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NOW AVAILABLE - EOS 5D III  Firmware Update Announced for April 2013
NOW AVAILABLE - EOS 5D III Firmware Update Announced for April 2013
Posted by: Canon on 04/30/2013
Keywords:  5D Firmware Update, EOS 5D Mark III
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EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Update

New EOS-5D MkIII X Firmware Update Now Available!

The EOS 5D Mark III is a completely re-engineered DSLR camera that boasts improved photo and video capabilities over its predecessor, the EOS 5D Mark II, and continues to address the demanding needs of professionals in still photography, cinema and television. The new firmware update adds two highly useful features: a clean HDMI output option and cross-type AF at f/8.

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AF Point Illumination During AI Servo AF







To benefit DSLR cinematographers, the EOS 5D Mark III will 
now be able to record clean, uncompressed digital video with embedded time code over HDMI output while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and recording to internal CF or SD cards. Combined with an improved color sampling of YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit video, this firmware update adds efficiency to video editing, improves color grading options, and enhances on-set monitoring. 

The new “mirroring” feature via the HDMI output allows video to 
be displayed on the rear LCD screen with or without scene and camera information while also outputting a clean video signal to 
a monitor or external recorder. An external recorder not only enables a video signal devoid of compression artifacts, but also allows a choice of preferred edit-ready codec, the ability to shoot in a variety of frame rates and bit rates, and longer record time. Combined with the heightened color correction capabilities as a result of the expanded color space, post-production workflows will be smoother and offer users greater control and quality. With external recorders it is also possible to use a variety of on-set monitoring solutions, which facilitate real-time viewing of 
EOS 5D Mark III video with the Rec. ITU-R BT. 709 color matrix. Additionally, it will now be possible to synchronize the start and stop of EOS 5D Mark III video capture with the start and stop of the external recorder.

HDMI frame rate

Select output frame rate

HDMI Time Code

Add time code to HDMI output

HDMI Rec Command

Synchronize camera start/stop with external recorder start/stop

HDMI Mirroring

Choose mirroring or 
no mirroring option

AF Point Illumination During AI Servo AF

Cross-Type AF Available For Maximum Apertures as Small as f/8

The new firmware allows cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point when the maximum aperture becomes as small as f/8, in the same way that the EOS-1D X does.

Current Canon EF Lens/Extender Combinations that Support Cross-Type Autofocus with Firmware Update for EOS 5D Mark III

With Extender EF 1.4x (I, II or III) With Extender EF 2x (I, II or III)
EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM* EF 70–200mm f/4L IS USM*
EF 400mm f/5.6L USM* EF 300mm f/4L IS USM*
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM* EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM*
EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS USM EF 500mm f/4L IS USM*
EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II USM EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM*
EF 70–200mm f/2.8L USM EF 600mm f/4L IS USM*
EF 70–200mm f/4L USM EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM*
EF 70–200mm f/4L IS USM EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 135mm f/2L USM EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 200mm f/2L IS USM EF 70–200mm f/2.8L USM
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM EF 135mm f/2L USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 500mm f/4L IS USM  
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM  
EF 600mm f/4L IS USM  
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM  

If AF point expansion is selected with an f/8 maximum aperture lens/extender combination, the four AF points surrounding the center point will 
act as AF Assist points. This option effectively expands the size of the AF detection area to enhance autofocus performance with subjects that appear small in the viewfinder and difficult to track, such as small animals and birds in flight. AF points above and below the center will be sensitive to vertical contrast, while points to the left and right will be sensitive to horizontal contrast.

Cross-type focusing and AF point expansion

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