New firmware coming for Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Update available in mid-March for users of Canon's EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera

Canon has announced a firmware update for its EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera. The update upgrades the camera's movie-recording capabilities and according to the company improves audio, video and display functions.

More frame rate settings have been added for shooting video. Cinema (24 frames per second) and PAL broadcast (25fps) options have been added to the camera's existing 30fps, 1080p Full HD recording capability.

The firmware update also adds manual adjustment of sound recording levels (64 levels) and a histogram display for shooting movies with manual exposure. Users of the EOS 5D Mark II will also be able to shoot movies using shutter priority and aperture priority modes. Canon also claims that a glitch involving communication between the camera and attached lens after the manual sensor has been cleaned has now been corrected.

A preview of what’s to come is available on Canon’s Web site, where an action sports photographer has shot a short film titled “I Love My Friends” using the new firmware.

Users will be able to download the firmware at canon.com.au in mid-March

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