The Canon EOS R3, R5, R6 get a firmware upgrade

Since DSLR cameras and mostly the newer Mirrorless cameras have the ability to upgrade when an update is available from the manufacture. What I see in these firmware updates is that if you have one of these cameras, you will automatically have a new camera that is more up to date than the one you had.


It wasn’t that long ago that Nikon put out a firmware update for their Z camera series, and If you owned this Nikon series, you have new camera, really! The upgrades that the firmware did, changed the camera to a new 2022 series for sure.

And now Canon, that has 3 models in the EOS R-series, all got an upgrade that blows your mind. Imagine one camera model that the high speed motor drive was 30fps, and now suddenly it has been upgraded to 195fps (no, that is not typo). Here is the latest report from Digital Camera World on the Canon EOS firmware upgrade:

Canon sets the speed dial to MAX with new firmware that almost turns them into new cameras!

Canon has announced new firmware updates for its EOS R system in response to feedback and requests from photographers, which will introduce impressive speed and endurance to the Canon EOS R3, R5 and R6 cameras.

Firmware updates come out all the time, so why should you be excited about these? Well, the Canon EOS R3 firmware v1.20 sets new heights for high speed shooting, allowing up to 195fps JPG images to be captured continuously. 

The Canon EOS R5 firmware v1.60 extends video recording times thanks to an Auto Power Off Temperature feature, and the Canon EOS R6 firmware v1.60 now allows crop ratios to be assigned to a custom button, speeding up workflows so that you can spend more time shooting and less time editing.

Canon EOS R3

The Canon EOS R3 is already a remarkable sports camera, and the v1.20 firmware update improves its speedy specs. If photographers use the custom high-speed continuous shooting setting, they’ll now get frame rates from 30fps up to 195fps – that’s at full resolution in a JPEG, HEIF or RAW format. 

Another result of this firmware update is that the Canon EOS R3 will offer Full HD movies for slow-motion capture at 240p, for frame rate speeds that have previously only been available on dedicated video cameras. 

Cloud RAW Image Processing will now be available in the EOS R3, too, a feature that was previously launches on the Canon EOS R7. This processing applies sophisticated deep learning to the image, and can improve elements such as resolution and sharpness

The latest Canon EOS R3 improvement is the ability to assign crop ratios to a custom button on the Canon EOS R3. Cropping the image effectively acts as a built-in extender, enabling photographers to zoom in on newsworthy moments even if they don’t have the right lenses to hand.

In all, this new firmware update really makes the Canon EOS R3 an even more appealing camera to sports or wildlife photographers, offering lightening-fast image capture and slow-motion picture to make the nearly a new camera, let alone a firmware update!

Vloggers have previously complained that the edges of videos taken in selfie mode would shake when taken with an ultra-wide lens. To combat this, the Canon EOS R3, EOS R5 and EOS R6 now include wobble correction within the Digital Movie IS function. Wondering if the Canon EOS R5 vs R6 is for you?

The v1.60 firmware for the EOS R5 will also bring a popular feature of the EOS R3 to the EOS R5 – Auto Power Off Temperature – which (depending on conditions) enables longer recording times to be achieved.


Firmware refers to the software your camera uses to operate. It exists on a microprocessor inside your camera, and it controls the features and functions attached to camera menus and buttons, as well as autofocus algorithms, image processing, noise reduction, and more.

Note that the firmware differs from your camera’s hardware (i.e., its physical components) – and it is the interaction of the firmware and the hardware that allows you to set exposures, autofocus on subjects, and even take pictures.

Now, every camera is shipped with firmware on its microprocessor. And that firmware will work, generally quite well, for the camera’s lifetime.

However, every so often, manufacturers may release firmware updates, which modify the firmware to add new features and other items.

Why are firmware updates important?

Firmware updates generally contain one of two things:

  1. Enhancements that improve camera operation (e.g., upgraded autofocus functionality)
  2. Fixes for camera problems

So if you want your camera to operate at peak performance, as soon as a manufacturer releases an update, you should install it.

Firmware updates aren’t required. Some cameras never have updates. And others only gain minor updates or fixes, potentially offering solutions to problems that don’t interest you. Some updates add languages or add support for optional accessories (such as wireless functions or GPS modules). It’s up to you whether a firmware update is worth adding.

My opinion? Update the firmware whenever you can. It’s an easy process, as I show below, and it can offer excellent improvements, not to mention fixes for serious issues. Some firmware updates are in response to problems discovered by users after the launch of the camera, and these may be pretty major (such as battery-draining issues, unexpected camera lockup, and autofocus issues).

For that reason, I recommend you check for updates on a semi-regular basis – maybe every few months or so. I also recommend you check as soon as you purchase a new camera, because it may or may not come with new firmware already installed.

If your camera is on the older side, don’t expect frequent updates. But do check on an annual basis, because you never know what might be released.

If you’ve never checked for firmware updates, then now is a good time to do so. And if your camera doesn’t contain the latest firmware, read my instructions below explaining how to install it.

Does your camera have the latest firmware? How to check:

In order to check for firmware updates, you need to know what firmware your camera is currently running.

This information is found somewhere in your camera’s menu, though finding it is different on every camera and not always obvious. Feel free to browse through all the menu pages; alternatively, just refer to your camera’s instruction manual.

When browsing, look for options such as VersionFirmware, or Firmware Version. Here’s the firmware information on my Canon DSLR:

Check your camera to see what firmware you have on your camera!

Once you find the right item, click to open it and note down the version number.

Then find the support page for your camera on the manufacturer’s website. Here are links to a handful of support pages:

Once on the website, simply locate your camera model. (This is important; firmware is not compatible with multiple cameras!) Then, if prompted, select the Firmware link.

Check the listed firmware version. Compare it to the firmware version number on your camera. If the website firmware number is higher than the number on your camera, then it’s time for a firmware update. If the website firmware number is identical to the one on your camera, it means your camera requires no updates, but check back in a few months to see if anything has changed.

How to update your camera’s firmware: a step-by-step guide:

In this section, I offer a general set of instructions for updating camera firmware. Many cameras, including Canon, Nikon, and Fujifilm models, use this updating process.

However, you should always read the instructions on the firmware download page before proceeding with a firmware update. A mistake in the updating process can genuinely break your camera, so it pays to be diligent.

Note that you should never update firmware on a low battery. Your battery should be fully charged, because if it fails during the firmware update, you may end up with a dead camera that requires a trip to the manufacturer.

Updating firmware on Canon, Nikon, and Fujifilm cameras:

Note: The instructions I share below may not reflect the exact firmware update steps for your camera. Again, make sure you carefully read any manufacturer instructions before doing any updating.

If you use a Canon, Nikon, or Fujifilm camera, you can update firmware via a memory card. Here’s how it works:

First, take your memory card and do an in-camera format. This will clear the card of all images, so make sure you’ve exported any files that matter.

Next, download the latest firmware from the manufacturer’s website. As I explained above, you can find the download link by searching for your camera model on one of the following support pages:

Insert your empty memory card into your computer card reader, then copy the downloaded firmware over to the memory card.

Make sure your camera is off, then insert the firmware-loaded memory card. Turn on your camera and navigate to the firmware version in the menu (remember, this will be indicated by VersionFirmware, or Firmware Version).

Carefully follow any instructions displayed on your camera’s LCD screen. Your camera will indicate when the update is complete, at which point you can switch off the camera and remove the memory card.

Just to be safe, I’d recommend turning your camera back on and checking the firmware number. If the listed number now reflects the latest firmware version, then your work is complete!

Note: If you have any other than the 3 cameras listed above, contact me on my “question” email at :

If something goes wrong:

If you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and run into an error, check the instructions again. Have you missed a step or misunderstood what is required?

If you troubleshoot and still can’t figure out the issue, I recommend contacting an authorized service center for your camera brand.


Imagine having a camera that you can get the newest features automatically with just a firmware update. Have you ever felt like your camera got outdated in one year? No longer. The better cameras will have firmware updates that will keep your camera up to date. What a great new world we live in.


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