The Canon C100 is very popular with run-and-gun operators in the documentary world, and Canon recently announced an upgrade for the C100 that allows for continuous tracking autofocus with Canon’s entire EF lineup. The upgrade will also increase the speed of the camera’s existing one-shot autofocus by around two times and provide an AF lock, which will enable the user to change the image framing while keeping the desired focus point, a feature that is especially useful for run-and-gun filmmakers.
Originally introduced in the new 70D DSLR, dual-pixel AF utilizes two separate photo diodes on each pixel; by continuously comparing the two photo diode outputs, the camera’s processor interpolates this information, providing unprecedented autofocus performance, even with constantly moving objects. The upgrade is expected to deliver in February 2014 for $500, and will require shipping your camera to a Canon service center. For more details, read the full press release on Canon’s site.
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