Canon just teased a major upcoming autofocus firmware for the EOS R and EOS RP cameras

Aug 29, 2019

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Canon just teased a major upcoming autofocus firmware for the EOS R and EOS RP cameras

Aug 29, 2019

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 shown off a pretty major upcoming firmware update for the Canon EOS R and EOS RP cameras to enhance their autofocus capabilities. Specifically, the update seems to deal with the speed and accuracy of Eye AF and object tracking.

A video demo posted to YouTube by Canon shows side-by-side comparisons of the current firmware vs the new one, which should be arriving in September.

YouTube video

Canon says that the new firmware update will be coming at some point towards the end of September, and the downloads will be available in the respective pages for the EOS R and EOS RP cameras. They say that the new firmware improves three main functions.

  • Eye detection AF
  • AF frame display delay
  • Subject identification

The firmware update aims to add detection of the subject’s eye when the subject is at a distance, improve overall AF frame tracking for moving subjects, as well as improve initial subject recognition and start tracking when subjects are at a distance.

Many EOS R and EOS RP users are already quite happy with the autofocus capabilities of their cameras, although, for those who’ve been struggling, this will be a very welcome upgrade. With Nikon also jumping on the Eye AF bandwagon, and Sony’s recent addition of realtime tracking, it’s no surprise that Canon is stepping up to try and compete.

Have you experienced AF issues with your EOS R or EOS RP?

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John Aldred

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One response to “Canon just teased a major upcoming autofocus firmware for the EOS R and EOS RP cameras”

  1. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    No issues, but AF can always get better??