Canon has finally released their 5D Mark III firmware update bringing uncompressed HDMI output and cross-type autofocus at f/8. This update ironically comes in the same week that Magic Lantern has released one of their most surprising developments to date, the possibility of shooting 2K RAW video on the 5D Mark II and III. The Magic Lantern development is currently limited to a roughly 12fps / 2 second burst mode but there seems to be some optimism that the team will be able to increase this to 24fps with longer recording times in the future.
To me, the Magic Lantern news is far more exciting than the firmware update. RAW DNG files are essentially the highest image quality possible and there is no need for the expensive 3rd party digital recorders that are needed when recording via HDMI out. RAW files have the greatest dynamic range, color space, and are the most flexible in terms of post production treatments. Here’s to hoping for Magic Lantern’s success in their development.