EOS R5: Save settings to card
Martin works with two Canon EOS R5 camera bodies, so the ability to save a snapshot of one camera's settings to the memory card and transfer this to the other camera saves valuable time. This function was added with firmware version 1.3.1. "One of the big advantages of the EOS R5 is that you can customise it to your needs," he says. "There are tons of options, which allows you to make the camera behave exactly the way you want it to. But the problem is that when you're working with two cameras, it's so slow to transfer all the settings manually from one camera to the next. Now it's not a big deal because it can all be done in one step."
The EOS R3 offers the same option to save the camera's settings to memory card as standard, without requiring a firmware update.
EOS R5 and EOS R6: Streamlined Custom White Balance
The EOS R3 introduced an additional method of setting a Custom White Balance, and this functionality has been added to the EOS R5 and EOS R6 with firmware version 1.5.0. Both the EOS R7 and EOS R10 are equipped with this function straight out of the box.
The Custom White Balance option can now be accessed from the Quick menu, reducing the number of steps required and making it easier to follow in tricky situations such as when shooting underwater or in tight spaces.
The update also improves the smoothness of the EVF display on the EOS R5 and EOS R6. A new Suppress Lower Frame Rate option, introduced in the EOS R3, ensures that the frame rate of the EVF doesn't drop significantly in low light and prevents moving objects from appearing blurred.
EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III: Dual recording
Providing peace of mind on important filming assignments, the EOS R5 and EOS R6 with firmware version 1.4.0 and the EOS-1D X Mark III with firmware version 1.5.0 have gained the ability to create an instant in-camera backup by simultaneously recording video clips to both memory cards – a function they share with the EOS R3 and EOS R7. Some video formats are not available for dual recording on the EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III because of the amount of data to write to two cards.
"Usually, when I shoot stills, I always use the second card as a backup," Martin says. "To have this possibility now, even with 8K footage on the EOS R5 using the new low-bitrate IPB setting, it just gives you that additional layer of security that you know you have the footage on two cards."