February 24, 2014

Dual Pixel CMOS AutoFocus Upgrade for the Canon C300 is Set for May

In November of 2013, Canon announced that the C100 would be upgraded with the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology as the 70D received in July. The announcement came today that the C300 would follow suit, making the AutoFocus improvement, which allows for continuous autofocusing in single shooter and run-and-gun situations with both Canon EF and STM lenses, available to users in May of this year. Continue on for more information about the C300's upcoming AF upgrade, as well as a couple of other new features included in Canon's announcement.

Here's a bit from Canon's press release:

Announced today is a new optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera which will support Canon's innovative Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus (AF) technology and enable continuous autofocusing with the entire line of Canon EF lenses and optimized for Canon's stepping motor (STM) line of lenses when used with the EOS C300 camera. This optional feature upgrade is expected to be available in May 2014 for a cost of $500.00 and will require the EOS C300 camera body to be shipped to an authorized Canon service center for installation.

In case you missed one of our previous posts about how Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF works, here's a quick description of how it all works from the C300 feature upgrade page:

The EOS C300 camera with Dual Pixel AF technology features a CMOS sensor that consists of an array of pixels that each feature two separate photodiodes. By continuously comparing their outputs during AF mode, phase-difference autofocus helps ensure non-blurred images and smooth focus transitions even when the talent and/or camera are moving. The new feature places a high priority on maintaining sharp focus while, providing a natural, smooth focus transitions with select Canon autofocus EF lenses – including newer-generation STM lenses – which offer even smoother and quieter operation.

Just like with the C100 upgrade, the camera set-up menu, modified for the C300, offers two options for “AF Mode”: One-Shot AF and Continuous Autofocus, and the AF Lock function can can be set to one the camera's assignable buttons.

The new upgrade, available in May 2014, is going to cost you $500, and will require sending your camera body to a Canon service center for installation.

C300 AF

Included in today's announcement from Canon is a new remote control, as well as a firmware update. The RC-V100 Remote Control, which will let users remotely control main camera functions, including white balance and exposure, on the C500, C300, and C100. It will be available in June of this year at a suggested retail price of $2,999. The firmware update includes an upgrade that adds two Canon lenses that "maintain even illumination across an image plane, and virtually eliminates vignetting" when used with the C500, C300, and C100.

Be sure to check out Canon's press release, as well as the C300 feature upgrade page for more information about the AF upgrade and all the new features that will be included.

Links:

[via AbelCine]

Your Comment

26 Comments

hm... nice article; also got me wondering if there's ever been a DIY sensor upgrade for any prosumer cams that people have done. probably not very feasible though, but it'd be interesting to see

February 24, 2014 at 6:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply

Still no actual word on when the C100 AF upgrade will be available though?
Even in the press release it's left blank.
I've contacted Canon in Tokyo several times and no one has an answer either.
Love my C100 but also wondering if being an early adopter will be a good idea, these kind of upgrades historically always cause some unforeseen issues.

February 24, 2014 at 6:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply

C100 Feature Upgrade is available today - 25th of February (im in Australia).

Spoke to Canon Last week and they confirmed the 25th is a word wide launch.

February 24, 2014 at 6:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
Daniel

For any aussies reading this, its going to be $550 inc GST - and will take a few days to get your camera back.

February 24, 2014 at 6:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

1
Reply
Daniel

Thanks Daniel. Find it kind of hilarious that Canon Australia know more about this than Canon Japan ;)
Would be very interested to hear from anyone who gets the upgrade done.

February 24, 2014 at 6:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply

No worries.. I have a contact at Canon who happens to be in-charge of the Cinema line cameras.. If I rang canon Australia directly even today that would yield the same result as you. Im sending my C100 in Today, so i will be sure to upload a comprehensive test video when I get it back, really hanging out for it!
This video here give you a great idea on how it works, and why you may need it!
https://vimeo.com/87006298

February 24, 2014 at 6:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

2
Reply
Daniel

I had a play with it at InterBee in Tokyo last november it was pretty impressive even in less than ideal light.
Will definitely be getting mine upgraded. Just maybe wait a month to make sure it doesn't introduce any unforseen issues ;)

February 24, 2014 at 7:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

3
Reply

"an upgrade that adds two Canon lenses that “maintain even illumination across an image plane"

Does anyone know what they mean here ?

February 24, 2014 at 6:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

3
Reply
Saied

Vignette be gone!!

February 24, 2014 at 6:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
Rumplestiltskin

I thought they were going to update the entire Cinema line or, at least, announce such plans at the NAB . (of course, this only concerns the existing units out in the wild anyway)
.
Canon did make an announcement yesterday about dropping the sub-$200 P&S cameras and concentrating on the higher end DSLR product.

February 24, 2014 at 7:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

4
Reply
DLD

Canon didn't make any announcements about that, it was just reported that they were considering it.

February 24, 2014 at 7:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
avatar
Joe Marine
Camera Department

This is Google translated from the Japanese (a proper translation would help, if anyone speaks the language) - "Canon to consider the withdrawal is low-priced compact digital camera of 20,000 yen or less. I account for about 20% of the compact digital camera sales volume of the company. Fujio Mitarai, chairman and president said, "There are also calls for the continuation of the low-price range (in-house), but the direction in which the stop" in an interview with Nikkan Kogyo newspaper".
http://www.nikkan.co.jp/news/nkx0320140224aaad.html
.
So, it's hard for me to state with an absolute certainty either way.
.
SlashGear, however, says this, "Yet another camera manufacturer partially calls it quits in face of the onslaught of smartphones. According to the Nikkan Kogyo, Canon has decided to let go of its low-priced digital compact camera business and instead focus its resources on high-end, and more expensive, digital single lens reflex or DSLR cameras".
http://www.slashgear.com/canon-reported-to-bow-out-of-budget-digital-cam...
.
FWIW, I think it makes all the sense in the world for them to drop the low end product since the margins there can't be all that lucrative while the resources devoted to that segment are immense.

February 24, 2014 at 7:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
DLD

Right, I read all those links, which is why I commented. It's far from definitive what's going to happen, and there wasn't an announcement made by the company, I just wanted to make that clear.

February 24, 2014 at 8:17PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

1
Reply
avatar
Joe Marine
Camera Department

DLD

In all of your reading do you know if the next Nikon D800 (D900?) will have 4K video?

February 24, 2014 at 9:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
Gene

Well, as I thought, D4s won't have it but something somewhere down the road will. The manufacturers are trying not to upset their "photo only/mostly" crowd while making inroads in the hybrid photo/video market. For Canon, the 4K should be anywhere between 7D and 5D - can be higher but they have the Cinema and camcorder lines to protect - but it can mean that there will only be one model of either 6D or 7D remaining. For Nikon, it will probably be in the D800 category because Canon is trouncing them in that price/feature area and they have no higher lines to protect (now that D4s and DF are out as mainly photography products). Of course, the model numbers can fluctuate and the current models can linger, much like the case with GH3 slotting lower than GH4 and lower than it was when it came out. (in fact, had Panasonic maintained the rigid price points while updating models, GH4 would have become GH3 MkII and GH3 would have become GH2 Mk II ... or something like that).
.
PS. As to the sub-$200 P&S, I figure both Canon and Nikon to keep a couple of models, fully expecting them to be loss leaders, but really concentrate on the $500+ cameras and lenses. And even there, the competition is heating up with Sigma and Samyang undercutting them on the price/quality ratio. The overall problem of the consumer digital image acquisition market is that this could be the end of the twenty year product cycle and the impending need to deal with the plant and the employee overcapacity. 4K video aside, new models are only marginally better than their predecessors and far easier on the wallet. Big money now is in medical, mobile and automotive.

February 25, 2014 at 4:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

2
Reply
DLD

Seems like Nikon will have to go 4K in the next D800 though. It was said, by some, the GH4 would not have 4K too. But camera companies have to go 4K to stay competitive. It seems like it would sound sound weak if Nikon comes out with a new camera that still does 1080p. But who knows. The one thing I am wondering though is what will all the new low priced 4K cameras do to the Digital Bolex. It seems the DB has encountered stiffer competition, especially with how nice BM4K footage looks, and it isn't even on the street yet. It should still find a niche market though especially with a name like Philip Bloom so high on it---at least that's what you'd think at first blush.

February 25, 2014 at 5:14AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

6
Reply
Gene

They could go a few different ways with this - lower the cost of the C300 and keep it around as the defacto 1080p capture camera. Maybe even lower costs all around and continue to add features for another year

That said, based on that Canon Rumors report - it's probably likely that we'll start to see Canon Cinema phase 2 announced for release in the second half of 2014. Maybe a C350 first with basic 4k recording and 1080p 60. I wouldn't put it past them to introduce a 5D-style 4k DSLR priced above the C100 either.

If at NAB they just announce the new cameras for release six months later, it's probably likely that this could be the last feature announcement for this series of cameras.

February 25, 2014 at 12:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
Carlos D

There are several ways they can go. They'll probably have to sacrifice 1D C while keeping 1D X. That would mean one "mostly photo" product in 1D X and a "mostly video" product in 5D Mk IV or 7D MkII. If they do two 4K cams, one would have to be sort of like AX1, the other like Z 100 but both will have to offer more than GH4 and that's a fine balancing act because one has to project a year or two into a cycle which will soon have a bunch of smartphones with a 4K recording capacity. Plus, Sony should have a 4K capable (A 79?) camera announcement shortly. Dropping 1D C will also give Canon an opportunity to reposition their Cinema line, according to the current quality/price chart. Considering that the Cinema line is almost two years old, it seems reasonable to offer alternatives while trying to keep a similar price structure : C150 - pro features with a compressed 4K; C350 - pro features, high FPS, low compression internal 8-bit 4K; C550 - 4K internal Raw. Or something in that realm.
.
Nikon, IMO, should really amp their video feature offering. They really have next to nothing to lose here. DF is a huge hit with the photo buffs. D4 has done well in the pro market. Nothing's really stopping them from offering several 4K capable cameras, from D610 MkII to D800 or even something based on the D4s shape/size. They just need to spread their releases for tactical purposes.

February 25, 2014 at 2:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
DLD

$2,999 for a remote sounds like a great deal.

February 25, 2014 at 4:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
Canophilia

"Well I could use a b-cam pretty badly, but investing in a remote control seems like a much better idea!"

February 25, 2014 at 10:53AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
Chuck

Yeah, wtf? A redmote costs $550, to put it in perspective.

March 2, 2014 at 8:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

6
Reply
Daniel Mimura

please send me new production of catalogue.thank you

February 25, 2014 at 1:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
khosro ahadzadeh

I shoot on a T5i, using autofocus with the touch screen and I love it. To be able to tap a subject on screen, and the camera tracks them continuously, it's incredibly convenient and indispensable for documentary work.

With the exception of higher resolution, higher price tag, and lack of a touch screen interface, can somebody compare the autofocus C300 upgrade to how I'm using my T5i? Is this upgrade simply adopting the lower end autofocus functions to a higher-end product?

February 25, 2014 at 11:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

7
Reply
Ben Gates

The C300 autofocus also uses Contrast AF signal which is not the case in the 70D. The 70D only uses dual pixel AF. A technology used in a low end product works as standalone where as in higher end product the same technology works in conjunction with other technologies to create a better solution.

February 26, 2014 at 12:25AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply

FWIW, the new Sony A6000 has one heck of AF (with the Sony or Sony compatible lenses). GH4's AF is also very fast. This is one major development that the manufacturers brought to the market over the last year or so (Yes, I understand the concept of Phase Detect isn't exactly brand new but the quality of its implementation is just far superior than it was before)
.
PS. Olympic OMD-1 has a very capable AF system in the photo mode but it's disabled for video. To quote Nancy Kerrigan, "Why why, why?"

February 26, 2014 at 7:36AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
DLD

http://vimeo.com/87006298 - recently uploaded C100 (Dual Pixel AF) promo footage.

February 28, 2014 at 10:38AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

0
Reply
DLD