Canon EOS R's first firmware finally arrives, but underwhelms

Canon EOS R's first firmware finally arrives, but underwhelms

The Canon EOS R was warmly received when it launched in October, though there were a few limitations that users – perhaps optimistically – hoped would be upgraded with the first firmware release.

Things like Eye Detection with Servo AF seemed like a reasonable addition, or perhaps adjusting the sensitivity of the M-Fn bar, even if tackling the banding issue or adding a 120fps option while shooting at 1080p seemed a bit hopeful. 

Well, Canon has officially rolled out the first firmware update and we didn't get any of the above – in fact, there really isn't a lot to shout about. Firmware Version 1.1.0 makes the following fixes: 

Canon EOS R's first firmware finally arrives, but underwhelms

The much anticipated addition of Servo AF Eye Detection didn't materialise

1. Support for "continuous shooting" is available when "silent shutter" has been enabled. [When using the RF 24-150mm, the lens' firmware will need to be updated to Version 2.0.0.]

2. Corrects a phenomenon in which an error may occur if there is a large number of files in a specific format on the memory card.

3. Corrects a phenomenon in which an error may occur when silent shutter has been enabled.

4. Corrects a phenomenon in which horizontal linear noise may occur when using specific lenses together with certain recording image quality settings.

5. Corrects a phenomenon in which the information displayed in the viewfinder may become abnormal. 

It feels churlish to call anything barebones when it makes some important fixes. However, after the recent Sony firmware brought massive improvements, there was genuine hope among EOS R users that Servo AF Eye Detection if nothing else would be patched in. 

It's certainly a disappointment, even for those with more realistic expectations as to what could (or would) be added to the camera via a firmware. Maybe next time…

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