Canon 5D Mark III to Get New Firmware in April

The Canon 5D Mark III will be getting uncompressed HDMI and better AF performance in the new year

Canon 5D Mark III Main

Canon 5D Mark III Main

Canon has been on a bit of a roll with firmware releases over the last few months. Since August, they've released update for the 1D X, the 40mm f/2.8 lens, and the 7D. Now, Canon 5D Mark III shooters are up, but they won't be seeing the update until April.

The planned firmware update will add two major tweaks: uncompressed HDMI pass-through for video, and cross-type focusing up to f/8. This is the same AF tweak that Canon recently released for the 1D X. Here's the official description of the changes:

Uncompressed HDMI Output Support

When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera's HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.

Improved AF Functionality

Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera's central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.