You can now download firmware 1.4.0 for the Canon EOS R.

The new firmware update will give you:

  • Enhances eye detection Auto Focus (AF) for improved face and eye recognition at greater distances.
  • Improved Auto Focus (AF) performance helps the camera to focus on and track smaller subjects.
  • Reduces lag time between the actual Auto Focus (AF) and the AF frame display for images in the viewfinder or on the LCD.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF frame size cannot be changed in the Servo AF setting.
  • Fixes PTP communication vulnerability.

EOS R Firmware Update Procedures

Precaution

A power failure during the firmware writing operation may disable the camera.

  • Use a fully charged Battery Pack or dedicated AC Adapter Kit (Optional) for the firmware update.
  • Do not shut off the power during the firmware writing operation.
  • Do not open the card slot cover during the firmware writing operation.

Do not press any camera buttons during the firmware writing operation.

Before the firmware update, please remove the lens, external Speedlite, and all other accessories from the camera

Firmware Update Procedures

(1) Prepare the items required to update the firmware.

  • Camera body
  • Dedicated Battery Pack (The battery pack must be fully charged) or dedicated AC Adapter Kit (Optional)
  • SD card (64MB or more, 128GB or less)
  • Firmware update file (EOSR0XXX.FIR)

Note: In case of using the SD card reader, follow the procedure from Step (2) onward. In case of not using the SD card reader, follow the procedure from Step (3-1) onward.

(2) Copy the firmware update file to the SD card.

  1. Insert an SD card that has been formatted in the Camera into the SD card reader.
  2. Copy the firmware update file to the first window that appears when the SD card is opened (the root directory).
  3. Remove the SD card from the card reader.
    *When removing the SD card, be sure to do so as described in the documentation for the computer or the card reader. *If the firmware update file is placed in a subfolder of the SD card, the camera will not see it.
  4. Rotate the dial to select <P> mode.
  5. Insert the SD card with the firmware into the camera.
  6. Turn the Power Switch <ON>, and then press the <MENU> button to display the menu.
  7. Select the “Firmware Ver.x.x.x” item at the bottom of the “Set-up 6 (Yellow)”, and then press the <SET> button.
  8. The firmware update screen will appear. Select [OK], and then press the <SET> button. Follow the procedure from Step (4) onward.

Note: *If the firmware update screen does not appear on the LCD monitor, the firmware update file may not have been properly copied to the SD card, so please try again starting from step (1).

Section (3-1) and later sections explain how to update the firmware using EOS Utility.

(3-1) Connect the camera and the computer.

  1. Rotate the dial to select <P> mode.
  2. Insert an SD card that has been formatted in the camera into the camera.
  3. Connect the camera and the computer with the USB cable, and then set the camera’s power switch to <ON>.

(3-2) Start the firmware update.

  1. Start EOS Utility.
  2. Click the [Camera settings] button.
  3. Click the [Firmware update] button.
  4. The firmware version has been confirmed, so click [Next].
  5. Please download the firmware update file, and after downloading, click [Next].
  6. The selection window of the downloaded file will appear, so click [Browse] to select the file, and then click [Next].
  7. A confirmation window appears, so click [Next].
  8. A window with cautionary messages about the update appears, so click [OK].
  9. Follow the procedure from Step (4) onward on the camera.

(4) Update the firmware.

The screen will appear on the camera’s LCD monitor.

If you press the <SET> button, a confirmation screen will appear, so check the firmware update shown, select [OK], and press the <SET> button again to start the firmware update.

The message will appear during the update.

When the update is completed, the message will appear on the camera’s LCD monitor.

Complete the firmware update by pressing the <SET> button.

The firmware update is now completed.

When the firmware update operations are finished, turn the camera <OFF> and remove the battery from the camera for at least two seconds. This will cause the new firmware to take effect after the battery has been reloaded and the camera is turned on.

Format the SD card before using it again.

Verifying the Firmware Version

  1. Turn the Power Switch <ON>, and press the <MENU> button.
  2. Select the “Firmware Ver.X.X.X” at the end of the settings shown in “Set-up 6 (Yellow)”.
  3. This is the currently installed firmware version number.

Note: Select <P> mode if you wish to check the firmware version.

If an ERROR message appears during the firmware update

If this screen appears, remove the battery and check to make sure that there are no problems with the battery capacity or with the firmware update file on the SD card.

If there are no problems, repeat the update operations again.
If the problem persists, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

If an ERROR message appears during the firmware update

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