How to Check Firmware on an EOS T2i


Keeping the firmware up to date on your Canon digital SLR camera helps to ensure you have access to all of the latest fixes and feature upgrades. Use the onboard menu system on your Canon T2i to check its current firmware version. If it’s outdated, take a moment to update it.

  • Turn the “Mode” dial on the T2i to the “P” setting.

  • Press the “Menu” button to open the camera’s menu screen.

  • Press the "Right Arrow" button to scroll through the menu icons at the top of the screen until you reach the third setup icon. Setup icons are yellow and feature a picture of a wrench.

  • Review the firmware version displayed next to the Firmware Ver. heading, which is located near the bottom of the screen. The firmware version is displayed in the following format: “Firmware Ver. X.X.X” where X.X.X represents your firmware version. If you have firmware version 1.0.9, you have the most recent firmware available for the T2i at the time of publication and don't need to update it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your firmware version is 1.0.8 or lower, consider upgrading to firmware version 1.0.9. Canon released this important update to address a problem wherein the tone of images changed unexpectedly.
  • The T2i's memory card is formatted during the firmware update and any images on the card are deleted. Take a moment to save any images on the camera’s memory card you want to keep before proceeding.
  • To update the firmware on your T2i, start by formatting the memory card. Insert the card into the camera’s memory card slot and press “Menu | Format | Set | OK | Set.”
  • Visit the Drivers & Software page for the T2i on [Canon’s website](, select your computer’s operating system, expand the Firmware section and download the provided firmware update to your computer. Double-click the downloaded file and then click “OK” to extract the firmware update. Also download and install the EOS Utility for your computer from this same page, if you don’t already have it. The EOS Utility is listed under the Software heading.
  • Connect the T2i to your computer using the USB cable that came with the camera. Turn the camera on and then open the EOS Utility software on your computer. Click the “Camera Settings / Remote Shooting” button, click the “Settings” button and then click “Firmware.” Click “OK” to confirm that you want to update the firmware on the connected camera. Follow the prompts to confirm you want to copy the firmware update onto the SD card.
  • Highlight the firmware update on the T2i's screen, select “OK” and press “Set” on the camera to initiate the firmware update. When the update is complete, select “OK.” Turn the camera off, remove the battery for at least two seconds and then put it back in the camera. Format the SD card again to complete the firmware update.

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