EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update Version 2.0.4

Canon has released a firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II fixing audio issues when using custom functions and adds a handful of enhancements to the movie modes. The most important change in the movie mode was changing the 24 and 30 FPS modes to actually be the industry standard of 29.97 fps. Canon also added the ability to manually adjust the recording levels and a new histogram display has been added for shooting in manual exposure. The new firmware also adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies. Another change was switching the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz. The complete list of changes and a link to download the new firmware after the break.

In the Version 2.0.4 firmware, the following phenomena that occurred with the Version 2.0.3 firmware (which was to enhance the movie functions) have been corrected.

  • There was a phenomenon in which the manual recording settings made in C1/C2/C3 were changed and sound could not be recorded if manual sound recording was used in the C1/C2/C3 settings and the camera was subsequently turned off (or if Auto Power Off was activated). This does not occur in modes other than C1/C2/C3.

The Version 2.0.4 firmware includes the movie function enhancements listed in items 1 through 5 below, and also incorporates the correction listed in item 6.

  1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.
    • 1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)
    • 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
    • 640×480 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)
    • 1920×1080 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)
    • 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
    • 640×480 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)
  2. NTSC: PAL:

  3. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).
  4. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.
  5. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.
  6. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.
  7. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)

Caution:

  • Firmware Version 2.0.4 is for cameras with firmware up to version 2.0.3. If the camera’s firmware is already version 2.0.4, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
  • Movies captured using EOS 5D Mark II cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.0 to 1.2.4 can be played back on cameras updated with Firmware Version 2.0.4. However, if you try to play back movies captured with a camera with the new firmare on a camera with a previous firmare version, a message, Cannot play back image, appears on the camera’s LCD monitor.
  • It is recommended that you use the latest Canon applications*1 to edit movies captured with EOS 5D Mark II cameras that have the latest firmare because some previous versions do not support movie-editing functions and the frame rates that are added or changed by the latest firmware. You can download the latest Canon applications from our Web site.
    *1 ZoomBrowser EX Version 6.5.0 or later (compatible operating systems : Windows XP/Vista/7)
    ImageBrowser Version 6.5.0 or later (compatible operating systems : Mac OS X v10.4/10.5/10.6)
  • In addition to the enhancements to the movie function, the accompanying instruction manual has also been revised. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the latest instruction manual.

Link to announcement and download links:

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html

KerryG

Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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  1. March 20, 2010

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