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Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:35:40 PM »

PlanetMitch over at Planet5D speculates about the possibility of adding Dual Pixel Technology to the EOS 5D Mark III. With Canon adding it to the Cinema EOS line, can we expect the same thing for the EOS lineup as well?


Mitch asked Canon, and received the types of answers you’d expect.


This would certainly change the game for the EOS 5D Mark III and adding features to an existing Canon DSLR.


Says PlanetMitch

“Tho of course, we don’t know if it is going to be added to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III or even the Canon EOS C300 and who knows how long Canon has been putting Dual Pixel capable sensors out… but we do now know that they shipped cameras with capable sensors before they had the firmware necessary to make it all work.”


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Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:35:40 PM »

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 01:08:52 PM »
Didn't Chipworks or someone already do an analysis on the 5D Mk III CMOS? I feel like they would have noticed something like this.

Edit: Yeah, they did. Here's a link: http://www.chipworks.com/en/technical-competitive-analysis/resources/blog/full-frame-dslr-cameras-canon-stays-the-course/

Also: https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=CAN-EOS_5D_MarkIII_Pri-Camera&viewState=DetailView&cartID=&g=&parentCategory=&navigationStr=CatalogSearchInc&searchText=canon%20digic

I really think they would have noticed the different architecture if dual-pixel tech was present.
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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 01:19:50 PM »
I'm all for it though I suspect Canon will hold it over until the 5D4.

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 01:22:35 PM »
Aren't the cinema cameras APS-C sized sensors??????

I REALLY doubt that they would already be in the 5D3, particularly since the people at chipworks or magic lantern have not found them there......
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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 01:55:35 PM »
Aren't the cinema cameras APS-C sized sensors??????
I REALLY doubt that they would already be in the 5D3, particularly since the people at chipworks or magic lantern have not found them there......
The sensor used in the EOS Cinema have size 24.6 x 13.8mm and 9.84 megapixel. It is slightly longer and narrower than APS-C. Moreover, 5D Mark iii is a much older design 70D, and I doubt very much that has dual pixel AF in sensor.

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 02:54:20 PM »
I thought Magic Lantern had already done this with the 5D3??

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 03:00:11 PM »
I thought Magic Lantern had already done this with the 5D3??

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Dual pixel tech is a hardware feature. It cannot be added with firmware. Canon would have to have actually manufactured the 5D III sensor with dual pixel technology at the time they released it in order to add the capability with a firmware update later on.

Given the work that ML has done, if that was the case, I would have expected them to have figured that out by now, what with all of the things they have been doing with the 5D III lately. Given that they have not, it seems unlikely that the 5D III sensor was actually manufactured with DPAF tech.

If Canon does offer an upgrade, it would be a "Send your camera in and we'll replace the main board with one that has a DPAF sensor". And, that would probably cost a pretty penny, too! They may release an interim update to the 5D III, like the 5D IIIdp, that includes just a new sensor and no other model changes. Canon has done small interim camera model updates in the past, like the 1D IIn.

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 03:00:11 PM »

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2014, 03:35:45 PM »
The "upgrade" for the C100/c300 included sending in the camera for calibration of the on-sensor PDAF.  This is more than just a firmware upgrade.  Canon is also charging $500 for this service.

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2014, 05:54:59 PM »
Meh

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2014, 06:03:04 PM »
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The "upgrade" for the C100/c300 included sending in the camera for calibration of the on-sensor PDAF.  This is more than just a firmware upgrade.  Canon is also charging $500 for this service.

Kind of a really important fact! Thanks, I was holding out hope that the newer 6D might be upgradable, but even if it was, for $500, not so sure  :-\
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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2014, 09:08:36 PM »
Didn't Chipworks or someone already do an analysis on the 5D Mk III CMOS? I feel like they would have noticed something like this.

Edit: Yeah, they did. Here's a link: http://www.chipworks.com/en/technical-competitive-analysis/resources/blog/full-frame-dslr-cameras-canon-stays-the-course/

Also: https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=CAN-EOS_5D_MarkIII_Pri-Camera&viewState=DetailView&cartID=&g=&parentCategory=&navigationStr=CatalogSearchInc&searchText=canon%20digic

I really think they would have noticed the different architecture if dual-pixel tech was present.

Yeah I couldn't possible see how they could miss it. I think the 5D3 sensor is too old.

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2014, 01:36:02 AM »
Didn't Chipworks or someone already do an analysis on the 5D Mk III CMOS? I feel like they would have noticed something like this.

Edit: Yeah, they did. Here's a link: http://www.chipworks.com/en/technical-competitive-analysis/resources/blog/full-frame-dslr-cameras-canon-stays-the-course/

Yup. The 5DIII sensor has been under the microscope (literally) - and no, no dual pixels under the hood.

The poor guys at Planet5D should have done their homework rather than daydreaming.
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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2014, 01:36:34 AM »
I'm all for it though I suspect Canon will hold it over until the 5D4.
That's probably what the author meant by "upgrade" - the successor of the 5D mark III.
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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2014, 01:36:34 AM »

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2014, 03:04:10 AM »
Yeah I couldn't possible see how they could miss it. I think the 5D3 sensor is too old.

Yup!

I think that it is pretty safe to say that DPAF will be in the 5D Mark IV. Almost everything else about the sensor will remain the same %-)

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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2014, 07:53:50 AM »
Yeah I couldn't possible see how they could miss it. I think the 5D3 sensor is too old.

Yup!

I think that it is pretty safe to say that DPAF will be in the 5D Mark IV. Almost everything else about the sensor will remain the same %-)

As far as MP count goes, yes. But I do hope that there is technical improvement in sensor tech aside of dual pixel AF.
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Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2014, 07:53:50 AM »