New firmware coming for the Canon EOS R [CR1]

Canon Rumors Guy

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Jul 20, 2010
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We have been told that Canon is working on a new firmware version for the Canon EOS R. One of the things beings worked on is improved eye AF performance, most notably on subjects at a distance.
Outside of that, what else is in the next EOS R firmware version is unknown. There should be the obvious bug fixes, but don’t hold your breath for new significant features.
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criscokkat

EOS RP
Sep 26, 2017
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Madison, WI
I think this is a good sign that the attitude of Canon has been forced to change because of Sony's actions on firmware. From the magic lantern days we know that certain features from newer models would have worked on older models too, but canon never expressed any interest in pushing them back. Software will be just as important as hardware in future bodies, and I hope this willingness to update/upgrade bodies with enhancements continues, instead of just only bug fixes.
 

jeanluc

EOS 80D
Oct 29, 2012
154
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I love my R. But I agree with Scott Kelby on one of his recent blog posts that they really need to incorporate focus bracketing. The RP has it, and its just a firmware fix, and right now this is the "flagship" mirrorless camera in the lineup that is 1K more expensive, so no excuses....
 

Otara

EOS RP
Jul 16, 2012
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Or they can put it on the next camera model rather than giving it away for free. I know what Id put my money on.
 

Kit.

EOS 6D MK II
Apr 25, 2011
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Or they can put it on the next camera model rather than giving it away for free. I know what Id put my money on.
They can put IBIS on the new camera model. Although EOS R has physical space reserved for it, it cannot be added via firmware.

CCAPI and focus bracketing can.
 
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koenkooi

EOS 7D MK II
Feb 25, 2015
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I love my R. But I agree with Scott Kelby on one of his recent blog posts that they really need to incorporate focus bracketing. The RP has it, and its just a firmware fix, and right now this is the "flagship" mirrorless camera in the lineup that is 1K more expensive, so no excuses....
Related to that, new lenses with less or no focus breathing would make the focus bracketing feature a bit more useful than it currently is.
 

Viggo

EOS 5D SR
Dec 13, 2010
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Or they can put it on the next camera model rather than giving it away for free. I know what Id put my money on.
Lol, It’s not Sony we’re talking about.. well, they eventually figured out they could update firmware rather than force you to buy a new camera, but took them long enough...
 
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One thing is for sure, no matter if you love or hate Sony / Nikon / Leica / Panasonic. Olympus, etc ... competition breeds excellence. When Canon's competitors are doing things that benefit the userbase for free, (feature packed firmware udpates), eventually Canon will do the same. This goes for both software and hardware.
 

PGSanta

EOS 80D
Sep 5, 2018
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I love my R. But I agree with Scott Kelby on one of his recent blog posts that they really need to incorporate focus bracketing. The RP has it, and its just a firmware fix, and right now this is the "flagship" mirrorless camera in the lineup that is 1K more expensive, so no excuses....
YES!!! Please give us focus bracketing. I’d take that over improved eye-AF.
 
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amorse

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Jan 26, 2017
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Nice to see a firmware update that continues to improve functionality, though this may not be indicative of a change of heart for Canon, but rather a process of refinement for new tech. As the first model in Canon's RF line, I can understand how Canon would continue to improve the tech as they may not have had the experience to be sure of exactly how the R would perform in practical use. Likely this is more a subtle tweak to usability of existing features rather than a broad feature addition. Then again, I could be wrong and the firmware will be EOSR-Frimware-update-version-all-your-hopes-and-dreams.exe
 

RayValdez360

EOS 7D MK II
Jun 6, 2012
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Everyone here talking like a CR1 is reliable. This is like a good or logical guess at this point. I doubt they will any anything else major. THey will just make a new camera. Canon is known for that.
 

Andy Westwood

I'm New Here
Dec 10, 2016
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I too love my EOS R, but improved Eye Auto Focus is most welcome and needed as the Sony Eye and Face Auto Focus is currently so much better than the Canon feature on offer. So, to keep in touch with Sony these improvements are essential, and I’m pleased to hear Canon are now sharing with current owners via firmware updates rather than reserving this for just new models.
 
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Normalnorm

EOS 7D MK II
Dec 25, 2012
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I think this is a good sign that the attitude of Canon has been forced to change because of Sony's actions on firmware. From the magic lantern days we know that certain features from newer models would have worked on older models too, but canon never expressed any interest in pushing them back. Software will be just as important as hardware in future bodies, and I hope this willingness to update/upgrade bodies with enhancements continues, instead of just only bug fixes.
I would say that it was Fuji that set the photo world on the path of functionality upgrades vie FW updates. Sony was quicker to catch on with Canon and Nikon only recently rousing themselves from their slumber on this concept.