Canon enhances Eye Detection and AF tracking for EOS R5 and R6 with new firmware updates

Mar 19, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Canon enhances Eye Detection and AF tracking for EOS R5 and R6 with new firmware updates

Mar 19, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Canon has released new firmware updates for the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras. The EOS R5 specifically sees some AF accuracy optimisation when using the recently announced Canon RF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM lenses with the RF1.4x and RF2x teleconverters. Both cameras, however, see improvements to the stability and reliability of Eye Detection autofocus as well as AF tracking for moving subjects.

Canon EOS R5
Firmware Version 1.5.2 incorporates the following enhancement:

  1. Optimizes AutoFocus accuracy when Extender RF1.4x or Extender RF2x is attached to the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and RF1200mm F8 L IS USM lenses.
  2. Enhances the stability of Eye Detection.
  3. Enhances AutoFocus tracking when shooting moving subjects.

Canon EOS R6
Firmware Version 1.5.2 incorporates the following enhancement:

  1. Enhances the stability of Eye Detection.
  2. Enhances AutoFocus tracking when shooting moving subjects.

Both firmware updates are available to download now from the Canon website.

I haven’t seen any videos yet showing off how well the improvements work in the new update yet, but I’m sure we’ll start seeing some pop up soon. But, if you’ve got one of these cameras, you might as well just go ahead and do it. Somebody has to. What’s the worst that can happen?

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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