I want to remove unused languages from a Canon EOS camera.

Is there any way I can do it myself?

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    Would it be possible for you to edit your question to explain the specific problem that the unused languages are causing you? We may be able to give you more helpful answers then. Thanks!
    – Philip Kendall
    Jan 13 at 9:10
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    I'd suggest your problem is giving the camera to people who change the language; anyone who did that to one of my cameras without good reason would never be touching it again.
    – Philip Kendall
    Jan 13 at 9:23
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    Kids can do it by mistake. :) But no blame or yell to kids.
    – discover
    Jan 13 at 9:25
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    If they're old enough to do the sequence "Menu / (Find appropriate page) / Language / Suomi", they're old enough to understand "Don't mess with stuff".
    – Philip Kendall
    Jan 13 at 9:32
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    Parents can take responsibility and keep inappropriate things away from the hands of their children, too.
    – Michael C
    Jan 13 at 14:27

The short answer is: you can't

These texts are stored in to the firmware of the camera. So to remove them you should create new firmware for the camera which is not a simple process. You can check more about the subject here.

And reconsider your request. Usually 99% of the settings (including language) in to the camera are done once and you can even forget about them. So I do not see serious reason why existence of other menu languages should bother you.

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    Thanks, Romeo. Unfortunately, my camera is EOS 200D II which is still not supported by the tool you mentioned. I still wish for a positive answer to my question. :) I will see if there comes more answers and accept your answer after a while.
    – discover
    Jan 13 at 21:28

@Romeo suggested hacking the firmware using MagicLantern If this software has not yet been customised for your camera, you could download the source code and have a go yourself, that's the beauty of open source software!

If your problem is other people randomly changing the language setting, I might suggest that anyone capable of hacking firmware shouldn't have any problem with negotiating the camera's Language setting, even if it is currently displayed in the wrong language. I mean, it's always going to be in the same place in the menu tree!

  • Maybe you get me wrong. I do not suggest to use ML. I want to demonstrate to OP how complicate can be to build custom firmware. Jan 15 at 16:26
  • @Romeo Ninov - well, you DID suggest that tool could do that sort of thing! Jan 15 at 22:55
  • you can backup your settings from ML, and restore them if you can't find the lang menu under the new/wrong language.
    – dandavis
    Jan 22 at 4:58

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