New firmware coming for the Canon EOS R5 in the next month or so

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I have been told that we can expect a firmware update for the Canon EOS R5 sometime around the ship date for the Canon EOS R3. The EOS R3 is scheduled to begin shipping on November 26, 2021.
The firmware update will likely include added support for the RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Lens Fisheye that is scheduled to begin shipping in December of this year.
The usual bug fixes are also likely. Other than that, I have no information about any additional features that may be added to firmware v1.5.0 for the EOS R5.

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entoman

wildlife photography
May 8, 2015
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Please, please harness the shutter rate in full electronic shutter!!

Maybe canon feels that feature only belongs on the R3 or higher. :(
Canon wants you to spend more money on a new camera.

There is close to zero chance that they’ll add any of the worthwhile features that you, I or anyone else would like them to.

But if you’re *really* lucky, they might fix a typo in the Afrikaans menu.
 

allanP

Contax/leftover Canon and a shift to medium format
Jan 3, 2014
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Expansion of the AF for object tracking (cars, etc.) and optimized eye recognition would be enough for me.
Maybe variable ES - could make it more usable too.
 

Kit.

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Apr 25, 2011
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Canon wants you to spend more money on a new camera.
R5 is "a new camera".

Given that it still sells well, it's unlikely to have a replacement any time soon.

There is close to zero chance that they’ll add any of the worthwhile features that you, I or anyone else would like them to.
Why did they do that in the previous R5 firmware updates then?
 
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I hope they will remove the 0.5 seconds silent shutter limitation. They could also normalize the bitrate from 12 back to 14 for silent shutter above 0.5 sec, as the banding effect will be ignorable at higher shutter times.

Please Canon! Don’t think Nikon have this

This will be specially useful for us timelapsers.
 

entoman

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R5 is "a new camera".

Given that it still sells well, it's unlikely to have a replacement any time soon.


Why did they do that in the previous R5 firmware updates then?
I wasn’t suggesting that Canon were about to produce a R5 Mkii - I was suggesting that if someone wants a camera with more features or a higher specification, they’d want them to buy a model further up in the range, or to wait until the next iteration is released, rather than add those features to an existing model.

Canon occasionally includes new features in firmware updates, but they seem to me to have a “we got it right first time” philosophy, and the vast majority of updates are just minor tweaks and bug fixes.
 

Kit.

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I wasn’t suggesting that Canon were about to produce a R5 Mkii - I was suggesting that if someone wants a camera with more features or a higher specification, they’d want them to buy a model further up in the range,
Z9 (of course, if Nikon is able to deliver)? Or A1?

There is no other model "further up in the range" for the R5.

Canon occasionally includes new features in firmware updates, but they seem to me to have a “we got it right first time” philosophy, and the vast majority of updates are just minor tweaks and bug fixes.
It doesn't look like they have this "philosophy" for the R5 in particular. Which may be a part of its continuing success on the current shrinking market.
 

entoman

wildlife photography
May 8, 2015
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There is no other model "further up in the range" for the R5.

You conveniently edited my post to suit your argument. I repeat it below, with the text that you omitted:

"I wasn’t suggesting that Canon were about to produce a R5 Mkii - I was suggesting that if someone wants a camera with more features or a higher specification, they’d want them to buy a model further up in the range, or to wait until the next iteration is released, rather than add those features to an existing model".

I think Canon would disagree with your assessment that there is no model further up the range. The R3 although it has a lower MP count (but enough for most users) has a much better specification overall, and is certainly further up the range.

The R5 meanwhile has many features “missing” that Canon could very easily address with a firmware update, but have so far chosen not do do so. These include among others:

Ability to set lower burst rates than 20fps in electronic shutter.
Ability to bracket exposures with electronic shutter.
Ability to assign a fake shutter sound with electronic shutter.
Reduction in startup lag time.

I’ll lay money that Canon never addresses these with a firmware update…

Come on Canon, prove me wrong and I’ll buy you all a beer.
 
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allanP

Contax/leftover Canon and a shift to medium format
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Kit.

EOS 5D Mark IV
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You conveniently edited my post to suit your argument. I repeat it below, with the text that you omitted:

"I wasn’t suggesting that Canon were about to produce a R5 Mkii - I was suggesting that if someone wants a camera with more features or a higher specification, they’d want them to buy a model further up in the range, or to wait until the next iteration is released, rather than add those features to an existing model".
I absolutely see no reason for Canon to want someone to wait until the release of the R5 MkII instead of buying the R5. Especially given that the competition is not absent, and that people that are not willing to buy the R5 because of its (perceived or real) lack of features are also not likely to be willing to buy RF lenses for their current cameras.

I think Canon would disagree with your assessment that there is no model further up the range. The R3 although it has a lower MP count (but enough for most users) has a much better specification overall, and is certainly further up the range.
People to whom the R3 would be "further up the range" would be much more likely to buy the R6 than the R5.

The R5 meanwhile has many features “missing” that Canon could very easily address with a firmware update, but have so far chosen not do do so. These include among others:

Ability to set lower burst rates than 20fps in electronic shutter.
Ability to bracket exposures with electronic shutter.
Ability to assign a fake shutter sound with electronic shutter.
Reduction in startup lag time.

I’ll lay money that Canon never addresses these with a firmware update…

Come on Canon, prove me wrong and I’ll buy you all a beer.
The resources of Canon's software engineers are not unlimited, and "Reduction in startup lag time" could be especially hard (if possible at all) to implement.
 

Kiton

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Jun 13, 2015
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Will there be a corresponding firmware update for the R6?

The same wish, tame the shutter rate.
I got an R6 for video only and use for stills all time, small, light and the files are better than my 1d x 2! I am starting to love that camera.
 

Finn

EOS M6 Mark II
Mar 6, 2021
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fix the audio popping problem when recording with on-board mics please. Problem exists on both the R5 and R6.
 

vjlex

EOS R5
Oct 15, 2011
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They said at one point they'd remove the 30 minute video record limit... wonder if they'll ever deliver on that.
Did they? I don't remember seeing that anywhere, but that would be great if they did! If you can find the article, please share the link.
 

David - Sydney

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To add to the wish list....
Ability to recognize more eye AF subjects like bugs/insects and ungulates. Cars/motorbike tracking from R3 would be nice
Ability to select and customize which items appear in the Q Menu.
Ability to shoot at fewer than 20 FPS in silent shutter.
Pixel shift functionality for ultra-high MP stills images. Multi-shot high res mode.
Ability via a menu option to select IS, IBIS, IS+IBIS when using both RF and EF lenses with IS.
Focus stack with flash.