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Canon considers the R6 a pro camera; adds big video updates to it and the 1D X Mark III

Canon EOS R6 and 1D X Mark III get big time video updates
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Canon has introduced some big video oriented updates to its "professional cameras", the EOS R6 and 1D X Mark III. The key additions for both cameras are the much-requested ability to shoot in Canon Log 3, as well as to simultaneously record to two memory cards. 

It's also interesting that the manufacturer refers to both bodies as "professional cameras". When it comes to EOS stills cameras, the flagship Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (opens in new tab) has previously been the only body that the company considers a pro model. Even the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (opens in new tab) isn't officially regarded as a professional camera, despite the overwhelming number of pros who use it as such.

So for the Canon EOS R6 (opens in new tab) to be classed as a professional body – if only in the context of its video capabilities – is noteworthy, with Canon stating in its firmware announcement that it "supports filmmakers with the release of new firmware for its professional cameras." 

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Both cameras inherit the headline feature of Canon Log 3, which was introduced to the Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) earlier this year. "Canon's renowned Log 3 expands the dynamic range and offers more color space options to achieve rich, high-quality video that mirrors that of Hollywood standard cinema cameras," says Canon. 

"This logarithmic gamma curve also increases the compatibility of these models with cinema production workflows, making it easier to color match footage captured with Canon’s Cinema EOS Series cameras."

Also new to each camera is the addition of dual card recording, enabling simultaneous recording of the same video file (in terms of resolution, frame-rate and codec) to both memory cards. In addition, the 1D X Mark III receives support for the new CFexpress VPG400 industry standard (guaranteeing minimum write speeds of 400MB/s).

Firmware 1.4.0 for the Canon EOS R6 can be downloaded here (opens in new tab), while Firmware 1.5.0 for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III can be downloaded here (opens in new tab)

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Best professional cameras (opens in new tab)
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review (opens in new tab)
Canon EOS R6 review (opens in new tab)
Canon EOS R5 review (opens in new tab)
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.