Canon EOS 5D Mark III firmware update

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III firmware update enhances performance for photographers and videographers

Supports advanced user needs through clean HDMI output for videography and boosted AF performance for low-light and telephoto shooting

Sydney 24 October, 2012: Canon Australia has today announced a new firmware upgrade for the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, significantly improving the camera’s Full HD videography and still-shooting performance. The free-of-charge upgrade is scheduled to be made available for download from the Canon Australia website in April 2013.

Since its release in March 2012, the EOS 5D Mark III has earned high praise for its still-photography and Full High Definition video-shooting capabilities, including the TIPA Best Video DSLR in 2012 award from the esteemed Technical Imaging Press Association. Building on Canon’s market-leading position*1, the EOS 5D Mark III introduced a 22.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DiG!C 5+ image processor with a new 61-point High Density Reticular AF system and enhanced Full HD movie capability.

In response to strong requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and TV production, the new firmware upgrade will enable the use of HDMI output functionality, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images. The new free-of-charge firmware will allow users to boost the EOS 5D Mark III’s potential, opening the door to new imaging opportunities.

"The EOS 5D series started the revolution in Full HD movie-making and, with clean HDMI output, Canon has taken the evolution of the 5D series one step further," said James Wilson, Brand Manager – Professional EOS, Canon Australia. "For still photographers, the AF enhancements will be welcomed for the increased focal length and expanded range of lens options made possible."

When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of High Definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time on-site monitoring of High Definition video during shooting.

Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware upgrade supports AF employing the camera’s central dual cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Drastically increasing the shooting range, the new firmware will make it possible to use an EF600 f/4 lens and two-times extender to achieve a massive 1200mm focal length with precise AF performance. Accordingly, the upgrade will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.

The firmware update will also expand the range of lens options with full AF capability, including new lenses and extenders such as the EF400mm f/5.6 and the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS with 1.4x extenders, for zoom ranges up to 560mm.

*1 Canon EOS is Australia’s best-selling interchangeable lens camera system, accounting for more than half of all interchangeable lens cameras sold by volume (56.5%) or value (55.6%) in 2012, as at the end of May. (Source: GfK Retail Tracking, Digital Cameras – DSLR including compact system cameras, Jan to May 2012, excludes online channels)

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