Canon confirm April 30th for 5D firmware update

Canon have finally confirmed that the hotly-anticipated 5D MkIII firmware 1.2.1, which adds HDMI out to one of their most popular DSLRs for video, will be released on April 30th. 

Canon 5D Mk III DSLR

While we could just flail at you about the fact that you’ll be able to use the 5D MkIII with a Ninja-2 to capture blissfully uncompressed video – we’re so excited about this that we’re giving away the camera, recorder, spare drive, mount and cable for just £2969 – we should probably give you the full list. Fresh from the Canon’s mouth:

1) Support for HDMI output – when shooting video, the HDMI output on the EOS 5D MkIII outputs high image quality, uncompressed video (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit), making it possible to record on external recorders. It is also possible to display on an external monitor when shooting video, and this makes monitoring possible with high image quality in real time while on location.

2) Support for f/8 AF – even when using lenses with a maximum aperture value of f/8 attached to the EOS 5D MkIII with an extender, AF is achieved with the central points (currently up to f/5.6 is supported).

3) Faster AF when using the flash’s AF-assist beam – depending on shooting conditions. AF speed (time to acquire focus and to release shutter) may be slightly longer for the EOS 5D MkIII when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D MkII.

Order you 5D/Ninja bundle now, then start cross off the days on your calendar. Only 25 to go!

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