Canon 5D Mark II Firmware Update Version 2.0.3 Available for Download

Canon 5D Mark II

[UPDATE: Canon has posted Firmware Version 2.0.4, which is intended to address a problem with Firmware Version 2.0.3.]

The previously announced firmware update version 2.0.3 for the Canon 5D Mark II is now available for download.  The new firmware is primarily dedicated to improving the video capture options, as described in the release notes below.  It is available for download from Canon’s website.

“Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates five enhancements to the movie function and a fix to the manual sensor cleaning function of the EOS 5D Mark II camera.

  1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.
  2. NTSC:

    * 1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)
    * 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
    * 640×480 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)


    * 1920×1080 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)
    * 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
    * 640×480 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)

  3. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).
  4. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.
  5. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.
  6. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.
  7. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)”