Canon unveils firmware for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon announces a new firmware upgrade for the professional Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The new firmware will enhance Canon EOS 5D Mark III features to improve both the video workflow efficiency and still shooting.
The firmware upgrade has been created following feedback from cinema and TV production professionals. Canon say the new firmware includes ‘clean’ HDMI output, enhancing overall video editing and monitoring procedures. Videographers will be able to output high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) without any embedded icons or symbols, from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder using the camera’s HDMI terminal. The new functionality will enable easier editing of data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during production, as well as the option to record to the internal memory card at the same time.
However it’s not just videographers that will be pleased with this new firmware upgrade. Photographers will be keen to know there have been improvements made to the AF performance for those shooting with telephoto lenses. Canon say when using a lens and extender, resulting in a maximum f/8 aperture, the new firmware enables the camera to utilise the EOS 5D Mark III’s central dual cross-type focal points, currently only available up to an f/5.6 aperture. The new capabilities allow sports and nature photographers to use AF when getting closer to distant subjects, achieving precision detail when using telephoto lenses.
This free firmware however won’t be available until April 2013. See the Canon Download Centre for more details.
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