Next Canon EOS R Firmware Makes AF Better Than Nikon’s, Much Better Than Fuji’s, Comparable To Sony’s

Canon Eos R Firmware

Canon will soon release a firmware update for the Canon EOS R. A preview video was published, promising “significant autofocus improvements”.

It seems Canon nailed it. The Phoblographer had the chance to test a beta version of the upcoming firmware update and they seem to be very impressed of the improvements in autofocus performance, especially AF tracking.

From their review:

[…] This latest update significantly improves the autofocus performance. Specifically, it enhances autofocus when it comes to tracking. Unlike other manufacturers, Canon’s autofocus works differently when tracking faces. On the Canon EOS R, there is a specific face and eye detection tracking setting. The camera analyzes the scene to find a face and then automatically tracks it.

[…] During my session with a version of the Canon EOS R with a beta firmware installed, we found the tracking to be pretty much flawless. We used the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM, Canon RF 85mm f1.2 L USM, and the Profoto B10. The entire system was able to perform on par with what I feel most Sony cameras can do. 

“Pretty much flawless” sound pretty much good to us.

The Phoblographer says the upcoming firmware update for the EOS R makes the autofocus performance comparable to Sony’s, far better than Nikon’s, much better than Fujifilms X and GF series cameras, and significantly better than the Panasonic S1 and S1R cameras.

Canon EOS R:

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III Firmware Update Will Improve Autofocus Performance

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark Iii

It seems user complains are having more and more weight at Canon.

Canon will release a firmware update for the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III ($749). This firmware update will fix some annoying AF issues some users experienced.

Canon product advisory:

Service Notice: PowerShot G7X Mark III: Plans to release new firmware update to improve video autofocus performance

In response to feedback from customers about the recently launched PowerShot G7 X Mark III, Canon U.S.A. plans to issue a firmware update that can help improve video autofocus speed, accuracy and subject detection performance.

This update will be free for all customers to download from the Canon U.S.A. website at the end of October 2019.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

Canon Will Soon Unveil An EOS R/RP Firmware Update Providing Significant Autofocus Enhancements

Canon Eos Rp Review

Among all the announcements of today (Canon EOS 90D | Canon EOS M6 Mark II | new Canon RF lenses) they also posted a short video, announcing a significant firmware update for the Canon EOS R and EOS RP

A new firmware update for the Canon EOS R and RP cameras will be available for free in the coming weeks, providing a significant autofocus performance boost to help you better view, track and capture subjects

Canon EOS RP Firmware v1.2.0 Released (support for RF 24-240mm)

Canon Eos Rp Review

Canon released firmware version 1.2.0 for the Canon EOS RP.

Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following enhancement and fix:

1. Support for the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens has been added.
2. Corrects a phenomenon in which the top of some captured images may be dark during high-speed sync shooting with an external flash.

Download Canon EOS RP firmware version 1.2.0 here.

Canon Detected Security Flaw In WiFi Protocol, Lots Of Firmware Updates To Come

Canon Rumors Color Calibration

It seems a lo of firmware updates are coming to Canon DSLRs, MILCs, and PowerShots. Good to know that Canon takes this issues seriously.

Canon product advisory:

Regarding the security advisory for Canon digital cameras related to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) communication functions and firmware update functions.

Thank you very much for using Canon products.

An international team of security researchers has drawn our attention to a vulnerability related to communications via the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP), which is used by Canon digital cameras, as well as a vulnerability related to firmware updates.
(CVE-ID:CVE-2019-5994, CVE-2019-5995, CVE-2019-5998, CVE-2019-5999, CVE-2019-6000, CVE-2019-6001)

Due to these vulnerabilities, the potential exists for third-party attack on the camera if the camera is connected to a PC or mobile device that has been hijacked through an unsecured network.

At this point, there have been no confirmed cases of these vulnerabilities being exploited to cause harm, but in order to ensure that our customers can use our products securely, we would like to inform you of the following workarounds for this issue.

  • Ensure the suitability of security-related settings of the devices connected to the camera, such as the PC, mobile device, and router being used.
  • Do not connect the camera to a PC or mobile device that is being used in an unsecure network, such as in a free Wi-Fi environment.
  • Do not connect the camera to a PC or mobile device that is potentially exposed to virus infections.
  • Disable the camera’s network functions when they are not being used.
  • Download the official firmware from Canon’s website when performing a camera firmware update.

Models Affected

These vulnerabilities affect the EOS-series digital SLR and mirrorless cameras PowerShot SX740 HS, PowerShot SX70 HS, PowerShot G5X Mark II.


Firmware Update

There is an increased use of PCs and mobile devices in an unsecure (free Wi-Fi) network environment where customers are not aware of the network security. As it has become prevalent to transfer images from a camera to a mobile device via Wi-Fi connection, we will implement firmware updates for the following models that are equipped with the Wi-Fi function.

ModelEstimated Firmware availability
EOS-1D X*1*2Tbd
EOS-1D X Mark II*1*2                      Tbd
EOS-1D C*1*2                         Tbd
EOS 5D Mark III*1Tbd
EOS 5D Mark IV Tbd
EOS 5DS*1Tbd
EOS 5DS R*1        Tbd
EOS 6D       Tbd
EOS 6D Mark II Tbd
EOS 7D Mark II*1                              Tbd
EOS 70DTbd
EOS 80D     Version 1.0.3 is available for download
EOS M10Tbd
EOS M100Tbd
EOS M3Tbd
EOS M5Tbd
EOS M50Tbd
EOS M6Tbd
EOS R Tbd
EOS RPTbd
EOS Rebel SL2 Tbd
EOS Rebel SL3Tbd
EOS Rebel T6Tbd
EOS Rebel T6iTbd
EOS Rebel T6sTbd
EOS Rebel T7Tbd
EOS Rebel T7I Tbd
PowerShot G5X Mark IITbd
PowerShot SX70 HSTbd
PowerShot SX740 HSTbd
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