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May 22, 2014
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Canon EOS C300 Gets Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus Upgrade

Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus

The amazing Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus technology Canon first implemented on the EOS 70D is now available on the Canon EOS C300.

Canon press release:

Available soon from Canon will be an accredited Canon service center installed feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Digital Video Camera that will offer an autofocus mode to help ensure sharp focus and smooth focus transitions. The upgrade provides a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) Function for all Canon EF autofocus Lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus. These critical focusing capabilities are designed to help reduce out of focus video while providing for smooth focus transitions and assist users when operating with small crews.

The accredited Canon service center installed feature upgrade for the EOS C300 camera is targeted at users who regularly shoot with smaller crews, who shoot moving subjects, or who want smoother, more natural-looking autofocus. Specific markets include documentary filmmakers, electronic news gathering, sports productions, weddings and similar special events, nature and wildlife, and many others.

To use and enjoy this milestone technology by Canon you don’t have to break your bank and get a $14,000 C300, it’s already available on the prosumer-oriented Canon EOS 70D. I am using the EOS 70D everyday while on the road in India (together with the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM). I am working on a review while abroad, first samples shot with the EOS 70D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 can be seen here.

Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus

Canon EOS C300

March 17, 2014
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Canon EOS C100 Dual Pixel Auto-Focus Real World Test

It is not since long that the Dual-Pixel CMOS AF unblocking firmware update for the C100 (Adorama | B&H) and C300 (B&H | Adorama) is available to the public, and Newsshooter reader Frank Redward already tested this feature and made a video about it.

Some excerpts:

The AF speed is so quick it puts the Panasonic GH2 and GH3 to shame.

I expected single-shot AF to work well. What I didn’t expect was that tracking focus is now quite possible and reliable. When subjects move past the camera you can maintain focus. Focus can also be held while zooming with lenses that are not Parfocal. This makes the whole experience of using stills zooms more similar to an ENG lens – all through the wonders of DUAL Pixel CMOS AF. DSLR lenses were never designed to work like this but it works because the Dual Pixel CMOS AF is just so fast.

Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF is fantastic and works for me. It’s not 100% perfect but compared to what else is around it is amazing. It turns the C100 into a powerful real world shooting work horse. As an operator it adds a level of security and speed that’s very reassuring.

Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology was first featured on the EOS 70D(price & specs). For some good 70D deals see here.

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 EOS C100 Dual Pixel

February 24, 2014
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Canon Announces New Firmware for Cinema Cameras and Camcorders (and C300 gets Dual Pixel AF)

Firmware for Cinema Cameras

Canon EOS C300

Canon press release:

Canon Announces New Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras and Camcorders Along with Optional Cinema EOS C300 Camera Dual Pixel AF Upgrade

Announcements Include a New Canon RC-V100 Remote Control and Firmware Updates for Peripheral Illumination Correction Support and Continuous Recording for EOS C100 Video Camera

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 24, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced a variety of performance updates for cameras in its Cinema EOS and XF professional camcorder line. 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 addition to the optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 camera, Canon has also announced the new RC-V100 remote control for Cinema EOS cameras and the XF Series professional HD camcorders; a firmware update that allows for Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens or the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens with the EOS C500, EOS C300, or EOS C100 cameras and a Continuous Recording function for the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera to help ensure capture of crucial shots in unpredictable situations, such as wedding/event videography, documentary, news, or wildlife production.

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November 28, 2013
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New Firmware Update For EOS C300


Canon EOS C300 (alongside EF Cinema Lenses)

The previous firmware update was discontinued short after release because of a bug that caused colour discrepancies. After having fixed the glitches the firmware update for the Canon EOS C300 is online again with a new release (1.1.1.1.00):

Download Firmware Version 1.1.1.1.00 for the EOS C300
Download Firmware Version 1.1.1.1.00 for the EOS C300 PL

Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera

The Instruction Manual provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.

Please note that we suspended download services for Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00 that was posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 due to a discrepancy in color balance. We would like to apologize for the inconvenience. Firmware Version 1.1.1.1.00 corrects this color balance discrepancy. Any cameras that are running firmware version 1.1.0.1.00 should be updated to firmware version 1.1.1.1.00.

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November 23, 2013
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Canon EOS C300 Honored with Design for Asia Silver Award


Canon EOS C300 (alongside EF Cinema Lenses)

Canon USA press release:

Canon’s Cinema EOS System EOS C300 cinema camera honored with Design for Asia Silver Award

TOKYO, Japan, November 21, 2013—Canon Inc. announced today that the company’s EOS C300 professional cinema camera (launched in January 2012), part of the company’s Cinema EOS System1 lineup of professional digital cinematography products, was recognized for design excellence by the Hong Kong Design Centre2 with the 2013 Design for Asia Silver Award.

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November 16, 2013
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First ISO 80000 Tests on Canon EOS C100 and C300 (new firmware)

Italian film maker Aldo Ricci made the little video above to test the new firmware updates for the Canon EOS C100 and EOS C300. Among other things the firmware pushes max ISO up to 80000, and that’s what tested in the video. A Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS lens were used. Settings: k4400, C LOG, no colour grade.

Unfortunately the firmware for the EOS C300 has been temporarily put offline because of a bug they found.

The firmware update has yet to be released for the EOS C500. However, the guys over at cinema5d could test a pre-release version of the firmware during IBC in September.

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