Filmmakers will be pleased to hear that Canon will now be offering the option to upgrade the 5D Mark IV to include Canon Log starting in July. In addition, a new model will be available with the feature pre-installed beginning at the same time.
The 5D Mark IV has been a generally well received camera, though many have lamented the lack of a Log feature, which would spread the corresponding input/output luminosity function, allowing for a greater dynamic range to be captured and enabling increased flexibility and color grading in post. Canon has announced that such a feature will now be available as part of an unspecified hardware upgrade costing $99, requiring the camera to be sent to a service center. The feature will also be built into the camera starting then, though Canon has set the MSRP of that version at $3,599 vs. $3,499 for the current version, so it does appear that there will be a separation or the 5D Mark IV will jump $100 in price, which should appease early adopters who paid for the camera without the feature. However, the camera still outputs 8-bit 4:2:0 with the new C-Log mode. Nonetheless, it should be a worthwhile upgrade for many filmmakers working with the 5D Mark IV.