Canon patent shows giant new LCD flip screen for DSLRs

Oct 20, 2017

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Canon patent shows giant new LCD flip screen for DSLRs

Oct 20, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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People have been begging Canon for years to put flippy out (or up) articulated LCDs on their higher end bodies for years. Now it looks like they may have listened. This patent from Canon Japan shows a new rear screen design that looks quite intriguing. As well as the size of the screen, it also shows new mechanisms to attach it to different types of camera body.

One thing strikes me as a little odd, though. The dial normally found on the back of a Canon DSLR sits underneath the LCD. So, it looks like it forces people to flip their LCD out if they wanted to actually use the camera. Still, it’s an interesting concept.

There’s two main designs shown in the patent. One for full size DSLRs with a built in grip, like Canon’s current 1DX Mark II. The other shows a more compact body, like the 5D Mark IV or 7D Mark II.

The more compact body design actually looks pretty cool, and could be fantastic for video shooters. I’m not entirely sure how practical it would be for photographers, though, especially those who use flash and want to put a trigger in the hotshoe.

Video shooters also likely wouldn’t mind having to flip out the LCD to get access to the dial and buttons underneath. Most people I know who use flippy out LCDs or external monitors have them well away from the back of the camera anyway. Again, though, this is likely going to frustrate photographers who don’t want to have to flip the LCD out of the way each time they want to take a shot.

But, there is one possibility to get around this. I don’t see anything mentioned in the patent, but it is entirely possible, that these controls may be replicated on the LCD itself. Controllable via touchscreen, the same way you might spin a dial on a mobile app.

The patent for the full size camera LCD looks pretty brutal. It certainly doesn’t leave any room for things to go on the hotshoe and, again, covers the dials and buttons.


While the fixture on the larger body is probably more substantial, it looks like they’ve just stuck a billboard on top of the camera. I can’t imagine anybody wanting to use this every time they pull out the camera to take a photo.

Sure, the LCD screens we have on our DSLRs and mirrorless cameras today aren’t great, but at least we can just ignore them and carry on shooting. I don’t you’d be able to ignore them with the designs shown in the patent. At least, assuming it doesn’t also offer a full touch screen UI to configure your settings.

Still, it’s nice to see some of the other designs camera companies are coming out with. You can find out more about the patent, here.

On a related note… Nikon, could you please give us a real articulated LCD on cameras other than the D5x00 series? Some of us would like a proper flippy out LCD and high speed sync capabilities in the same camera. And no, those laughable tilt screens you’re currently putting into everything don’t count.

[via Canon Rumors]

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23 responses to “Canon patent shows giant new LCD flip screen for DSLRs”

  1. Adam Santino Avatar
    Adam Santino

    Worth a shot.

  2. Bjørn Filip Kjeldsen Holm Avatar
    Bjørn Filip Kjeldsen Holm

    Glenn C Fallang

    1. Bjørn Filip Kjeldsen Holm Avatar
      Bjørn Filip Kjeldsen Holm

      Jup

  3. Bogdan Dobre Avatar
    Bogdan Dobre

    For filming, sure, if it’s good quality. Hardly think it can replace a monitor though.

  4. Tom Robson Avatar
    Tom Robson

    Revolutionary

  5. Madara Avatar
    Madara

    I like the idea of a bigger display, but as a video shooter I prefer the hot shoe be accessible for a mic.

  6. Ian Brace Avatar
    Ian Brace

    So the flip and fold design isn’t up to scratch eh? Just looks like a gimmick to me.

  7. Henry Rodgers Avatar
    Henry Rodgers

    I like the idea. Feels like a mini Aperture HD built in.

  8. Chris Chinnock Avatar
    Chris Chinnock

    I suppose I could watch tele on it while I wait for canon to design a bloody mirrorless pro camera! ?

    1. Christopher Werrett Avatar
      Christopher Werrett

      There’s one in the pipeline according to canon rumours. ?

    2. Chris Chinnock Avatar
      Chris Chinnock

      Christopher Werrett yay!

  9. Trenton Tam Avatar
    Trenton Tam

    looks like the structure of the flip up arm is going to rip off. Hope Canon will honor their warranty as droves of cameras pour in from faulty screen arms

  10. Daniel Hammerberg Avatar
    Daniel Hammerberg

    My Nikon D5200 has a flip out LCD screen and that thing is a few years old.

  11. James Fogg Avatar
    James Fogg

    Chimpers gonna Chimp.

  12. Joseph Hubbard Avatar
    Joseph Hubbard

    Hell no.

  13. Peter Hobbs Avatar
    Peter Hobbs

    Up periscope.

  14. Waseem Ahmed Syed Avatar
    Waseem Ahmed Syed

    Wow that is awesome

  15. Waseem Ahmed Syed Avatar
    Waseem Ahmed Syed

    Wow that is awesome

  16. John G Schickler Avatar
    John G Schickler

    It’s a patent, not a done deal. Stop whining. Most likely you will see an articulating screen before this.

  17. Keith Maynard Avatar
    Keith Maynard

    Just why?

  18. Richard Snippe Avatar
    Richard Snippe

    Haha

  19. bartom Avatar
    bartom

    give me a screen that lets me look down when the camera is on the floor.