The most innovative feature Canon introduced with the EOS 70D is Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus, a new AF technology that allows for fast and accurate focusing in live-view and video mode. The AF technology works so well that it outperforms conventional AF. If you were still wondering how groundbreaking Canon’s Dual Pixel Auto-Focus is, then think this: Canon offers to upgrade the EOS C100 cinema camera with the Dual Pixel AF technology. So, not just groundbreaking, but truly game-changing. An innovative technology worth to be offered as upgrade on a $8000 professional cinema camera, and a technology that obviously can make a difference even on such a high level professional gear. A technology you can have with the awesome EOS 70D, available at a much lower price point.
Canon will offer the upgrade for the EOS C100 starting in February 2014 for the (relatively) cheap price of $500. The upgrade delivers the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, AF lock controls, focus presets and faster center-only focusing.
Available soon from Canon will be a factory-installed upgrade for the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera that will offer an autofocus mode to prevent motion artifacts during rapid talent and pan moves. The upgrade provides a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) Function for all Canon EF Lenses, apart from manual-focused models, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus point. These critical focusing capabilities are designed to enhance the smooth capture of moving subjects and achieve more natural-looking autofocus so users can meet their creative needs in even more situations.
C100 owners will have to send their camera to a Canon Service Center for the upgrade. Canon has a dedicated page for the upgrade, and there is also a Canon Professional Network article about the upgrade.
Canon USA press release: