Big news from Canon: the same dual pixel AF technology that is in their 70D DSLR employs will soon be available for their C100 video camera. The C100 was designed with run and gun, corporate, wedding, news, and documentary shooters in mind so it’s only natural for it to be the first camera in the C line to get this technology.
The dual pixel technology splits each pixel on the sensor in to two halves. Then it compares the signals from each side, which lets the camera better judge which way to adjust focus.
Canon says the upgraded C100 will have a modified menu offering two options for “AF Mode” – One-Shot AF and Continuous Autofocus – with AF lock becoming an option for the camera’s assignable buttons.
Here’s what else Canon had to say about the C100 Update:
“The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus, so that pans are natural looking with subjects remaining focused even as they move. The compatibility of Dual Pixel CMOS AF with many Canon EF lenses combines outstanding optical tools with a wide range of creative options.
By using Contrast AF signals to supplement the EOS C100 camera’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, you may be able to avoid blurring caused by the normal inability to detect the direction in which the focusing circuitry should move to help ensure consistent focus.”
The upgrade is expected to be available February 2014. If you’re interested in getting your C100 upgraded, the cost will be $500 and the camera will have to be sent to Canon.
Depending on feedback and interest, we will likely upgrade our C100’s.
What do you think about the upgrade? Will you be getting your camera upgraded? If you’re renting, would you want the C100 to have the AF Upgrade? Let us know in the comments below.