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EOS C100 gains <br class="br_visual" />Dual Pixel CMOS <br class="br_visual" />AF  functionality

EOS C100 gains
Dual Pixel CMOS
AF functionality

November 2013

Canon has announced a major feature upgrade for its EOS C100 digital cinema camera, with the addition of Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus. This technology, first seen in the EOS 70D DSLR, offers continuous autofocusing with all EF and EF-S lenses1 and will be available from Q1 2014.

The EOS C100 is a large sensor video camera designed with the single shooter in mind, already offering functions such as One-shot AF, Push Auto Iris, auto white balance and built-in microphone to aid individual camerawork.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF expands shooting possibilities for lone users by providing smooth, accurate autofocus with a huge range of lenses. For cameramen requiring more precise control the responsiveness of the One-shot AF function has been greatly enhanced through a doubling of the camera's focus speed.

The upgrade, an extra-cost option, utilises the existing Super35mm sensor in the EOS C100. It will be implemented at Canon Regional Competence Centres and is expected to be available in Q1 2014.

What is Dual Pixel CMOS AF?

A Canon breakthrough sees twice the amount of photodiodes on the sensor, allowing phase-detection AF on the imaging sensor’s surface for the first time.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a sensor-based, phase detection autofocus (AF) technology designed to provide smooth, high-performance continuous focus in movies.

It is a unique, Canon-developed technology, ideal for fast and accurate autofocus, helping filmmakers to create stunning footage which maximises the creative options offered by fast lenses and shallow depth-of-field.

First seen in the EOS 70D DSLR, this groundbreaking advance has now been adapted to fit the capabilities of the EOS C100 and optimised for video shooting, providing fast, natural focussing in a familiar visual style. Capturing a subject and retaining sharp focus, even when moving, has never been easier.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF compatibility with EF lenses

Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides continuous autofocus with any EF lens1, spanning EF and EF-S, fixed focal length, wide-angle and telephoto lenses. One-shot AF operation is supported by 104 different EF lenses. The system marks a significant advancement with greatly improved AF speeds.

Please click here for a list of lenses that have limited compatibility with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system.

Evolving groundbreaking technology

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 AF was developed so that control of focus during moviemaking is made easier and smoother.

Although Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology was not fully developed when the EOS C100 started shipping, it was identified as an opportunity to offer users enhanced functionality and added value at a later date. Canon has since developed the supporting technology to provide the benefits of Dual Pixel CMOS AF in a large sensor camcorder.

The EOS C100 digital cinema camera. Faster, more accurate focusing offered with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, available as an extra-cost upgrade from Q1 2014.

EOS C100: a large sensor camcorder

Launched in 2012, the compact C100 features a specification designed around the needs of single operators. Its advanced imaging system utilises the widely used AVCHD codec, with a 35mm CMOS sensor capturing 8 megapixel resolution to provide 1920x1080 (Full HD) resolution video. Recording on SD cards1 at up to 24Mbps with 4:2:0 colour sampling, the C100 delivers sharp, vivid, professional-quality video. An uncompressed signal can also be output directly to external recorders via an integrated HDMI terminal, complete with embedded timecode data.


Key features of Dual Pixel CMOS AF in the C100


  • Continuous AF with all EF and EF-S lenses1
  • Improved One Shot AF – now twice as fast and compatible with 104 EF lenses
  • AF LOCK function allows user to change the framing
  • Stable AF movement
  • Reduced focus ‘hunting’

1 Excluding Manual focus lenses.