Back in March, the Canon EOS R5 took the form of the popular Canon Log 3, a useful addition for those who want to color grade their videos. Well, this version will now be available to owners of EOS R6 (and EOS 1D X Mark III) if they upgrade to their latest Canon firmware. Support page.
There are a few so-called ‘log’ formats between video JPEGs and raw files, offering small file sizes and plenty of editing. The Canon Log 3 format (or C-Log 3 for short) provides a more dynamic range than the standard Canon Log, and also slots neatly into workflows containing footage from Canon’s cinema cameras.
But firmware updates are not about increasing the choice of log formats. They also bring dual card recording on both the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6, which means you can record the same video file (including the same resolution, frame rate and codec) on both memory cards at the same time.
It has previously been possible to record 8K video proxy files (which are basically compressed backups) on the EOS R5, but you’ll soon be able to record full-size backups in some ways. The EOS R5 update will be available in “Summer 2021”, so between now mid-September.
Canon warns that some restrictions may apply to the EOS R5, as it has different memory card slots (one is CFexpress Type B, the other is UHS-II). This means that it will not be possible to record some resolutions and frame rates (such as 8K / 30p) on both cards, but it is a useful addition for moviegoers.
Speaking of 8K, the Canon EOS R5 also supports the updated CFexpress VPG400 (Video Performance Guarantee) cards, which guarantee a write speed of at least 400MB per second, allowing them to shoot 8K raw footage. Ideal for And impressively, with the EOS R5 firmware update, 8K ProRES RAW, a popular recording codec, will also make it possible to shoot externally on the new Atomos Ninja V + external monitor.
You could argue that Canon should have incorporated most of these features into the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6, rather than look at them months after the camera was launched. But the updates are also a sign of how advanced these compact full-frame mirror-equipped cameras are for video shooting.
The ability to shoot 8K ProRes RAW on an external recorder on the Canon EOS R5, in particular, is very impressive and can be convenient for those who want to shoot 8K in order to zoom, crop or fake slider movements Can be used for introductions. Their 4K timelines, he said, will not be cheap, as the Atmos Ninja V + Recorder costs $ 1,499 / £ 1,499 / AU $ 2,199.
With the addition of C-Log 3 format and dual card recording, both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 are fighting like Sony rivals without mirrors Sony A7S III And Sony A1. Like Canon, Sony is increasingly focusing on bringing professional video features to its full-frame camera, as both camera companies are the focus of moviegoers and well-liked YouTube.
Both the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 have modest limitations over their recording limits and recovery times, which means they’re usually limited to shooting short clips in their best-of-breed video mode. The Canon EOS R5, for example, leads the way in 20 minutes when recording 8K / 30p.
This led to rumors that the video was over-focused Canon EOS R5c The model, complete with internal cooling fans, is in the pipeline and could arrive in early 2022. But until then, these firmware updates, and the promise of more work in the future, will certainly keep Canon EOS R5 and EOS video-focused owners happy R6