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Latest Canon Rumors Tease 5D Mark III Hardware Hacks, Dual ISO AF, and 7D Mark II

By Anthony Thurston on March 1st 2014

There have been a couple different Canon rumors circulating, and in an effort to save space and not take up a bunch of your feed, I decided to post a summary of all three in this one post.

Canon 5D Mark III Hardware Hacks Coming Soon?


According to a report over on Canon Rumors a hardware company is “gearing up” to offer third party Canon 5D Mark III motherboard replacements. This would be a service where you actually replace the Canon motherboard in your camera with one provided by the company – it is not yet know if they would do the switch or if purchasers would need to replace the board themselves.

Too me this seems rather risky. I mean using Magic Lantern is one thing, but at least using that in most situations you can remove it if it causes issues and reinstall the standard firmware – keeping your Canon warranty coverage intact. But this, replacing actual hardware on the camera, would almost certainly void any warranty that Canon offers on the camera. In fact, I doubt that Canon would even offer to fix anything if something went wrong, most likely recommending that you buy a new body. So, I guess this depends on how much you trust this company and what kind of service they offer in regards to repairs.

Canon 7D Mark II Coming Q2 2014


Another recent rumor indicates that the 7D replacement camera – which may or may not be known as the Canon 7D Mark II – is set to be released in Q2 of this year. For those of you not up to date with fiscal quarters, that would mean an announcement in April, May, or June.

There are still no hard specs on the camera quite yet, only general statements about setting a new standard for APS-C performance and some cutting edge video features. I would think it is also likely that the new camera would have the Dual Pixel AF technology seen in the 70D.

Could the 5D Mark III be Updated With Dual Pixel Technology?


According to a post by PlanetMitch over on Planet5D, it is possible that the Canon 5D Mark III may be capable of a firmware update to allow for Dual Pixel AF. This news comes after Mitch did some investigating after seeing Canon adding Dual Pixel AF to their cinema cameras.

What Mitch found out is quite interesting –  Canon has apparently been releasing sensors with the dual pixel technology built in for a while now, but have only just now completed firmware for some of them. We don’t know when they started adding the dual pixel technology to their sensors, but this would seem to indicate that it is possible that in the future the 5D Mark III could get a Dual Pixel AF firmware update – much like Canon has done with their cinema cameras.

Personally, I find this unlikely. The Canon 5D Mark III is nearing the end of its shelf life, and, no doubt, work on the 5D Mark IV is already underway. Given the age of the 5D Mark III, I think that if they were going to give it Dual Pixel AF, they would have done so by now. Even if the sensor has the capability they may never release a firmware to unlock it, it is much more likely that it remains locked on the 5D Mark III and unlocked in the next version of the 5D.

What are your thoughts on the rumors above? Do any of them stand out to you? Share your thoughts in a comment below to join the discussion.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Tom

    Not sure if I agree about the ‘…Given the age of the 5D Mark III,…’ opinion, giving how late in the product life cycle the 7D FW 2.0 upgrade came.

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  2. Bill Emmett

    I am commenting about the warranty issue on the Canon EOS 5D III. As with all Canon products, the warranty is only one year. During that year, you can just about learn about a small amount of what this cameras potential actually is, and how it will fit into your business, or amateur photo hobby. After the first year, upgrading the hardware to take advantage of the dual pixel technology is your call, based on what it will bring to the table. I would like to know, how will the upgrade company know if your camera contains the new “unlocked” sensor? Now, if Canon increased its warranty coverage on it “professional line” of camera, just say to 3-4 years, the upgrade would become no longer practical.

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  3. Premini

    Dual ISO? Dual pixel? Is it the same thing?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      No, ISO is not the same thing as Dual Pixel. Dual ISO has to do with dynamic range, Dual Pixel has to do with AF.

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