I've seen two posts in the last couple of days warning the Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware update in the works will be missing 720p and won't be out until April.
First up was from Canonrumors.com…
“This info apparently comes from the Super Meet event in San Francisco. Canon is a sponsor of the event.
This information isnâ€™t official from Canon that I can find.
Not in Februaryâ€¦
Weâ€™re told the 5D Mark II feature firmware update will not be available in February. Another thing not in line for the firmware is 720p mode.”
Then today, this post on cinema5d.com…
â€œThey (Canon) couldnâ€™t make 720p they tested and found that is not good and decided to add this option to the next full frame camera that they will make. 24p will be available, but thatâ€™s it.â€
So, according to this source. There will not be a 50/60fps, 720 X 1280 option for the 5D mark II. It will only be able to shoot 30p and 24p/25p @ 1080 X 1920. This is a blow to â€œFull-Framersâ€, but should not come as a big surprise.”
So, what do we believe? The PR they issued back in October stating simply we'd get 24 and 25p…
“London, 20 October 2009 â€“ 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.”
So, where did the idea we were getting 720 come from? I can't find any official release. Going back into the archives, we saw a Tim Smith (a Canon rep) say in a presentation that 720 was coming “you'll get a lot of choices in terms of frame rates”, but that wasn't an official press release and maybe Canon have changed their mind? Or maybe they thought they could do 720, but then have backed off? The initial PR sure didn't say anything about 720 updates so maybe we all jumped the gun? I guess we'll have to wait to see for sure.
UPDATE: 2/1/2010 – 7:30 CST
I just found this article which may be the source
“First – the release date. Today I had clarification from the event organisers that the firmware update will not feature on the camera itself by the time the competition gets under way on February 5th, and instead will be released at a later date.
We will have to wait a little longer – My sources say this is to give the 7D and Mark IV yet more time to garner sales and we can expect the firmware update to be April at the earliest unless Canon Japan has a change of heart”
So, would Canon really delay the firmware just to get more sales of the 7D? I would hope not.
(Photo credit: snap from the canonrumors site)