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 has previously been the only body that the company considers a pro model. Even the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 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 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 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).