Canon EOS R5 firmware update brings big video upgrades

The Canon EOS R5 has right now been given an enormous firmware replace that brings some much-requested video options to the full-frame mirrorless digicam.

The replace, which has been joined by barely smaller firmware boosts for the Canon EOS R6 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark III, delivers some long-rumored upgrades to the EOS R5. These embrace a slo-mo 120p possibility for Full HD recording, a low bit-rate uncooked recording mode to assist scale back file sizes, and the Canon Log three format for filmmakers who like to paint grade their movies.

All of those additions shall be welcomed by Canon EOS R5 homeowners. The dearth of 4x sluggish movement recording in Full HD was an odd omission from the R5, given it was obtainable on the EOS R6. And the arrival of Canon Log three assist will please video shooters who need the flexibleness of capturing in Log, however want extra dynamic vary than what’s attainable with the extra restricted Canon Log 1 format.

Sadly for Canon EOS R6 and EOS 1DX Mark III homeowners, Canon has solely promised that it will be bringing Canon Log three assist to these cameras “in a future replace.” However there are different extra minor updates for these fashions in right now’s firmware boosts, in addition to a few further stills-focused ones for the EOS R5.

On each the R5 and R6, you now get assist for ‘full-time guide focus’ (FTM) on RF lenses. This implies you may override the autofocus of Canon’s lenses by turning their focus ring when in ‘Servo AF’ mode (in any other case often called steady autofocus). That could possibly be useful for fine-tuning your autofocus, with out having to modify between guide focus and autofocus.

For professional photographers, the firmware replace additionally brings an ‘FTP switch standing’ to the screens of each the EOS R5 and 1D X Mark III, displaying how lengthy it will take to switch your pictures. The R5 can also be getting a brand new Shield Picture Switch perform, which helps you to defend them from being deleted when transferring them by way of FTP.

Lastly, and maybe most usefully for homeowners of a number of Canon cameras, now you can save your personalised EOS R5 settings to a reminiscence card, which may then be copied throughout to different cameras. It won’t be a scintillating addition, however that one characteristic alone may effectively avoid wasting Canon followers hours of establishing time.

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General, then, these firmware upgrades carry a few large video upgrades to the Canon EOS R5, together with some smaller ones for the R5, R6 and 1D X Mark III that deal with long-standing niggles.

In some methods, a slight hole has opened up between the video capabilities of the Canon EOS R5 and R6, with the latter unusually not receiving the Canon Log three assist given to its pricier sibling.

The updates additionally do not deal with the entire requests which have come from Canon followers. For instance, the Canon EOS R5 nonetheless has a 30-minute recording restrict for its video information, which feels barely restrictive when you think about that rivals just like the Sony A7S III don’t have any recording limits.

Some R5 customers have additionally requested for a Pixel Shift characteristic, just like the one launched on the Sony A7R IV and Sony A1, which use a camera’s sensor stabilization system to capture a series of raw images and then combine them into huge files – for example, a 199MP photo on the Sony A1.

Still, these features could theoretically arrive in the future and, for now, today’s firmware updates will be welcome news for Canon fans. You can download the updates on the official pages for the Canon EOS R5, Canon EOS R6 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark III.