Installing the Canon Software for Your EOS 80D Photos

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

Canon provides you with several photo programs, which are available for download from the Canon website. Just select your country and then enter EOS 80D in the model name prompt on the next page. Click the Drivers & Downloads link and then find the software you want to install for your system.

Currently, Canon recommends downloading the EOS Digital Solution Disk Software, which has some cool extras like a lens registration tool. However, if you click the Software link, you can download individual programs and install only the ones that you want.

Two crucial bits of business about installing the software:

  • Have your camera handy. Dig out a USB cable that is compatible with the camera. At some point during installation, you may be prompted to attach your camera to the computer via the cable. You may also need your camera’s serial number to download some software. It’s the long number printed on the bottom of your camera.
  • Get the latest versions. If you already have Canon software installed, check the website to make sure that you have the most current versions of the program. Look for the files labeled as updates to the existing software rather than downloading the whole initial software package. Again, you may be prompted to connect your camera to the computer during installation of the program.

For most programs, you can see the version number by choosing Help→About on a Windows computer or by choosing About from the program’s menu on a Mac. But for one program, Canon EOS Utility, Windows users need to click the Preferences button on the main screen, click OK to ignore the warning that appears, and then click the About button on the resulting screen.

To accomplish many downloading and file-processing tasks, you need to have installed the following programs:

  • Canon Digital Photo Professional: Designed for more advanced users, this product offers a higher level of control over certain photo functions.

You also can view metadata in this program; choose View→Info to display the metadata in a separate window.

  • Canon EOS Utility: EOS Utility is required for downloading pictures to the camera and also for controlling the camera remotely from a computer.

You also have the option of installing a program designed for creating your own Picture Styles (Picture Style Editor), registering your lens data (Lens Registration Tool), and a tool you can use to register web services with the camera. These programs are available as part of the EOS Digital Solution Disk Software download.