Canon to replace Dual Pixel AF with Quad Pixel AF?

Canon to replace Dual Pixel AF with Quad Pixel AF?
Image: Canon News

Canon's Dual Pixel Autofocus technology is held in the highest regard among photographers, and is widely considered to be the most reliable AF technology for both stills and video. So it's very exciting to discover that Canon is now developing Quad Pixel Autofocus. 

Canon News has uncovered a patent application indicating that the manufacturer has split each pixel into four segments. According to the site, the sensor described in the filing is a 20.7MP sensor with a staggering 83 million focus detection points! 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.