Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware available

Canon EOS 5D3+24-105

As previously announced, Canon have released the v1.2.1 firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III.

The firmware (18.8MB – PC, 18.9MB – Mac)can be found here and is avialbe to download now.

My initial thoughts about the firmware update can be found here.

The full list of what’s available in this update are as follows (details from the Canon UK website):

  1. Uncompressed HDMI output is now enabled.
  2. Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with Canon EF lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
  3. Improves the speed of the camera’s acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist beam.
  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may freeze and display Err 70 or Err 80 when a still photo is taken during Live View or in movie shooting mode.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon that may occur when the continuous shooting priority setting is enabled for multiple exposures, such that, after the sixth image is taken, there is a slight pause before the remainder of the sequence is completed.
  6. Fixes a phenomenon in which the viewfinder display shows incorrect information during AEB shooting.
  7. Communication with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter has been improved.
  8. When images have been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “O” will be displayed. When images have not been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “X” will be displayed.
  9. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not function properly when an Eye-Fi card is used.
  10. Fixes a phenomenon in which the focal length value listed in the Exif information is not displayed correctly for images shot with the EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens.
  11. Fixes a phenomenon in which the lens firmware cannot be updated properly. 12. Corrects errors in the Arabic language menu.
  12. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera changes the AF micro-adjustment value to -8.
  13. Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the “Setting the ISO Speed Range for Auto ISO” option.

The number one feature for me is the second item on the list the “Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with Canon EF lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8”. I am also happy to see that the third item on the list, the “Improves the speed of the camera’s acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist beam” feature has been incorporated into this update. I wasn’t sure that Canon would be able to add this feature at this time.