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Canon Releases Major Autofocus Firmware Update for the EOS R and RP


If you own Canon’s EOS R or EOS RP, download the latest firmware for your camera ASAP. As of last night, Firmware Ver 1.4 and 1.3 for the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP, respectively, have been released, boasting improved overall autofocus performance, enhanced Eye and Face Detection AF, and more.

In the race towards Eye AF domination, Sony is clearly the winner, but until today Fuji and Nikon’s Eye Detection AF both seemed to outperform Canon’s version in side-by-side tests. This update may change all that.

Firmware Versions 1.4 for EOS R promises:

  1. Enhanced eye detection Auto Focus (AF) for improved face and eye recognition at greater distances.
  2. Improved Auto Focus (AF) performance helps the camera to focus on and track smaller subjects.
  3. Reduced lag time between the actual Auto Focus (AF) and the AF frame display for images in the viewfinder or on the LCD.
  4. Fixed a phenomenon in which the AF frame size cannot be changed in the Servo AF setting.
  5. Fixed PTP communication vulnerability.

Firmware Version 1.3 for the EOS RP is much the same, except that point #4 above is replaced by: “Corrects a phenomenon in which the main dial icon is not displayed when pressing the zoom in / out button while the image is playing.”

The video above, released back in August when these updates were still in development, shows just how much the new firmware will improve focus performance for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Both updates are available to download and install now from the Canon Mexico and Canon France websites (as of this writing, they are not yet available on Canon USA). Pick up Firmware Version 1.4 for the Canon EOS R here, and Firmware Version 1.3 for the Canon EOS RP here.

(via Canon Rumors)