Cameras that use software to run and save files, they often get firmware updates to keep the security patch up to date. With firmware, the company can also help unlock extra features of that camera.
How to Update a Trail Camera Firmware
Firmware is an important part of your trail camera. When you first install the trail camera it will automatically update to the latest firmware through the connected app.
But what happens when manufacturers give another update? How do you update a trail camera firmware? Don’t worry I am going to answer these questions with 10 simple steps-
Go to the manufacturer’s website. Search your camera model. Click on that link and go to the webpage. There you should find a tab that is called “support”. Click on that tab and it should take you to a new page. There you will find the information regarding how to claim support or warranty.
Besides that useful information, you will also find another option called “driver/firmware”. Click on that. It will lead you to the page where we are going to download our driver. From there download the latest version of the firmware.
The downloaded file will be saved as zipping. You will be needing Winrar or 7zip, or any kind of unarchiving software. Unzip the file with that software.
Insert the SD card into a card reader. Plugin the card reader onto the USB port. Then you should find a separate drive with the name of your SD card on your computer. Copy the unzipped .bin file into that memory card.
Unplug the USB and remove the SD card. Now turn off your camera and insert the SD card with the file into the camera. Make sure the file is unzipped and the .bin file is in there.
Instead of powering the camera into regular mode, you need to power on the camera in test mode. It’s like powering your android smartphone into recovery mode.
People who use custom ROM on their android smartphone will understand that reference. Anyway, boot up the camera into the test mode and move onto the next step.
Depending on the camera model, it should automatically read the SD card and open the folder itself. When it does the firmware will be installed automatically in the camera.
During this procedure, the camera will show a black screen. The black screen will stay there for a good minute or so. Even more, depending on the camera specifications.
When the black screen ends the camera will light up. This means the flashing process is finished and you didn’t do anything wrong.
Don’t get too excited. You are not allowed to turn on the camera yet. Turn off the camera and remove the SD card.
Insert the SD card back into the computer. Remove the .bin file from the SD card. Format the SD card and remove it from the computer.
Insert the SD card back into the camera and turn it on. When you turn it back on the camera will be running on the latest firmware. If you don’t remove the .bin file before turning it on. The camera will try to install that file again. It may create some problems. That’s why you are better off avoiding that.
Upgrading the firmware is something overlooked way too much. There are reasons why the manufacturer gives firmware update. It improves the UI, it removes any pre-existing bugs, and may add extra features on the camera itself. That’s why you should always update the camera firmware.