How come cameras don't automatically update firmware?

6 months 4 weeks ago #663933 by Harrison J
Nearly every other electronics update themselves on their own.  Why aren't cameras doing this?

Seems like a reasonable thing to add. Huh?


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6 months 4 weeks ago #663946 by effron
Not sure, but they also don't make coffee. Maybe it would be the cost factor?

Why so serious?
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6 months 4 weeks ago #663950 by garyrhook
1) Update how? I.e. by what mechanism?
2) Firmware, in general, doesn't need updating very often during the lifetime of a product. Computers would be an exception, and I know of no computer that updates itself. Thus, to which devices do you refer?
3) Firmware updates usually exist to fix a problem. Few manufacturers (Fuji?) produce updates with new features. The recent Z7 update added function, but that's a first for Nikon AFIAK.
4) Some of us despise software updating itself. Take Windows 10 updates as an example: consistently awkwardly timed, no way to fully control it, or deny them. We hates that, we does.

All that to say that I think your suggestion would be solving a problem that mostly doesn't exist.


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6 months 4 weeks ago #663961 by Patrick G
Well with the exception of anti-virus software on my computer, no software or apps on my phone are allowed to auto update.  Not sure I would want a direct connection to the internet with my camera.  


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6 months 4 weeks ago #664056 by Overread
No interest with my camera being connected to the internet.  


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6 months 3 weeks ago #664343 by Pettigrew

effron wrote: Not sure, but they also don't make coffee. Maybe it would be the cost factor?


Hey now that would be great!  Expresso oozing out from the lens.  :rofl:

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6 months 3 weeks ago #664566 by Baydream
How often do you connect your camera to the internet. My guess is not often. I like to control updates to my electronics. I wait a while to update even my tablet, laptop and phone until I know the update has been a success. I do not like to be the one running on a cwheel in a cage. 

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