My Canon EOS Rebel T8i DSLR has a feature that allows me to capture films with focus, but I recently learned that I cannot turn off the on-screen display while doing so. As a result, I had high hopes that an updated piece of firmware would cure the issue.

I am aware that some people would assume that because the modifications that have been described do not address this, therefore there is no reason to bother updating the firmware. Given that the majority of firmware upgrades, in my experience, do not identify all changes, I decided there was no harm in giving it a shot.

I’m using firmware version 1.0.1 and the newest version is 1.1.0. As a result of all of this, I decided to write this blog since I’m sure that many people are unaware of how to install a firmware update.

Please be informed that, to the best of my knowledge, an on-screen display (autofocus) cannot be removed from a Canon camera that is in the entry-level price range. In addition, I updated the firmware to the most recent versions, beginning with 1.0.2 and continuing on to 1.1.0.

If you are interested in learning more, I recommend reading the article “What is Firmware and Why Should Firmware Be Updated?”

Environment

The following was utilized for the testing.

  • Arch Linux x86 64
  • Fish v3.4.1 GNU bash v5.1.16

Assumptions

  • Having a fundamental familiarity with using a Linux terminal (command-line interface)
  • Acquiring a fundamental familiarity with the navigation and operation of a Canon EOS camera
  • The command-line interface (CLI) prompt may be identified by the presence of a “$” (dollar symbol) at the beginning of each step.
  • The command line interface (CLI) prompt with elevated user rights is represented by steps with a “#” (number sign) prefix (e.g. root)
  • At the CLI, you will enter the text that comes after the “$” or “#” symbol.
  • The memory card has already been initialized with the camera
  • A memory card reader has already been linked to the computer, and an operational version of Unzip has been installed on the operating system.

Items Required

  • Camera body
  • Power supply (fully charged battery pack or specific AC converter kit) (fully charged battery pack or dedicated AC adapter kit)
  • Memory card
  • Reader for memory cards
  • A copy of the firmware

These instructions only describe how to update the camera’s firmware using a memory card that is compatible with the camera and a memory card reader.

You can get the camera’s firmware from Canon Support if you use a web browser, or you can get it at the end of this post.

Note: In order to download the firmware on Linux, it is possible that you will first need to pick Windows as your operating system.

Place the memory card inside the slot designated for the memory card reader.
Decompress archive.

 $ cd ~/Downloads/
 $ unzip v102-t8i-800d-x9i-win.zip

Find the gadget that handles memory cards.

 $ lsblk
 sdf      8:80   1 238.3G  0 disk
 └─sdf1   8:81   1 238.3G  0 part /run/media/adam/EOS_DIGITAL

Transfer the file containing the firmware to the memory card.

 $ cp CCF24102.FIR /run/media/adam/EOS_DIGITAL/
  • Remove the memory card from the memory card reader.

Update Firmware

Disclaimer

These instructions are meant to serve as an example; if you choose to follow them, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for any consequences that may result. Always be sure to follow the recommendations from the manufacturer.

Caution

It is possible that the camera will not work properly if these guidelines are not adhered to.

  • When performing a firmware update, it is imperative that you only use a Battery Pack that has a full charge or a specialized AC Adapter Kit.
  • Before continuing with the firmware upgrade, make sure that the lens, the external speedlite, and any other attachments are removed from the camera.
  • During the firmware upgrade, you must avoid turning the camera’s power off or touching any of its buttons.
  • During the updating of the firmware, you should not open the card slot cover.
  • During the firmware update, you should not touch any of the camera’s buttons, dials, or switches in any way.

Insert the memory card into the camera’s memory slot.

  • Turn on the power to the camera.
  • Set the shooting mode to “P”.
  • Make sure the “Menu” button is pressed.
  • Navigate to the “Function settings” menu (wrench icon).
  • Under “Functions settings,” advance the dial to age 4 or continue turning it until you reach “Firmware.”
  • To proceed, first, choose “Firmware” from the drop-down menu, and then hit the “SET” button.
  • When you see the screen that says “Update camera firmware,” hit the “OK” button, and then press the “SET” button again to proceed.

Note: If you do not see this screen, the firmware file may not have been successfully put onto the memory card. If this happens, try again. Could you please begin at the very beginning?

  • On the screen that reads “Firmware update software,” the name of the firmware file will be presented; in order to proceed, hit the “SET” button.
  • Confirm the current version of the firmware before beginning the upgrade process by first choosing the “OK” button and then hitting the “SET” button.
  • Press the “SET” button as soon as the notification that reads “Update is complete” appears on the screen.
  • Verify Turn on the camera so that the firmware may be accessed.
  • Place the mode dial in the “P” position.
  • Make sure the “Menu” button is pressed.
  • Navigate to the “Functions settings” menu (wrench icon)
  • To proceed, either touch the “OK” button or push the “SET” button.
  • Go to page 4 in the “Functions settings” section.
  • Verification information on the “Firmware” and the version number will be displayed toward the bottom of the screen.

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