Canon recently released a number of firmware updates for some of its camcorders, including the XF405 / XF400 (firmware 126.96.36.199), XA55 / XA50 (firmware 188.8.131.52), XA40 (firmware 184.108.40.206), Canon 4K Legria HF G60, and HF G50 (firmware 220.127.116.11). For XA40 users, you can now record in XF-AVC format. The update for XF405 / XF400, XA55 / XA50, which enables the Canons Log 3 image profile, is even more interesting.
As they say, better late than never! Three years after its release, Canon released several firmware updates for its camcorders, including one for the Canon XF405 / XF400 that we tested here. Let's take a closer look at all of these firmware updates!
Canon XA40. Photo credit: Canon
XF-AVC for the Canon XA40
First off, Canon XA40 users – a camera that was released in 2019. Read our in-depth article here – Record Footage in XF-AVC Format Now Using This Firmware Update 18.104.22.168. So far the camera could only record in MP4 format with a bit rate of 150 Mbit / s. After the update, all resolutions / frame rates are available here:
- 4K UHD – 3840 × 2160 – 29.97 P / 23.98 P / 25 P.
- FHD – 1920 × 1080 – 59.94i / 59.94P / 50i / 50P / 29.97P / 25P / 23.98P.
Custom image and new features
All camcorders – XF405 / XF400, XA55 / XA50 / XA40, HF G60 / G50 – have access to a new feature called Custom Picture. This function allows you to adjust image settings such as sharpness, saturation, skin details and noise reduction.
In addition, the camcorders can now assign additional functions to assignable buttons such as zebra, peaking and markers for better customization.
Canon XF405 camera.
C-Log3 for the Canon XF405 / XF400 and XA55 / XA50
For the Canon XF405 / XF400 and XA55 / XA50 only, these firmware updates add the color matrix EOS Standard and Production Camera to the user-defined image parameter. Canon Log 3 has also been added to take advantage of the maximum dynamic range of these sensors.
I have no idea why it took Canon three years to implement C-Log3 on these camcorders. However, it's a very welcome addition to customizing the image on the XF / XA cameras and Canon's Cinema line
Improved autofocus performance
Last but not least, the XF405 / XF400, XA55 / XA50 and HF G50 / HF G60 get improved autofocus accuracy when using the zoom.
The XF405 / XF400 updates also provide improved image quality when using the Digital Zoom Advanced 30X mode – a positive improvement for users of the FHD extended zoom.
Price and availability
All of these firmware updates for Canon camcorders are available immediately at no charge.
For more information and downloads, visit the Canon website here.
What do you think of these Canon camcorder firmware updates? Do you still use ENG style cameras? Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments below!