Canon EOS R5 and EOS C70 in line for firmware updates

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Firmware updates for the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS C70 look set to be released on 30 June, with updates for the Canon EOS C300 Mark III and Canon EOS C500 Mark II cameras following suit on 30 July. 

The new firmware for the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS C70 is based on user feedback and will provide improved workflow, customization options, and enhanced lens compatibility and functionality for several popular Canon products. 

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The Canon EOS R5 update will make it fully compatible (via an EOS R adapter) with two EF-mount cine zoom lenses, the Canon CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S and the Canon CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS.

The update for the Canon EOS C70 will be more comprehensive, and will include an HDMI View Assist feature, which allows for a WideDR/BT.709 LUT to be displayed over HDMI when shooting in a Canon Log gamma.

An Improved AF feature will add a 'Whole Area' option to the AF frame size, increasing the AF area to 80% of the frame. When 'Whole Area' is selected the AF switches to 'Tracking' by a single touch operation and switches to 'Face Detection' when a face is touched.

As well as a minor display change when using the the EF-EOS R 0.71x adapter with the Canon EOS C70, the following lenses will become fully compatible with DPAF, optical corrections, and metadata transmission when used in combination with the EF-EOS R 0.71x adapter:

• Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L II USM

• Canon EF 16-35mm F4L IS USM

• Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM

• Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM

• Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM

• Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS USM

• Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM

According to Canon Rumors, the Canon EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II updates will include an Anamorphic 1.8x De-squeeze feature to increase compatibility with the best anamorphic lenses, and XC Protocol Functionality, which allows for camera control with the Canon Remote Controller RC-IP100 and easier development for 3rd party product collaboration.

When officially released Mac and Windows version of the firmware update will be available on the related product pages on Canon's website.

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Laurence McJannet

Laurence is an NCTJ-trained journalist with nearly 20 years' editorial experience gained on a wide range of publications, from The Beirut Times in Lebanon to The Sunday Times, and including recent freelance engagements with Future's cycling and automotive portfolios, Outdoor Fitness, and The English Home. He has recently been undertaking a sports broadcast journalism MA at Southampton Solent, gaining valuable TV and radio experience, and am currently videographer for Frome Town FC soccer team. He is the author of Bikepacking (Wild Things Publishing, 2016).