Hardly a month after its release, the Canon EOS R5 gets its first firmware update. Starting today, the firmware version 1.1.0 is available for download on the Canon Europe website. Besides bug fixes in the menu, a further improvement of the image stabilization for “certain RF lenses”, an improvement of the access time for “certain CFexpress cards” and the connectivity for FTP transfers, the most important and most hoped-for update is certainly the
Improvement of the recording time until the camera overheats.
Although the overheating problem has not been completely solved with the new firmware, the recording time has been significantly increased. In addition, the camera is sooner available for video recording after a shutdown due to overheating.
I have just checked the new behavior by myself. With the old firmware, I could record about 16 minutes in 8K RAW until the camera powered down due to overheating. The new firmware now allows 20 minutes recording time. Half an hour later, 5 minutes of recording time were available again.
Jordon Drake of DPReview has already tested the behavior with the new firmware in detail:
The possible recording time in his test in 8K IPB has been increased from about 20 to 25 minutes with the new firmware, the recording time in 4K HQ IPB even from 30 to 40 minutes. Even more important is that with the new firmware the camera is now faster ready for the next shoot.
In 8K, 10 minutes of recording time are available after 30 minutes (previously 5 minutes) and after 1 hour there are already 15 minutes (previously 10) available. In 4K HQ, after one hour of cooling-down, 20 minutes of recording time are now available (previously 15).
Much more exciting and for me, who only wants to record short clips casually at the most time, more important is the improved behavior with short clips, which Gordon Leign tested extensively in his video:
He took one 30-second clip in 4K-120 at 30-second intervals and turned the camera off for 30 seconds between each clip. With the original firmware, he could record a total of 22x 30 second clips, or 11 minutes of film, until the EOS R5 powered down due to overheating. With the new firmware 1.1.0., this behavior has now been dramatically improved. Now the camera allowed the recording of a total of 96 clips, i.e. 48 minutes of film, until it shut down.
Another important aspect he mentions, is the fact that the camera cools down fastest when it is completely switched off via the main switch. Any action in the menus or taking photos will significantly delay the cooling down. Even pure photography can overheat the camera. I experienced this myself during my visit to the zoo last weekend (using the old firmware).
Although I didn’t do any filming, after about 2 hours and about 300 shots (partly in fast continuous shooting mode) the overheating warning appeared on the screen and the possible movie recording time was displayed as 0:00 minutes. However, I had left the camera switched on during the whole time and despite the warning, I was able to continue taking pictures without any problems. But the cool down time was also improved with the firmware update, as Jordon Drake had already found out. I’m curious, if the overheating warning with the new firmware will continue to appear with extensive plain photography.
With the original firmware, several testers have made the observation, that the cooling time of the camera was obviously rigidly set by a timer and the outside temperature was largely ignored. According to Gordon Laign, Canon told him, that the EOS R5 uses a total of three thermal sensors, two measuring the internal and one the external temperature. Canon has now changed the evaluation of these sensors, they are read out more often and the external sensor is now apparently taken into account to a greater extent.
To verify this, Gordon Laign used his refrigerator. In his test, the EOS R5 with the new firmware previously took 32 minutes at room temperature before full recording time was available again. In a second test, he put the camera in his fridge and now after only 12 minutes it was ready for the full recording time again.
I have already installed the firmware update. The process was (as usual from Canon) without problems.
Somewhat irritating was the fact, that in the beginning the update process stopped at 0% for about 60 seconds - I had already feared a crash - but then it went through without problems. In total the update took about 6 1/2 minutes. The technical progress of the camera can be seen in the size of the firmware: The firmware file of the EOS 5R is 45MB in size, the one of the 5DS R needed only 32MB.