Canon USA has a released a firmware update that will “super-charge” the stop-motion capabilities of the Canon EOS R. The paid firmware upgrade costs $100 USD and you have to send your camera to a Canon Service Center. However, if you are into stop-motion animation, and you own an EOS R, then this is something to consider.
Another thing to consider is the fact that some features such as HDMI out will be disabled after the firmware is installed. In addition, Canon will be selling a new Canon EOS R version with this upgrade pre-installed.
Increased Live View Resolution
One of the main benefits of this upgrade is the increased Live View Resolution. The EOS R stop-motion firmware increases your Live View resolution from 960×640 to 1920×1080. However, this applies when you connect the EOS R to the Dragonframe stop-motion software.
And of course, this will be available on both pre-installed EOS R’s as well as existing models with firmware installed manually after purchase. Furthermore, this feature makes it easier for animators to confirm focus and movement within every frame.
Compatible with Dragonframe Software
Moreover. animators rely heavily on Live View, which is critical to their work. They use the remote live view of the camera to review critical details and make decisions within Dragonframe.
And as such, Canon’s Stop Motion Animation firmware increases the Live View resolution to help animators see subtle movement for refined animation.
USB Manual Focus Peaking
In addition, Canon has added Manual Focus Peaking over USB to interface with Dragonframe software.
Overall, this update is definitely a very niche thing, but Canon are famous for making specialty versions of their cameras for astrophotography or increased resolution.
By the way, there is still no word on the date for the official release of the 8K video-centric Canon EOS R5. Despite the already released video specifications, we still do not know the price and shipping date. However, some rumors point to this happening very soon in the upcoming few weeks.
You can head over to Canon to learn more about the stop-motion animation update.