Will the Canon EOS 5D Mark II get 24p video? The answer is unfortunately no.
Weâ€™ve heard rumor after rumor about some people in Hollywood beta testing a version of the firmware with 24p, but it just doesnâ€™t seem like it is going to happen. In the last couple of days, more and more tips are floating in that it is just too difficult.
This morning, I had a nice video iChat with friend of planet5D Kip Beatty (@kipb on twitter) about the Canon Live Learning EOS Essentials Mini-Conference. Vincent Laforet (Reverie) was presenting and told the story of how he got the 5D mk ii in order to film Reverie. You can read the story over on Vincent's blog.
After the presentation, Kip asked Vincent if there were any chance that Canon was going to be releasing a 24p version of the firmware. Vincent didnâ€™t answer other than to point to Chuck Westfall and said â€˜ask himâ€™. (Note: since this story was relayed to me second hand, the quotes arenâ€™t exact – theyâ€™re there to give you the flavor of the conversation without the expectation that theyâ€™re exact).
Kip related that Chuck was very polite and offered his opinion. â€œI doubt youâ€™ll see itâ€ Chuck stated. He went on to tell about how the recent firmware upgrade was tough, but necessary to add features that were missing. But the issue isnâ€™t with the software but with the Digic IV chip. It was designed with 30fps in mind. It does all the heavy lifting of the processing of the video – video capture, throwing out some of the sensor data (since the video is smaller than the full size stills), compressing the video at 30 frames per second and then writing it all to the card. â€œIt is just too monumental to expect that they can change all of that in the firmwareâ€ he said.
â€œIâ€™m not saying weâ€™ll never see it, but it is very difficult to do.â€
Weâ€™ve also heard these things on twitter today:
5tu said â€œTalk on the CML that a Canon rep stated no 24p update coming for 5D MkII. 24p will come in the replacement for the 1Ds Mk III.â€ And also this: “I think it's Canon clutching at any opportunity to make a $$$ pro body desireable over the popular 5D2.”
So, like Chuck Westfall, I'm not saying it isn't gonna happen, but it sure doesn't seem likely. I believe that Canon wanted to make the 5D2 a better camera by fixing the manual video issues with the latest firmware patch, but if they were to put 24p in the 5D2, then there isn't that much that separates it from the more expensive cameras. There may be a “5D Mark IIs” (as Kip called it), where they release an new 5D2 with a different Digic chip, but don't count on a 5D2 firmware upgrade.
But what you will see in future cameras is video! You can mark my words, all new Canon DSLRs will be DSLRVs and you can count on planet5D to watch the future progress!
(Photo credit: snap from an earlier story with @timescapes with a panavision lens on the 5D2)