Canon 1D C Finally Gets 25P at 4K, But You Won't Be Able to Download the Upgrade

canon_eos1dc_rightWe knew the firmware update was probably going to come after NAB, but I'm not sure how many people expected it to come almost two months after the show. Though much of the Canon news lately has been on the Magic Lantern RAW video hacks for the lower-end DSLRs, the company has finally decided to offer an upgrade to 4K 25p on the 1D C. If you were expecting to upgrade right away, however, you might be slightly disappointed.

Thanks to Canon Rumors, here's Canon USA on the update:

Firmware version 1.2.0 incorporates the following improvements and fixes: 

  1. Provides support for 25.00p (fps) video recording frame rate (PAL settings) at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution.
  2. A function to disable the image size selection button has been added.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which a difference in exposure appears on every other shot when shooting continuously and the auto-lighting optimizer is turned on (on weak, standard or strong).
  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which video recorded onto an external recorder sometimes becomes two-layered if it has been recorded through HDMI output.
  5. The video frame rate now displays two additional decimal places, e.g. 24p -> 23.98p (fps).
  6. Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the “Auto ISO Range” option.
  7. Corrects errors in the Portuguese language menu. This cannot be displayed on units for Japan.

And here's the extra hoop you'll have to jump through to get it:

Canon USA will perform firmware updates on affected cameras free of charge. Please contact our Customer Support Center.

So while it's great that Canon has essentially made this a world camera for 4K, it looks like you'll have to bring it in or send it to Canon in order to get the update. This isn't the first time I've seen firmware updates only available through a qualified service center, but one has to wonder if there is some other reason why Canon wouldn't just make it available for download. Is there something additional the service center must do to the camera? If you get the update performed on your 1D C, feel free to let us know the process in the comments, and if Canon is doing anything extra beyond a software update.

You can find more information at the Canon Europe and Canon USA sites using the links below.


[via Canon Rumors]

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they may fear what the magic lanteren team might do if they get there hands on it.

May 29, 2013 at 4:05PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Though Magic Lantern has already said they aren't touching it.

May 29, 2013 at 4:07PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

Exactly because canon knows or fears what MAGIC LANTERN would do to this great repackaged 1dx.

One could still dream though

May 30, 2013 at 1:56PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

jay clout

Canon knows, how to keep costumers unsatisfied, ML could/would change that (i.e. 100 fps at 1080p with the 1D C)!
So I decided for the GH3 and dropped the new Canon 2,8 400mm, instead bought the Leica 2,8 400mm for wildlife, 800mm at 2,8, very good results! Saved 15 000 €!
No more Canon!

May 31, 2013 at 12:32AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


The MJpeg code will unlock 1080p 60p on the ML Hack if they get their hands on it..thats why! They may never touch the C series but they can surely study the code and apply it to the Eos cameras for sure..and thats what canon is afraid of.

May 29, 2013 at 4:30PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Wow, wouldn't that be something? With all the developments the magic lantern team has made I almost expect the cameras to do slow motion in the next month!

May 29, 2013 at 6:24PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


A1ex had made it pretty clear in the past though that they aren't about directly porting code from once camera to another: "Copying Canon code or functionality may carry legal risk for us. We do respect the Canon company and love their products and we are strict about staying on the right side of the law."

And regarding the news in this post... LOOOOOOOOOL :D

May 29, 2013 at 6:45PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


That would be "their hands" Carl - not "there hands." Unless you just don't care. In which case, sorry.

May 29, 2013 at 4:42PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


yeah, i don't give a shit. this is true.

May 29, 2013 at 5:10PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


This camera REALLY is overpriced for what it's offering. Granted, it's nice to have 4k in a tiny package, but man, is it ever limited in what it offers. MJPEG only, no scalable options for 2k @60p at least. I mean, c'mon.
And yes, even with the raw hack, the Magic Lantern team has effectively kicked this camera in the nuts, 4k or not.

May 29, 2013 at 5:31PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


canon doesn't really care if it is a good value for the money. they just want to lock you into their system of upgrading to a camera that is only marginally better every year

May 29, 2013 at 6:21PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

john jeffries

Shady Canon

May 29, 2013 at 5:36PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Canon should just make camera hardware. Leave the firmware to those that know what they are doing and are in touch with what the customer want. ;-)

May 29, 2013 at 7:58PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Maybe it is possible to simply port the 1dc firmeware to the 1dx.

May 30, 2013 at 2:30AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


just make 1dx a 2.5 k in video

May 30, 2013 at 9:04AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Canon obviously did not get that they should thank Black Magic. Most of us spend more money on our lenses then on our camera houses. Someone is doing the job that Canon should do and they do it for free. If they want us to buy the Camera then release a product that we can use as a professional B camera (because of the size) because the price is to hight for most amateurs in any way. No pro will uses this camera as an A camera in anyway. It is to unpractical compared to real 4 k cameras and expensive enough to scare away amateurs. This camera will not cannibalize their theoretical market for their new "film cameras" or their ENG lens market.

May 31, 2013 at 4:31PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Peter Schick