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Canon revolutionizes 180 ° virtual reality with its innovative 3D virtual reality system and Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens

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Canon revolutionizes 180 ° virtual reality with its innovative 3D virtual reality system and Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens

EOS VR’s ability to create an immersive experience puts viewers right in the middle of the action by delivering professional picture quality and higher levels of realism

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, October 12, 2021 / APO Group / –

Canon (www.Canon-CNA.com) announces the latest innovation in the EOS R System, a pioneering new virtual reality capture solution that harnesses the superior capabilities of the RF mount. Canon’s EOS VR SYSTEM, which features a new Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens, was developed to meet the demand for high quality 180 ° VR 3D content. With the increasing adoption of VR technology in many industries such as training, travel, sports, live events and documentaries, Canon’s new offering simplifies the entire capture and post-production process. 180 ° stereoscopic VR. The EOS VR SYSTEM’s ability to create an immersive experience puts viewers right in the middle of the action, delivering professional picture quality and higher levels of realism.

The Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE Lens is Canon’s first interchangeable VR lens, designed to simplify setup and capture of 180 ° VR video and stills with the EOS R5 [1] – while maintaining the high optical performance of the EOS R system. This makes 3D content creation more convenient for existing VR content creators, professional production companies as well as professionals looking to enter the VR market with a system more efficient. In addition to the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens, the Canon EOS VR SYSTEM also includes a new Canon VR software application (EOS VR Utility) and a plug-in (EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro ) to streamline the 180 ° VR post-production process, improving the experience for content creators from input to output.

Innovative lens design for easy capture

The Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE Front-Facing Dual Fisheye Lenses have an ultra-wide 190-degree field of view which forms the basis of its stereoscopic VR capture capability. Canon’s advanced lens design then allows two images to be projected onto the camera’s single sensor for perfect alignment and synchronization right from the camera. Using the lens in this way, the VR setup is simpler than a two camera system.

Capturing two images on a single sensor also means that the two images have the same performance characteristics, avoiding subtle variations such as image quality and exposure that other two-sensor systems may suffer. Additionally, the two EMD (aperture) units, one for each lens, are also precisely controlled to maintain consistent exposure on the sensor, helping to reduce post-production calibration and the expertise required to match. the left and right image output.

The compact lens features a smart folding optical design and 60mm base distance for a natural view. Designed to work with compatible cameras within the VR system such as the Canon EOS R5, the system offers both the portability and familiarity of the EOS system.

Pushing the limits of optics

The Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE stereoscopic lens features the infamous Red Ring, designating it as a professional L-series lens that uses two UD elements per lens, helping to produce crisp, clear images, one edge to the other. The SWC coating of the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens is ideal for shooting with the sun in the frame, as it eliminates ghosting and reflections from sunlight – a condition for shooting. commonly seen view in VR capture.

Featuring gelatin backing on the rear elements, users of Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lenses can use third-party gelatin ND filters to maintain “normal” shutter speeds and apertures when shooting. shooting in bright conditions. The EOS R5’s MF Peaking feature offers simple manual focus assist, highlighting areas of focus.

When using the 8K full frame sensor of the EOS R5 [2], the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens enables high-resolution 180 ° VR capture with high dynamic range using Canon Log / Log 3. Fast f / 2.8 aperture as well as high ISO capabilities of the EOS R5 mean excellent low-light performance – giving content creators the flexibility to shoot in a wider range of scenarios.

Streamlined 180 ° VR workflows

The all new EOS VR SYSTEM uses the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens on a single sensor camera where no lens alignment is required, meaning only one file is produced for them. left and right images that are already perfectly synchronized. This allows the Canon software or plug-in to accurately convert the captured circular dual fisheye format to a standard 180 ° VR format, ready for further editing in Adobe Premiere Pro or viewing on a VR headset.

Usually one of the most complicated and time consuming tasks in VR content creation, Canon’s powerful new EOS VR Utility app and EOS VR plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro make the image conversion process. [3], from a circular fisheye double image to a more recognizable, effortless 180 ° side-by-side equirectangular VR format. With these additional solutions, videos and photos can be easily processed3, [4] and exported in various resolutions and codecs (professional), up to 8K in file size for video output2 – designed for post-production editing and / or final playback on suitable VR headsets.

Canon’s updated EOS utility and Camera Connect app will also provide easy remote control and preview live images while capturing content.

This high-quality solution leverages the benefits of the RF mount while delivering innovative new VR technology to simplify the entire 180 ° VR capture process from setup to post-production.

[1] The EOS R5 (currently the only compatible camera) will need a firmware update to be compatible.

[2] The resolution captured per lens will be slightly lower than 4K due to the two image circles placed side by side on the sensor.

[3] Canon EOS VR Utility or EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro is required to perform equirectangular conversion of 180 ° VR images recorded from a compatible camera (EOS R5).

[4] Trial use of the Canon app with still images and videos under 2 minutes is free. When exporting (EOS VR Utility) / importing (EOS VR plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro) videos of 2 minutes or longer, a paid subscription is required.

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