Canon has announced firmware updates for its EOS R3, EOS R5 and EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless camera systems, bringing an array of new and improved features and functions.
Firmware version 1.2.0 for the EOS R3
Canon’s EOS R3 is already a capable mirrorless camera, but firmware version 1.2.0 is adding a few new features that should further improve its capabilities. Most notably, the update adds a new ‘Custom high-speed continuous’ drive mode. This setting lets you define the number of shots (between 2-50) and the frame rate (30-195 fps) of the custom drive mode. Canon says this will work with both full-res JPEG and Raw images, although exposure and AF must be fixed.
The new Custom High speed Continuous is disabled by default, so you must enable the ‘Custom high-speed continuous’ drive mode in orange ‘Custom Functions’ Menu, Tab 3 ‘Restrict Drive Modes.’ Once you’ve enabled ‘HC,’ it can then be selected in your drive settings.
Canon specifically says this shooting mode is designed for things like water drops falling or something like a batter in a batting box when the subject remains still but a high frame rate is required. There’s also a new ‘FHD 239.76 fps/200.00 fps’ video capture mode in the ‘High frame rate’ settings.
Canon has also included include a new timelapse mode and new in-camera focus stacking mode that works both with and without Canon’s Speedlite EL-1. You can also now assign the 1.6x crop (or other crop ratios) to a custom button, convert multiple HEIFs to JPEGs at once, add crops and resize images during FTP transfers, and initiate Canon’s Cloud Raw image processing technology directly from the EOS R3 (this requires a paid subscription). Canon’s ‘Digital Movie IS’ stabilization has also been updated for improved performance.
Other updates include various bug fixes and a few minor quality-of-life updates for controls and settings, including the ability to set mode dial functions remotely through Canon’s SDK. Firmware version 1.2.0 for the EOS R3 is now available to download on Canon’s EOS R3 product page.
Firmware version 1.6.0 for the EOS R5 and R6
The biggest addition to the EOS R5 in firmware version 1.6.0 is a new ‘Auto Power Off Temp’ setting. When turned to ‘High’ – as opposed to ‘Standard’ – the camera will not automatically turn off when the temperature of the camera body and memory card become high. This will enable longer recording sessions, but will also mean the camera itself will get hotter, particularly the bottom plate, which acts as a heat sink of sorts.
While that functionality is limited to the EOS R5, both the EOS R5 and R6 gain the ability to convert multiple HEIFs to JPEGs as well as improved ‘Movie Digital IS’ stabilization.