Canon has announced firmware updates for the EOS R3 and EOS R5 in direct response to feedback and requests from users.
For the EOS R3, firmware v1.40 means capturing fast-moving subjects is easier than ever before with Panning Assist, while firmware v1.81 for the EOS R5 offers enhanced resolution. Canon also announces new features coming to its Mobile File Transfer app, making it more user-friendly and adaptable to workflows.
The v1.81 firmware for the EOS R5 enables the in-body IS mechanism to move the sensor incrementally to replicate the effect of smaller pixels. What this essentially does is allow the camera to produce images with higher resolutions of up to 400MP. Canon claims that this new feature is perfect for photographers who want to capture architecture and landscape images.
v1.40 firmware for the EOS R3 adds a new Panning Assist function that allows image stabilization and subject blur correction to be applied during exposure. This improves the number of good panning shots a photographer can capture while using shutter speeds up to two stops slower than previously possible, with the ability to retain sharp details. This looks to be a good feature for capturing fast action such as motorsports.
EOS R3 users can now also pre-register up to 10 people so that their faces can be detected and tracked based on a priority set in the camera. This is especially useful when shooting groups of people at special events such as weddings.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) automatic protection
Both the v1.40 firmware update for the EOS R3 and the v1.81 firmware for the EOS R5 enable images transferred via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to be automatically protected. This is particularly important for freelance photographers, who can now streamline their workflows and easily identify which images they’ve already transmitted when they download the card to their laptops.
Enhanced Mobile File Transfer
In addition to these new firmware updates, Canon has also announced new features coming to its Mobile File Transfer app. The Mobile File Transfer app enables users to upload and transfer large numbers of images to FTP/FTPS/SFTP servers through their 5G mobile devices. Updates to this application include a screen lock to prevent accidental operation during transfer and the ability to change and edit FTP server settings before transfer, for maximum productivity. User Interface (UI) improvements have also been made in response to feedback from professionals.