Time of Flight / LiDAR continuous autofocus is really quite remarkable technology. There are rumours Panasonic will implement it on future cameras like the GH6. Don’t you wish the current AF-challenged cameras (like the Blackmagic Pocket 4K or Panasonic GH5) could do smooth Dual Pixel AF-style continuous autofocus?
Well, you could soon be in luck. Time of Flight Autofocus is a reality and I’ve seen it working.
With this prototype add-on, a ToF/LiDAR sensor sits in the hotshoe and talks wirelessly to the Pocket 4K via a Bluetooth controller. The autofocus motors in the Micro Four Thirds lens are commandeered based on real-time depth sensing information from the LiDAR beam.
I met up with CDA-TEK’s Ian this week in Manchester to take a look at what he’s been working on.