Canon C100 Firmware Update

Canon C100 Firmware Update

Canon EOS C100

Canon have released firmware update 1.0.1.1 for the EOS C100, which now features continuous focus tracking of moving subjects and XLR modification.

Our friends over at Planet5D picked up on this first, with one of their moderators commenting on the functionality of the feature:

“OK I downloaded it and installed it on the C100 just before the camera left our building and did some very quick tests using the 18-135mm STM lens. The AF in Focus Lock mode was very fast and smooth. Much better than before.

AF in Continuous mode (which is accessible as a setting in the camera menu) is fully continuous which means it keeps focusing without any interaction.

The One Shot (focus lock) AF mode still requires you to push the Focus button on the front of the camera body.

In my initial test, I was very impressed with the speed and smoothness of the Continuous Focusing. It was very good in very low light, and would probably be even better in good light. It seemed to track a moving person diagonally very well, which is not easy for most contrast detection systems.”


Here is the press release from Canon:

Affected Product

Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera

Details

Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 incorporates the following additional functions and modifications:

A function has been added which allows automatic continuous focusing and iris setting on a subject in the center of the screen when using the EF-S18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

The polarity of the XLR terminal has been modified to improve compatibility with external audio devices. The pin configuration has been modified to be consistent with the Instruction Manual.

For details about the new functions, please download the latest version of the C100 User Manual (PDF) .

Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 is for EOS C100 cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.0.1.00. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.1.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

Support

The new Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 can be downloaded by clicking here.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.

Thank you,

Customer Support Operations

The XLR modification sounds like a tweak more than a new feature, and whilst the continuos focussing sounds positive in regards to functionality, it’s use in the professional world is likely to be limited. Will you have a use for this feature? What did you hope to see from a C100 firmware update?

The new Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 can be downloaded by clicking here.

via Planet5D

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Bart
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July 12th, 2013

Will the firmware fix the ‘audio levels combined’ issue? In other words, when you plug a single mic into one xlr input and combine the channels you cannot set the levels for each of those channels independently. This is VERY frustrating in a professional camera. If you are doing an interview and the subject coughs, or laughs or raises their voice you cannot account for it with a single level on both channels!!!

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July 12th, 2013
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Valid point.

Although I wouldn’t have thought Canon see it as an issue that needs fixing.

It’s more of a feature that should’ve been there to start with.

As far as in aware this firmware does not alter the said ‘phenomenon’.

Mike Malyuga
Mike Malyuga
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July 9th, 2013

And what about 30p framerate or 1280×720 50p recording? That’s really useful options!!

Sam Spear
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July 3rd, 2013

I’m glad Canon made this update to enhance auto focus. It will definitely help when using the C-100 on a motion stabilizer like a Glidecam. If you’ve ever tried to stabilize a Glidecam while attempting to hold focus on an object moving toward and away from you, then you know what I mean.

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