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

The revolutionary new EOS VR SYSTEM includes the world’s first [i] lens for digital cameras with interchangeable lens that allows 180 ° VR recording with one camera on one sensor

Canon Europe has introduced the latest innovation in the EOS R system – a revolutionary new virtual reality capture solution that takes advantage of the superior capabilities of RF lens mounts. Canon’s EOS VR SYSTEM, which includes the new Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens, was developed in response to the demand for high-quality 3D 180 ° VR content. As the adoption of VR technology is on the rise across many sectors such as training, travel, sports, live events and documentaries, Canon’s new offering simplifies the entire process of stereoscopic 180 ° VR recording and post-production. The ability of the EOS VR SYSTEM solution to create an immersive experience puts viewers at the center of the action by providing professional image quality and high levels of realism.
Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens is Canon’s first ever interchangeable VR lens, designed to simplify the setting and recording of 180 ° VR videos and images with the EOS R5[i] – while maintaining the high optical performance of the EOS R system. This makes creating 3D content more convenient for existing VR content creators, professional production companies, as well as for professionals who want to break into the VR market thanks to a more efficient system. In addition to Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens, Canon’s EOS VR SYSTEM also includes a newly developed Canon VR software application (EOS VR Utility) and an additional component (EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro) to optimize the 180 ° VR post-production process, enhancing the content creator experience, from input to output.

Innovative lens design for simplified shooting

The Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE forward-facing dual fisheye lenses have a 190-degree ultra-wide field of view that forms the basis of its stereoscopic VR shooting capability. Canon’s advanced lens design then allows the two images to be projected onto a single sensor in the camera to achieve perfect alignment and synchronization directly from the camera. By using a lens in this way, VR setup is simpler than a dual camera system.

Capturing two images on a single sensor also means that both images have the same performance characteristics, thus avoiding subtle differences such as image quality and exposure that other dual-sensor systems may suffer from. In addition, two EMD units (for aperture), one for each lens, are also finely controlled to maintain consistent exposure on the sensor – which helps reduce post-production correction, as well as the expertise needed to align the left and right image.

The compact lens has a clever foldable optical design and a basic distance of 60mm that gives a look that looks natural. Designed to work with compatible devices within VR systems, such as the Canon EOS R5, this system provides both portability and recognizability of the EOS system.

Moving optical boundaries

The stereoscopic Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens has the famous red ring, which indicates that it is a professional L-series lens that uses two UD elements per lens, which helps to obtain sharp, clear images, from edge to edge. The SWC coating of the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens is perfect for shooting with the sun in the frame, as it suppresses the appearance of ghosts and glare from the sunlight – which is a common situation during VR shooting.

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Thanks to the gelatin holder over 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 in bright conditions. The MF Peaking function in the EOS R5 provides easy-assisted manual focusing, which emphasizes areas within focus.

When using a full format sensor[ii] E5 R5, Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE achieves high resolution VR shooting with high dynamic range using Canon Log / Log 3 settings. Fast f / 2.8 aperture, along with high ISO capabilities on the EOS The R5 comes with great low-light performance – giving content creators the ability to shoot a wider range of scenarios.

Simplified work processes in 180 ° VR

The all-new EOS VR SYSTEM uses a Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens on a single-sensor camera, without the need for lens alignment – meaning only one file is created for both left and right images, which are already perfectly synchronized . This allows Canon software or an optional component to precisely convert the recorded dual circular fisheye format to the standard 180 ° VR format, which is ready for further processing in Adobe Premiere Pro or for viewing on a VR device.

Thanks to Canon’s new powerful EOS VR Utility and the optional EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro, the image conversion process[iii] from a double circular image of a fish’s eye to a more recognizable 180 ° VR format of a square display next to each other, which is usually one of the more complicated and time-consuming tasks in creating VR content, is performed effortlessly. With these additional solutions, videos and images can be easily processed3[iv] and to be exported to various resolutions and (professional) codecs, up to 8K in video output file size2 – which is designed for post-production editing and / or final playback on appropriate VR devices.

Canon’s updated EOS Utility and Camera Connect app will also allow for easy remote control and live image viewing when capturing content.

This high-quality solution takes advantage of RF lens mounts while delivering innovative new VR technology to simplify the complete 180 ° VR recording process, from setup to post-production.

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

[ii] The recorded resolution per lens will be a little less than 4K because the two circles with the image are placed next to each other on the sensor.

[iii] Canon’s EOS VR Utility or EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro is required to convert 180 ° VR images from a compatible camera (EOS R5) to square format.

[iv] Trial use of Canon’s photo and video app for less than 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 subscription is required.

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