Canon finally announces firmware update to manually control exposure while filming with the Canon 5D Mark II!

Just a day after the second 5D2 hack was announced for Audio Metering

Update: read about the new hack for ‘zebra striping’

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From DPReview:
“LONDON, UK, 27th May 2009: Canon announced today it will release a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II allowing users to manually control exposure when shooting video. The new firmware will be available for download from 2 June 2009 on Canon Europe’s support web site.
Following the launch of the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008, Canon’s Research and Development team has listened closely to customer feedback to develop additions to the camera’s movie recording functionality.

Allowing EOS 5D Mark II owners to achieve even more stunning video results with the camera, the firmware update will include the following manual controls when shooting video:

Full aperture selection
ISO speed: Auto, 100 – 6400 and H1
Shutter speed: 1/30th – 1/4000th second”

Canon is going all out with this one too – look at the “movie” style announcement they put on their page:


So, what we didn’t get is 24fps, but I know most people will be happy with the manual controls!

More updates as we get more info.

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(Photo credit: snap from the Canon site)