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Canon catching up to Sony in Auto Focus - Fast

Canon on August 28th, launched a bunch of new products, and also while doing all that announced that they had a new firmware update (version 1.2) coming to the EOS RP and the EOS R.

This firmware update promised significant eyeAF performance increases as well as object tracking.

As you can see from the video, the differences between the two versions is pretty vast.

We know also have a review of this firmware update in beta version from Thephoblographer, who had this to say;

Thephoblographer had a chance to review the new firmware, and by the sounds of it, everyone is going to have to go back and update their reviews after this is released.  It's that impressive.

During my session with a version of the Canon EOS R with a beta firmware installed, we found the tracking to be pretty much flawless. We used the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USMCanon RF 85mm f1.2 L USM, and the Profoto B10. The entire system was able to perform on par with what I feel most Sony cameras can do. 

In comparison to every other camera system, so far we are finding that the Canon EOS R’s new firmware update is:

  • Pretty much comparable to Sony’s, but I’d still put my money on the Sony a9 or the Sony a7r VI for consistency.
  • Far better than Nikon’s
  • Much better than Fujifilm’s X and GF series
  • Significantly better than Panasonic’s S1 and S1R series of cameras

According to the review, the EOS R now sports AF speed and eyeAF just under the performance level of Sony - who had 4 generations of cameras to improve their eyeAF and AF in general.

 

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