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Inter BEE 2013: Testing the Canon C100 Dual Pixel CMOS AF

By site editor Dan Chung:

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Newssshooter’s Jonas Schönstein was allowed to shoot some test shots on the Canon booth at Inter BEE 2013 with a C100 newly equipped with the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. Lenses used were a Canon 50mm f1.2L and 28-300 f3.5-5.6L.

The image was recorded to an Atomos Samurai Blade Prores recorder with overlays left on so the camera setup can be seen.

I have to say I am tremendously impressed with the results. It seems quite responsive without looking like a mechanical movement. In our tests we let the camera try to track the subject continuously to see how well it coped, but I think my preference would be to set the autofocus to only active when the Push AF button is pressed. It is however a shame that the AF box is currently locked to the centre of the frame and is not movable.

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Posted on November 17th, 2013 by Dan Chung | Category: Canon C100, Interbee |

4 responses to "Inter BEE 2013: Testing the Canon C100 Dual Pixel CMOS AF"

  1. marklondon Says:
    November 17th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    That is very slick.
    I certainly think every event videographer just ordered one!

  2. meestro Says:
    November 18th, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Looks very nice but the centered framing is bugging me a bit…I suppose I am not familiar enough with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF enough to know whether or not if the box will be able to be moved on the fly/in real time, rather than solely a predetermined area? Might also be nice to have some quick keys for repositioning, utilizing the various main framing points of left right and center.

  3. kathleen little Says:
    November 18th, 2013 at 1:45 am

    this looks fantastic. seeing this technology on a 1dc would just be my dream set-up! do you think this is likely to happen in the near future?

  4. AndyMac Says:
    November 18th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Whilst the quality of the refocusing is pretty impressive, if it is limited solely to the central area, it’d be next-to-useless for the majority of situations it’d be most useful for :-/
    I really hope they allow repositioning of the AF target zone, and an option for face-tracking… that would be great for an unattended alternative camera for interviews, etc.

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