EOS R5 Firmware Update, Version 1.8.1 [Windows] (2023)

Firmware Version 1.8.1 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:
1. Adds [IBIS High resolution shot] to the camera menu. By utilizing the in-body IS mechanism, it is now possible to record images with higher resolution.*
*Use EOS Utility/Digital Photo Professional to check the images. EOS Utility/Digital Photo Professional will need to be upgraded.
2. Adds [Save/load comm. settings on card] to the camera menu.
Network settings can now be transferred between cameras of the same model.
3. Adds the ability for images to be cropped and resized during transfer to the FTP server.
4. Adds Protect Images During [FTP Transfer] to the camera menu. Images transferred via FTP can now be automatically protected. The user can determine if images have already been transferred via FTP.
5. Fixes minor issues.

If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.8.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Preparations for a firmware update:
After the downloaded compressed file (.zip) is extracted, a firmware folder is created.

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*Extracting the downloaded file:
Right-click the zip file, and then select Extract All to extract the file.

In the folder you downloaded are the firmware (EOSR5181.FIR / file size: 53,442,368 bytes) and instructions on the firmware update procedures (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese). Before starting the firmware update operations, please be sure to carefully review the instructions to confirm your understanding of the firmware update procedures.

(The following is the history of past firmware updates.)


Changes in version 1.7.0:
1. Fixes an issue that, in rare instances, may result in the camera not operating normally when capturing small subjects.
2. Fixes minor issues.

Changes in version 1.6.0:
1. Adds [Auto Power Off Temp.: Standard/High] to the menu for movie recording. When [High] is selected, the camera will not automatically turn off when the temperature of the camera body and card become high, which may allow for longer movie recording than before, depending on the shooting conditions. Note that the temperature of the bottom surface of the camera may increase at this time.
2. Adds the ability to convert multiple HEIF images into multiple JPEG images.
3. Enhances the performance of "Movie Digital IS". It stabilizes the image when taking selfies or walking shots using a wide-angle lens.
4. Fixes minor issues.

Changes in version 1.5.2:
1. Optimizes AutoFocus accuracy when Extender RF1.4x or Extender RF2x is attached to the RF800mm F5.6 L IS USM and RF1200mm F8 L IS USM lenses.
2. Enhances the stability of Eye Detection.
3. Enhances AutoFocus tracking when shooting moving subjects.

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Changes in version 1.5.1:
1. Fixes an issue that in rare instances, the camera may become inoperable when shooting in the Servo AF setting while operating the <AF-ON> button.

Changes in version 1.5.0:
1. Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.
2. Adds [Vehicles] selection to [Subject to detect] selection in the [AF] tab to support the detection of automobiles and motorcycles in motorsports. Adds [Spot detection] when [Vehicles] is selected as the helmet of the driver or rider*.
*Detection may not be possible for ordinary passenger cars or bicycles, or for motorcyclists performing stunts or kicking up dirt and dust.
3. Improves detection performance for eye detection when:
-there are shadows on the face.
-hair is hanging over the eyes.
4. Adds support for torso detection of a person. If the eyes, face or head are hidden or cannot be detected, a person's torso will be detected and tracked continuously.
5. Adds the ability to import manual white balance (MWB) data from the Quick Control screen when capturing still images.
6. Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.
7. Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility for remote shooting with two cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.
8. Adds [Suppress lower frame rate] to [Smooth] in [Disp. performance], enabling the shooting screen to be displayed with less drop frame rate even in dark locations.
9. Adds support for the RF 5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens.
10. Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].
11. Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.
12. Optimizes controls of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) when using specific EF lenses not equipped with the image stabilization function.
13. Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

Changes in version 1.4.0:
1. Adds support for outputting 8K/30p/10-bit video signals for ProRes RAW recording to ATOMOS's Ninja V+ recorder* via HDMI.
* If you have any questions about ATOMOS products, please contact ATOMOS directly.
* Please note that the recorder may become hot.
2. Adds support for movie recording when the camera is connected to the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S EF cinema lenses.
* Still photography shooting is possible however performance is not guaranteed.
* Movie shooting in vertical position is possible however performance is not guaranteed.
* External power supply is required for AF operation during servo zoom operation. When there is no external power supply, AF operation is activated only when the servo zoom is not in use.
3. Adds simultaneous movie recording capability on card 1 and card 2, however RAW movies and RAW(Light) movies cannot be recorded simultaneously on card 1 and card 2.
4. Adds support for the VPG 400 (Video Performance Guarantee Profile), a standard based on the CFexpress 2.0 specification.
5. Improves operation stability when using the RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.
6. Fixes an issue in which, during HDMI connection, if the camera's screen turns off, a zebra pattern is displayed via the HDMI output.
7. Fixes an issue in which sufficient image stabilization effects may not be attained immediately after the start of shooting.

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Changes in version 1.3.1:
1. Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings]. You can select [Canon Log] or [Canon Log 3] from [Canon Log settings] in the Shooting tab of the menu.
- Support for RAW movies shot with Canon Log3 and RAW (Light) will be available in Cinema RAW Development and in Digital Photo Professional version in a future update.
- Digital Photo Professional will also support the processing of RAW movies shot in Canon Log3 settings and the application of Viewing LUT in a future update.
2. Adds [RAW (Light)] to the movie recording size and [IPB (Light)] to 8K/4K to enable lower bit rate shooting. These settings can also be selected when RAW+MP4 is set.
3. Adds a high frame rate of 119.9 fps/100.0 fps to the Full HD movie recording size.
4. Adds [Electronic full-time MF] to the AF tab of the menu. When a lens is attached, manual focus adjustment is always possible with both One-shot AF and Servo AF.
5. Adds [6: Monitor Off] to [Shooting info. disp.: Screen info. settings] in the Shooting tab of the menu. This update makes it possible for the camera's monitor to be turned off at all times during shooting.
6. The transfer time (estimated value) now displays on the camera monitor during FTP transfer.
7. Adds the ability, when transferring images via FTP, to select protected images that failed to be transferred and protected images that have not yet been transferred and transfer them all at once.
8. Adds [Save/load cam settings on card] to the Function settings tab of the menu.
This allows you to save the camera settings to a card, or load a saved file and restore the camera to the settings you saved to a card.
9. Fixes a phenomenon, in which, in rare instances, the camera does not function normally when using certain CFexpress cards.
10. Fixes a phenomenon, in which in rare instances, the camera cannot function normally when the drive mode is set to "High-speed continuous shooting" to shoot still images continuously.
11. Fixes a phenomenon in which the power may become suspended when the camera is powered via USB for an extended period of time.
12. Fixes a phenomenon, in which part of the settings screen is incorrectly displayed in Firmware Version 1.2.1.
13. Fixes a phenomenon, in which when shooting with Canon Log 3, if the [View Assist.] setting is set to [On], the image in the viewfinder and on the LCD screen is displayed brighter than it should be.
*Items 1 through 12 apply to Version 1.3.0, whereas Item 13 applies to Version 1.3.1.

Changes in version 1.2.0:
1. When using high-speed or low-speed continuous shooting modes, in Drive Mode with [High Speed Display: OFF], the visibility of the subject within the frame has been improved when shooting moving objects.*
*During continuous shooting black frames will be inserted between frames in the viewfinder and live view. This will improve the visibility of moving subjects in live view and in the viewfinder.
2. Adds the [Auto] setting to the [Viewfinder brightness] menu that will brighten and dim based on ambient light conditions.
3. Enables 2nd curtain shooting sync during radio transmission wireless flash shooting when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
4. Enables manual flash output (excluding high-speed sync and optical transmission wireless flash shooting) to be selected and set up to 1/8192 from the camera menu screen when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
5. Improves compatibility of HEIF images recorded in the camera with MIAF (Multi-Image Application Format) standards.
6. Adds support for AF and release during zoom operations for some RF and EF lenses.

Changes in version 1.1.1:
1. A messaging is displayed when [HDMI display: Camera+External monitor] and [Overheat control: on] settings are both enabled.
2. When the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM is attached, an image stabilization effect of approximately six stops is achieved through collaborative control with the in-lens image stabilization.
*Focal length 500mm, Based on CIPA(Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards.
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the IS capabilities may be degraded when performing continuous shooting in cases where the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is attached to the EOS R6 running firmware version 1.1.0.
4. When using certain RF lenses for movie shooting, the in-lens image stabilization mechanism has been improved.
5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the "Slow Synchro" setting screen is not accurately displayed, when the language is set to English.
6. Fixes a typo displayed on the communication setting screen, when the language is set to Korean.
7. Connectivity during FTP transmission has been improved.
8. Temperature detection and shooting time control in video shooting have been improved. In addition, the total shooting time when the short-time recording and power-on/off are performed repeatedly at room temperature is improved.
9. The phenomenon in which the movie recording time available is not correctly displayed when the Date/Time/Zone is not set has been corrected.

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How long does it take to update Canon r5 firmware? ›

Once downloaded, you copy the updated firmware to a memory card and follow the steps in the camera menu to install. Most updates for cameras take around five minutes, and it's important not to press buttons on the camera or switch it off while the update is in process.

What happens if I don't update my firmware? ›

Firmware is made up of programs written by software developers to make hardware devices tick. If the firmware is absent, this results in most of the electronic devices used daily by the masses being unable to function.

Where is the best place to find the upgrade process for the latest firmware? ›

Go to Configuration > System > Maintenance > Firmware Update.

How long does it take to update firmware? ›

How Long Should a Firmware Update Take? The estimated duration of the firmware update process is 30 minutes. Nonetheless, this relies upon the speed of your internet and at what stage you are at of the update. Android phones stuck on firmware update is a transitory issue and can be fixed with no expert complexities.

Why is my firmware update taking so long? ›

If the firmware update is taking an unusually long amount of time, and isn't completing, there are a few things you can check. 1) Try a different (shorter) cable. USB cables, like all cables, can fail from time to time. I you are using the USB cable provided with the SS, you might try a shorter cable.

Is it good to update camera firmware? ›

A Firmware update improves the functionality and features of your device. It can provide fixes to any performance issues that may occur. With the ever-changing advances in technology, a firmware update also helps a device remain competitive with newer models.

Is it a good idea to update firmware? ›

Updating firmware can fix technological problems, improve security and provide new features. Let's take a closer look at what firmware is, the benefits of firmware upgrades and how EIRE Systems can help you get the most out of your devices.

How do I complete a firmware update? ›

How to Update Your Router. To update your router's firmware, type your router's IP address into your web browser and enter your login information. Then locate the Firmware or Update section and download the latest firmware update on your router manufacturer's website. Finally, upload the update and reboot the router.

What is the risk of outdated firmware? ›

A lack of firmware security opens you up to the same risks you're exposed to if you don't know how to prevent phishing, or business email compromise, or any other IT security threats out there, such as: Spying on your activity. Exfiltrating your data. And remote control of your computer.

What is the difference between a firmware and software update? ›

Firmware is a type of low-level software often more closely linked to the functional hardware, while “software” as a term generally refers to things you can interact with, like an operating system or application.

Can firmware be updated over the air? ›

An over-the-air (OTA) update is the wireless delivery of new software, firmware or other data to mobile devices. Wireless carriers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) typically use over-the-air updates to deploy firmware and configure phones for use on their networks over Wi-Fi or mobile broadband.

How do I know if my firmware is updated? ›

How to Find Your Firmware Revision for Windows ®
  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Open Control panel> System> Hardware.
  3. Select Device Manager.
  4. Expand Disk drives.
  5. Right-click on the drive and select Properties.
  6. Select the Details tab and select Hardware lds from the drop down menu.

What to do if firmware update is stuck? ›

#1: Try to Soft Reset

Soft reset is basically restarting your mobile. This method removes any temporary glitches in the mobile OS and fixes android stuck in firmware update issue.

How long does a firmware update take on Windows 10? ›

Windows 10 updates take so long to complete because Microsoft is constantly adding larger files and features to them. The biggest updates, released in the spring and fall of every year, usually take upwards of four hours to install.

How do I fix a stuck firmware update? ›

List of Solutions:
  1. Recommend Solution- Use Android Repair Tool.
  2. Check The Internet Connection.
  3. Force Restart Your Android.
  4. Toggle On & Off The Airplane Mode.
  5. Clear The Android Cache & Data.
  6. Wipe Cache Partition.
  7. Perform a Factory Reset.
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How can I speed up my update process? ›

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to speed things up.
  1. Why do updates take so long to install? ...
  2. Free up storage space and defragment your hard drive. ...
  3. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter. ...
  4. Disable startup software. ...
  5. Optimize your network. ...
  6. Schedule updates for low-traffic periods.
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How long does firmware update take Windows 11? ›

Windows 11 update: how long should it take? On a fast PC with a high-speed SSD and little data, feature upgrades will install quickly in about 15-20 minutes. But on a slower PC with an HDD and a lot of data, these upgrades will take hours.

What happens after firmware update? ›

A firmware update will upgrade your device with advanced operational instructions without needing any upgradation in the hardware. By updating the firmware, you will be able to explore new features that are added to the device and also have an enhanced user experience while interacting with the device.

Does camera quality degrade after update? ›

But there is one more reason why camera quality deteriorates with time, and that is, UPDATES. Companies have been found to systematically decrease performance of cellphones by inducing newer lines of codes with subsequent UPDATES.

Why should I update Canon firmware? ›

These updates improve their functionality, fix glitches, and add new features. This is what we call firmware. The firmware also has a grasp on fundamental features such as autofocus, noise reduction, image processing, and more.

How often should I update my firmware? ›

Some routers automatically check for updates and subsequently send them. If not, ideally, your router firmware should be updated at least once in five years. In case there are many devices connected to it on a regular basis, every three years is also a good time to check up on your router firmware.

Do firmware updates happen automatically? ›

Most will be automatic, but you may be able to take a more manual approach with some. Using router firmware as an example, you can go into its administrative panel and check the tab or screen for firmware or software updates.

What is firmware Why do we need it? ›

Firmware provides instructions to help hardware start up, communicate with other devices, and perform basic input/output tasks. Software, on the other hand, is installed onto a device and used for interaction, such as browsing the internet, word processing, listening to music, and videoconferencing.

Can a firmware update be reversed? ›

for Phones generally yes if you can find a copy of the older firmware and the tool to write it to the phone. Some manufacturers even supply tools to restore the firmware back to as manufactured. However sometimes when a firmware update fixes security flaws, downgrades will be forbidden.

How do I run a firmware update on Windows 10? ›

Install firmware or BIOS updates in Windows 11 or Windows 10
  1. Search for and open Device Manager.
  2. Expand Firmware.
  3. Double-click System Firmware.
  4. Select the Driver tab.
  5. Click Update Driver.
  6. Click Search automatically for drivers.
  7. Wait for the update to download and then follow the instructions.

How do I check my firmware version on Windows 10? ›

In Windows 10:
  1. Right-click on your start button then select Device Manager from the pop up menu.
  2. Expand Disk Drives.
  3. Right-click on the SSD and select Properties.
  4. Select the Details tab then select Hardware lds from the drop down menu.
  5. The firmware revision will be listed at the end of the SSD part number on the top line.

How do I know if my firmware is corrupted? ›

How do I know if the firmware on my drive is corrupted or damaged
  1. Drive will not initialize.
  2. Clicking noises.
  3. Drive is slow responding.
  4. Drive is not running properly.
  5. Drive will not be recognized by the computer.

Can firmware be infected by malware? ›

Is firmware a virus? No, firmware from your device's manufacturer is certainly not a virus. But hackers can take advantage of firmware vulnerabilities to hijack hardware. For example, Realtek-based routers and smart devices were being gobbled by a voracious botnet thanks to a software flaw.

Can firmware contain viruses? ›

Firmware viruses are more problematic than traditional viruses. While traditional viruses write their malicious code to storage drives, firmware viruses specifically target the firmware. Fortunately, you can protect against firmware viruses in several ways.

What is a firmware update on Windows? ›

Firmware updates are often issued to fix bugs, prevent firmware hacks, roll out new features, improve security or interact with new media. Firmware updates consist of code that tells the hardware how to behave in a new or modified way.

What are the two types of firmware? ›

Types of Firmware
  • Low-level firmware: Stored on a non-volatile memory chip, such as read-only memory (ROM). ...
  • High-level firmware: Used with flash memory chips for updating. ...
  • Subsystem: A device or unit that is a semi-independent part of a larger system. ...
  • Personal computer.
  • Consumer products.
  • Automobiles.

What is the difference between firmware version and OS version? ›

The firmware's purpose is to manage specific hardware components. As a result, these are codes that are only used to operate one device. The operating system is a multi-purpose application that manages the computer's various components. All hardware components are basically under its control.

Is firmware stored on the device? ›

Firmware is held in non-volatile memory devices such as ROM, EPROM, EEPROM, and flash memory. Updating firmware requires ROM integrated circuits to be physically replaced, or EPROM or flash memory to be reprogrammed through a special procedure.

What is firmware in Windows 10? ›

The Firmware Resource allows Windows to surface a device instance with a Hardware ID, which will be used to target the system or device firmware update to appropriate systems and devices. It also describes the current firmware version and provides status for previous updates.

What happens if Windows Update is interrupted? ›

Any interruption would bring damage to your operating system. In general, we list some well-known disasters caused by an abrupt shutdown of a computer that is updating. Computer hard drive won't boot, displaying an entirely black screen with or without a cursor on it.

What causes firmware failure? ›

Bugs in the firmware can stop it from working correctly, or physical damage to the platters can damage the firmware. A sudden circuit short of power supply failure can cause damage to a hard drive's printed circuit board (PCB), where some of the hard drive's firmware may be stored.

Why won't my Windows Update complete? ›

If you don't have enough room, the update process won't be able to complete. Interruption during the update process - Windows updates can fail for a variety of reasons, like sudden power outages, low battery charge on your computer, or even accidentally unplugging your computer during installation.

What to do if Windows Update is taking too long? ›

How to Fix Windows Update When It Gets Stuck
  1. Make sure the update is stuck. This might sound extra, but some older devices will actually take several hours for Windows to update. ...
  2. Restart the computer. ...
  3. Launch Windows with Safe Mode. ...
  4. Run Windows Troubleshooter. ...
  5. Try System Restore. ...
  6. Prevent stuck Windows updates.

How do I know if my Windows Update is stuck? ›

You can tell if Windows updates are stuck if nothing happens on screen for 3 hours or more. If there's any wonder after that long, take a look at your hard drive activity light. You'll see either no activity at all (stuck) or very regular, but very short, flashes of light (not stuck).

Can I leave Windows 10 to update overnight? ›

In Windows 10, Microsoft automatically downloads your updates and restarts your computer to install them, but with Active Hours, you can automatically set the times you do NOT want it to update. 1 . Click the Start Button, search for settings and open the Settings app. Select Update & security > Windows Updates.

Can you fix corrupted firmware? ›

Corrupt firmware can sometimes be fixed by uploading brand new firmware. Much like formatting a desktop. But that might not always be 100% effective.

What is corrupted firmware? ›

Adversaries may overwrite or corrupt the flash memory contents of system BIOS or other firmware in devices attached to a system in order to render them inoperable or unable to boot, thus denying the availability to use the devices and/or the system.

What is firmware glitch? ›

Firmware bugs. They're the infamous ghosts in the machine that loom large in every developer's mind. Firmware bugs can have catastrophic consequences for IoT devices, especially safety-critical systems such as automobiles and medical equipment, and they can be incredibly difficult to find and kill.

How long does Canon firmware take? ›

This is Canon's way of being sure you REALLY want to load new software into your camera. If you're loading the update from the root directory of a memory card installed in the camera (the safest way), it will take 2 or 3 minutes to install the firmware.

How do I know if my Canon firmware is updated? ›

To check which version is currently installed on your camera, click the MENU button, scroll to the SETUP menus and look for the Firmware setting. If you find that your firmware needs updating, visit the Canon Support area where you'll be able to download the right firmware for your camera.

How do you update the firmware on a Canon R5? ›

Power the camera on and go to the yellow wrench icon in the menu. Scroll over to screen 6, where you'll see “Firmware” and the version. Select firmware and then choose update. The camera will begin the upgrade process, and it will let you know when it's done.

How long does it take to download firmware package? ›

Software download time from the Internet can be over 30 minutes depending on Internet connection speed and the file size of the software/ firmware update. The automatic software/ firmware download from Internet will usually start in next 24 to 36 hours after the new software/ firmware is uploaded to the server.

How do I check my firmware status? ›

How to Find Your Firmware Revision for Windows ®
  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Open Control panel> System> Hardware.
  3. Select Device Manager.
  4. Expand Disk drives.
  5. Right-click on the drive and select Properties.
  6. Select the Details tab and select Hardware lds from the drop down menu.

What is out of date firmware? ›

It means you are trying to run software that requires a later version of iOS than you are using.

Do you have to do firmware updates in order? ›

You should only need to install the latest version. No need to flash each intermediate version. If that was necessary, Sequential wouldn't remove the old versions when new versions are published.

Which flash for Canon R5? ›

Best external flash for the Canon R5 and R6

The flagship Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is still the best external flash for the Canon R5 and the Canon R6. It has a mighty maximum power output with a GN of up to 60. The zoom range is also prepared to take on any focal range.

Will Canon update the R5? ›

To keep the EOS R5 viable through 2023 in the features department, Canon will release a major new feature firmware update sometime this year. We wouldn't be surprised to see the new firmware update announced for NAB 2023 in April.

Why upgrade to Canon R5? ›

The R5 was packed with a range of superb specs that included a 44.8-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 8K30fps raw video recording, 4K recording at 120fps and a whopping 5,940 AF points along its 100% sensor coverage area. It could also handle low light shooting very well and was internally well stabilized.

Does Windows Update install firmware? ›

Install updates using Windows Update. Using Windows Update, you can install computer updates and updates to the firmware or BIOS.


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