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Canon 5D Mark III Firmware Update Out: Clean HDMI Output and AF Upgrade

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Canon today officially launched a new firmware update (version 1.2.1) for the 5D Mark III that brings two notable improvements to the camera: uncompressed HDMI output and the ability to use cross-type autofocus at f/8.

DSLR filmmakers will be happy to learn that their 5D Mark III can now be upgraded (for free) to capture clean, uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit digital video. Uncompressed footage will be sent with embedded time code over the camera’s HDMI output while it simultaneously displays the video on the rear LCD and records it to its memory cards.

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A new mirroring feature in the camera lets you choose whether to display camera and scene information on your LCD screen while the clean video signal is beamed to an external monitor or recorder.

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The firmware update also adds cross-type autofocus support with the center AF point when a lens with a maximum aperture of f/8 is used. It’s the same update that was pushed out for the Canon 1D X last October.

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This means photographers will be able to use autofocusing when using certain longer telephoto lenses with teleconverters. The firmware update page has a list of newly supported lens/extender combinations.

Head on over to the firmware update page if you’d like to give your Canon 5D Mark III a free boost.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Update [Canon]


 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/aydensgrace Ayden Gotzmer

    Does anyone know if they are going to fix the Canon Mark III tethering issue anytime soon?

  • http://www.facebook.com/duke.shin1 Duke Shin

    I think the most significant Canon update was the not-spinning-around ‘set’ button.

  • http://www.thomaslawn.net/ Thomas Lawn

    Anyone notice that third party batteries give a warning when starting up the camera now?
    “Communication with left Canon LP-E6 battery is irregular. Continue to use this battery?”

  • Ultima Gaina

    When will we get a timer displayed on the LCD during bulb shots (like most of the much cheaper Canon cameras already have)?

  • vancouver

    Yes it does but after you accept it the warning goes away

  • http://www.blastcow.com/ Marc Osborne Jr

    I’m very excited about the (never-mentioned) speed up capture of shots with the flash AF-assist beam.

  • jaysee&dali 1.0

    The “AF f/8″ feature is rumoured to be in the next firmware release for the 6D. Hope so!

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    “Uncompressed footage will be sent with embedded time code over the camera’s HDMI output while it simultaneously displays the video on the rear LCD and records it to its memory cards.”

    What does that do to the movie length recording limit? If it actually records to internal cards, isn’t there an added VAT added to the device?

  • Amanda

    Mine carry on for a bit and then have error message. Crafty way to force you to use Canon only batteries???