On Wednesday, the world leader in imaging technologies, Canon, unveiled a new dual fisheye lens. It is a mirrorless camera system with a dual 5.2mm F 2.8 L-series fisheye. This means it has two fisheye lenses installed side by side with a built-in Gelatin Filter Holder. It allows to operate easily under bright conditions. The lens is beautifully designed and engineered with a compact and lightweight body.
The lens measures a distance of 60mm or 24 inches between them to match the human interpupillary distance. The other specifications of the product include 7 aperture blades, dimensions of about 121.1 mm × 83.6 mm x 53.5 mm, and a weight of about 350 grams. This impressive product announcement is a part of a novel system known as EOS VR to streamline virtual reality production for the customers.
The company claims to improve the current virtual VR capture systems by making the workflow of Virtual Reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). In addition, it promises to enhance the video quality content by delivering the quality of a full-frame mirrorless camera. This lens is compatible with Canon’s EOS R5 that can provide video content at either 8K DCI 30p or 4K DCI 60p resolution. It has a 190-degree capture that allows delivering stereoscopic 180-degree of 3D footage.
This Canon product will be available in the market by the end of this year at a price value of $1,999. However, there are many exceptional features in this dual-fisheye lens that justifies its value. Like, it has a ring that can focus both the lenses simultaneously and an Allen screw adjustment that precisely allows shifting the focus of one lens to another.
This product’s other common Canon features are high-end Canon L RF mount glass, dust, water-resistant sealing, and a solid F2.8 to F16 aperture range. Also, the company professes that the Canon 5.2mm dual lens is “the world’s first digital interchangeable lens that can capture stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery to a single image sensor”. So, viewers can take a clear and wide angle of the scenes simply by moving the head of the lens.
The Canon L-series fisheye lens also eliminates the workload for the users by reducing the need of syncing and stitching multiple video files. It rather gives an option to combine imagery onto a single image sensor that can be easily transferred into a single file. The lens also have a sub wavelength coating technology. That provides proper lighting conditions even in the dark environment.
Along with the product, Canon is also releasing its 1.5.0 or higher firmware software update called the EOS VR system. The users can buy the subscription of this software update after experiencing a free trial period as well. This EOS R5 is considered to be priced exorbitantly at $3,899. At the same time, it allows creating an immersive 3D experience that is compatible with the Oculus Quest 2 hardware. Moreover, the combination of the product and subscription software is less compared to other full-time VR cameras in the market like Insta360 Pro 2. The subscription software also helps to easily convert video recording to different editing software of users’ choice.
By large, whether an industry professional or a newbie to VR, all users are to be benefited from Canon 5.2 mm F 2.8 L-series fisheye lens and its software update. It will capture and create dynamic frames and add new dimensions in education, tourism, entertainment, real estate, advertisements, or elsewhere. Both the product and Canon’s EOS VR Software solutions are scheduled to be launched in December 2021, and undoubtedly, the potential users are excited about the launch.
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