) Complete the firmware update by pressing the "SET" button.



(7) The following details appear on LCD monitor, so please turn the camera OFF.

The firmware update is now completed.

When the firmware update operations are finished, turn the camera off and remove battery from the camera for at least two seconds. This will cause the new firmware to take effect after the battery has been reloaded and the camera is turned on.

Format the CF card before using it again.



Verifying the firmware update

Make sure the firmware version is 1.0.3. If so, the update has been completed properly.

To check the firmware version, please refer the "Firmware Q&A" above.



If an ERROR message appears during the firmware update

In case the following message appears during the firmware update, please press the "SET" button and return to the beginning of the procedure. If you still have a problem, please contact the Canon Service Center in your region.



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