Canon EOS 5D Mark III firmware update adds uncompressed HDMI out!

by planetMitch13 Comments

Huge news for Canon EOS 5D Mark III owners who've been wanting uncompressed HDMI out!

Note: Unfortunately, they say the firmware won't be out until APRIL 2013! Come on Canon! Why are you releasing this info without having the firmware available soon?

The PR

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012—Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.

Uncompressed HDMI Output Support

When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.

Improved AF Functionality

Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.

The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.

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About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, for the ninth consecutive year, Canon U.S.A. has received the Readers Choice Award for Service and Reliability. Committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, Canon U.S.A. provides 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting

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  1. At this point in time in my openion, canon is acting like a chicken without head, seems like they do not know what to do with the raising competition from Nikon, Sony, panasonic and above all black magic, certainly they do not want to kill their own cinema line products with these updates, so they are buying some time and giving a hope to canon customers that they are working on a firmware for 5d mark iii,

    I am a canon user, always used canon till now but seeing theirs psychology behind making and presenting new dslrs and price points I am worried as a consumer. Why is canon doing this to its own consumers. Very wrong planning and execution.

  2. They’re announcing it for next year, because they haven’t even started writing it. The purpose is to avoid losing sales to competitors.

    If they don’t deliver on time, they can be sued.

  3. I have yet to see ANY credible examples of the difference between recording in-camera to a card, and recording uncompressed to an external recorder…….it makes sense that it would be better, but I just haven’t seen any A/B footage yet….so hard to understand why people are jumping up and down about it unless they are seeing something I have missed entirely.

    1. You have missed the point. (you got that right.. yeeey!
      Of course there is, there is more information in the data plus if you want to post process – you get better results in 10 bit then 8.. 😉
      And imagine recording directly to 10 bit Pro Res HQ (instead of waiting around for your computer to convert 80 Gb of H264 codec… (do you get it now) you are welcome.. 😉

  4. Does this means that I can storage footage direct to devices like Ninja/Samurai?

  5. They Suck, they saw everyone buying other cameras for about the same price for better image quality (higher bitrates etc) and they announced it so people would STOP buying other cameras and either wait for the release or buy the 5d3 in the mean time.

  6. Great News. But why didn’t Canon add it to the 1DX firmware recently released for that camera?

  7. Wonderful news,bought my 5d3 yesterday,i am totally satisfied with it,and this is just a fantastic addition,we are spoiled :]

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