Over the years, Canon has revolutionised the photography industry in many notable ways. One of the hallmarks of Canon is its ongoing commitment to invest in research and development of new technologies. Unbeknownst to some, innovative features are introduced in almost every major gear release. In this article, we will be sharing with you some revolutionary aspects of Canon gears that may lead you to see them in a new light. In turn, this may also reignite your inspiration to explore and shoot more.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF

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Canon EOS M6 (EF-M18-150 IS STM)

This goes without saying, but focus is critical to any successful shoot. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DPAF) is a sensor-based, phase-detector technology designed to provide smooth, high-performance focus tracking. This unique Canon-developed feature is ideal for capturing moving subjects in razor sharp focus.

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II | EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

With Canon’s DPAF technology, every pixel on the imaging sensor is used to gather focus information before a picture is taken. This helps to make your shooting experience smoother and easier.

At times, photographers may encounter moments when it becomes challenging to look into the viewfinder. In those cases, shooting on live view mode can be a lifesaver. Cameras such as the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV lets you change the focus of a shot seamlessly just by tapping the screen. To put it simply, this is the work of the DPAF!

Another sharpshooter set to push the boundaries of imaging technology is the Canon EOS M50. This camera is capable of carrying out AF even in low-lit conditions thanks to the new DIGIC 8 image sensor and an improved DPAF.

Microlenses

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

One noteworthy technology less known to many is the inclusion of microlenses in Canon EOS DSLRs. These are an array of lenses placed above the CMOS sensor to help direct light into each of the pixel wells. This arrangement helps to ensure that all of the light successfully enters the pixel well to form a well-lit image.

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Canon EOS 760D | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Upon further development, gaps between each lens were removed and this led to a new term known as the ‘gapless microlenses’ technology. The reduction in distance between the sensor and gapless microlenses leads to an enhanced low-light performance. With this feature, photographers are able to capture stunning images even in dimly lit locations.

This gapless technology was added for the first time in a full-frame Canon sensor with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. This results in noise reduction when shooting at high ISO and an increased sensitivity that contributes to the camera’s high-speed image capture rate.

Vari-angle LCD Monitor

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II | EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Ever tried shooting in tight spaces only to struggle when it comes to framing? Overcome this difficulty with pragmatic features like the vari-angle LCD monitor. Cameras such as the Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS 6D Mark II come with screens equipped with fully articulated hinges. This allows you to shoot from a variety of camera angles, including ground-skimming ones with a simple flip of a screen.

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Canon EOS 750D | EF50mm f/1.8 STM

This feature is certainly valuable for moments when it is tough to physically move to a lower angle. When shooting portraits from bottom up, for instance, all you have to do is hold the LCD screen with your left hand and move the camera body to the pivot point before pressing the shutter.

Besides, this also allows you to discover unique compositions that you may not have experimented with in the past. In other words, it is an enabler of creative possibilities.

Auto Intelligent Bounce Technology

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Canon EOS 750D | EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Early this year, Canon broke new ground with the introduction of a sophisticated Auto Intelligent (AI) Bounce technology with the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI. This is the world’s first Speedlite to come with such a feature. Bounce flash photography is often perceived as a difficult technique meant only for professionals. The Al Bounce technology was thus introduced with hopes of alleviating this stigma.

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Canon EOS 700D | EF50mm f/1.4 USM

The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI uses a built-in motor to move the flash head automatically. It analyses the shooting situation and uses this information to calculate the optimal bounce angle. With this addition, users can now easily achieve soft natural lighting when conducting bounce flash photography. This is an effect commonly sought after in portrait photography.

Ultimately, the automating settings attached to this flash could serve as a gateway for photographers looking to expand their skill set.

Fluorine Coating

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

When shooting outdoors, dirt and dust may be gathered on the surface of camera lenses. Overtime, this can directly affect the quality of work. Canon’s fluorine coating used in select L-series lenses such as the Canon EF16-35mm F/2.8L III USM and Canon EF24-105mm F/4L IS II USM help to reduce the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens by facilitating cleaning. With this coating, bodies of dirt can be easily removed with a simple wipe using a dry cloth.

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Canon EOS 760D | EF40mm f/2.8 STM

While maintaining optical transparency, fluorine-coated lenses also feature outstanding oil and water repelling characteristics. All in all, this enhances the usability of lenses under adverse weather and helps to address the needs of those who are required to perform shoots under harsh conditions.

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

With Canon, constant developments are made through revolutionary features all with one goal – to ensure that images are captured at the highest quality possible. Besides rolling out new gear technologies, adjustments and modifications have also been made to existing ones for improvements. In this rapidly evolving world of technology, it is only by looking forward that we can stay competitive and grow together as fellow creators.

Feeling awed and ready to test out the features of your Canon gear after reading this article? Do remember to share your shots with us by tagging #CanonSG!