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Canon EOS R/RP and others: DIY compatibility with the Unleashed

Canon EOS R

In the last year we’ve shipped out many Unleasheds to customers all over the world and the feedback has been great. Since then we’ve also implemented improvements, new features and have published many app and firmware updates.

Of course, we’ve also received quite a few requests regarding the compatibility of certain Canon cameras that are not (yet) on the compatibility list, most of all the Canon EOS R line. Another favorite is the 70D, and the same goes for the 200 II, 250D, 50D, 90D, 850D, 7D Mark II and the 1DX. Unfortunately, for both of us, Canon decided to mix things up a little. These cameras either have a new USB-C socket or the arrangement of the USB and HDMI socket is different from all their other cameras. As a result, the Unleashed is physically not compatible. All of these cameras are more or less unique in their socket arrangement, so we would have to develop and produce a new Unleashed model for each of these camera models, which is not feasible – at least at this point.

Using the Unleashed with adapters

The good news is that just because they don’t fit the camera body directly, that doesn’t mean the Unleashed won’t work on them. In fact, the Unleashed’s firmware (and therefore all of its functionality) is absolutely compatible with these cameras! The only thing necessary are two adapters or extensions depending on the camera. Of course, you’ll lose the conveniently small design of the Unleashed, which normally blends seamlessly into the camera’s design. But if you’re after the feature-set and don’t mind the cables, this allows you to use the Unleashed and all its features.

Want to shoot day-to-night “Holy Grail” time lapses with your new EOS R5? Geotag with the 7D Mark II, shoot long exposures with the 70D? Wirelessly start video recording with multiple 90Ds on tripods? Well, now you can! Read on to find out exactly which adapters you’ll need.

List of adapters

For every Canon camera that is not yet officially compatible, we recommend using the Unleashed C1, since it has more space between its HDMI and USB plug than the Unleashed C2 does. On all Canon cameras, except the EOS R5 and R6, you’ll need a Mini-HMDI (HDMI type C) extension. Canon EOS R5 and R6 need a Micro HDMI (HDMI type D) (plug) to Mini HDMI (socket) adapter. Depending on your camera, you’ll additionally need the following USB adapter cable:

  • Canon EOS R, RP, R5 & R6: Micro USB socket to USB-C plug
  • Canon 7D Mk II, 90D, 200 II, 250D & 850D: Micro USB socket to Micro USB plug (i.e. Micro USB extension)
  • Canon 1Dx, 50D & 70D: Micro USB socket to Mini USB plug

(Just for clarification: socket = female, plug = male)

If you already have an Unleashed C2 from another camera, you’ll need a cable with Mini USB socket (and the above camera-dependent plugs instead.

Update from July 2021: We are now selling the adapter sets in our shop! You can find them here or by navigating through Entagged > Accessories.

A mini HDMI extension is actually quite hard to find, however, there is a 90 degree adapter available that we found, and can confirm that works. It’s called: “Manhattan 353458”. The only alternative we have found so far are so called “FPV HDMI cables”, but even here HDMI C Socket to HDMI C Plug are not commonly found.

Here’s what the Manhattan Adapter and a USB extension cable look like:

Manhattan Adapter on Canon

We know it’s not ideal and we would love to have a perfect Unleashed model for each camera! However, for now, we believe it’s definitely a solution/hack/work-around worth looking at. Of course, for some of the newer cameras, we’re also working on dedicated Unleasheds, so stay tuned for those! Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know, or follow us on social media to stay up-to-date!

Let us know in the comments what you camera you have and what you think.

15 thoughts on “Canon EOS R/RP and others: DIY compatibility with the Unleashed

  1. Hi Liam, this reply is quite late but we actually decided to start selling them now. They are available here: https://www.foolography.com/shop/product/canon-adapter/
    Hope this helps!

  2. Why don’t you just provide the correct adaptor cables rather thank sell the product missing vital parts. Im sure there are other people like me who end up getting 3rd party cables which end up to be either the wrong connection/inferior product

  3. Hi Nico, yes it would with the following adapters: 1 Micro HDMI (plug) to Mini HDMI (socket) adapter and 1 Micro USB socket to USB C plug adapter. Hope this helps. For more information please refer to this blog post or write us an email to support@foolography.com.

  4. will it function on my canon eos R6

  5. @Kyle We have some customers who use an L-bracket together with the Unleashed. If and how it fits depends on the L-Bracket and the camera you use. Most L-Brackets have a cutout area around the connectors so that you still have access to the connectors, and often the tiny Unleashed will fit in the cutout. Otherwise, many L-Brackets also have a slot instead of a hole for the tripod mounting screw. This means that you can move the L-Bracket by a few millimetres and make room for the Unleashed so that it sits between the camera and the L-Bracket. The Unleashed is plugged into Nikon’s 10-pin remote shutter release socket and has an optional small cable to the USB port. With Canon, the Unleashed is connected to the USB and HDMI ports simultaneously. I’m not 100% sure about the Kirk bracket, but most L-brackets have a large enough cutout that the Unleashed will fit into the cutout or you can just shift the Bracket to give the Unleashed some space. It only needs to be a couple of millimetres.

  6. Will this work with on a kirk L-bracket on my 5D mark IV with Battery back grip?

    Thank You.

  7. @Rick: well yes, it works, it’s just not as pretty!
    you can check which adapter cables are easier to find. I could imagine it’s easier to find a mini-usb socket to micro usb plug than a micro-usb extension, in which case the Unleashed C2 would work best. That’s what’s in the picture. The cable has a nice and short 90ΒΊΒ micro usb plug which saves a lot of space.

  8. So you are now saying that it will work on my 7D Mark 11 πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ!! If so which one do I get !! Just to be on the safe side πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

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