Canon Firmware Update Boosts the R3’s Burst Photo Speed to 195 FPS

Canon has released a series of firmware updates for the R5, R6 and R3. The most notable improvement is with the R3, which can now shoot at 195fps.

Canon R3 firmware version 1.2 adds a new custom high-speed continuous shooting setting that captures between 30 and 195 fps at full resolution in JPEG, HEIF or RAW. Canon specifies that this mode allows it to take between 2 and 50 photos at this speed.

“It gives photographers the ability to capture the definitive moment of action, like when the bat hits the ball in baseball or when a bird of prey attacks,” says Canon.

However, the update doesn’t just improve photos. Version 1.2 also allows the camera to shoot Full HD video at up to 240p, which the company says is usually reserved for dedicated video cameras.

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The Canon EOS R3 | Photo by Ryan Mense for PetaPixel.

Below are the 14 changes made to the R3 in firmware version 1.2:

  • Adds the ability to set “Custom Continuous High Speed” to Drive mode. It is possible to shoot from 2 to 50 images continuously at a speed of approximately 30 to 195 fps.
  • Adds the ability to select “FHD 239.76 fps/200.00 fps” in “High frame rate”.
  • Adds the ability to “compose in depth” in camera during “Focus bracketing”.
  • Adds focus bracketing and depth compositing with a flash (Speedlite EL-1).
  • Adds the ability to record time lapse videos. Note that the time-lapse video setting is retained even if the camera goes into auto power off state before you start recording the time-lapse video.
  • Adds the capability of Cloud RAW processing functionality. RAW processing with the latest image processing technology is possible. This is a paid service that requires the purchase of a Canon Imaging App Service Plan, which will be available from July 25, 2022.
  • Adds the ability to convert multiple HEIF images to multiple JPEG images.
  • Adds the ability to set [Still Image Crop/Aspect] at [Custom Controls]. The assigned button can be used to switch between crop and aspect ratio.
  • Adds the ability to crop and resize images when uploading to an FTP server.
  • 802.1X/WPA2-Enterprise authentication now supports PKCS#12 certificate format.
  • Adds electronic shutter sound to play when mechanical shutter or electronic 1st curtain is activated.
  • Improves the performance of “Movie Digital IS”. It stabilizes the image when taking selfies or shooting while walking with a wide-angle lens.
  • Add [Auto Power Off Temp.: Standard/High] to the menu for still shooting.
  • Fixes an issue, which displays error code 70 on the camera, which can occur, in rare cases, when the [Disp. performance] the setting is set to [Smooth].
  • Fixes minor issues.

The firmware update is free and can be downloaded immediately from the Canon website.

EOS R5 and R6 updates

Canon has also updated the EOS R5 and R6 cameras to version 1.6. The company says this update brings popular features from the R3 to the R5, such as the auto power off temperature feature which, depending on conditions, enables longer recording times than before.

This feature means the exterior of the camera will get warmer depending on the operating environment, and Canon has tested the improved temps at 23 degrees Celsius (or 73 degrees Fahrenheit). If the ambient temperature is higher or lower than this, the company says the available recording time may differ. Anyway, the recording is limited to 29 minutes 59 seconds and any time longer than this indicates that the recording can be resumed immediately.

With this update, the R5 can record in 8K for 45 minutes, down from 20 minutes, and in 4K at 60P for 60 minutes with full sensor width increased from 35 minutes, and 50 minutes with APS-cropped C, which is up 25 minutes.

Below are the complete changes to the R5 in firmware version 1.6:

  • Add [Auto Power Off Temp.: Standard/High] to the menu for video recording. When [High] is selected, the camera will not turn off automatically when the temperature of the camera body and card becomes high, which may allow longer video recording than before, depending on shooting conditions . Note that the temperature of the bottom surface of the camera may increase at this time.
  • Adds the ability to convert multiple HEIF images to multiple JPEG images.
  • Improves the performance of “Movie Digital IS”. It stabilizes the image when taking selfies or shooting while walking with a wide-angle lens.
  • Fixes minor issues.

And finally, here are the complete changes to the R6 in firmware version 1.6:

  • Adds the ability to convert multiple HEIF images to multiple JPEG images.
  • Improves the performance of “Movie Digital IS”. It stabilizes the image when taking selfies or shooting while walking with a wide-angle lens.
  • Fixes minor issues.

Both updates are free and the R5 update and R6 update can be downloaded directly from the Canon website.


Picture credits: Photos by Ryan Mense for PetaPixel.

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