5D Mark II Team

Improvements & Gear

5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3 Announcement


  • Official Announcements & Details
  • Brief History
  • Thanks
  • Download Link
  • We Need your Support





▪ March 2nd, 2010 – Canon Press Release:

Canon adds 24 and 25fps HD Movie recording to the EOS 5D Mark II with Firmware 2.0.3

Download: Full press release (.PDF )

▪ Canon USA website with Details and Pictures of new Features:

EOS 5D Mark II: Firmware Update v. 2.0.3

▪ Canon España – Anuncio de Prensa:

Canon añade a la EOS 5D Mark II la grabación en alta definición a 24 y 25 fps mediante el nuevo Firmware 2.0.3

Descargar: Nota de prensa Completa (.PDF)


This has been a long road indeed… with huge amount of time spent on spreading information to the public, phone calls, emails, private conversations with Canon and lot more. We did our best, and learned a lot in the path.

Now we will finally get the so much expected (and delayed) firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II for ALL users, and not only for few “lucky” ones.

Full Manual Control was just our first goal. Now the standard 24/25/30 frame rates, and other highly requested improvements will also be available to ALL users of the first DSLR in the world with Full HD capabilities. The List of possible Fixes & Improvements was and is still long though.

There are many factors that make influence on a company’s decision, and the huge amount of customers requesting to Canon all around the world through our campaigns, and by their own ways, clearly made a change (as many Canon representatives already told).

MANY times we heard words like “No, Canon will not update the 5D Mark II”, even by renowned people. You probably heard them too, but we did not give up because we did know it was possible to do, and we were firm in our purpose.

That people telling those words didn’t understand nor realize how a HUGE amount of customers showing so big interest on many possible improvements could make influence on the company’s decisions. It’s all about business, of course we know that, so we all “showed” Canon that improving the 5D Mark II is a good business due lot of reasons.

We won’t bore you with more details. You can find more information and testimonials in previous posts.


We know this Firmware could’ve been released MUCH earlier to customers, and we know it could include more improvements too (720p50 and 720p60 modes have been removed from the “official” release). Canon has been doing changes lately…

But it’s finally here, so we say THANKS CANON for these great improvements.

We send big and special thanks to all those people who joined forces to contact Canon in all possible ways, to spread all our campaigns and efforts to let Canon know what we all want and need.

All those people who participated in our “Calling Canon” Campaign, were very important, and made a clear impact which reflected in Canon’s announcement few weeks later, in October 20th, 2009. As we said many times: Community actions do bring results.


It’s not available for download yet, although as we already reported in our previous post it’s available at several Canon Tech Service Centers since firsts weeks of February.

Soon it will be time to update the 5D Mark II with the official firmware and take more advantage of its huge potential.

Canon stated: ” The firmware will be available to download from mid-March from the Canon website http://www.canon.com/eos-d/

Expect it to be available since March 16th.

PLEASE: When updating remember to carefully follow the instructions. Do it with a fully charged battery, and do not remove it, do nor open the battery door nor memory card door during the process.


We all made history, so enjoy it!

If you think all our efforts made since beginning of 2009 deserve some support, please consider making a donation.

In case you would like to help, no matter the amount, please click here:

We REALLY need your support and it will be VERY much appreciated!

Thanks a lot in advance.

March 2, 2010 - Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, News & Info | , , , , , , ,


  1. Great stuff 5dmkii team!

    I’m sure I can speak for all of your other users…

    Thankyou so much for all of the time and dedication you have given to this cause and for all the campaigns you have made over the months gone by.

    Without it, who knows wether canon would be giving such significant updates via firmware.

    I guess we will see in the coming months wether a fully working 60p was possible or not, maybe magic lantern could clear this up for us soon.

    Again, thanks 5dmarkiiteam. You should take a well deserved rest!


    Comment by jamskof | March 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. That is great news.

    I wish they had included 720p at least with 25fps replacing the 640×480 (who still needs vga?).
    720p50/720p60 would have been nice, but not essential.
    Most important is to support standard resolution.

    Comment by Jens | March 3, 2010 | Reply

    • VGA is still good for some applications that doesn’t require high definition. We’re glad it is available.

      720p50/60 is not essential for most users, but it is for many.

      But as you say, it would have been great to have at least 720p24/25/30 at the standard frame rates.

      That option would allow longer recording times than the usual 12 minutes limit, because the file size would be smaller (the real recording limitation is due to the 4GB file size limitation in the FAT32 system, which is usually reached after about 12 minutes of Full HD video recording)

      IF the 5D Mark II doesn’t deliver good quality at 720p50/60 and that’s WHY Canon decided to remove it on the final (official) release, at least It would be great to have 720p24/25/30 mode.

      There are MANY other improvements that would be possible to implement (and even extremely easy in many cases), and there is a huge demand for them, like AutoISO limit and Crop Video mode, like they were recently implemented on T2i/550D. (Note that our requests and ideas are since much longer ago)

      Not to mention more frames for Bracketing mode, which is requested for the 5D Mark II since 1 year ago.

      It’s ridiculous that a $2,700-2,500 camera has ONLY 3 frames in Bracketing mode. Even much cheaper Nikon DSLRs have 5 or more frames in Bracketing

      Comment by 5dmark2 | March 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. Wow. September 17, 2008 – March 17, 2010… EIGHTEEN MONTHS after the release announcement of the 5D Mark II, but 24p/25p is finally here. So, how worn out does everybody feel after the fight to get it? lol! The unexpected Histogram and manual audio control is almost worth the wait. As far as 720p and 60i, I almost want to say “who cares”, I’m ready for full 1080p at 24p. Two more weeks…

    My one gripe is this: Canon states that some production models selling today will have the new firmware. So why are we waiting until March 17th? I keep scouring the net for an unadvertised link that has the download… like on Canon Japan’s site.

    Comment by Paulie | March 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. thanks for the information, very good

    Comment by radixal | March 4, 2010 | Reply

  5. The next most important feature is full 10bit 4:2:2 hdmi output without that stupid white box which is impossible to remove with manual lenses like leicas. Also remove the black transparent letter boxing at the top and bottom of the image.

    Then we can capture directly into a matrxo mx02 mini or blackmagic card.
    Also a cool feature would be the ability to use a gradient b/w image to control exposure kinda of like the manual white balance.

    But the ultimate goal would be to open the firmware to developers. Then canon would have to be bothered.

    Comment by Greg Greenhaw | March 16, 2010 | Reply

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