Canon did it again:
Today, Canon released a new firmware version for the Canon EOS R5 and R6, which once again includes additional feature updates. In particular, some enhancements to the autofocus system (such as vehicle detection) of the new EOS R3 have now been integrated into the EOS R5 and R6. The new firmware is immediately available for download as usual directly from Canon. According to Canon, it includes the following improvements and corrections:
- Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.
- Adds [Vehicles] selection to [Subject to detect] selection in the [AF] tab to support the detection of automobiles and motorcycles in motorsports. Adds [Spot detection] when [Vehicles] is selected as the helmet of the driver or rider*.
*Detection may not be possible for ordinary passenger cars or bicycles, or for motorcyclists performing stunts or kicking up dirt and dust.
- Improves detection performance for eye detection when:
-there are shadows on the face.
-hair is hanging over the eyes.
- Adds support for torso detection of a person. If the eyes, face or head are hidden or cannot be detected, a person’s torso will be detected and tracked continuously.
- Adds the ability to import manual white balance (MWB) data from the Quick Control screen when capturing still images.
- Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.
- Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with two cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.
- Adds [Suppress lower frame rate] to [Smooth] in [Disp. performance], enabling the shooting screen to be displayed with less drop frame rate even in dark locations.
- Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].
- Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.
- Optimizes controls of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) when using specific EF lenses not equipped with the image stabilization function.
- Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.
The new firmware can be downloaded directly from Canon using the links below:
Canon has also revised the user manual accordingly, and it will soon be available for download directly from Canon as well.
I have already downloaded and installed the new version 1.5.0. This worked as usual without any problems. A short test shows that, at least subjectively felt, the person recognition could actually be improved further. Point 8 is also very welcome, the viewfinder image is actually much smoother in dark environments than before.
Overall, the latest update contains some very welcome improvements that make it even less interesting for me to switch to an EOS R3.
For newcomers and interested people: I have updated my article with my proven settings of the EOS R5, it can be found here. There are also many other articles about the Canon EOS R5 on this website.
PS: in the meantime Canon released another bugfixed firmware version 1.5.1