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New firmware for the EOS R5 & EOS C70 and other Cinema EOS cameras coming

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MELVILLE, NY, June 1, 2021– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced upcoming firmware updates for several of its professional imaging products. Based largely on feedback from our users, these firmware updates provide improved workflow, ease-of-use, customization options, and enhanced lens compatibility and functionality for several popular Canon products. Some of the key free firmware updates are as follows:

  • EOS C70, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C500 Mark II
    • Adds BT.709 Standard Gamma, Custom Picture Name Support of 16 Letters – A BT.709 Standard/BT.709 option has been added under Gamma/Gamut. Standard BT.709 will be set to CP File “C6.” Also, a Custom Picture file can now have a maximum of 16 letters.
  • EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II (View Video)
    • XC Protocol Functionality – Canon’s new IP Protocol for streaming and camera control. Developed specifically for live production, the XC Protocol allows for camera control with the Canon Remote Controller RC-IP100 and easier development for 3rd party product collaboration.
    • 12G-SDI Output Option for 2K/FHD – Adds the option to limit the 12G-SDI output to 2K/FHD when recording in resolutions at 4K and above. This allows compatibility from the SDI Out port with 3G-SDI devices.
    • MON. Out & HDMI Simultaneous Output –Adds the ability to use both the Mon. Out & HDMI output simultaneously. This brings the total number of monitor outputs to three, increasing flexibility in production.
    • Anamorphic 1.8x De-squeeze – Adds 1.8x de-squeeze function to further increase compatibility with anamorphic lenses.
    • “Look File” Feature – Originally introduced with the EOS C70, this feature allows the user to load a 3D LUT file onto the camera and apply the look to the recorded image. This allows the user to apply the results of a color corrected image to be recorded in-camera with no additional post-production necessary.
  • EOS C70 
    • HDMI View Assist –Adds the View Assist feature, which allows for a WideDR/BT.709 LUT to be displayed over HDMI when shooting in a Canon Log gamma.
    • Improved AF Feature – This update adds a “Whole area” option to the AF Frame size, increasing the AF area to 80% of the frame. When “Whole Area” is selected the AF switches to “Tracking” by a single touch operation and switches to “Face Detection” when a face is touched.
    • When Using the EF-EOS R 0.71x adapter, the Possible AF Range Frame is now only momentarily displayed when selecting the AF Frame position.
    • Expanded EF Lens Support When Using the EF-EOS R 0.71x Adapter – adds the following lenses, fully compatible with DPAF, optical corrections, and metadata transmission:
      • EF16-35mm F2.8L II USM
      • EF16-35mm F4L IS USM
      • EF24-105mm F4L IS USM
      • EF70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM
      • EF70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM
      • EF70-200mm F4L IS USM
      • EF70-200mm F4L IS II USM
  • EOS C300 Mark III
    • 60p -> 24p/30p Pulldown Feature –This feature allows for seamless switching of the frame rate aesthetic without interrupting the output signal to a production switcher. This allows you to change the frame rate “look” quickly with the press of a button with no blackout or glitch.
  • EOS C500 Mark II
    • Anamorphic 4:3/6:5 Resolution Options When Sensor Mode is set to Full Frame Mode (Cinema RAW Light only) –Adds these resolution modes to allow for more options and simplify the anamorphic post-production process.
  • EOS R5
    • Support for Both the COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm and 70-200mm Lenses[i] – Compact production now fits in the palm of your hand! The popular ENG lenses can now be used (via an EOS R adapter) on the dynamic EOS R5 camera when both the camera and lens firmware have been updated.

Firmware for the Cinema EOS C70 is expected to be available for download on June 30, 2021, and firmware for the EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II cameras are expected to be available on July 30, 2021. The Canon EOS R5 firmware update is scheduled for August 18, 2021.

FrenchFry

Wildlife enthusiast!
Jun 14, 2020
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I keep hoping for a substantial stills-oriented R5 update, and sadly this isn't it yet.
Would love to see Canon update the AF with the latest information learned from their ongoing research (please addmore animals, like ungulates!) fix the IBIS issues, allow less than 20 FPS electronic, allow me to customize the Q menu to have the raw shooting options that I use all the time, etc.
 
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Driftwood Project

DriftwoodProject
CR Pro
Sep 1, 2018
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I couldn’t be happier about the 12G SDI and monitor SDI/HDMI C300iii update. This has been driving me crazy and I’ve been looking at ridiculously priced 12G SDI monitoring options. Now I don’t need a new monitor at all. Yeeees!
 
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Viggo

EOS R5
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Will this be separate from the IBIS fix or included in the same?
 

snappy604

EOS RP
CR Pro
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given the major tweaks, wouldn't be surprised if no more major developments for R5, but still hope for some. IBIS still seems a bit off at times so hoping they work on that... and tracking seems like it could still use some improvement via AI so would love to see that too.
 
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Viggo

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given the major tweaks, wouldn't be surprised if no more major developments for R5, but still hope for some. IBIS still seems a bit off at times so hoping they work on that... and tracking seems like it could still use some improvement via AI so would love to see that too.
The IBIS fix is coming , 100% sure..
 
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SteveC

R5
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Sep 3, 2019
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I'd personally like to see them put in a way to reduce the electronic shutter burst rate.

If they haven't already done so, that is...I'm a bit behind.
 

macrunning

Enjoying the Ride
Feb 12, 2021
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Did the circuit board trick do the fix ? Mine just froze v. recently for the first time after > 30K shots. 2x freezes, same day.
I've only had it back for a week now and so far it hasn't locked up but I haven't tried any birds in flight and put it through it's paces. Mostly just taken some pictures of the dogs. With that said I'm either still not impressed with the auto focus tracking or something is still wrong with this camera. Taking pictures of my dogs and the view finder shows it's tracking the eye no problem. then I look at the rear lcd screen and the red box is constantly off target. When I look closer at the files they are about 50/50 in focus. My dogs don't move that fast and the shutter speed is set to 1/2000th so it should be more than enough. I've disable the IBIS as well. I've tested it so far with the RF 85mm f1.2 L and the EF 100mm f2.8 L Macro lens. A few of the shots show the red box right on target and yet the eyes are out of focus! Does anyone know if there are any other elements in the R5 that involve the auto focus system besides the 'circuit board'? I'm wondering if I need to contact Canon again.
 
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I've only had it back for a week now and so far it hasn't locked up but I haven't tried any birds in flight and put it through it's paces. Mostly just taken some pictures of the dogs. With that said I'm either still not impressed with the auto focus tracking or something is still wrong with this camera. Taking pictures of my dogs and the view finder shows it's tracking the eye no problem. then I look at the rear lcd screen and the red box is constantly off target. When I look closer at the files they are about 50/50 in focus. My dogs don't move that fast and the shutter speed is set to 1/2000th so it should be more than enough. I've disable the IBIS as well. I've tested it so far with the RF 85mm f1.2 L and the EF 100mm f2.8 L Macro lens. A few of the shots show the red box right on target and yet the eyes are out of focus! Does anyone know if there are any other elements in the R5 that involve the auto focus system besides the 'circuit board'? I'm wondering if I need to contact Canon again.
Maybe try with the eye tracking turned off and manually select the focus point. Just to see if the camera can achieve reliable and consistent focus at all?
 
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Hello to all,

Just find out this week that the c300iii c-log 2 color space is interpreted differently on fcpx Intel and M1 Macs. I don't know if specifically c-log2 from c300iii or any c-log2.

That's a really important issue (and a bummer) if you are doing work in both machines.

I had help from fcpx forum for a workaround it, but it's very important for canon to deliver this update in a future firmware.

See the workaround here if it interest you: https://www.fcp.co/forum/4-final-cu...ects-doesn-t-match-fcpx-intel-projects#114817
 

InchMetric

Switched from Nikon. Still zooming the wrong way.
CR Pro
Jun 22, 2021
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Only way it may get fixed is if you send it in for repair. Sent mine in and communication from Canon was "Replaced the circuit board".
Would this freezing be related to my R5 being slow to have the viewfinder data elements “wake up” for some time after the image is displayed and shootable (but with no idea of focus points, exposure, etc.)? Is that normal?
 

somebodE

I'm New Here
Feb 11, 2021
23
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Would this freezing be related to my R5 being slow to have the viewfinder data elements “wake up” for some time after the image is displayed and shootable (but with no idea of focus points, exposure, etc.)? Is that normal?
I don't think so. When it is locked up; even turning it off doesn't work; you have to pull the battery. If the viewfinder is powered down because you haven't been using it; it does take a second or two for it to wake up. How fast the evf & screen power down can be adjusted in the menu if it is happening to quickly; but keeping them powered up when not in use will reduce battery life.