Canon offers several different types of software downloads on its site, including updates for its lines of photo editing programs along with managing utility programs for select models of cameras and firmware updates. The site organizes all downloads according to camera model and operating system, which ensures that users obtain the appropriate version and type of software, as of 2015.
When visiting the Support page of Canon.com, users need to select the Drivers & Downloads section from the available options and then enter the model name or number into the search box. The site automatically suggests matching model names as the user types, though it only offers listings for supported models. After conducting a search, the site loads the product page for the matching item and automatically sends the user to the Downloads section. The default tab displays any recommended downloads for the operating system it detects on the user's computer, though the user may choose from a wide range of Windows, Mac OX and Linux distributions.
The Software portion of the Downloads section varies between models, with some only offering updater programs that help to install changes to existing Canon photo editing and managing programs. These programs are typically only available through the installation CDs that come with the camera itself. Some models may also feature a utility download, which is a program for connecting the camera to the computer to access its contents.