Canon EOS R5 Gets RAW Light and Canon Log 3 with the New Firmware Update

Canon EOS R5 Gets RAW Light and Canon Log 3 with the New Firmware Update

Canon just released a new firmware update for three of their cameras – Canon EOS R5, EOS R6, and EOS-1D X Mark III. Both the EOS R5 and EOS 1D X Mark III get the new RAW Light format for lower bitrates. Further, the EOS R5 gets the Canon Log 3 picture profile and Full HD 120p mode. All three cameras get new lower bitrate IPB movie options for quick sharing. The updates are now available to download for free.

Both Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless cameras were released in summer 2020. Since then the cameras have already received a firmware update that brought improvement for the overheating issue and prolonged recording times. You can check Johnnie’s EOS R5 review with the firmware v1.1.0 to see how useable the camera was in the field. Don’t forget to also take a look at Gunther’s EOS R5 lab test in case you missed it. Anyway, Canon just released new firmware for the EOS R5 as well as the EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III. Let’s take a look at what is new.

Canon EOS R5 (firmware v1.3.0)

Perhaps the most notable new feature is the addition of the RAW Light codec. It should provide the same flexibility for post-production while keeping the file sizes much smaller compared to the regular RAW codec, previously found in the EOS R5. Canon says that this RAW Light format is different from the Cinema RAW Light (known from the EOS C200 for example) – the color and gamut intent is different. In terms of compatibility with NLEs, we managed to open the new Canon RAW Light material in DaVinci Resolve, but not yet in Adobe Premiere Pro. I suppose Canon will release a plugin for other NLEs very soon.

Canon EOS R5 firmware v1.3.0 Image credit: CineD

When it comes to overheating, Canon says that the new firmware update and the RAW Light codec do NOT bring any extension of the recording times. Both EOS R5 and EOS R6 display an estimate of the recordable time based on the current camera temperature and the set recording mode. Recovery times can be affected by various factors such as ambient temperature, continued camera operation and the selected shooting resolution. Our test indeed confirmed that the camera overheats as quickly with the RAW Light as it does with the RAW format.

Another new feature that the EOS R5 gets, is the Canon Log 3 picture profile known from the EOS Cinema line. According to Canon, the C-log3 should provide an even flatter image resulting in greater dynamic range and better color grading capabilities.

Furthermore, this firmware unlocks a lower bitrate IPB movie option for small video files that can be shared easier. Finally, the firmware update adds Full HD 120p mode.

The following resolutions, frame rates, and bitrates are now available with the Canon EOS R5 after the firmware update v1.3.0 – first in RAW: ( [13] stands for the the latest updates)

  • 8k RAW (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p): Approx. 2600 Mbps
  • 8k RAW (Light) (29.97p/25.00p): Approx. 1700 Mbps [13]
  • 8k RAW (Light) (24.00p/23.98p): Approx. 1350 Mbps [13]

In MOV: MP4 H.264 Canon Log off:

  • 8K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p*/23.98p) ALL-I: Approx. 1300 Mbps
  • 8K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p*/23.98p) IPB: Approx. 470 Mbps
  • 8K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p*/23.98p) IPB (Light): Approx. 230 Mbps
  • 4K (119.9p / 100p) ALL-I: Approx. 1880 Mbps
  • 4K (59.94p/50.00p) ALL-I: Approx. 940 Mbps
  • 4K (59.94p/50.00p) IPB: Approx. 230 Mbps
  • 4K (59.94p/50.00p) IPB (Light): Approx. 120 Mbps
  • 4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) ALL-I: Approx. 470 Mbps
  • 4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) IPB: Approx. 120 Mbps
  • 4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) IPB (Light): Approx. 60 Mbps
  • Full HD (119.9p/100p) ALL-I: Approx. 360 Mbps [13]
  • Full HD (59.94p/50.00p) ALL-I: Approx. 180 Mbps 
  • Full HD ( 59.94p/50.00p) IPB : Approx. 60 Mbps
  • Full HD ( 59.94p/50.00p) IPB (Light): Approx.35 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) ALL-I: Approx. 90 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) IPB: Approx. 30 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p) IPB (Light) : Approx. 12 Mbps
  • 8K Time Lapse (29.97p/25.00p) ALL-I: Approx. 1300 Mbps
  • 4K Time Lapse (29.97p/25.00p)ALL-I : Approx. 470 Mbps
  • Full HD Time Lapse (29.97p/25.00p) ALL-I: Approx. 90 Mbps

In MOV: MP4 H.265 Canon Log on:

  • 8K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p*/23.98p) ALL-I: Approx. 1300 Mbps
  • 8K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p*/23.98p) IPB: Approx. 680 Mbps
  • 8K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p*/23.98p) IPB (Light): Approx. 340 Mbps
  • 4K (119.9p / 100p) ALL-I : Approx. 1880 Mbps
  • 4K (59.94p/50.00p) ALL-I : Approx. 1000 Mbps
  • 4K (59.94p/50.00p) IPB: Approx. 340 Mbps
  • 4K (59.94p/50.00p) IPB (Light): Approx. 170 Mbps
  • 4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) ALL-I: Approx. 470 Mbps
  • 4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) IPB: Approx. 170 Mbps
  • 4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) IPB (Light): Approx. 85 Mbps
  • Full HD (119.9p/100p) ALL-I: Approx. 470 Mbps [13]
  • Full HD (59.94p/50.00p) ALL-I: Approx. 230 Mbps
  • Full HD (59.94p/50.00p) IPB: Approx. 90 Mbps
  • Full HD (59.94p/50.00p) IPB (Light): Approx. 50 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) ALL-I: Approx. 135 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p) IPB: Approx. 45 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p) IPB (Light): Approx. 28 Mbps
  • 8K Time Lapse (29.97p/25.00p) ALL-I: Approx. 1300 Mbps
  • 4K Time Lapse (29.97p/25.00p) ALL-I : Approx. 470 Mbps
  • Full HD Time Lapse (29.97p/25.00p) ALL-I: Approx. 135 Mbps
Canon EOS R5. Image credit: CineD

Additional updates include the ability to save personalized and preferred camera settings to a memory card, which can be copied across to a different camera or used when settings are adjusted. Canon also enables turning the LCD monitor off during shooting and use it for playback only – same as with DSLR cameras. The update also brings full manual support for RF lenses that will allow users to override the focus of RF lenses manually when in Servo AF mode.

The newly added Protect Image Transfer function allows selected images to be locked (protected from accidental deleting) and transferred via FTP. When doing so, there is now an FTP Transfer status on the display clearly showing how long it will take to transfer the data.

Canon EOS R6 (firmware v1.3.0)

In case of Canon’s affordable full-frame mirrorless – the EOS R6, the firmware v1.3.0 brings the lower bitrate IPB movie options for small, easily shareable video files and full manual support for RF lenses that will allow users to override the focus of RF lenses manually when in Servo AF mode. (See our camera review by clicking here).

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (firmware v1.4.0)

Canon’s professional DSLR camera, the EOS-1D X Mark III, also gets the Canon RAW Light codec option, just like the EOS R5. (See our camera review by clicking here). The camera also gets the lower bitrate IPB movie options for small, easily shareable video files. Furthermore, the 1D X Mark III gets the FTP Transfer status on the display clearly showing how long it will take to transfer the data over the FTP connection.

Canon 1D X Mark III – Image: CineD

EOS R5, EOS R6, EOS 1D X Mark III Firmware Update – Table of Improvements (Source: Canon)

Aside from firmware updates for the three above-mentioned cameras, Canon also releases new versions of its software – Digital Photo Professional (DPP) v4.14 and EOS Utility v3.13.1 – that bring support for Apple M1 processors via Rosetta.

Last but not least, the company said that the Canon Log 3 picture profile will come to the EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III in another future firmware update. Stay tuned to CineD for more information on that.

Price and Availability

The firmware updates are Now available to download for free, directly on the Canon Support Website.

Do you use the Canon EOS R5 for your filmmaking work? How do you like the new firmware update? Let us know in the comments section underneath the article.

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