Canon's got it right....again. Focusing while filming is effortless, precise and reliable.
We put the 70D through the paces and the Dual Pixel CMOS AF passed impressively - from tracking focus on Anna Easteden, star of our CineBootCamps films, walking toward us in a dimly lit restaurant to focusing instantly in hand-held tests using the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM. We compared it to the 60D in resolution and "graininess" tests as well. See for yourself in this
Dual Pixel Auto Focus is a giant step forward and it's filling our CineBootCamps with 70D filmmakers learning to make their movie.
We're holding our breath for the Canon announcement that they've got the Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor ready for the the 5D Mark IV (?) or just a $700 upgrade to the Mark III?
Back in 2008, Canon opened the door to thousands of new filmmakers with the release of the Canon 5D Mark II and now the 70D camera opens the door to thousands more who can now just shoot their movie instead of buying $3,000. worth of gear so they can focus smoothly during filming.
Thanks to Genaro Arroyo, Canon Product Specialist, for loaning us the camera and the engineers at Canon for another game-changing breakthrough. Next they'll announce software that tells you your shot is badly lit, i.e. "ALERT. This is not how Roger Deakins would light this scene. Move camera left or right so the light will wrap around the subject."