Canon, long a leader in imaging technology has taken another big step in the integration of VR 180 videography into the mainstream.
We had all been watching carefully to see if Canon was going to remain true to the VR space. Now with the introduction of the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye compatibility for the EOS R6 Mark II, along with other advancements through a firmware update, seems to be a significant step forward in VR technology.
The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens suggests that Canon is catering to the needs of VR content creators by offering a specialized lens for capturing immersive 180-degree content. Fisheye lenses are commonly used in VR to capture a wide field of view, which is essential for creating an immersive VR experience.
The firmware update, set to release on September 26th, is likely to bring improvements and new features to the EOS R6 Mark II, enhancing its capabilities for VR content creation. This could include enhancements to image processing, autofocus performance, or other features that are particularly relevant for VR applications.
Overall, Canon’s commitment to advancing VR technology and empowering creators to realize their artistic visions is an exciting development for the VR community. It will be interesting to see how these new tools and features contribute to the growth of VR content creation and the overall VR experience.
New Compatibility with the EOS R6 Mark II
The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens, renowned for its superb imaging capabilities, now extends its support to the EOS R6 Mark II, joining the ranks of the EOS R5 and R5 C as compatible camera bodies. Ideal for advanced amateurs and featuring user-friendly functions, the EOS R6 Mark II camera is a high-performance hybrid camera that’s designed to capture decisive moments in both photo and video formats.
Innovative Image Stabilization That Expands Shooting Scenes
One of the standout features of this update is the introduction of electronic image stabilization for EOS VR clips that can be applied through the EOS VR Utility. This update expands shooting scenes by allowing for shooting while walking with a gimbal. Previously, it was recommended that shooters employ a fixed tripod setting. With the update, the system’s electronic angle and blur correction work harmoniously to enhance the overall stability of VR imagery for clips longer than 10 seconds.
Expansion of VR Environment
Canon is catering to the growing demands of immersive content creation with the introduction of 360°VR export, while in 180° for an even broader editing scope. This comprehensive support empowers creators to realize their visions within a 360° VR platform, while introducing both “Side by Side” and “Top Bottom” export options for a diverse editing experience.
Sharper VR Imagery
The new firmware update introduces a new sharpness setting for RAW movie footage. The sharpness detail option includes parameters for Sharpness Strength, Fineness, and Threshold, allowing creators to modify VR images by accentuating edges and reducing noise, resulting in a heightened sense of immersion.
The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye VR App support for EOS R6 Mark II will be part of the firmware update scheduled for September 26, 2023.