Canon EOS R5
Image courtesy: Canon

Canon has released firmware version 1.5.0 for the Canon EOS R5 45MP full-frame mirrorless camera. Alongside general performance and stability improvements, the upgraded firmware also adds some autofocus enhancements.

Head detection

Canon has improved the head detection performance to support helmets and goggles as worn in winter sports. In some situations, the Canon R5’s face detection could fail due to the subject’s features being obscured by their headwear. The upgraded head detection feature should help reduce this issue.

Vehicle detection

Canon has added vehicles as an option in the ‘Subject to Detect’ section of the Canon R5’s autofocus menu. This feature supports the detection of cars and motorcycles, which would be very useful for motorsports fans. You can also use spot detection for the helmet of the driver or rider when the Vehicles option is selected.

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Eye detection

The new firmware has improved the camera’s eye detection performance. The update means that the Canon R5 will better follow subjects who have shadows on their face and hair hanging over their eyes. In addition, where the subject’s eyes, face or head are hidden, the Canon R5 will now detect and continuously track a person’s torso instead.

In-body image stabilization

Canon has optimized the controls of in-body image stabilization (IBIS) when using specific EF lenses not equipped with an image stabilization function. The new firmware also adds support for the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens.

Canon Log

Previously, the Canon R5 had an issue whereby noise occurred along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording. Canon has now fixed this with the new firmware. Also, if you use the EOS Utility for remote shooting with two cards inserted, you can now set the recording method and select which card to record to.

Pricing and availability

Firmware version 1.5.0 for the Canon EOS R5 is available to download from the Canon website now.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.