by Anura Guruge
Click to ENLARGE and read here. What you get when you Google “Dual Pixel AF”. It is a Canon proprietary technology.
From “Better Photography”. Good introduction. Click image to access original with explanation of what Canon was implemented.
Click to ENLARGE and read here. Canon’s description on its 7D Mk II page.
Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. What ‘Gordon Lang’, of ‘Camera Labs’, cameralabs.com, has to say re. Nikon D500. Cameralabs.com, of course, has the FULL Nikon D500 review.
I will confess, with contrition, that I had NOT paid ENOUGH attention to Canon’s “Dual Pixel AF” because it was only available on 4 cameras — 3 of them ‘pretty’ old (in terms of today’s 12-month technology refresh cycle) and the 4th, the Canon 80D, was being touted as a mid-level DSLR.
But the recent spate of rumors about the soon to be announced Canon APS-C MIRRORLESS M5 got me digging into “Dual Pixel AF”.
Anybody who has been paying any attention to my 10 cameras in 2 years SAGA will know that brilliant AutoFocus is my Holy Grail — especially since my eyes, never that good, are getting older by the day. The reason I decided to get a Nikon D500, rather than the new Fuji X-T2 (which I lusted after for 9 months), was AF — nothing else.
But the D500’s AF prowess is ONLY in Viewfinder (VF) phase-detect mode. There is no phase-detect in Live View (i.e., LCD) mode. More and more I am opting to shoot LCD mode because I just tend to see better with both eyes open looking at a 3″ screen. 99% of the 2,594 pictures I have taken with my new Nikon P900 (which I am getting rather fond of) — in 10 days — have been in LCD mode!
Canon’s DUAL PIXEL AF will give me phase-detect in LCD mode.
I think I could live with the Canon 7D Mk II or possibly the 80D.
IF the M5 has good specs I could go with that — given my innate fondness for mirrorless cameras. I could also save myself quite a bit of money. I have no aversion to Canon. I had a Canon T3i for nearly a year and it is still in the family (for a refreshing change) in that Devanee has taken ownership of it.
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by Anura Guruge