How to Make Your Sony Look Like A Canon

Hey guys! Steve here and today I want to talk about how you can make your Sony look more like a Canon with EOSHD Pro Color 3.0.

A little while back I posted a video titled “How to Get Instantly Better Skin Tones on Sony Alpha Cameras,” and if you watched that video, you’ll know that in it we discussed how Sony’s Auto White Balance feature doesn’t always produce great results, and how we can use EOSHD Pro Color to get better, more flattering, Canon-like skin tones. If you haven’t seen that video, and would like to learn more about Canon’s approach to color science versus Sony’s, check out the link in the description below.

EOSHD.com is a website run by the British filmmaker and blogger Andrew Reid, and he has developed a set of Picture Profiles for Sony Alpha cameras called EOSHD Pro Color. The goal of EOSHD Pro Color is to mimic the color science of Canon cameras, which have greater separation in their green and blue channels for accurate skies and foliage, while retaining less separation in the red channel for improved skin tones. 

You might be saying, “Yeah Steve, I know, you covered all that in the first video about EOSHD Pro Color.” Well, recently Andrew released an updated version of EOSHD Pro Color that he’s calling EOSHD Pro Color 3.0 with three different Picture Profiles. The original EOSHD Pro Color, EOSHD XR (Extended Range), and EOSHD Pro Color DW (Deep Warmth).

Just like the original Pro Color, Pro Color 3 is simply a set of Picture Profile set-up instructions that you receive in the form of a PDF, there’s nothing to load or install onto your camera. Pro Color is compatible with the Sony a7S II, a7R II, a99 II, a7S and a7 II, a6300, a6500, FS5, RX100 IV and V, and lastly the RX10 II, III, and IV.

Sony cameras which lack advanced picture profile capabilities there therefore incompatible with EOSHD Pro Color, such as the Sony RX100 I, II, and III, the new a9, the original a7R and a7S, the a6000, and the RX10 M1.

I thought it would be a good idea to test these two new profiles along with the original EOSHD Pro Color profile, and see how they compare to Sony’s default movie gamma, so that’s what I did. Armed with my PilotFly H2 and my Zeiss 35mm f/2.8, we hit the streets of Houston and got some test footage, so let’s take a look at that now. Note that there has not been any color correction or post-processing of any kind, this is all straight out of the camera.

So, as you can see, the new Pro Color settings, especially Extended Range and Deep Warmth, really offer, in my opinion, the most striking difference from the default Sony “Movie” gamma. Although I do have to say, since I never shoot with it, I was pleasantly surprised with how nice the Sony Movie gamma looked right out of the camera.

You can see in a couple of these shots, my highlights were a little blown out, and I should mention that Pro Color 3 comes with a highlight recover LUT. I didn’t have a chance to really play around with that, but it’s out there if you want to check it out.

If I had to pick an all-around favorite, I’d probably go with Pro Color Extended Range. The skin tones were great, and the overall vibrancy and saturation of the image was great, without being too much. 

The Deep Warmth setting in all scenarios seemed to shift the image slightly too much magenta for my liking, especially in the skin tones. Though Andrew lists this profile as giving “deeper orange tones and golden yellows” and “improved sunset tones.” Although I didn’t get a chance to test it at sunset, I can see how this setting could be beneficial in certain lighting situations.

When it comes to strictly skin tones, the original Pro Color setting is still king. It really reminds me of my days shooting on Canon and is the closest I’ve seen in achieving a Canon skin tone look on my Sony. But the Extended Range still handles skin tones nicely but also give you a bit more saturation and liveliness to your image.

So there you have it guys. What do you think of EOSHD Pro Color 3? Do you prefer shooting in it over Sony’s own “Movie” gamma or Cine1 or Cine4? Let me know in the comments below!