Canon Australia has announced the up-coming release of an important new firmware upgrade to enhance the performance of the company’s professional DSLR camera, the EOS-1D X.

Scheduled for release as a free download in early 2014 via the company’s website, the new firmware will provide performance enhancements across four key areas: AF performance, AF expansion, Exposure Control and Customisation. It promises:
– Improved AF accuracy in low-light conditions just before AI servo shooting. Users will be able to obtain greater accurate focus in low-light conditions and have a greater chance of achieving AF on the first frame.
– Improved AF stability when shooting with obstacles crossing in front of the subject, particularly useful for sports such as football, where obstacles frequently cut in front of the subject.
– Better exposure control with the ability to maintain the same exposure when changing the zoom on a variable aperture lens e.g. the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens. The minimum shutter speed with ISO Auto mode has also been improved from 1/250 second to 1/8000 second, allowing the user to shoot at faster speeds to minimise blur and freeze action, for situations like shooting motor sports.
– Ease of operation is improved through making orientation-linked AF point setting the same for vertical or horizontal, further customisation of AF-ON/AEL custom controls and the ability to quickly review Display-protected images only (for rapid checking).