Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3
This week, Canon released the firmware upgrade for its EOS 5D Mark II DSLR that many requested from the very first: the capability to record 1080 24p (actual 23.98) and 25p recording.
At its release, the camera recorded only at 30p. With the upgrade, the DSLR fits more easily into a video production workflow, since it now includes the 29.97fps NTSC video standard.
A number of other updates in Firmware 2.0.3 show that Canon is moving fast to keep the camera ahead of possible contenders. Its CMOS imager, for example is larger than that of the standard-issue Red One camera, and gives it a great depth-of-field that separates images from just about everything except 35mm film cameras.
New features include a histogram display, allowing you to shoot video in manual exposure, shutter-priority (Tv) and aperture-priority (Av); an improved audio functionality, which allows users to set sound record levels manually via a sound-level meter displayed on the LCD screen; and a change in the audio sampling frequency from 44.1kHz to 48kHz, providing a more standard professional-level audio signal.
If you are a little braver, you might want to check out what the folks at the Magic Lantern Fireware Wiki are up to. The group is developing a set of free firmware upgrades to the 5D, which will work with the new 2.0.3 firmware upgrade while adding enhancements including manual gain control with no AGC; zebra stripes (video peaking); and custom cropmarks for 16:9, 2.35:1, 4:3, and any other format.