Canon Teases Impressive Firmware Update With Improved AF for EOS R and EOS RP Coming Soon

While Canon's RF lenses have been met with general acclaim, many photographers have been clamoring for a more professionally oriented R mount body from the company. While that camera has not been announced yet, the firmware update recently teased by Canon seems to show a major improvement in autofocus performance on the way for the EOS R and EOS RP.

The video posted by Canon shows side-by-side comparisons of autofocus performance with the new and old firmware versions and seems to show major improvements in speed, accuracy, and usability. In particular, eye detection autofocus appears to have improved quite a bit, now working at much farther distances and holding focus more strongly, as opposed to the old firmware, in which the subject had to be very close to the camera for it to activate. Tracking also seems to have made great strides. Unfortunately, sports and wildlife photographers will still have to contend with the EOS R's middling continuous shooting rate of 5 fps with continuous autofocus, but for people like wedding photographers, it's surely a welcome improvement. For the sports and wildlife crowd, it's good to see the autofocus performance moving forward nonetheless, knowing that these improvements will make their way into the upcoming professional-level R body. 

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This would be a game changer. If the eye-af was any faster I'd be happy. Also that far distance subject tracking would be amazing for sports.

Great, finally Canon catching up with Sony. If they keep the pace a reverse diaspora could happen.

To me, this video isn't showing how good the new firmware is, it's showing how bad the old firmware was. It is a great comparison though. Rarely do we see such a clear comparison showing something that claims to be "improved".

It shows they are trying to squeeze more sales on existing hardware. How many canon shooters have yet to buy in and are waiting on the fence?

I totally agree if they launched with this firmware the massive amount of reviews would be completely different.

great! know they just need another firmware that ads 24p 1080 and 120 1080 to the eos rp and enable the dual pixel auto focus in 4k

I wasn't aware that AF issues were part of the reasons why the R bodies aren't selling.