Canon 5D Mark IV Gets C-Log with New Firmware Update

April 20th, 2017
Canon 5D Mark IV Gets C-Log with New Firmware Update

Canon has just announced the first major upgrade to their Canon 5D Mark IV. This paid upgrade will set you back about $99 (€99), but promises to give the camera a new life when it comes to video production. 

Canon 5D Mark IV

The paid upgrade unlocks Canon Canon Log for the 5D Mark IV

Back when I tested the camera in August 2016 (see my original review and article here), I came up with a list of Pros and Cons related to the camera. My list proved to be identical to what others in our global filming community were thinking and, based on this global feedback, I’m happy to report that Canon has listened and decided to implement a C-LOG picture profile. While this upgrade might not fulfil everybody’s wish list, it is certainly a good move in the right direction, one that raises hopes that Canon may have decided to re-join the healthy DSLR/Mirrorless competition and support independent filmmakers with flexible creative tools. Although, while on this subject: Canon, please give us the ability to record 4K in full-frame mode and also send a 4K signal via HDMI to an external recorder.

As a side note, one immediate question remains: What about the Canon 1D X Mark II? Will this fine camera also be treated soon? Unfortunately, we have no news regarding this matter for now.

Why Shoot in a Log Picture Profile?

Shooting with a Log picture profile brings some benefits to filmmakers who want the most amount of information to work with. This specific Canon Log picture profile is identical to the one found on the Canon 1D C, and was specifically designed to work best with 8-bit colour sampling information. Needless to say, for filmmakers who use other Canon cameras on set, the main benefit will be the ease of camera matching while filming and colour grading during post production.

About the Canon 5D Mark IV Upgrade

Mind you, in order to take advantage of this new upgrade, you will have to send your beloved camera in to a Canon service center, so don’t look for a firmware download link. Once you get your Canon 5D Mark IV back, you will find in you can now navigate and activate Canon Log in the menu. According to Canon, for best results use ISO 400 in order to achieve the claimed 12 stops of dynamic range. In addition – and for those who feel uncomfortable working with a flat, low contrast image with subdued sharpness – Canon is now offering the possibility to use a “view assist” to look at the full range of the image.

Availability

The paid upgrade will be available as of June. It is yet to be seen if the new Canon 5D Mark IV cameras with the upgrade already installed, and if so, if those cameras will be 99 Euro more expensive.

Do you work with the Canon 5D Mark IV? If so, will you be sending your camera in for an upgrade? If you don’t have the camera, will you be considering buying it now that Canon Log has been implemented? 

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Michal Gajdoš
Michal Gajdoš
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Comments in various articles shows that this minor upgrade (leaving the horrible crop untouched) changes nothing and is still miles behind the competition. But hey at least it’s paid :)

 Danny Taillon
Danny Taillon
MemberApril 20th, 2017

I own the 5D4 since it’s release and I’m happy to see they finally release this upgrade. I shoot both photo and video all the time and it has been a pain to switch in between picture profil for video. I mean, yes, there’s some new profil picture out there (EOSHD C-log, etc) but this C-log is the official C-log and I rather use that for video than anything else.

You’ll also see that they rate the C-log profil at 400iso being native.

Also, from what I’ve seen in Canon demo video, activating C-log recording turns off picture profil which means, no need to switch in between picture profil for video and photo anymore. You can simply activate your C-log and start shooting. Also, view assist is a big game changer when shooting log. I don’t want to be looking at a flat profil when shooting video. I wanna get a sense of where my exposure is without having to look at my lightmeter all the time. The only thing I would have wish for is a 1.3x crop instead and a less data hungry codec.

Nasmie Solomons
Nasmie Solomons
GuestApril 20th, 2017

This upgrade is insignificant.

Máté András Győri
Máté András Győri
GuestApril 20th, 2017

And paid at the same time…:)

Timothy Philip
Timothy Philip
GuestApril 20th, 2017

this wud abeen great 4 years ago!!!

Timothy Philip
Timothy Philip
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Sony is dismantling this company

Astral Xilef
Astral Xilef
GuestApril 20th, 2017

just make a dslr on par with a7s series/gh5/4 in terms of ‘specs’ wise and you’ll got swarms of users. wake up, sleeping giant..listen to your videographers/vloggers/who love the full specs (as in users needs for all round dslr) for once. majority of your users can’t afford your c-cameras. *EDITED* the fuck ?? 99 dollars paid upgrade !?

Rakesh Reddy
Rakesh Reddy
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Too little, too late

Emile Sprenger
Emile Sprenger
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Paid firmware upgrade? Seriously? Since I’ve bought my Fuji X-Pro2 (more than a year ago) I’ve gotten 3 updates, giving new functions, more speed, etc. Like Apple (iOS & OSX), Fuji continuously provides free firmware updates, even for older models. Cannon is really milking its customers, what a shitty way to do business!

 Markus Magnon
Markus Magnon
MemberApril 20th, 2017

C-Log? I don’t get it. You can upload picture profiles on a canon. I C-log miore than a picture profile? Also just get a 5D Mark II or III and install Magic Lantern. Every camera, not only Canon, also Sony, Panasonic, etc… have so much potential but it is all locked because they want to sell Camera that cost 8000 Dollars and more. It is a shame.

Philip Bloom
MemberApril 21st, 2017

8 grand??? Where do you buy cameras from??

 Markus Magnon
Markus Magnon
MemberApril 21st, 2017

C-Series?!

Astral Xilef
Astral Xilef
GuestApril 20th, 2017

LOL.

Alex Sofo
Alex Sofo
GuestApril 20th, 2017

who cares

Gum Bum
Gum Bum
MemberApril 20th, 2017

Can’t any of the gazillion different picture profiles available for Canon do the same thing?

Johannes Rofner
Johannes Rofner
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Sgeil
Woas wer des bald mal rauf spielt :P

Niels Trassoudaine
Niels Trassoudaine
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Enzo Lauzanne Pk

Mihai Son
Mihai Son
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Pascal Bellenchombre LOL check ca

Pascal Bellenchombre
Pascal Bellenchombre
GuestApril 20th, 2017

lol…mieux vaut tard que jamais

Mihai Son
Mihai Son
GuestApril 20th, 2017

c un update payant qui coute 100$… comme sure la gh5, sauf que la gh5 c 2k pas 4k en partant LOL

Andrew Lalbiaknunga
Andrew Lalbiaknunga
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Aww, thats cute…

Astral Xilef
Astral Xilef
GuestApril 20th, 2017

hahah same reaction.

Matthew Chiew
Matthew Chiew
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Still expensive eh. Save for the a9

Chris Reynolds
Chris Reynolds
GuestApril 20th, 2017

It’s really strange to think that the only people ‘pushing the envelope’ on Canon cameras, aren’t Canon……..but are a group of programmers collectively called ‘Magic Lantern’. If I was working in Canon R’n’D I’d be ashamed of what those guys are doing. Canon are really way behind the times!!

Chris Reynolds
Chris Reynolds
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Sorry, i didn’t realise you had to pay for it!!!!!!!!!??????

Chris Reynolds
Chris Reynolds
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Who at Canon Japan should i make the cheque out to….Ho Lee-Fuk??

Jamal Warner
Jamal Warner
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Lmao! ???

Massimo Volta
Massimo Volta
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Is it paid?!?! A log to be used with the shittiest and weakest codec around? This people should really learn from the magic lantern guys…

Phillip Shvartsman
Phillip Shvartsman
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Paid isn’t out of the question. Panasonic does this with vlog

Sven Henig
Sven Henig
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Toooooo late ;-)

 Steven Bailey
Steven Bailey
MemberApril 20th, 2017

Excited to match the 5D to my C100. Will work great as a b-cam now. Depending on how much I like the face detect AF, I might consider running two of these as primaries for interviews from now on.

Dheerankur Upasak
Dheerankur Upasak
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Thank God I shifted from Canon to Sony :)

AJ Thompson
AJ Thompson
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Fix the sensor crop and it’d be worth it.

Malte Jö
Malte Jö
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Johannes Leicht Fabrice Schaefer Rodrigues

Johannes Leicht
Johannes Leicht
GuestApril 20th, 2017

100 € :D ich glaub wir bleiben erstmal bei der sony… :D

Malte Jö
Malte Jö
GuestApril 20th, 2017

??

Brian Slanger
Brian Slanger
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Aw Canon. All they know is three things: Too Little, Too Late, and Too much. RIP.

Ben Dely
Ben Dely
GuestApril 20th, 2017

Andy Luks
Pourquoi pas !? ?

Andy Luks
Andy Luks
GuestApril 20th, 2017

La force me pousse tjrs vers Pana ^^

Ben Dely
Ben Dely
GuestApril 21st, 2017

OkOk
T’es pas tomber dans mon piège de sauvage !!!

Jimmy Ngai
Jimmy Ngai
GuestApril 21st, 2017
Philip Bloom
MemberApril 21st, 2017

Canon don’t forget your flagship 1DX 2 please!!

GLenn Stillar
GLenn Stillar
MemberApril 21st, 2017

Seconded — please don’t forget 1DX MkII owners.

 Matt Williams
Matt Williams
MemberApril 26th, 2017

Thirded – it’s hugely insulting that Canon has brought this to the 5D4 and not the 1DX MkII. Canon clearly realise the importance of CLog to professional users, and so to not offer it on their flagship pro DSLR when they have proven with the 5D4 they could do so, is contemptible.

 Matt Williams
Matt Williams
MemberApril 27th, 2017

Not bringing CLOG to the 1DX2 when they’ve shown it is possible and they’re willing to do so with the 5D4 is very frustrating though. I own a C300 MkII which I spent a great deal of money on, and I currently use a 1DX2 as a B camera for interviews etc. I actually also own a 5D4 as well (which I currently mainly use for photography), but with them only offering CLOG on the 5D4 I’m in a position where I either shoot on the 5D4 in CLOG (which will match to my C300II) but with the horrible cropped sensor, or I shoot on the 1DX2 which whilst it doesn’t have the horrible crop, doesn’t have CLOG!

I’m really not sure what they are thinking by not bringing CLOG to the 1DXII – I know a number of professionals in my position who own the C300II and have a 1DX2 as a B camera, and for whom having CLOG on the 1DX2 would be a huge benefit. Canon have said the reason they’ve added CLOG to the 5D4 is because they understand that some people will want to have a smaller B camera that matches their main Canon camera when shooting in CLOG. Well I’d have thought most professionals who have one of their cinema cameras will most likely have the 1DX2 as their B camera (rather than the 5D4) – so if they appreciate the importance of CLOG for professionals, and they appreciate the importance of being able to shoot CLOG on a B camera, then why not add it to the 1DX2? It just doesn’t make sense to me and I think is very disrespectful of Canon to people who have invested very heavily in their top of the line products.

 Technology Analyst
Technology Analyst
MemberApril 21st, 2017

I predicted – when the 5D Mark IV came out – that its lack of video ability would cause a negative halo effect and cost sales across its entire range of cameras. Well that’s now happening.

I’m sad to say that Canon is now the laughing stock.

 Earl Nottingham
Earl Nottingham
MemberApril 22nd, 2017

What do we want? 1DX MkIi upgrade to 4K 60P 4:2:2 10-bit with C-log2 and C-log3 and uncompressed 10bit external.
When do we want it? Now!

Wolfgang Neugebauer
Wolfgang Neugebauer
GuestApril 22nd, 2017

does it have 10bit ? otherwise log is like nothing

 Konsta P
Konsta P
MemberApril 24th, 2017

better late than never…i dont mind the 100 when iv paid 4K..i guess sending camera in for some sort of sensor calibration and not heatsink installation.I hope we’ll see some more critical updates in the future -hopefully free ;) and ofc praying for ML port!

 Kenni Kuhlmann-Clark
Kenni Kuhlmann-Clark
MemberMay 24th, 2017

**** Good news!: EOS 1DX Mark II will now get the same C-Log update option too! Thank you Canon! ****

 Matt Williams
Matt Williams
MemberMay 24th, 2017

Hi, where have you heard this? I haven’t read anything to that effect.

 Andre Shiwa
Andre Shiwa
MemberAugust 19th, 2017

I’m not an experienced or expert video guy.

So let me understand… Canon released a firmware that make some improvements on EOS 5D Mark IV video features, but still with the same crop factor and the same memory card eater codec ? And if you want to update to this firmware you have to pay for it ?

Oh… I need a glass of whisky…

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