Last Updated on April 15, 2020
A new exciting announcement has been made by Canon with the release of the next firmware for the EOS R. Basically, there are some new features that go along with the update as well as some bug fixes.
Here are some of the new enhancements and fixes in the firmware update version 1.2.0.
- Eye-Detection AF (autofocus) and Small AF Frame Size
- Provides support for Servo AF when shooting still photos.
- Available when shooting movies regardless of the settings of the Movie Servo AF.
- Fixed issues wherein the electronic level was not displayed properly in the viewfinder.
- Fixed issues wherein the information on the electronic viewfinder was not rotated properly.
- Fixed issues wherein updating the firmware for the wireless file transmitter was not possible.
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This firmware update 1.2.0 is intended for cameras having a firmware version 1.1.0. Thus, this new update will no longer be useful for updated versions of the firmware. For those who are looking forward to update the firmware of their cameras, it is best that you review the instructions properly before downloading the firmware.
What Is New With Version 1.2.0?
The Canon EOS R already has the full-frame mirrorless camera in which the new 1.2.0 firmware has added eye detection autofocus and small AF frame size support for the Servo autofocus the moment you will shoot still images. Moreover, both autofocus options can be used when shooting videos regardless of the movie servo autofocus setting of the camera.
What Are Mirrorless Cameras?
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Basically, mirrorless cameras can get extra support from firmware updates. As the market for mirrorless cameras become so competitive, firmware updates have become an integral part of mirrorless ownership.
Eye Detection Autofocus
Not long ago, Sony was the one responsible for the development of mirrorless cameras. Canon made it commitment to respond to the call of Canon EOS R users regarding its inconsistent performance particularly with eye tracking. That is why firmware version 1.2.0 has been added to provide the necessary features that it first lacked.
Some digital cameras have their own servo autofocus. This is a way in which photographers are able to keep a moving object focused automatically on the basis of the settings of the camera. Normally, this function is only found in professional SLR cameras.
Basically, they are used in shooting wildlife or sports. This is more advantageous compared to pre-focusing because it is possible to follow the moving object while keeping focused on it. This is even more advantageous compared to guessing where the object will go.
The AF servo is engaged when switching to AI servo in your Canon camera. Upon engaging with this feature, you can pick the object and hold the shutter halfway down. However, you can also hold the shutter all the way down and the camera will just focus while you shoot the object.
You may find this a useful addition if you are using the Canon EOS R because your AF servo is not only good for wildlife or sports photography. It can also be used for shooting live events, such as in concerts or important occasions when the object is moving constantly.