New Canon 5D Mark III firmware update to enable uncompressed HDMI output and improve AF performance

Canon announced new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III that will bring uncompressed HDMI output support and improved AF performance. The firmware is expected to be released in... April, 2013:

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.

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  • Sky

    Catching up with A99, don’t we?

    • trident

      What is A99?

      • I hate Sony

        Some sony piece of crap.

        • hmm

          oh you mean that piece of crap that can’t focus off-center?

  • TC

    Competition is finally getting through to Canon and they are de-crippling the HDMI. How about the appalling softness of the video image? Can they fix that too?

    • Yes… but only after the dumb consumers learn that such things can’t be fixed by a firmware update.

  • LeadWrist

    Now hopefully Nikon will follow suit with D600 firmware upgrade.

    • Pablo Ricasso

      D600 the TRUE successor to the 5D mark III…

  • Angry Bird

    Does it take so long to enable disabled features?
    A little more wait and I could buy the Mark IV 🙁

    • Z

      You think this is slow?

      Just ask 7D users how long it took for Canon to unlock 7D’s crippled features with a firmware update.
      Three+ years in product cycle is …. what, about equivalent to eternity … no?

      I hear they have a firmware update for MKII AF next?

      • cartman

        And that´s why: “Screw you Canon, I´m going Panasonic (or Nikon)!”

        • Z

          I love Canon.

          They make great copiers and printers …

    • TC

      > Does it take so long to enable disabled features?

      Haha, exactly. This is not adding a new feature, this is removing their own deliberate sabotage of the HDMI out. It will be a day’s work, max.

  • April, 2013?

    April, 2013? LOL! knowing Canon, this will be delayed until the summer at least. Why announce this soooo early? April is 6 months away! Canon needs to quit announcing future announcements and start announcing things that will actually be available shortly….. 200-400(been waiting forever), 24-70 took forever, 1DX, 1DC, d6D, still a couple months away, and many many more.
    Is Canon selling hype, or camera gear?

    • I think they’ve realised that they need to get their act together. The early announcements probably to discourage people from changing brands. Like, if it weren’t for the high MP (40MP+? 50MP?) rumor leaks, I would’ve gotten a D800 myself.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        Don’t feel too bad. I’m sure that by this time next year you’ll be able to preorder one…

        • You might be right. But I don’t mind waiting because I can’t be happy on Nikon knowing that Canon’s lenses are better.

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