Digital camera users have experienced many advanced autofocus systems like face detection, tap-to-focus, subject tracking, etc. These technologies allow you to focus on your subject better and take high-quality photographs. However, before these technologies came into existence, Canon had its eye-controlled focus- a focusing technology which was used in film SLRs but never seen in a digital camera. The Canon eye-controlled focus was last seen in cameras like Canon EOS-3, EOS 30/Elan 7e, and EOS-5/A2e.
However, the rumors are rife that Canon is planning to bring back this 20-year old technology to its mirrorless cameras in 2019. It can feature on some Canon digital camera in 2019. The eye-controlled focus was very popular during its days and was a major differentiating factor for Canon. Many photographers moved to Canon after years of using other brands only due to its eye-controlled focus. The details about the Canon eye-controlled focus are provided below:
Canon’s eye-controlled focus debuted in 1992 on the EOS A2E camera. It remained a part of Canon’s cameras till 2004 and featured last on the EOS Elan 7NE. This system helped you to focus on a subject by simply looking at it and moving your eyeball. You could activate your autofocus point by simply looking at it. There have been opposing views and opinion about this technology. It worked brilliantly for some while for some it simply did not work at all.
The Canon EOS-3, a hugely popular camera came with an advanced 45-point AF system and better eye-controlled focus. The camera had a calibration procedure which involved looking into select AF points in a particular manner which made the camera to customize itself according to your eyeball movements. This meant that the camera was calibrated to your eye movements and provided excellent results. The EOS-3 could also register 3 different sets of calibrated data. This feature was particularly useful for photographers wearing glasses. They could calibrate one data set for their naked eyes and the other while they were wearing glasses.
Photographers are excited to hear the news about Canon eye-controlled focus making a comeback in 2019. The new system though is likely to be more refined and use the advanced algorithm and AI elements to track the eye movements and behavior better. Till the technology is spotted on a Canon digital camera in 2019, you should wait and take the rumors with a pinch of salt.
Digital camera users have experienced many advanced autofocus systems like face detection, tap-to-focus, subject tracking, etc. These technologies allow you to focus on your subject better and take high-quality photographs. However, before these technologies came...