IP Camera Firmware Upgrade Directory

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Aug 28, 2014

Updating firmware can be one of the most tedious tasks involved in any IP camera system. It is not always clear what version is latest, what has changed or been fixed, and where to even download it.

We've compiled the following list of common IP camera manufacturers for reference to help new users more quickly find new firmware.

Manufacturer List

ACTi

ACTi camera firmware is updated via the camera's web interface. Batch firmware upgrades can be carried out utilizing ACTi's IP Utility.

  • Download location: Firmware is available on each camera's product page.
  • Login required: Yes, open to all
  • Average upgrade time: ~10 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, using ACTi IP Utility

Arecont

Arecont cameras may be upgraded either via the camera's web interface or their AV Loader software.

Avigilon

Avigilon Control Center automatically updates camera firmware when the camera is added to the VMS. It may be manually updated via ACC options, as well. For those not using Avigilon Control Center, firmware is updated via the camera web interface.

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Axis

Axis cameras may be updated via Axis Camera Management, one at a time or in batch, or via the web interface.

  • Where to find firmware: Axis website, under "Support".
  • Login required: Yes
  • Average upgrade time: ~5 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, using Axis Camera Management

Bosch

Bosch offers one of the most novel methods for updating firmware, with a "check" button in their web interface which automatically connects to their servers to compare the camera's current firmware version to the newest available. If a new version is available, a download link and instructions are presented to the user so it may be easily installed. Alternately, firmware may be manually upgraded in batches using Bosch Configuration Manager.

  • Download location: In camera web UI under the "Maintenance" tab.
  • Login required: No
  • Average upgrade time: ~5 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, using Bosch Configuration Manager

Canon

Canon requires users to download a large .zip file (~310 MB) which, when unzipped and extracted, contains a firmware loader, camera firmware for various models, how-to manuals and guides, and other executables and documents.

  • Download location: Available on each camera product page
  • Login required: No
  • Average upgrade time: ~15 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, with the Canon firmware loader

Dahua

Because of their many OEMs, Dahua does not list firmware on either their camera product pages or download center. Instead, users must contact technical support to request firmware. Installation is via the camera's web interface or by using the ConfigureTool which is found on the CD's included in the box with a new Dahua camera and online.

Geovision

Geovision camera firmware is updated via the camera's web interface. Batch upgrades can be performed with Geovision's Central Monitoring Station.

  • Download location: Camera product pages
  • Login required: No
  • Average upgrade time: ~10 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, using GV-Central Monitoring Station

Hikvision

Firmware for Hikvision cameras can be found in the download tab under support on Hikvision's website. Firmware can be batch upgraded using Hikvision Tools.

  • Download location: "Support" page under downloads.
  • Login required: No
  • Average upgrade time: ~10 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, using Hikvision Tools

IQinVision

IQinVision firmware is available on camera product pages, and batch firmware upgrades can be completed using IQmanager.

  • Download location: Firmware is found on IQinVision camera product pages
  • Login required: No
  • Average upgrade time: ~10 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, using IQinVision's IQmanager software.

Panasonic

Panasonic camera firmware is updated via the camera's web interface. Batch firmware upgrades can be completed using the Panasonic Security System Configuration Tool.

  • Download location: Panasonic download page.
  • Login required: No
  • Average upgrade time: ~15 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, using Panasonic's Security System Configuration Tool software.

Pelco

Pelco cameras are updated via the camera's web interface or with the Pelco Device Utility Software. Electing to download firmware from camera product page, users will be redirected to a Schneider electric webpage that lists the firmware. An account is required to download firmware, adding ~5 minutes for account creation and verification.

  • Download location: Camera product page, under "software/firmware" tab.
  • Login required: Yes
  • Average upgrade time: ~10 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, using Pelco's Pelco Device Utility Software.

Samsung

Samsung firmware is updated in either the camera's web interface or with the iPOLiS Device Manager.

  • Download location: Camera product page, under "firmware"
  • Login required: No
  • Average upgrade time: ~10 minutes
  • Batch upgrade: Yes, using Samsung's iPOLiS Device Manager.

Sony

Sony firmware is updated using SNC Toolbox, which allows for batch upgrades.

Vivotek

Vivotek firmware can be found on camera product pages under the "Downloads" tab. Firmware can also be found by using Vivotek's downloads page and choosing "firmware" and a camera model.

To Update or Not to Update?

Opinions vary on whether firmware should be updated or not. The most common arguments on either side are:

Against: If It Ain't Broke...

When cameras are working without issue, users see little reason to update firmware. Their system has worked without the update and potential features or fixes it contains, so why update? There is also a general perception that updating firmware may break integrations with VMSes, further reason not to upgrade.

For: The Latest and Greatest

On the other side are those who keep cameras updated as a matter of course. Manufacturers update firmware with bug fixes and features. Even if these updates are not specific to their system, they may provide performance gains and features the would utilize if available.

Poll: When Do You Update?

Do you have strong feelings on firmware updates either way? Take this poll and tell us why in the comments.

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Comments (4)

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I think another fair question is how many times have you had to roll back to a previous firmware because the camera stopped working with the VMS. I have had to do that before. I always recommend turning off automatic updates on the firmware for cameras and Windows for the server. I don't see the Windows update issues anymore though so maybe it isn't as big of an issue as it once was.

Dahua has batch firmware upgrade tool:

http://www.nellyssecurity.com/media/software/eyesurv/configtool/configtool-1.07.zip

The spreadsheet has been updated to confirm that ACTi and Dahua both allow for batch firmware upgrades.

Please let us know if there are other manufacturers you would like us to add, and we will incorporate them into this directory.

Thank you!

An issue I am running into is with a VMS supporting the latest firmware. Many times you have to roll back or downgrade to a different version. When this happens there is little to no support online for us to download older firmware. What would be helpful is add a site for downloading older firmware if there is one available and include it in your list.

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