Canon announced details on the upcoming Dual-Pixel firmware upgrade for the C100!
This will be a major feature enhancement, therefore the firmware is a paid one and will be coming February 2014 according to Canon. Canon set the update price to $500 (around â‚¬370) and the C100 has to be sent in to a Canon Service Center. The Dual-Pixel technology was first announced for the Canon EOS-70D and makes autofocus for video more smooth and keeps tracking the subject while it is moving towards or away from the camera, especially for the STM lenses.
The firmware update for the C100 goes a step further and enhances this feature even more. The way Dual-Pixel is measureing the distance is more accurate and the small autofocus movement steps should be much less and more direct to the actual focus point without the typical back-and-forth movement as it is now on the C100. This is supposed to work on all Canon Autofocus Lenses! More or less fast and smooth.
According to Canon:
“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.”
“FAST, SMOOTH AF DURING VIDEO CAPTURE”
I hope I can test this technology on my C100 soon and keep you updated. My only concerns are that the “sensing” portion for Autofocus is in the middle and can not be moved, for example to the face of a interviewie. Maybe this will be addressed by Canon and they make the Autofocus area movable like they did for the expanded focus zoom-in-area. More on the Canon Dual Pixel technology firmware upgrade can be read on Canons Website.
Dont forget to read my Canon C100 Review!