Even though the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is only a couple of months old, its functionality and usability are still being expanded upon with the release of the version 1.1.2 firmware update. The new firmware makes this full-frame workhorse compatible with the new Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver, as well as fixing a few minor bugs.
The GP-E2 is a compact GPS receiver that records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation, direction and universal coordinated time) as EXIF data. It connects to the hot shoe of the EOS 5D Mark III, and it’s also compatible with the hot shoe on the EOS-1D X, and the EOS 7D through USB. The GP-E2 can also be used as a standalone GPS logging device and electronic compass.
Here’s the complete list of improvements and fixes in the version 1.1.2 firmware:
- Support for the new GP-E2 GPS receiver accessory.
- Fixes a phenomenon where a pink cast may develop over the image when the shutter is completely pressed with the camera’s power turned off (by the auto power off setting).
- Fixes a phenomenon where the camera operation stops after one shot when shooting in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode.
- Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time.
- Fixes the time zone for the Samoa Islands.
- Corrects errors in the Finnish menu screen.
The firmware update is available for download at this link. As always, be sure to use either a fully charged battery and/or a separately available ACK-E6 AC Adapter Kit when performing the update. You need to make sure that your camera doesn’t lose power when your camera is updating its firmware. It’s also a bad idea to open the card slot, or press any buttons while this operation is taking place. When you download the firmware, a set of instructions are included as a PDF file. Read through the installation instructions, follow them closely, and the firmware update procedure will go smoothly.