Canon EOS C100 to get continuous autofocusing (paid) upgrade

November 6th, 2013
Canon EOS C100 to get continuous autofocusing (paid) upgrade

Canon just announced that they will release a hardware(?)/firmware upgrade for the Canon Cinema EOS C100 – their entry-level cinema camera (watch and read our very own Sebastian Wöber’s review here) – that will unlock a continuous autofocusing function similar to the one found in the Canon 70D. And I have to say, that function isn’t half-bad (considering that AF is usually a big no-no in professional productions), watch Johnnie Behiri’s video test of the 70D’s autofocus function by clicking here.

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Don’t get excited just yet, the upgrade won’t be available until Q1/2014 (according to Engadget it will be February), and it will set you back around $500 – and last but not least, you will have to send it in to your Canon service center, because it’s might actually be hardware that needs to be changed (thanks to Mathias Häcki for this input, but my Canon contact said it’s unlikely that the sensor is being changed – it’s been a hybrid sensor before). Nevertheless, it’s nice that an existing camera like the C100 gets an upgrade like that. In my opinion, it the C100 actually a REALLY good deal considering you can record clean 4:2:2 video when using an external recorder and the footage looks just like from the C300 (they share the same sensor). I have started using a hired C100 as a B camera to my C300 quite a lot and have never had a complaint from any client!

How dual pixel AF works on the C100 CMOS

How dual pixel AF works on the C100 CMOS

Detailed information on the Canon site:
http://usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/standard_display/eos_c100_feature_upgrade

via Canon Austria and Engadget

The Canon C100 is available at B&H.

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Mike Silverman
Mike Silverman
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Very exciting, especially for event videography

Mathias Häcki
MemberNovember 6th, 2013

Well its actually a hardware update, as they will change out the sensor with a dual pixel version. The question is on how good that sensor is and why they will not offer it for higher C cameras. They always told us the c100 gots the same sensor as the c300 and even c500. Most c300 and c500 users might not urgently need that af feature, but if the image quality is as good why not have something in stock for some real fast stuff?

How ever, it is interesting to see that Canon goes the Hardware update route like Red does. So who knows.. maybe there are some new gadgets in the works for the c300 and c500 as well. I’ll talk about a decent priced 4:4:4 12 bit update for my c300 anytime ^^

William
William
GuestNovember 9th, 2013

This is misinformation. This upgrade will NOT involve a sensor swap!

Pierre
Pierre
GuestNovember 9th, 2013

Hello all Canon EOS users! Are we still expecting the November 2013 firmware update for the C100?

Tri D. Luu
Tri D. Luu
GuestNovember 6th, 2013

I would pay for slow motion instead

Pierre
Pierre
GuestNovember 9th, 2013

Slo-mo would be nice. Using FCPX to do so is really not the best. I currently use my 6D for the slo-mo.

 Myles Thompson
Myles Thompson
MemberNovember 6th, 2013

Sorry for off topic question – but I was wondering how I can get email notifications when people reply to my questions on this forum.

Silvis Samitis
Silvis Samitis
GuestNovember 6th, 2013

I wish that they would implement slow motion and smaller increment shutter speed to avoid flickering effect.

Santiago Arbelaez
Santiago Arbelaez
MemberNovember 6th, 2013

CANON: no one want this crappy update . What C100 users really need and they will pay for its those 60fps!!!

dickweed
dickweed
GuestNovember 7th, 2013

C100 point and shoot whoopiii

Matias Gonua
Matias Gonua
GuestNovember 7th, 2013

Paid? Isn’t enough to pay for the camera?

Doug Gray
Doug Gray
GuestNovember 7th, 2013

Yes, paid. You are upgrading your equipment. Do you not pay for extra gear? Surely you don’t just go out and shoot with only the things that came with the camera. I am sure you have many add ons to your setup. This is just another add on that you don’t have to get if you don’t want to. Your camera will work fine without it. But, like other accessories, it may work better with it.

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