Canon confirms Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware contents

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In a news release that hit my inbox a little bit ago, Canon has released details of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware update that is now officially due in “mid-March” (which matches rumors).

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The “firmware upgrade 2.0.3 for the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera will be coming in March of 2010. 2.0.3 meets the demands of both professional movie producers and aspiring filmmakers alike by adding 24p video acquisition and changing the 30p video frame rate to 29.97 to comply with TV production standards. In addition, audio capability is enhanced for professional use, adding manual audio level control, and increasing the audio sampling frequency to 48KHz from 44.1KHz.”

Here's the press release:
“London, 2nd March 2010 – Canon today pre-announces the release of a firmware update for the multiple award-winning EOS 5D Mark II. Originally announced in late 2009, the update adds 24* and 25 frames per second (fps) recording to the camera’s EOS MOVIE video function, and will be available as a free download from the middle of March.

Developed following feedback from photographers and cinematographers, Firmware 2.0.3 further enhances the EOS 5D Mark II’s excellent video performance. The addition of new frame rates expands the camera’s video potential, providing filmmakers with the ability to shoot 1080p Full HD footage at 24fps (actual 23.976fps) – the optimum frame rate for cinematic video. 25fps support at both 1920×1080 and 640×480 resolutions will allow users to film at the frame rate required for the PAL broadcast standard, while the new firmware will also change the 30fps option to the NTSC video standard of 29.97fps.

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A new histogram display for shooting movies in manual exposure, shutter-priority (Tv) and aperture-priority (Av) have been added, and exposure modes will also be available in movie mode. Improved audio functionality will allow users to set sound record levels manually using a sound-level meter displayed on the LCD screen. The audio sampling frequency has also been increased from 44.1KHz to 48KHz, providing the optimum audio signal typically required for professional or broadcast material.

With its full frame CMOS sensor and compatibility with Canon’s wide range of premium lenses, the EOS 5D Mark II is already recognised for its outstanding HD video performance. Launched in September 2008, the camera immediately created a wide range of new possibilities for photographers and videographers, and the addition of new frame rates and manual audio levels extends those possibilities even further – allowing movie makers to shoot stunning movies to suit practically any creative purpose.

Extreme sports photographer Richard Walch was one of the first to be given the chance to use the newly updated EOS 5D Mark II to shoot the snowboarding movie “I Love My Friends”. Commenting on the EOS 5D Mark II’s video performance, Richard said: “The addition of the new frame rates opens up a whole new range of possibilities. If you’re a cinematographer, independent film maker or just enthusiastic about making your own movies, get out there and give it a try”.


“I Love My Friends” shot by Richard Walch on the EOS 5D Mark II with the new firmware includes a look behind the scenes video is available to view at (ed. note – right now, there's nothing there!)

The firmware will be available to download from mid-March from the Canon website

*Actual frame rate: 23.976fps”

(Photo credit: snap from canon's announcement)



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  2. Cool, better audio and all that. Really wanted the 24p for awhile now. 60p would be nice but I guess I will have to use the 7D or 550D for that.

  3. i am about to have a heart attack!!!
    manual audio control?!?!?!? it’s christmas!
    drop frame time code?!??!!? holy cow!
    my 5d2 is my main rig, have been forcing my single system
    audio solutions to work, both shotgun and wireless lav, with success, but THIS will change everything about my field commercial production work.
    just bought the t2i, excellent, and has the 1280/60, but i will take these two surprises any day of the week over that.
    drop frame AND manual audio AND 24p/drop???
    wow. i may seriously buy another 5d2 now.
    not a fanboy, just a real hit-the-road user for tvnews, commercials, corporate video and music video work.
    every day.
    canon, thanks for not forgetting about us, or choosing the apple method of making us simply replace the unit and losing all value in past purchases.
    will support your company by buying more stuff.

  4. Has Canon completely forgot that there are actually Still Photography shooters out here?! Everything I read about the 5d2 concerns movies. Have they even considered expanding the AEB range from a pathetic 3 stops to 7 or 9?

    One thing i will say about the 5ds: Right out of the camera the images make my 1ds look like garbage!

  5. Why didn’t they put the 60fps for 730i, I was looking forward to that for slow motion shots.

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      I’ve heard several guesses as to why, but suffice it to say that there’s a reason and we’re stuck with what they’re giving us… tho we’re happy to get the update as opposed to having to buy a whole new camera! :)

  6. yup, i was REALLY looking forward to that too but in the last month before the announcement the other day, it was looking very unlikely.

    at the end of the day, its is only 50/60p, its not like its 120 or higher. a plugin like twixtor could probably handle a conversion from 30-60fps pretty well. thats what im hoping anyway!

  7. Yeah great with the video update. I was hoping for the 60fps as well, but i don’t know if it’s even possible. Yeah the 7d has 60p@720 but it also has DUAL digic 4 sensor.
    Step it up, Canon! Release the beast, which lies within 5dmkii

  8. Has Canon forgotten that some of us actually use the 5d2 for STILL PHOTOGRAPHY?!

    There is only one thing missing from the 5d2 for my shooting purposes – Please expand the AEB from three stops to seven or nine. That’s all I ask.

    That, and please don’t forget us Still Photographers.

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