Canon Firmware Updates: EOS R5, EOS R6, EOS-1D X Mark III

Canon Firmware Updates

Here are the anticipated Canon firmware updates for the EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III.

The EOS R5 in particular gets a bunch if new features. This is what comes with the new Canon firmware updates:

Canon EOS R5 – Firmware Version 1.3.0 (download)

  1. Added Canon Log 3 to Canon Log settings, a log gamma curve that possesses largely the same characteristics with Canon Log 1 but with a wider dynamic range. It is also found in our professional line of cameras, the Cinema EOS Series, allowing easier post-production camera matching work between the EOS R5 with Cinema EOS cameras.
  2. Added Low Bitrate recording option, allowing users to shoot smaller file size footage with lower image details. This is very useful for longer recordings that do not require the best possible image quality or when storage space is a concern.
  3. Added 120p Full HD video recording, allowing users to have the flexibility to select desired resolution for slow-motion content thus allowing more convenience during post-processing.
  4. Electronic Full-time Manual Focus
  5. LCD Backlight OFF option
  6. FTP Transfer Status Display
  7. Protect Image Transfer
  8. Save/Load Settings on Card
  9. Fixes a phenomenon, in rare cases where the camera does not function normally when using certain CFexpress cards.
  10. Fixes a phenomenon, in rare cases where the camera does not function normally when the drive mode is set to “High-speed continuous shooting” to shoot still images continuously.

The video below by introduces the new features for the EOS R5:


Canon EOS R6 – Firmware Version 1.3.0 (download)

  1. Added low bitrate recording option
  2. Electronic Full-time Manual Focus
  3. FTP Transfer Status Display
  4. Fixes a phenomenon, in rare cases where the camera does not function normally when the drive mode is set to “High-speed continuous shooting” to shoot still images continuously.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon, that may corrupt the image displayed in the electronic viewfinder.


Canon EOS-1D X Mark III – Firmware Version 1.4.0 (download)

  1. Added low bitrate recording option
  2. FTP Transfer Status Display
  3. Improves connection reliability when using FTP and USB simultaneously

Canon Is The Alpha Dog Of Interchangeable-lens Digital Cameras, 18 Years In A Row

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review

Forget BCN rankings and retailer top seller lists and other fanboyish fanciness. There is only one alpha dog in the global interchangeable-lens digital camera market, and it’s Canon. Period.

Canon press release:

Canon celebrates 18th consecutive year of No. 1 share of global interchangeable-lens digital camera market

TOKYO, March 29, 2021—Canon Inc. announced today that the company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and mirrorless cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 18 consecutive years1 from 2003 to 2020.

Canon develops the key imaging system components featured in its EOS series of digital interchangeable-lens cameras—CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—under the core concept of, “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality.” Putting together a wide-ranging product lineup—from high-performance flagship models that are highly trusted by professionals to entry-level models that allow users to enjoy high-image-quality shooting with easy operation, as well as a rich selection of 1182 combined RF and EF series lenses that make possible a wealth of creative expression—Canon continues to support the diverse needs of customers.

During the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in other regions) in September 2003. This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of groundbreaking products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording. In October 2018, Canon announced the EOS R system—including the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera and RF lenses that fully leverage their optical technologies—that further expanded the range of imaging creativity and opened up new possibilities for visual expression. Over a long history beginning in the age of film, and with the support of loyal users, in 2019, the EOS series achieved the remarkable milestone of 100 million3 total EOS cameras sold.

In July 20204, Canon launched the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera, equipped with cutting-edge technology in pursuit of next-generation visual expression. In striving to further expand its lineup, Canon managed to secure the No. 1 share of the global market for the 18th consecutive year.

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Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS Review – Is It Really That Good?

Canon RF 100-500mm F/4.5-7.1L IS Review

Here is Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS review with some attention to bird photography. How good is this lens? The RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS is an optical masterpiece by Canon, albeit an expensive one.

Key features:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-7.1 to f/32-54
  • One Super UD Element, Six UD Elements
  • Dual Nano USM AF System

Jan Wegener posted his rather exhaustive Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS review. In his words:

500mm, small, light, and super flexible, sounds amazing, but can the new Canon RF 100-500 mm L IS USM deliver in the field? What about being wide-open at F7.1, is that gonna be a problem? For years I have been looking for a smaller bird photography lens that can compliment my F4 600mm prime lens. Will this finally be the lens that fits that role by delivering great image quality and the flexibility I need?

The RF 100-500mm is a remarkable lens, with many enthusiastic reviews.

Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS:

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Latest Canon Rumors: XF505 Video Camera And New Cinema Lenses, First For RF Mount

Canon Rumors

Here are the some new Canon rumors for the video and Cinema side of things.

The Canon rumors suggest Canon will announce some new video gear for NAB 2021. Among this gear is the Canon XF505, a run-and-gun camcorder likely similar to yet more feature packed than the Canon XF405. A few rumored specifications made it to the world:

Canon XF505 Specifications:

  • Same 1″ sensor as the XF705
  • 12G-SDI output and SD cards
  • An integrated zoom lens with 15x zoom
  • BP-A batteries

Next, Canon is likely to release also a bunch of new Cinema lenses, and among them the first for the RF mount. The rumor suggests Canon is set to replace the current Compact CINE-ZOOMs with new models that cover the Super35 and the full-frame imaging sensors. This is achieved by changing the rear group of optical elements. PL and EF mount will be available as usual. The first Cinema lens for the RF mount might be a prime lens. No more to get here for the time being.

All Canon rumors are listed here.

Stay safe, stay tuned.

Source: Canon Rumors

Canon Patent: Optical Designs For Wide-Angle Primes For The EOS R System (12mm, 14mm, 20mm)

Canon Patent

No doubt Canon is actively working to expand the RF mount lens ecosystem. Here is another Canon patent application for RF lenses.

Canon patent application P2021-47384A discusses optical formulas for three wide-angle prime lenses: 12mm, 14mm and 20mm, all f/2.8. The patent was spotted by Hi Lows Note.

Embodiment 1 – 12mm

  • Focal length: 12.35 mm
  • F number: 2.88
  • Half angle of view: 60.28
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 80.22 mm
  • BF 16.54 mm

Embodiment 2 – 14mm

  • Focal length: 14.42 mm
  • F number: 2.88
  • Half angle of view: 56.32
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 91.61 mm
  • BF 17.29 mm

Embodiment 3 – 20mm

  • Focal length: 19.48 mm
  • F number: 2.88
  • Half angle of view: 48.02
  • Image height: 21.65 mm
  • Lens length: 90.74 mm
  • BF 19.35 mm

More Canon patents are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Canon EOS R6 vs EOS 5D Mark IV Comparison Review

Canon EOS R6 Review Camera Sales

Not sure how much these two cameras compare but never the less here is a Canon EOS R6 vs EOS 5D Mark IV comparison.

Always interesting to see how different cameras from different times (or shall I say “epochs”) compare. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, likely the last of a line of professional workhorses, and the EOS R6, Canon’s more affordable last gen mirrorless camera. Kevin Raposo compares the two cameras in the 17 minutes video below.

The EOS R6 sports many features shared with the EOS R5, a class leading autofocus system for instance, and the R6 has an imaging sensor derived not less than from the flagship EOS-1D X Mark III. For more Canon EOS R6 review stuff see here. User manuals are available for download for the EOS R5 and the EOS R6. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV reviews are listed here.

EOS R6 at a glance:

  • 20mp Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Sensor-based image stabilisation (IBIS) – works with any lens
  • 3.69m dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), 0.76x magnification
  • 3.0inch vari-angle touch-screen, 1.62m dots
  • 12 / 20fps continuous shooting (mechanical / electronic)
  • ISO100 to ISO102400, Low ISO50, High ISO204800
  • 6072 autofocus points/positions
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Face and Eye-AF tracking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 4K UHD 60/30/25/24fps
  • FullHD High-speed 120/100fps
  • HDR FullHD Video

Canon EOS R6:

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