Here Is What Next Firmware Updates For Canon EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS-1D X III Will Deliver

Canon Eos R5 Review 8k Video Firmware Updste

Some pretty interesting firmware updates coming for the Canon EOS R5, Canon EOS R6 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. Downloads should be available soon. Courtesy of Canon New Zealand.

A lot of the interesting stuff is related to autofocus, as improved head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports, or vehicle AF. It’s all listed below.

EOS R5 Firmware Update Version 1.5.0

Firmware Version 1.5.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

1. Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.

2. Adds [Vehicles] selection to [Subject to detect] selection in the [AF] tab to support the detection of automobiles and motorcycles in motorsports. Adds [Spot detection] when [Vehicles] is selected as the helmet of the driver or rider*.

 *Detection may not be possible for ordinary passenger cars or bicycles, or for motorcyclists performing stunts or kicking up dirt and dust.

3. Improves detection performance for eye detection when:
 - there are shadows on the face.
 - hair is hanging over the eyes.

4. Adds support for torso detection of a person. If the eyes, face or head are hidden or cannot be detected, a person’s torso will be detected and tracked continuously.

5. Adds the ability to import manual white balance (MWB) data from the Quick Control screen when capturing still images.

6. Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.

7. Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with two cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.

8. Adds [Suppress lower frame rate] to [Smooth] in [Disp. performance], enabling the shooting screen to be displayed with less drop frame rate even in dark locations.

9. Adds support for the RF 5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens.

10. Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].

11. Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.

12. Optimizes controls of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) when using specific EF lenses not equipped with the image stabilization function.

13. Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

EOS R6 Firmware Update Version 1.5.0

Firmware Version 1.5.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

1. Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.

2. Adds [Vehicles] selection to [Subject to detect] selection in the [AF] tab to support the detection of automobiles and motorcycles in motorsports. Adds [Spot detection] when [Vehicles] is selected as the helmet of the driver or rider*.

 *Detection may not be possible for ordinary passenger cars or bicycles, or for motorcyclists performing stunts or kicking up dirt and dust.

3. Improves detection performance for eye detection when:
 - there are shadows on the face.
 - hair is hanging over the eyes.

4. Adds support for torso detection of a person. If the eyes, face or head are hidden or cannot be detected, a person’s torso will be detected and tracked continuously.

5. Adds the ability to import manual white balance (MWB) data from the Quick Control screen when capturing still images.

6. Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.

7. Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with two cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.

8. Adds [Suppress lower frame rate] to [Smooth] in [Disp. performance], enabling the shooting screen to be displayed with less drop frame rate even in dark locations.

9. Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].

10. Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.

11. Optimizes controls of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) when using specific EF lenses not equipped with the image stabilization function.

12. Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware Update, Version 1.6.0

Firmware Version 1.6.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

1. Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.

2. Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.

3. Adds the ability, when the Rating function is assigned to the Protect/Voice memo button, for voice memos to now be recorded by pressing and holding the button.

4. Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with two cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.

5. Changes the default value of [Connection option settings], [FTP transfer settings], and [Power saving] to [Disable].

6. Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].

7. Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.

8. Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

Canon Announced A 4K/HDR Professional Reference Display, It’s $14,299 And It Has A Handle

4K/HDR

Canon announced a 4K/HDR professional reference display that will sell for $14,299. But it is portable ;-)

Canon press release:

Canon’s New DP-V1830 18.4-inch 4K/HDR Professional Reference Display Features Improved Blacks, Wide Color Gamut and Wider Viewing Angles

The New 4K/HDR Professional Reference Display is Ideal for Use Inside Broadcast Relay Vehicles, Sub-Control Rooms, and On-Set HDR Monitoring

MELVILLE, NY, December 1, 2021 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of the DP-V1830, an 18.4-inch professional 4K reference display that features improved core components such as a high-quality display engine, a revamped set of high-resolution algorithms, new panels and a new backlighting system — all of which deliver an increase in image quality over previous Canon displays. Adhering to HDR standards1, the display features a compact and lightweight 18.4-inch panel that can be ideal for use in tight working spaces, including outside broadcast (ob) vans, sub-control rooms, and on-set production tents. The new reference display is poised to be a versatile tool for demanding industry professionals and can help support efficient workflows in a wide variety of working environments.

The display achieves a peak luminance of 1,000 cd/m2 for white luminance, which meets the parameters defined in ITU-R BT.2100 for HDR, as well as featuring an improved imaging engine. Compared to previous models, the display offers enhanced control over backlight illumination to better delineate dark and light portions of high contrast. With the help of these improvements, it is possible to accurately represent stronger and darker blacks, isolated black portions, and brilliant bright colors, even in challenging scenes.

Canon developed a unique LED backlighting system that produces a wide color gamut and supports the ITU-R BT.20202 standard. Additionally, Canon’s proprietary optical configuration helps mitigate luminance and color variations, providing an angle of view for the display that is wide enough to deliver accurate images when several people are viewing the monitor at the same time.

The DP-V1830 has a shallow form factor and weighs approximately 16.5 lbs. The display can be installed on 19-inch racks compatible with EIA standards3. This allows professionals the ability to use the display in existing broadcast and video production workplaces, as well as easy transportation to on-location worksites and production tents.

Summer 2022 Enhancements

The Canon DP-V1830 reference display is scheduled to receive a product enhancement in the summer of 2022 via a free firmware update that will include:

  • 2-screen / 4-screen individual image quality setting of input video signal
  • Chromaticity diagram (distribution display of all pixels)
  • Waveform monitor RGB Parade
  • SD-SDI support

The Canon DP-V1830 18.4-inch 4K/HDR Professional Reference Display is currently scheduled to be available in January 2022 for an estimated retail price of $14,299.00*. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com/provideo, or watch our launch video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKh2ow3DrEU.

Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular Can Now Be Preordered ($319.99, ships 12/8/2021)

Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular

Canon’s ZOOM Digital Monocular can now be preordered at $319.99. It will ship starting December 8th, and has a whooping 100-400mm optical zoom.

At a glance:

  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • 100-400mm Equivalent Optical Zoom
  • One-Touch Switchable Zoom
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 30 fps
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 2x Digital Zoom, 800mm Equivalent
  • Internal Battery and USB Type-C Charging
  • Included microSDHC Memory Card

B&H Photo has the Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular ready for preorder at $319.99. Seems to be a nice gadget, alone for the amazing optical reach.

Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular Overview

Long-range viewing and recording with a compact, pocketable design, the Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular is a unique blend of a digital camera and a stabilized monocular. Helping to easily and clearly see distant subjects, the ZOOM incorporates a 12MP CMOS sensor and an impressive 100-400mm-equivalent zoom lens, with 2x digital zoom possible, for handheld viewing of birds, wildlife, and sports subjects.

12MP CMOS Sensor and 100-400mm Zoom Lens

  • A 12.1MP CMOS sensor records both stills and Full HD 1080p video up to 30 fps.
  • One-touch switchable zoom control permits instant switching from 100mm to 400mm positions, and then further to 800mm using 2x digital zoom.
  • Optical Image Stabilization technology helps to steady handheld use for sharper shooting and steadier viewing. Powered IS suits even the most subtle of movement types, like breathing, while Dual Sensing IS corrects stronger movement types and longer viewing times.
  • A single-point AF system provides quick and accurate TTL focusing performance to suit various subject types. Additionally, a Face Tracking feature can be used to detect and track recognized faces to benefit viewing and photographing fast-moving action, like sports.
  • Magnification and Field of View:
    • 100mm (Approx. 1.2x): 102′ / 30m at 100 yd
    • 400mm (Approx. 4.8x): 25.7′ / 7.8m at 100 yd
    • 800mm (Approx. 9.6x): 12.9′ / 3.9m at 100 yd

Portable Design and Intuitive Handling

  • Compact design is pocketable and offers easy one-handed use.
  • Integrated 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder has a 59.94 fps refresh rate for fluid motion rendering and high clarity.
  • One-touch three-step button makes for fast zoom changes between 100mm, 400mm, and 2x digital (800mm) positions.
  • Dedicated Photo and Rec buttons for stills and video capture.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity pair with the Canon Camera Connect App for remote live view monitoring and wireless file sharing to a mobile device.
  • Featuring a microSD memory card slot for storing photos and videos and a 16GB microSDHC memory card is included.
  • Internal lithium-ion battery can be charged via the USB Type-C port and the battery provides approximately 150 shots, or two hours of viewing, per charge.

Cyber Monday: Save 40% On Capture One Pro 21, On Sale At $179 (reg. $299)

Another great photo editing software deal. Save 40% on Capture One Pro 21 (Mac and Windows).

At a glance:

  • Image Processing and Raw File Conversion
  • Instant Tethered Capture and Live View
  • Basic Color Editor, Scrolling Tools
  • Updated HDR, Noise Reduction, Crop Tools
  • Layered Workflow and Annotations
  • Luminosity, Gradient, and Radial Masks
  • Catalogs and Sessions, DNG File Support
  • Third-Party Plug-In Support
  • Over 500 Cameras & Raw Files Supported
  • For macOS 11/10.13 and Windows 10/8.1

B&H Photo has Capture One Pro 21 on sale at $179.Compare at regular $299.

Curated and selected Black Friday deals:

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals might be found here)

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Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Announced, World’s Smallest 2x Macro

Laowa 85mm

Venus Optics announced the Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO lens. The world’s smallest 2x macro lens, say’s the manufacturer.

The Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO is currently available to order on the official website of Venus Optics and their authorized resellers. Recommended Retail Price in the US is $449 (Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE) and $499 (Leica M). Shipping starts from early December 2021.

Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO is a mirrorless-designed macro lens with 28.55° angle of view for full frame. It is the smallest 2x macro lens in the Full Frame market. It weighs just around 252g (Leica M mount without caps and hood) which is super portable and handy for macro shooters. It features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that chromatic aberration at both ‘in-focus’ & ‘out-of-focus’ is compressed to minimum. This new lens is able to focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity which can serve as both macro and portrait lens with great image quality.

Black Friday: Save 60% On Topaz Everything Bundle (Denoise, Sharpen, Gigapixel, Video Enhance)

Topaz

Topaz Lab put their Everything bundle on a 60% discount for Black Friday. The bundle includes Denoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI and Video Enhance AI. Rather powerful tools to enhance your photos.

The Topaz Everything bundle is on sale at $199.99. Compare at $559.96. The sale ends on Monday, 11/29. The images and the the video below gives you a pretty good idea how powerful these artificial intelligence powered tools are.

Curated and selected Black Friday deals:

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals might be found here)