It looks like the coast is clear for owners of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II
to upgrade their firmware. The newly released 2.0.4 firmware includes all of the improvements we saw in version 2.0.3
that was released last week, but without the side effect of rendering the camera unable to record audio in certain circumstances. The new update also fixes the malfunction for those that had already upgraded to version 2.0.3 before it was pulled, so Canon is encouraging all users to update to version 2.0.4.
No sooner had Canon released the latest 2.0.3 firmware update for its venerable EOS 5D Mark II
earlier this week than problems were discovered resulting in the company pulling the update. The long-awaited update brought a range of video shooting enhancements and audio tweaks along with fixes to the camera’s manual sensor cleaning function. However, users quickly discovered a malfunction that saw the camera unable to record audio in certain circumstances... but a fix is on the way.
Canon might want to consider putting a certain Trammell Hudson on the payroll. Hudson has developed an enhancement to the firmware of the Canon 5D Mark II
digital SLR camera to make the already impressive camera an even more attractive option for shooting professional video. Dubbed ‘Magic Lantern’, the new firmware includes both audio and video fixes and is a completely open platform, meaning users are free to extend the Magic Lantern firmware themselves.
Only a few short weeks ago we heralded Nikon's HD video ready D90
as a landmark "first of many all-in-one imaging devices" that pack the combination of processing technology and quality lenses necessary for capturing BOTH still images and video of the highest standards... and we haven't needed to wait long for the next mouth-watering installment. Canon's
EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera not only features a full frame (24 x 36mm), 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, low noise, extended sensitivity range, improved performance in tricky light conditions, two different file size options for shooting in RAW format and a host of other impressive specs, it also captures HD video at an unprecedented 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 fps.