After listening to user feedback, Canon has updated the firmware of three of its cameras to make them more appealing to people who capture video.
The new firmware update brings the highly requested Canon Log 3 (C-Log 3) to the EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III (it’s already available on the EOS R5) which expands the dynamic range and offers more colour space options. This logarithmic gamma curve also increases the compatibility of these models with cinema production workflows, making it easier to colour match footage captured with Canon’s Cinema EOS Series cameras.
Alongside the availability of C-Log 3, these firmware upgrades add dual card recording to all three cameras. Users can now record the same video file – resolution, fps and codec – to both memory cards, ensuring that if one card is corrupted there is still a backup of their footage. The firmware update for the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R5 also adds support for the new industry standard CFexpress VPG400 cards.
For those who use Canon’s Cine Lenses, the firmware update for the EOS R5 introduces compatibility to Canon’s CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S and CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S Cine servo zoom lenses. With the new firmware, EOS R5 operators can control exposure, focus and zoom from the body, as well as start recording using the record button on Canon Cine servo zoom lenses.
Canon’s new EOS R5 firmware also makes external full-frame 8K ProRes RAW and 5K cropped ProRes RAW recording possible when connected to the Atomos Ninja V+ recorder and 5K cropped ProRes RAW recording with the Atomos Ninja V recorders. When combined with the EOS R5, the Atomos Ninja V+ is able to record 8K recording at 30 fps, unlocking new possibilities for filmmakers and videographers. These professional recording formats also allow the white balance and ISO to be seamlessly changed during processing.
The firmware updates (EOS R5 & EOS R6 firmware v1.4 and EOS-1D X Mark III firmware v1.5) are available now as a free download from the Canon website for the EOS R6 and EOS 1-D Mark III. The update for the EOS R5 will be available later this summer (2021).