Samsung Galaxy Camera was released from some time now and you’ve already learned how to root it but, now, you can also learn how to restore it to a stock firmware and regain device warranty. Use all the instructions that I have listed in this post and you’ll manage to successfully install a stock firmware for your camera.
The Galaxy Camera is running on Android OS and it means that you can do almost any anything that you would do with an Android smartphone or tablet. You can install custom ROMs and firmware and multiple other customization files. Going back to stock firmware on Galaxy camera is easy for an advanced user as you simply need to use ODIN and flash a file. However, before you can move to the tutorial, you will first have to check the preparation info below:
- This guide will work with the Samsung Galaxy Camera that has the model number EK-GC100. Don’t attempt to flash this stock firmware on any Android device, as that will end up bricking it.
- This guide works with any ROMs that are based on the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Also, note that it will work only for several countries: Brazil, Kenya, Iraq, UK, Nigeria, Panama, Mexico (TelCel), Thailand, Portugal ( Vodafone ), Slovenia ( Si.mobile ), France ( SFR ). More info can be found on this XDA thread by ‘safariking’ user.
- Create backups of the files that you have currently stored on your Galaxy Camera storage drive/ sdcard. Move these files to your PC as the tutorial might delete all the data from it.
- You will restored the warranty.
- The computer you’re about to use in order to restore the stock firmware should have the Galaxy Camera Usb drivers installed as otherwise your device will not be recognized by ODIN app. Here are the download links for the Samsung USB Drivers: For Windows 32bit x86 OS | For Windows 64bit x64 OS.
- Alternatively, you can choose to install the USB Drivers using the Samsung KIES software. But, note that this app should be disabled when you move to the tutorial guide.
- Your Camera battery charge level should show at least 50%. This will prevent the device from powering off during the restore stock firmware process.
- It is recommended for you to create a full Nandroid backup of the currently installed ROM.
- Disable the antivirus applications that are currently running on your PC. As you wouldn’t one for such application to interfere with your restore tutorial.
- This is a guide for advanced users and you should ask for extra help in comments in case you cannot complete the restoring operation of Galaxy Camera stock firmware.
- Note that we cannot be held responsible in case your device gets bricked. Make sure that you won’t skip any steps listed in the ‘how-to’ guide.
These are all the guidelines you had to read and now you can get to the next part of this post and learn how to successfully restore your device to a stock Android OS.
How to restore Samsung Galaxy Camera to Stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Firmware:
- Download the file corresponding to your country from the download links below:
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware Jelly Bean for Brazil.
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for Kenya for Kenya.
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for Iraq for Iraq.
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for United Kingdom.
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for Nigeria.
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for Panama.
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for Mexico (TelCel).
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for Thailand
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for Portugal (Vodafone).
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for Slovenia (Si.Mobile).
- Android 4.1.1 stock firmware for France (SFR).
- Extract the contents of the file downloaded at step 1. It should be a file with an ‘.tar.md5′ extension or one that says only ‘.tar’. Place the file on your PC desktop screen.
- Download ODIN3 v3.04 from HERE. This is the app that you’ll use to restore the stock firmware. Extract Odin zip contents and place them in a single folder on your desktop.
- Power off your Galaxy Camera device completely.
- Boot it into Download Mode like this: remove its battery, re-insert the battery and then press and hold Zoom Out, Camera and Power buttons. Select Download Mode and then get to the next step.
- Launch the ODIN executable on your PC.
- Now, connect your camera to your computer using the USB Cable. ODIN will say ‘added!!’ and that means that the drivers are installed and you can continue with rest of this article’s instructions. NOTE: If the ‘added!!’ alert does not show up then you should re-install the USB drivers or you can try to change the USB ports.
- In Odin you have to click the PDA button and then browse your PC for the ‘stock firmware file’ you extracted at step 2. Load it into ODIN. Don’t change any default settings of Odin and make sure that the ‘re-partition’ checkbox isn’t enabled.
- Hit the START button to begin the flashing process of Android 4.1.1 stock firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Camera.
- After the restore process is complete you will notice that Odin says ‘PASS’ and the Galaxy Camera will reboot automatically.
- Unplug the camera from PC when you see the boot animation logo and that should be all, you’ve successfully flashed all files.
In case ODIN doesn’t complete the stock firmware restoring process or in case it freezes, then you will have to unplug the camera from computer, remove its battery, re-insert it and then boot again into Download Mode and repeat the entire tutorial once again.
NOTE: if the camera is unable to boot into normal mode after ODIN displays the ‘PASS’ alert, then you will have to wipe the data from your device. Below you can learn how to successfully perform a factory reset for your Galaxy Camera device and force it to boot into stock firmware ROM. Here’s how to do it:
- Power off the camera by removing its battery and then re-insert it after 5 seconds have passed.
- Press Zoom In, Camera and Power buttons at the same time and the camera will then boot into custom recovery mode.
- Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option and confirm.
- Your Galaxy Camera will now restart and you will see that it boots into normal mode.
- That’s it, you managed to restore your camera to stock Android 4.1.1 firmware.
If you cannot complete the tutorial, then you should ask for more help by leaving a detailed comment at the end of this post. We will try to come up with a solution to your problems.
However, remember that we cannot be blamed in case you lost any data files or in case your Samsung Galaxy Camera got bricked in the process.