Canon 1D C Firmware Update is Service Center-Only, Has Photogs Wondering


Canon recently announced an exciting firmware update for its professional grade cinema camera: the EOS-1D C. But even though the fact that the 1D C can now shoot 25fps 4K is exciting, it’s not improvements or bug fixes that have people talking, it’s the fact that Canon is requiring that you go to an authorized service center to get the new firmware installed.

Given the recent updates from Magic Lantern that seem to have brought the 5D Mark III and other, cheaper cameras suspiciously close to 1D C quality, it’s no wonder Canon is keeping a tighter leash on their firmware. This service center-only move, however, has some photographers bringing back up the old 1D C vs 1D X debate.


In case you don’t remember, after the 1D C came out, several sources speculated that it may have been nothing more than a 1D X with different firmware and a $7,000 higher price tag. Canon Rumors later brought up the point that there were some slight hardware differences that made it easier for the camera to take the heat (literally) when shooting 4K, but many still questioned whether or not that was worth such a massive price hike.

Now that Canon is forcing 1D C owners to get their firmware updated for them, rather than downloading it onto their computer, the debate has started over as people speculate that Canon is simply trying to keep the new firmware out of 1D X owner’s hands, lest they turn their 1D X into a 1D C.

This is all just speculation, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more. For now, 1D X owners will have to be satisfied with their own firmware update, which apparently makes your camera play nicer with speedlights, reduces the time it takes to display metering results on the LCD, and fixes several other bugs.

(via The Phoblographer via CanonWatch)

  • Jr Miller

    A good assumption…given the fact that ML unlocked the 50D for video. That camera can be gotten for $300+ these days.

  • Brian Lovelace

    I’m kinda over all of canon’s bs to be honest. Seriously, it’s one thing to make money, it’s another thing to screw customers over in the process. I’m ready to see some changes to the industry. I’m extremely happy to see Magic Lantern pushing the envelope, which is showing how little work Canon is looking to advance their products and product value. Seriously. Over it, Canon. I mean I’ll always buy their products, but I’m sick of this lack of respect for customers’ wallets vs features cameras have; especially when cameras CAN do something but they limit them. Why not revolutionize the industry?


    I don’t see how Canon screw anyone. This is the Canon’s intellectual property and they may charge what ever they think it costs. More than that I assume the fact that they dump down some of the hardware makes it much cheaper because of production costs. You wish you spent 300 dollars and get 1D X, but please stop diluting your mind and hate Canon for your own shortcomings.

  • Will Mederski

    that software is the only difference is not necessary surprising, as points out, it’s not like the code wrote itself…

    what puzzles me is how digital camera tech seems to have only added weight to professional SLR bodies. for me, weight is critical.

    Film – Canon EOS-1V 953g / Nikon F6 1,006g

    Digital – Canon 1D X 1,526g /Nikon D4 1,180g

    that’s heavier than a 13″ macbook air and TEN TIMES the price!

  • Gregg

    Companies do this all the time, limit the print speed of one printer via a chip so one is “consumer” but the other is “professional” as an example. I’m pretty sure much of the Canon DSLR (and to a point some of their Video line) internals are the same components with software limitations (which are currently being exploited by ML) but will soon be hardware limited in the future to keep ML from expanding on their line up. It’s kinda stupid, but without the premium they charge to pro-level equipment most companies would not be profitable.

  • Mike

    So Canon throws in better hardware than you thought, and you all whine about it.

    You know you’d have to pay more if they activated those features, right? Then you’d whine even more (“I shoot wedding stills, wtf do I have to do with RAW video!?”).

    I, for one, am very happy to discover that my camera is capable of more than I paid for, with ML.

  • Mike

    I want to drive my car at 5000RPM all day long. The motor is capable but the capitalist swine company limited it with a chip!!!

  • Monteraz

    Dude, you have an integrated grip in 1DX and D4, you should compare 1V (without grip version) to 5D Mark III, and F6 to D800. My Nikon F4s is not lighter than my Nikon D3, I can tell you.

  • Turbohampster

    Even if there is just a software difference, doesn’t mean Canon should not charge money for it!!!
    How much is Adobe Creative suite again??? That’s just software!

    This is a very niche product and so Canon will have to Recoup their R&D costs from a small number of sales!

    Something is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it! So if Canon are selling enough of them its worth the price, no one is forcing you to buy it!

  • Eugene Chok

    my dos 1vhs weighs about the same as my 1d…. or my 5d with grips

    plus ef lenses are larger with more glass…..

    thats why i say if you aint got cannons ( does biceps pose) dont shoot canon

    if you cant handle shooting all day with 2 bodies with flashes and say a 24-70 and a 70-200 maybe look for a nice office job?