Canon EOS 5D Mark II to get 24 and 25fps in a firmware update!

by planetmitch43 Comments

Yes, high definition 1080p video at 24 and 25fps is coming to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II soon!

“We understand that EOS 5D Mark II users desire additional frame rates and we’re preparing a firmware update to allow the camera to shoot at both 24P and 25P,” said Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Canon Australia. “The upgrade to 24P and 25P will broaden the usage scope for this popular camera to include cinema and broadcast applications, respectively.”Canon expects the firmware update to be available in the first half of 2010 and will release more details as they become available.”


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we found this tip on several sources – FXGuide was our first. There’s also DPreview who has the full announcement:

“London, 20 October 2009 – Canon today announces that it is currently developing a firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II to enable the recording of high definition 1080p video at 24 and 25fps. The decision to develop new firmware to support these features has been taken following feedback received from cinematographers and photographers.

Introduced in September 2008, the multi award-winning EOS 5D Mark II was the first DSLR product to offer full frame 1080p HD video recording, opening up a multitude of new creative possibilities for photo journalists, news photographers and amateur filmmakers. Since then, Canon has continued to develop its groundbreaking EOS Movie functionality, firstly with the firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II that enabled manual exposure control, and more recently by introducing a choice of video recording frame rates with the EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV.

Canon currently expects the firmware update to be made available during the first half of 2010. An announcement regarding details of the update and its availability will be made closer to the release date.”


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28 comments
rube ruiz
rube ruiz

What about 24 and 48 shutter speed for the use of 24fps... this has to be done in order to truly utilize 24p!

Dave Gabriel Bene
Dave Gabriel Bene

I had been told by a Canon rep, last year, that the 24/25fps firmware update for the 5D Mark II would be available by January or February of this year. I emailed Canon USA this morning, to get the status of that update... and received a reply stating, "We do apologize, but we do not have any information of when or if an update of this nature will be available." When or IF?? The reply goes on to say that they know the inquiry has been posed to Canon engineers, and that it may be incorporated into future updates... but no guarantee that it will, or when. That's as of March 1st, 2010.

choco
choco

it makes me laugh when so many "professionals" whine and complain about improvements to things like "auto' focus and "auto" exposure and 'auto" shutter. The sheer volume of it must be an indication that weddings are still paying the bills.

Sesa
Sesa

29.97 FPS PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saulius
Saulius

Cool :) I can't wait for the 24p :))

kevin falk
kevin falk

I REALLY hope they add Image stabilization on all time during movie recording. Not just when you got the shutter pressed. Annoying!

Team Louish
Team Louish

Chris, the 5D Mark II does 30fps, this new firmware update will let us change it to 24fps (the same frame rate hollywood movies are made). 30fps looks very "video" like... where as 24fps helps achieve the "film" look.

stan the man
stan the man

the "30p" is actually 29.97. the header tags are just incorrect. check the cinema5d forums

sdyue
sdyue

want expanded ExpSimLV usability for R72 filter usage... IR photography and videography... the 'sim' seems disabled relative to it being available to Canon's own PowerShots...

tom
tom

Im throwing away my nikon set for 5D mk II. Who would want a 12mp FF when u have 21mp FF with nicer color and tone?I dont do 10fps or even 5fps..i just need a good image quality and great video. my D90 is useless. Does 5dmkII in Aperture Priority, can set a minimum speed when using speedlite? last canon i used, the speed keep slowing down, in nikon i set 1/60 to be min speed when using speedlite in aperture priority. That would be great if canon have that in their system.

Chris
Chris

I hate to sound dumb, but I thought the Canon 5D Mii already did 1080p at 30fps? what am I missing.. Does it only do 1080i right now and not 1080P?

Sean
Sean

This is such great news! Canon has really separated itself from the competition in terms of customer relations and will gain many new customers as a result. For those already making requests for other updates - you're all idiots.

paolo
paolo

well, some useful ather things in new firmware?.... 1) with Av and iso auto, the possibility to set a minimum shutter speed. Now the shutter speed is almost linked to the "classical rule" of 1/focal lenght; many times would be desirable a higher or lower value. Many times I need a 1/300 shutter speed even if I'm using the 50mm, other times I would like a 1/60 even if I work with 200mm with stabilizer on. (Also why, with Av and iso auto, and flash on camera the iso value does not raise over 400 and the "rule" above doesn't work?) 2) in M and iso auto it would be desirable the same behavior like in movie mode (iso changes while f and speed are fixed), while now, in M, isoauto is fixed to iso400 (if I wanted 400 fixed I would have set "400" not isoauto..) 3) Good job in 7D with customizable buttons: even if 5d lacks of the added button I'd like to set the "*" and the "af-on" as I like. For example *=ael, af-on=fel.... (options menu for each button like in 7d, also for "half press") 4).....+- 3EV exposure correction (not necessary a new lcd panel, for example for showing -3EV in the viewfinder and lcd is possible the label blinking on -2 and a second label (not blinking) on -1..). In wedding photography for example I'd find it very useful, sometimes with flash on camera, when it's not possible to have a fast enough shutter time (working in Av and fill flash) -3EV correction (ok +-4 would be better!) would avoid to set the camera in M (same result, but lowering the EV compensation is faster than turn the knob in M..if you are aiming and do not have 3 hands) ..and, I don't know if it's possible by firmware but the possibility to use the speedlight 270 ex as master via camera menu'?...I've a st-e2 but it's quite obsolete...

Darren
Darren

No, but you can get a 1Dm4 for that...

Paulie
Paulie

LOL! MITCH!! You owe me a chocolate malt! Don't worry buddy, I won't say "neener, told you so", because the bottom line is that we're all going to be so HAPPY to have our 24p! I would have been fine with 24p with no audio recording if that took the strain off the 5D2's processor, I'd just do external audio, but evidently the Canon gurus are figuring it out. Yahoo!

Rod
Rod

Holly Moly - that's blinking fantastic news!!!!!

Bruce H
Bruce H

I wonder if by using a lower frame rate, the compression can be reduced?

Nico
Nico

Nice... But when will Canon release a firmware with a minimum speed shutter speed in auto ISO? I think it is really a big matter, Nikon has this option in most of its cameras...

Tom Daigon
Tom Daigon

Dont forget 29.97 for us NTSC users!

planetMitch
planetMitch

My IS Canon lens works the whole time I'm recording movies - in fact, you can hear it if you use the internal mic

Nathan
Nathan

I'd be happy to take your useless Nikon D90 off your hands. I'll even pay shipping :)

Leeroy
Leeroy

Canon deserves credit for honouring its customers requests, and be realistic....in 3 - 4 years the 5D2 will be ancient history in tech terms, so you wont get all the bells and whistles all at once. Give it 2 years and I think we will see some truly remarkable rigs and technology emerging....and thats exciting !!!

velodramatic
velodramatic

Well said Sean. Talk about ingratitude. We lobbied for 24P and it looks like they listened... this is a watershed moment in Canon's evolving sense of customer accountability. For heaven's sake people, don't pile on when they need to be praised not scolded for taking a big step forward.

Darren
Darren

Just out of genuine curiosity, what are you shooting that you need this feature?

Lonny
Lonny

Certainly! The difference between 30p and 29.97 is even more problematic than 29.97 and 24. No other camera shoots a straight 30p which makes syncing with other sources extremely difficult and time consuming.

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