Canon to release EOS R5 firmware instead of EOS R5 Mark II camera

Mar 6, 2023

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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 to release EOS R5 firmware instead of EOS R5 Mark II camera

Mar 6, 2023

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 was expected to announce a new Canon EOS R5 Mark II in 2023. It wasn’t that wild an idea considering we just saw the EOS R6 Mark II introduced a few months ago. According to recent reports, though, that plan has been scrapped. Instead, Canon plans to release a major firmware update for the EOS R5 that rumours say adds many of the features found in the EOS R6 Mark II that aren’t in the original EOS R6.

The firmware notes have not yet been released, leaked or apparently even seen, although Canon Rumors has listed some features that they believe are coming to the EOS R5 with the new firmware. They expect the firmware to be announced quite soon, possibly next month during NAB 2023 and will bring some hotly anticipated new features that people were expecting in an R5 Mark II to the EOS R5.

If true, it’s interesting that Canon is able to add these features to the three-year-old Canon EOS R5 while the EOS R6 had to go through a whole Mark II upgrade to receive them. Still, CR believes that this is what’s coming and they would be very welcome additions to the EOS R5.

  • Lens breathing correction
  • Pre-shooting buffer
  • Removal of 30 minutes record limit
  • Vehicle tracking AF mode (bikes, trains & planes)
  • Additional tracking for more animals

They say there are also supposed to be a couple of new features coming to the EOS R5 that don’t exist anywhere else in the EOS R lineup yet. Exactly what these could be is unknown. If these features are coming to the EOS R5 in lieu of an EOS R5 Mark II this year, the only remaining question is… What can a hypothetical EOS R5 Mark II offer users that this firmware does not? As for the EOS R5c… While there’s been no specific mention of it in the rumours, I expect that will also see a new firmware to add any new features that the EOS R5 receives. If it happens, though, both cameras may not receive the updates at the same time.

With an announcement expected in the next month or so, you can be sure we’ll be keeping an eye on the news coming out of NAB 2023 as well as Canon, and we’ll let you know when we hear anything solid.

What do you want? A new firmware or a new camera?

[via Canon Rumors]

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8 responses to “Canon to release EOS R5 firmware instead of EOS R5 Mark II camera”

  1. David-Frog Clark Avatar
    David-Frog Clark

    Jayden Clark!!

  2. Daniel Lowe Avatar
    Daniel Lowe

    I want 3rd party Zoom lenses for RF mount, like a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 that’s available for EVERY OTHER MOUNT

    1. Brad Crocker - Wedding Photography Avatar
      Brad Crocker – Wedding Photography

      Daniel Lowe 100%

  3. Annie Chartrand Avatar
    Annie Chartrand

    New firmware. Cheaper than a new camera.

  4. Ed Hoffman Photography Avatar
    Ed Hoffman Photography

    Guess I’ll be waiting longer for the mkii it looks like.

    1. Daniel James Avatar
      Daniel James

      Ed Hoffman Photography what would you need from the mkII that the current one doesn’t have 🤷‍♂️?

    2. Nick Hemphill Photo Video Avatar
      Nick Hemphill Photo Video

      I agree. 8K60 is the only thing that would be “nice,” although shooting 5K60 with this camera is plenty. The near silent shutter even when not in silent mode is amazing as is. A haptic when shooting in silent would be nice. I am glad this camera has a shutter that is closed for changing lenses. The R8 is a no-deal for me just simply because of that. Touch bar would be cool. That made navigating photos really nice on the R. However, GPS is probably my absolute favorite missing feature. I like to keep track of spots for teaching purposes, and putting the receiver on the camera is constantly forgotten by me.

  5. Travis Lucas Avatar
    Travis Lucas

    This camera is still super relevant bring on the firmware. Free features are cool with me. Let the new technology continue and mature so the upgrade to a mark II feels worth it.