Other than pretty neat deals, there is more news in Nikon’s mirrorless department. The company releases firmware updates for its entire line of mirrorless cameras. In other words, certain features will be improved in the Nikon Z50, Z 5, Z 6, Z 6 II, Z 7, and Z 7 II.
Canon released a bunch of new firmware updates last week for the Canon EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS 1DX Mark III cameras. The EOS R6 v1.3.0 firmware update, was pulled within 24 hours of being published without any explanation or reason why. Well, it seems that the v1.3.0 firmware contained a not insignificant bug, which Canon was quick to fix. They have now released a new v.1.3.1 firmware.
A video posted to the Chinese social media site BiliBili illustrates the bug and exactly what causes it – using a rather fetching Helly Kitty themed EOS R6, resulting in “Err 70”. It appears that the issue is caused when shooting Full HD video in high-speed modes using EF-S lenses or cropped shooting mode.
One of the great things about the recently released Rode Wireless GO II over its predecessor is that the transmitters have built-in recorders. This allows them to keep recording internally even if they suffer from interference or go out of range of the receiver plugged into your camera (if you’re not in the USA).
Well, Rode has now released a new firmware update for the Wireless GO II microphone system that allows the transmitters to act solely as audio recorders completely independently, without the receiver having to be plugged into your camera or even turned on.
The Sony FX3 hasn’t even begun shipping yet, and Sony’s already giving more reasons for folks not to get one. Sony has released A7S III Firmware Version 2.00 which adds Sony’s S-Cinetone colour profile, first seen in the FX6, coming with the FX3, and included with the recently released Sony A1, to the Sony A7S III.
Sony says that the colour profile “delivers natural mid-tines that are essential to healthy-looking skin colour, plus soft colours and gorgeous highlights”. This can either be applied while monitoring or you can bake it into the footage to make your life go a little quicker when grading.
Sony first announced back in June 2020 that the Sony ZV-1 vlogging camera would soon be able to act as a USB webcam. Just two months later, they delivered, adding support for not only the ZV-1 but 34 other Sony cameras as well. Now, though, a new firmware update lets you use the ZV-1 as a USB webcam without any other software at all.
The new update means all one has to do is connect their ZV-1 camera to a computer’s USB port and it gets detected as a video capture device just like any other webcam, allowing you to use it natively in applications like OBS, Skype, Zoom or… well, anything that uses a webcam, really. Taht means you won’t need to use Imaging Edge Webcam software anymore.
Leica has released a new firmware update for the M10-P, M10-R and M10 Monochrom cameras that adds a new Perspective Control feature to the camera for correcting perspective distortion. It’s designed to help get your horizons straighter and to stop vertical lines converging with each other as they get further away from the camera.
It’s a similar effect to using tilt-shift lenses to correct the issues inherent with photographing something on-axis, except this is done digitally. It’s more like the effect you might use in Lightroom or Photoshop than using an optical solution. Except here, it all happens in-camera.
Well, this is interesting. With all the talk of cameras getting firmware updates this year in order to give them the capability to be used as a webcam, we’ve forgotten all about the other devices into which you can plug them. Devices like monitor recorders.
Blackmagic has released a new firmware update for its Video Assist monitors allowing you to use them as regular USB capture devices (like a webcam) over its Type-C connection. So, if you’ve got a Blackmagic Video Assist monitor, it doesn’t matter whether your camera has this feature or not anymore.
Panasonic recently announced that they had a bunch of new firmware updates coming for their full-frame mirrorless lineup, including their newest addition, the Panasonic S5. Of particular note was that it would allow the S5 to shoot 5.9K ProRes RAW when paired with the Atomos Ninja V. Well, now, Panasonic has released those updates and so has Atomos.
New firmware has been released today for all of Panasonic’s full-frame mirrorless cameras, including the S1, S1H, S1R and S5. They’ve also released new firmware updates for a couple of their Micro Four Thirds cameras, too, including the G9 and the G100/G110. There’s no ProRes RAW on the MFT cameras, though.
It’s always the way with Fuji, just after they announce a new camera and owners of its predecessor get all excited and pre-order, they release a new firmware to update the old one to perform almost as well as the new one. And, they’ve done it again with the Fuji X-T3, this time with the v4.00 firmware update that they claim gives it the same autofocus performance of the new Fuji X-T4.