Canon EOS R5 Firmware v2.0.0 Released

Guaranteed to cause night terrors in those dreamers who thought Firmware v.2.0.0 would make the R5 into the R5ii. No, boys and girls, they didn't give the R5 the R3, R7, R6ii autofocus. Take a deep breath. Put down the sharp objects. Everything is okay. Your R5 is still an amazing camera -- just not as amazing as click-baiting rumor sites might have promised.
 
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I don't think updating the animal eye AF algorithms was such a big ask. Considering how random it still is and how poorly it tracks a moving dog even when the eyes and face are easy to detect. I wish they would have improved it just for the sake of completion with what is probably the last firmware update for the R5.
 
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I did not understand the 2 TB enhancement...
Maybe it means that exFAT filesystem cluster sizes larger than 512 KB weren't and still aren't supported, but now you can format a filesystem just on a 2 TB part of the card space, if otherwise the filesystem cluster size would be too large for the camera to work.
 
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I don't think updating the animal eye AF algorithms was such a big ask. Considering how random it still is and how poorly it tracks a moving dog even when the eyes and face are easy to detect. I wish they would have improved it just for the sake of completion with what is probably the last firmware update for the R5.
That assumes that the animal eye AF improvements are all in the software. Perhaps there's another circuit or some other mechanical feature that makes the later cameras so much better. I don't know the answer -- but given the level of dissatisfaction among R5 owners, maybe Canon isn't fixing it using Firmware because it can't be fixed using Firmware.
 
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That assumes that the animal eye AF improvements are all in the software. Perhaps there's another circuit or some other mechanical feature that makes the later cameras so much better. I don't know the answer -- but given the level of dissatisfaction among R5 owners, maybe Canon isn't fixing it using Firmware because it can't be fixed using Firmware.
My guess is that they are not implementing improvements in eyeAF for the simple reason that they don't want to - it will be an added feature to make the R5ii seem more of an upgrade. I find the AF fine anyway, but I don't photo dogs.
 
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Normally a full number version release would have lots of changes/improvements/features…. Maybe they think that squishing error code 70 is worthy… bug fixes should be 1.9.5 imho but I guess they didn’t ask me:)

I didn’t expect changes at this stage in the lifecycle so it is good to still see bug fixes at least

Good to see that they have moved on from ‘correcting phenomena’
 
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My guess is that they are not implementing improvements in eyeAF for the simple reason that they don't want to - it will be an added feature to make the R5ii seem more of an upgrade. I find the AF fine anyway, but I don't photo dogs.
Agreed. Canon can't push the 6K new camera if they update the perfectly good R5. Remember when Canon only updated every 10 to 15 years? The current batch of users are too used to bright and shinny rather than focusing on the craft in my view.
 
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-- but given the level of dissatisfaction among R5 owners
So, this all gets to be the people we know and the circles we run in and what individual people are trying to accomplish....but, other than this forum, I am only aware of extremely satisfied R5 owners, including myself. Matter of fact, the refrain I hear most often is that R5 owners are planning to skip a generation. I'll wait to see what the R5ii has to offer, but I could see myself falling into that camp.
 
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I don\'t know why somebody should be dissatified with the AF of the R5. It\'s just marvellous. If I compare my R5 with my R6 Mark II in terms of AF, the differences in terms of speed and accuracy are not so different. Everybody should keep in mind that the R5 showed up mid 2020, means on technology of 2019 and before. You can\'t seriously expect that Canon can keep up to date the R5 for an eternity, regarding the fact that the new AI technologies are evolving every felt second. My guess is that the hardware can simply not support the features of newer cameras. (Machine learning etc.)
I agree that we need to wait and see what the tech. specs. of the R5 Mark II are to decide if it worth an upgrade.
 
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So, this all gets to be the people we know and the circles we run in and what individual people are trying to accomplish....but, other than this forum, I am only aware of extremely satisfied R5 owners, including myself. Matter of fact, the refrain I hear most often is that R5 owners are planning to skip a generation. I'll wait to see what the R5ii has to offer, but I could see myself falling into that camp.
Me too. Unless the R5ii has some serious real upgrades, I won't be in a rush to buy.
 
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My guess is that they are not implementing improvements in eyeAF for the simple reason that they don't want to - it will be an added feature to make the R5ii seem more of an upgrade. I find the AF fine anyway, but I don't photo dogs.
They just don't have to do that... Sad for us, but quite logical from industrial pov...
They must provide bug fixes but they have no obligation to do firmware updates that upgrade cameras performances in order to be closer to other current/newer models or next gen cameras.
Even OMD promised they will, but reality is different, they just can't !
 
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