Canon has just announced the latest firmware update for EOS R. If you’re a professional stop motion creator (or want to become one), this new firmware update is tailored for you. It’s compatible with Dragonframe stop motion animation software and designed to make stop motion animation easier, but it doesn’t come without some drawbacks either.
The latest firmware update is all about controlling the scene more accurately. When connected to Dragonframe software, the update increases your Live View resolution from Canon’s normal 960×640 to 1920×1280. This makes it easier to confirm focus, but also to control the movement within every frame. Canon has also added Manual Focus Peaking over USB to interface with Dragonframe software. This also allows you to capture fine details with more precision and have more control over the depth of field.
As for the drawbacks, there are a few of them that come with the latest firmware update along with all its perks. When it’s installed in your EOS R, the HDMI output is disabled, and you can’t set display performance options. The Manual Focus Peaking suffers most changes and limitations. While it’s available over USB, it won’t work in other situations:
- When an EF-S lens is used
- When [Multiple exposure] is set
- When [Cropping/aspect ratio] is set to an option other than [FULL]
- When the shooting screen is magnified
- When you keep holding down the shutter button after shooting
If for you the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, there are two ways to get the latest firmware update. You can either upgrade your current camera at Canon’s Factory Service Center, and it will set you back $100. If you what to buy the brand new Canon EOS R with this firmware, it’s available for $1,899, which is $100 more expensive than the model without it. You can find more information on the firmware update on Canon’s website.