Canon EOS R and RP get improved autofocus with new firmware update

Both Canon full-frame mirrorless cameras came with face tracking functions and autofocus with eye detection (AF). However, in use, the AF systems in the EOS R and the EOS RP were not class leaders and could not keep up with the performance of a Sony or Panasonic full-frame mirrorless shooter.

Fortunately, Canon acknowledged this and released firmware updates 1.4.0 and 1.3.0 for the EOS R and RP respectively, which provides significant monitoring and eye detection AF in both cameras a significant increase in performance.

With the new update, both cameras will be able to look at a subject's face and eye from farther than before, although no specific details have been provided on how much this has improved.

The cameras will now also be able to focus and track smaller subjects, so keeping up with your playful puppy or tracking an antelope on your safari trip will be easier.

The biggest problem we faced during the test of the two complete The frame frames were the significant delay between blocking the AF system in a subject and the appearance of the blue focus frame in the viewfinder (or the rear screen when use Live View). This update also addresses that problem, with Canon promising that the delay has now been reduced.

The previous video, although it was shared publicly in August, demonstrates how the AF system in the Canon full-frame mirrorless cameras have improved, and that is when the software is still I was developing.

In the case of EOS R, an error that saw that the size of the AF frame remained static in Servo AF mode has now been fixed, and users should now be able to change the AF frame from small to & # 39; normal & # 39 ;, depending on the situation.

A specific update of EOS RP in version 1.3.0 sees a solution for "a phenomenon in which the main markup icon is not displayed by pressing the zoom in / out button while the image is playing". So that would be in the review panel on the rear LCD screen, in case someone has been lost before.

We have not yet tested the new firmware, and we are not sure if it can beat Sony's top-level AF performance, but we are sure that this will put Canon on par with the eye detection AF on the Nikon Z7 and Z6 that was released as a firmware update in May.

The Canon firmware update for the two cameras without full-frame mirror is available for download in some regions already (Canon websites for Australia, Japan, Mexico and France have links to download), although, at the moment By writing this article, Canon UK and Canon USA had not yet released the firmware. If you can be patient, it should not be long before the update is implemented worldwide.

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