Why Did Canon Make an EOS M3 Without Dual Pixel AF?

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The EOS M3 is here. My sources got most of the specs right. It looks good, robust yet not massive. It has the manual control dials customers asked for, the tiltable display customers asked for. The M3 can be used with an EVF (EVF-DC1), customers asked for it. And there is more: WiFi connectivity, built-in flash, a rugged body. Everything fine so far, the M3 looks and appears fine, but one thing is really puzzling me: there is no Dual Pixel CMOS AF on board. I wonder why.

Big question in my opinion. Canon has this amazing technology called Dual Pixel CMOS AF. We saw it on the EOS 70D and the EOS 7D Mark II, not to forget the professional oriented cinema-cams C100 and C300. So, why did Canon not add it on the EOS M3?

To be honest, I have no idea. Maybe the 49 points Hybrid CMOS AF will deliver. Hybrid AF is not bad on the SL1 and M2. But can it compete with Dual Pixel AF? I’m used to the high precision, speed, and reliability of Dual Pixel AF on my trusted 70D, and it works like a charm everytime. When I use the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 with apertures brighter than f/2.8, Dual Pixel AF is the way to get the focus nailed – the conventional AF is not able to focus the Sigma in a confident way at these apertures (which is probably the fault of the Sigma 18-35mm). This is an important point: if you love the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 (you should, it’s an amazing lens) and want to use it at its best you need Dual Pixel AF to be sure to get the focus nailed when using f/1.8-f/2.8.

I want to see the reviews and test before making a statement but an EOS M3 with no Dual Pixel AF is a bit disappointing, so far. I was hoping for an EOS M3 with the 70D or 7D2 sensor. Canon made a new 24MP sensor (hurray!), and did not add Dual Pixel AF.

Is the EOS M3 a half-baked affair, what do you think?

EOS M3 specs:

  • 24.2MP CMOS sensor (22.3 x 14.9mm)
  • AF is 49 points. Hybrid CMOS AF
  • ISO 100-12800
  • Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
  • DIGIC6 processor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Continuous shooting 4.2 frames / sec.
  • 384 zone metering
  • Battery LP-E17
  • The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/4000 seconds
  • Video full HD
  • Built-in flash
  • LCD monitor tilting 3 inches 1.04 million dots. Touch panel
  • GPS is not equipped
  • EVF option (EVF-DC1)
  • The body is stainless steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate
  • The size 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4mm
  • Weight 366g

Announcement of the M3 and more Canon products will be tomorrow Frida, February 6th at 5am London time, 11pm EST. I will live blog the event so stay tuned on CW tomorrow in order to not miss anything.

(CW5) Canon EOS M3 Specifications Leaked

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Digicame-Info leaked the detailed specs of the upcoming EOS M3.

– 24.2MP CMOS sensor (22.3 x 14.9mm)
– AF is 49 points. Hybrid CMOS AF
– ISO100-12800
– Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
– DIGIC6 processor
– Wi-Fi
– Continuous shooting 4.2 frames / sec.
– 384 zone metering
– Battery LP-E17
– The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/4000 seconds
– Video full HD
– Built-in flash
– LCD monitor tilting 3 inches 1.04 million dots. Touch panel
– GPS is not equipped
– EVF option (EVF-DC1)
– The body is stainless steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate
– The size 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4mm
– Weight 366g

(CW5) Updated List of Tomorrows New Canon Products (new: 8000D, EF-M 22mm in silver)

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The EOS M3

Digicame-Info posted an updated list of the products Canon will announce tomorrow Friday, February 6th. The news: So far it is not clear if the EOS 8000D is the Japanese name of the EOS 750D or 760D, though I think it is the former. The EOS M3 comes also in a kit with the EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder.

  • EOS 5Ds
  • EOS 5Ds R
  • EOS 8000D (probably EOS 750D)
  • EOS Kiss X8i (probably EOS 760D)
  • EOS M3 (also EVF Kit)
  • EF11-24mm F4L USM
  • EF-M 22mm F2 STM Silver
  • More Powershot cameras

Announcement will be tomorrow at 6am London time, 12am EST. I will live blog the event so stay tuned on CW tomorrow in order to not miss anything.

(CW5) Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R, and EF 11-24mm f/4L Press Release Leaked

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This is brought to you exclusively by Canon Watch 🙂 Thanks to the reader who sent the text.

Announcement will be tomorrow at 6am London time, 12am EST. I will live blog the event so stay tuned on CW tomorrow in order to not miss anything.

Press release:
Canon revolutionises resolution with the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R

London, UK, 6 February 2015 – Canon today transforms the EOS system with the arrival of the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R – a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs.

Breaking the boundaries of 35mm sensors,the new cameras offer the highest megapixels ever seen in a full frame sensor, an astonishing 50.6MP. Delivering unparalleled quality, the cameras provide an exceptional combination of resolution, responsiveness and durability, whether shooting landscapes, architecture, high fashion or portraiture, either personally or professionally. When nothing but the sharpest image is expected, the EOS 5DS R also features a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.Alongside the new DSLRs, Canon also introduces the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens(1), the perfect companion for landscape and architecture photographers.

Establishing new standards for full-frame DSLRs

Setting a new benchmark for full-frame cameras, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R combine fast, instinctive DSLR handling with the newly-developed 50.6MP CMOS sensor, providing the flexibility to shoot a wide range of scenes and subjects, making it ideal for large format mediums, such as advertising billboards and magazine covers, where every pixel matters. The sensor’s advanced architecture provides
ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, further expandable to 50-12800, ensuring high quality images with low noise, accurate colours and wide dynamic range. For added flexibility, the cameras’ resolution enables three new in-camera crop shooting modes–1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1. Visible through the viewfinder, the crop modes deliver outstanding results, with stills at 19 MP even when cropped to 1.6x. Built to withstand the most demanding shoots, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s dual DIGIC 6 processors provide the rapid performance and responsiveness required to deliver first-class images with exceptional colour reproduction. Both processors are designed to comfortably manage huge levels of image data from the 50.6MP sensor, whilst simultaneously reducing image noise and providing the freedom to shoot at five frames per second.

Automatically exceptional
Created to ensure every detail of your exquisite landscape or high-fashion studio shoot is in focus, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS Rfeature an advanced 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points, delivering incredible levels of image sharpness and accuracy across the frame.
Both cameras comfortably maintain focus with moving subjects, using EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF (iTR) to track both faces and colour. To reduce image blur, Canon’s Mirror Vibration Control System uses cams to drive the cameras’ mirror up and down in a highly controlled fashion, avoiding all sudden stops and softening the shutter-release sound. Additionally, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection ensures images can be captured with consistent and accurate exposures under varying lighting scenarios, including florescent.

Incredible detail and unrestricted creativity

Putting unrivalled image quality at your fingertips, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R include a number of customisable modes and settings to ensure stunning results every time. A new Fine Detail Picture Style maximises the level of detail that can be achieved from the sensor, enabling advanced sharpness adjustment without the need for edit ing software. Popular creative modes, including Multiple Exposure and HDR, provide instant, in-camera creativity, while a built-in timer allows you to shoot over long periods and create stunning time lapse videos, without being tied to the camera or needing advanced software and excessive kit.

First-class professional construction, customisable features

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R have been expertly constructed to allow you to operate quickly, regardless of the environment you’re shooting in. The 100% viewfinder with electronic overlay makes framing vital shots easy and can be customised to your preferred style. The large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen, with an anti-reflective structure, minimises reflection or glare when reviewing shots and also acts as a visual and accessible dashboard of the most commonly used settings. The cameras’ new Custom Quick Control screen means that the type, size and position of icons are also easily customisable to the user or shooting scenario. Both cameras utilise Canon’s iconic design DNA–a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy to provide weather resilient shooting – ideal for landscape photographers who are dedicated to getting the perfect shot, whatever the weather.

EOS 5DS R: Engineered for the ultimate in DSLR image quality

When nothing but the absolute maximum level of detail possible will do, the EOS 5DS R features a low pass cancellation filter to ensure the sharpest possible results. Great for landscape photographers, where patterns are very often organic, the camera’s low pass cancellation filter produces the stunning level of detail required to turn agreat shot into an incredible shot.

Optical Expertise: Introducing the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are compatible with Canon’s extensive EF lens range, spanning 71 models(2). Today Canon unveils the world’s widest-angle retilinearzoom lens (1), the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. Perfect for photographers shooting landscape and architecture, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is designed to open up an entirely new world of creative opportunities, thanks to its super wide 11-24mm focal range. Boasting a newly designed optical structure, the lens features three aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element, which maximises image quality and delivers minimal levels of distortion, while the body is rugged and robust enough to be employed in extreme weather conditions.

EOS 5DS Key features:

  • 50.6 MP CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • 150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Up to 5.0 Frames Per Second
  • 61-point AF
  • Cropped Shooting

EOS 5DS R also includes:

  • Low-pass cancellation filter

EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Key features:

  • Explore landscapes from an ultra-wide point of view
  • The world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens
  • Minimal distortion – ideal for architecture and interiors
  • Advanced lens coatings guard against ghosting and flare
  • Enjoy swift, near-silent AF, with full-time manual override
  • Keep shooting even in tough weather conditions

(CW5) Canon EOS 5Ds R Images Leaked (front, back, top)

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Digicame-Info leaked images of the upcoming Canon EOS 5Ds R (same as 5Ds but without low pass filter). As you can see the layout is the same as on the EOS 5Ds and the EOS 5D Mark III. Announcement tomorrow, Friday, February 6th, availability late March/April 2015. The EU prices have already leaked:

  • Canon EOS 5Ds: €3,499 (around $4,000)
  • Canon EOS 5Ds R (no low-pass filter): €3,699 (around $4,200)

EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R specs:

  • Sensor Effective Pixels 50.6MP. The total number of pixels 53MP CMOS
  • 5DS R has no low-pass filter
  • RAW (50MP), M-RAW (28MP), S-RAW (12.4MP)
  • Media CF (UDMA7), SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Crop 1.3x and 1.6x
  • Finder penta prism, 100% field of view, magnification 0.71 times, the eye point 21mm
  • Electronic Level
  • Grid display
  • AF 61 points (41 points cross type). EV-2 support.
  • ITR AF
  • Anti-flicker
  • Time-lapse movie
  • Bulb timer
  • Live View, the contrast AF (face recognition)
  • 150,000 pixel RGB-TR metering sensor. 252 zone TTL metering
  • EOS iSA system
  • ISO100-6400 (extended with ISO50 and ISO12800)
  • The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds. Synchro is 1/200 sec
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec.
  • Video 1920×1080 30fps (ALL-I or IPB)
  • LCD monitor 3.2 inches 1.04 million dot
  • Mini HDMI output terminal. External microphone terminal
  • Battery LP-E6N / LP-E6
  • The size 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
  • Weighs 930g (CIPA guidelines). 845g (body only)

Detailed Canon EOS 750D and EOS 760D Specifications Leaked (24MP, 19 points AF, WiFi, no Dual Pixel AF)

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EOS 760D

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EOS 760D top
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EOS 760D front

NOTE to the source who contacted me: you can use Dropbox or a similar service and send me the link via the “share rumours” form.

Digicame-info leaked the detailed specs of the EOS 760D and EOS 750D. The big surprise: no Dual Pixel AF is in board. Both DSLRs will be announced tomorrow Friday, February 6th. Stay tuned.

As you can see, the rumoured specs were correct.

Canon EOS 760D specs:

  • Enable 24.2MP CMOS sensor (22.3 x 14.9mm)
  • DIGIC6 processor
  • 7560-pixel RGB + IR photometry sensor of the new development.
  • 63 zone TTL metering
  • AF 19-point cross-type. Center F2.8 corresponding dual cross
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Dynamic tracking continuous shooting in live view
  • LCD monitor 3 inches 1.04 million dots. Vari-Angle
  • ISO100-12800 (extended with ISO25600)
  • The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/4000 seconds (synchro is 1/200 sec)
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec.
  • Finder penta mirror. Field of view 95%, magnification 0.82 times, the eye point 19mm
  • Built-in guide number 12 flash
  • Video Full HD 30fps
  • Top LCD panel
  • The sub-dial on the back
  • Intelligent Viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi · NFC
  • Allows remote control in connection with the smartphone and tablet
  • Creative modes including HDR movie
  • Battery LP-E17
  • The size of 131.9 x 100.9 x77.8mm
  • Weight 565g (CIPA standard). 520g (body only)

 

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EOS 750D top
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EOS 750D front

Canon EOS 750D specs:

  • Enable 24.2MP CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC6 processor
  • Finder penta mirror. Field of view 95%, magnification 0.82 times, the eye point 19mm
  • AF 19-point cross-type. Center F2.8 corresponding dual cross
  • 7560-pixel RGB-IR photometry sensor. 63 zone TTL metering
  • ISO100-12800 (extended with 25600)
  • The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/4000 seconds (Synchro 1/200 sec)
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec.
  • LCD monitor 3 inches 1.04 million dots. Vari-Angle
  • Built-in guide number 12 flash
  • New hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Video Full HD 30fps
  • Wi-Fi · NFC
  • Remote operation by smartphone tablet
  • Battery LP-E17
  • The size of 131.9 x 100.7 x 77.8mm
  • Weight 555g (CPA criteria). 510g (body only)
[via Digicame-info]