Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus – the latest innovation from Canon

EOS C100Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus is the newest innovation from Canon for the handheld camcorder. This unique, Canon developed technology allows for continuous autofocusing with all ES and ES-F lenses. It was first available for the EOS 70D DSLR camera, and will be available on the EOS C100 digital cinema camera next.

Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus is designed to optimise the performance of the handheld camcorder for lone users. It provides smooth, accurate autofocus with a wide range of lenses, and the responsiveness of the one-shot auto focus function has been greatly enhanced by doubling the camera’s focus speed.

Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus is an upgrade for the EOS C100 digital cinema camera, and can be implemented on existing models at Canon Regional Competence Centres.

This groundbreaking advance is a sensor-based phase detection autofocus technology designed to provide smooth, high performance continuous focus in movies made using a handheld camcorder. It allows filmmakers to create stunning footage maximising creative options offered by fast lenses and shallow depth-of-field. Now optimised for video shooting after being first piloted in the EOS 70D DSLR camera it provides fast, natural focusing in a familiar visual style, allowing the filmmaker to easily capture a subject and retain sharp focus even while moving.

With the ability to make a subject stand out with a limited depth-of-field comes a requirement to keep control over focus if the main subject moves or the point of focus changes. Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus was developed to make control of focus during shooting easier and smoother. This technology was not available when the EOS C100 digital cinema camera was developed and first shipped, however it represents a significant addition of functionality and value, and a way to retrofit it to the existing model as an upgrade was developed.

The EOS C100 digital cinema camera is designed as the perfect handheld camcorder for single operators, with its’ advanced imaging system utilising the widely used AVCHD codec, a 35mm CMOS sensor capturing 8 megapixel resolution giving 1920×1080 (full HD) resolution video. It can record on SD at up to 24Mbps with 4:2:0 colour sampling, delivering sharp, vivid and professional-quality video.

The EOS C100 digital cinema camera offers independent videographers a small, lightweight camera which still contains many of the key qualities and benefits of the larger Cinema EOS System Camers. It has an EF lens mount, with over 70 EF lenses available, as well as One Shot Autofocus, Push Auto Iris and Auto White Balance features, all optimised for single operator use. All of this built into a DSLR camera 15% smaller and 410g lighter than the EOS C300 thanks to it’s solid magnesium alloy frame. It also have a removable handle unit which houses a stereo microphone plus connectors for two channels of XLR audio input, giving great quality and flexibility in recording audio as well as visual components.
Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus is a fantastic addition to the handheld camcorder for the single user, and a upgrade worth every penny to install.