Canon Issues Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras/Camcorders & EOS C300 Dual Pixel...

Canon Issues Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras/Camcorders & EOS C300 Dual Pixel AF Upgrade


Melville, NY—Canon USA issued a variety of performance updates for cameras in its Cinema EOS and XF professional camcorder line, as well as an optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera that supports Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus (AF) technology and enables continuous autofocusing with the entire line of Canon EF lenses. This optional upgrade will be available in May 2014 for $500 and will require the C300 to be shipped to an authorized Canon service center for installation.

Canon also introduced 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 in unpredictable situations, such as wedding/event videography, documentary, news or wildlife production. This upgrade enables videographers to insert metadata markers identifying crucial scenes and moments in their footage while continuously recording. These markers—for both “in” and “out” points—can be set with the press of a button and are identified in metadata as separate “shots” that are simultaneously recorded to both SD card slots of the EOS C100.

In addition, the RC-V100 remote control was announced. It enables users to remotely control main camera functions and is compatible with XF professional HD camcorders and Canon’s Cinema EOS C500, Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C100 cameras. It allows users to remotely control various functions built into the cameras, as well as adjust and set various controls, such as exposure and white balance. The RC-V100 remote control will be available in June 2014 for $2,999.

“We continue to strive to demonstrate our support of filmmaking and television production professionals through innovative new updates and equipment upgrades that allow our products to better serve these visual storytellers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications, Canon USA. “By listening to our customers and responding to the various ways our equipment is used in the marketplace, we look to continually advance the capabilities and features inherent in our cameras, lenses, and accessories.”

EOS C300 Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade
This upgrade is designed to provide continuous AF when shooting in single operator or run-and-gun setups, like documentaries, weddings, events or electronic news gathering (ENG). When used with an STM lens, it allows for the capture of video without the interruption of noise by the focusing motor.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF is an image-plane phase-detection AF technology that employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously. Although camera operators can still focus manually, the upgrade can enable smooth continuous AF with phase detection. This upgrade for the C300 supports continuous AF with all compatible Canon EF lenses when shooting subjects positioned in the center of the imaging area. Also included is an AF lock that lets users lock a focus point once AF is achieved and recompose the shot. It’s also said to nearly double the speed of the C300’s one-shot AF function.

Peripheral Illumination Correction
This firmware update adds two Canon lenses to the list of lens models that maintain even illumination across an image plane, and it is engineered to eliminate vignetting when used with the EOS C500 and C300 Cinema cameras plus the EOS C100 digital video camera. It adds the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens and the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens to the seven other Canon CN-E series Cinema lenses that share this performance advantage. Fourteen other Canon EF-series photographic lenses also deliver peripheral illumination correction in combination with these cameras.