Canon EOS R5, EOS R6, & EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware Updates

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Canon has announced firmware updates for the EOS R5 (firmware v1.50), EOS R6 (firmware v1.50), and EOS-1D X Mark III (firmware v1.60).

So. let’s see what is new.

Subject Tracking

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Both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 get enhanced recognition of subjects with this latest firmware. Users of these cameras are now able to select “vehicles” as the main subject. Inheriting the same abilities as the EOS R3, the cameras can track racing cars and bikes. The update also enhances the overall AF tracking of people, with improved eye and face detection even when the subject is wearing a mask, as well as adding body detection.

With the EOS-1D X Mark III, the new firmware provides improved head detection for subjects wearing goggles and helmets.

Streamlined workflows

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This upgrade gives EOS R5 and EOS R6 owners the ability to set a custom white balance in Live View, streamlining manual white balance control. Across all models, the new firmware makes sure that users can’t mistakenly transfer files by pressing the multi-controller when “Transfer with SET” is set for FTP transfer. Previously, the EOS-1D X Mark III employed separate buttons for voice memo and image rating, but with newly added settings users can use one button to do both functions simultaneously.

Enhanced lens support

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The EOS R5 is now compatible with Canon’s EOS VR SYSTEM and the RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens. The update also offers full-time manual support for the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM, even if AF is selected.

The EOS R5, EOS R6, and EOS-1D X Mark III firmware updates will be available to download from 2nd December 2021 from local online support centers.

Full List of updates

No.UpdateEOS R5EOS R6EOS-1D X Mark III
1Change the settings for “simultaneous recording” and “current drive” during remote operationYesYesyes
2Disable the multi-controller for FTP transferYesYesYes
3Change the default from Active to Passive with the FTP Server Passive Mode SettingYesYesYes
4Enhanced recognition of subjects, including vehicle and body detectionYesYes 
5Improved Face/ Eye Detection with masksYesYes 
6Added White Capture Mode in Live View (Manual White Balance)YesYes 
7Added EVF Smooth to suppress lower frame rates in low lightYesYes 
8Full-time manual focus support for RF 70-200 mm F4L IS USMYesYes 
9RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE supportP  
10Added settings to enable image rating and voice memo to be set at the same time  P
11Change the Default Power Saving Settings for FTP Transfers from “use” to “not use”  P
12Enhanced Head Detection for winter sports athletes wearing goggles  P

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