Product Advisory for Canon 5D Mark III

Canon has released a product advisory for some Canon 5D Mark III’s. They state : “In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.

This does not affect all the Mark III’s. Check the link below to see the affected models.


New Firmware for the Canon 5D Mark III

Canon has released firmware version 1.2.3 for the EOS 5D Mark III. Firmware version 1.2.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the flash may not fire depending on the timing of when the shutter button is pressed.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value may change.*
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may show a line of false color along boundaries of high contrast.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the histogram of a LiveView image is incorrectly displayed when an HDMI cable is connected.
  • Enables the brightness of the camera’s LCD monitor to be adjusted even when an HDMI cable is connected.

Download the new update here.

New Firmware Update for the Canon 5D Mark III

Canon today launched a new firmware update (version 1.2.1) for the 5D Mark III that provides two notable improvements to the camera: uncompressed HDMI output and the ability to use cross-type autofocus at f/8.

The 5D Mark III can now be upgraded to capture clean, uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit digital video. Uncompressed footage will be sent with embedded time code over the camera’s HDMI output while it simultaneously displays the video on the rear LCD and records it to its memory cards.

A new “mirroring” feature via the HDMI output allows video to be displayed on the rear LCD screen with or without scene and camera information while also outputting a clean video signal to a monitor or external recorder.

The new firmware allows cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point when the maximum aperture becomes as small as f/8, in the same way that the EOS-1D X does.

More info on Canon’s website.



New Firmware for Canon 5D Mark III Coming Not So Soon


Canon has announced today that the EOS 5D Mark III will receive a firmware update giving it a clean HDMI output to rival its main competitor – the Nikon D800. The output will be 4:2:2 8bit and should work with many popular external HDMI recorders.

Only problem is…you’ll have to wait until April to get it!

Here is the Canon press release :

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.

Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.

Improved AF Functionality
Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.

The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.

Canon 5D Mark III and 60D Firmware Updates

Canon has issued a firmware update for the 5D Mark III.  Version 1.1.3 adds the following :

  • Supports the new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens that is to be released at the end of June, 2012.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing shooting.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens is mounted to the camera with an extender
  • Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens.

Canon USA 5D Mark III Drivers/Support page

Canon has also issued a firmware update for the 60D.  The new firmware version 1.1.1 includes the following updates:

  • Fixes a phenomenon where the camera’s serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image does not display the correct serial number.
  • Corrects errors in the Greek, Italian, and Portuguese menu screens.

Canon USA 60D Drivers/Support page