Canon Firmware Update for 7D with Audio Controls Finally Official, but When Will We Get It?

After almost three years, the Canon 7D is finally going to get a significant update that fixes audio controls. While it may not be a huge deal to film-style sets that record dual-system audio, there are many cases where having the ability to get good levels from a mic connected to the camera is important. We had initially reported this after it leaked on a Canon website, but now the upgrade is official. In addition to the audio updates, there are numerous upgrades to the still photography capabilities of the camera.

Check out the video below that explains everything in the new Firmware 2.0:

Here is a list of everything that's been updated as compared to the original firmware:

  • Maximum Burst Rate for Continuous Shooting: 130 JPEG Large/Fine vs. 126 JPEG Large/Fine
  • Maximum Burst Rate for Continuous Shooting: 24 RAW vs. 15* RAW
  • GPS Compatibility: GPS Receiver GP-E2
  • Manual Audio Level Adjustment: 64 Levels
  • Maximum Limit for ISO Auto: 200-6400 Limit Set by User vs. ISO 3200
  • In-camera RAW Image Processing
  • In-camera JPEG Image Resizing
  • In-camera Ratings
  • Quick Control During Playback
  • Customization of File Names
  • Time Zone Settings
  • Scrolling of Magnified Images
  • Improved Scrolling Speed

While it seems like many had been asking for audio controls for a long time, Canon has finally decided to make it available in a firmware update. The 7D firmware is slightly different than the rest of the Canon lineup (except for the 1D Mark IV), so it's possible that this was a more difficult process -- but I'm sure Canon weighed the demand versus what it would cost them to write new firmware. Either way, it's a sigh of relief for so many that have dealt with the inability to select audio controls. At this year's NAB I was using a Canon 7D, and the inability to control levels became a serious issue in some of the interviews.

All of this is great news, but unfortunately, it looks like it won't be coming out until August. So even though it's finally being announced, you'll still have to wait at least another month. This also means that I don't think we'll see an updated Canon 7D anytime this year. For Canon to provide such a significant update like this only a few months before they replace the camera would not make much sense. While the 7D is going on 3 years, it's much more likely we'll see a new entry level or high megapixel full frame camera from Canon before we get a new 7D. Very late this year is a possibility, but early next year seems the most likely time for them to update the camera in a similar fashion to the T4i.

Link: Canon 7D Firmware 2.0.X Upgrade

[via cinema5D]

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Given the similarities between the 7D and 1D Mark IV firmware, let's hope the latter is released as well.

June 28, 2012 at 3:15PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


It's about time! The super hot levels can be really frustrating during post...

July 1, 2012 at 8:12PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


... aaaand the sound of sarcastic clapping of hands fills the room... good for them... it only took them, like what? yeah... 3 years to give it to us... in a month that is... good for them...

July 4, 2012 at 10:43AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Yup yup yup 4 Canon :) Happy camper here, 2 bad I did not have this avail while still in Africa 4 some cool wildlife vids I put on Utube.

July 5, 2012 at 1:32PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I wonder if they've addressed the soft-focus issue that so many still photographers have reported (including me)...


July 6, 2012 at 1:44AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


What soft focus issue? Seriously, I never heard about it.
My 7D is pretty sharp, also compared to my old 40D with the same lenses - so I guess it can't be a global 7D problem.

July 6, 2012 at 2:12AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


A live histogram in video mode would have been nice...

Auto ISO will still be unuseable in most situations because it goes down to 1/30s shutter speed (in wide angle) before it raises the ISO. I would like to be able to set a limit manually, so I could tell it to raise the ISO as soon as it can't keep the shutter speed faster than 1/125s, for example.

I like the higher burst rate in RAW mode - although I will only be using it like once a year...

July 6, 2012 at 2:08AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Well this is good news. Thanks for informing us. I just wish they could just put magic lantern on 7D. For video it almost makes the 60D a better choice and for half the price :(

July 6, 2012 at 10:02AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM



I will not be updating. I will pretend this doesn't exist, so people don't try to tether me (pun) into doing crappy audio into a device that doesn't even have a headphone jack.

You're better off recording audio into your iPhone (I'm being literal here) and sticking with a double system.

And higher ISO? It's already unusable past 1250 anyway, so it's another "who cares"? The only updates worth any notice are for stills guys.

But I do like that it tells us they're not killing off the 7D for a little while longer.

July 9, 2012 at 12:55AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Daniel Mimura

I agree with Daniel M. big whoop. Yeah it will be nice to have level adjustment, but if anybody wants solid control with good audio quality, use something else, like a zoom, or a sounds devices unit. Thanks Canon...i think

July 9, 2012 at 10:31AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Improved maximum burst for RAW images (up to 25)
In-camera RAW image editing
In-camera Image Rating
In-camera JPEG resizing
Maximum Auto ISO setting (ISO 400-6400)
Manual audio level adjustment in movie recording
GPS compatibility
File name customisation
Time zone settings
Faster scrolling of magnified images
Quick control screen during playback.
& when will we get this film-where update,next month August not long to go now people :-).

July 9, 2012 at 12:41PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM