Canon patents fingerprint ID for their cameras and lenses

Jan 29, 2018

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Canon patents fingerprint ID for their cameras and lenses

Jan 29, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Canon has recently admitted that they are lagging in innovation behind other companies. Judging from that interview, there was no word about their plans related to photography. However, the company has recently filed a patent that lets you control your cameras and lenses using fingerprint detection.

The fingerprint technology allows you to program your camera and lenses for multiple users. It lets you save the specific settings such as IS, AF, and other customizable feature. When a user presses their finger to the sensor, the camera/lens will be set according to the user’s preferences.

Here’s what the sensors would look like on a camera and a lens:

Another possible use of the fingerprint ID technology is locking out the gear completely. You can program it only for yourself to be able to use the camera, similar to fingerprint unlocking on smartphones. I guess this would be useful if your camera got stolen, or to protect your images if it gets seized.

On the other hand, there are plenty of situations when the fingerprint ID is pretty much useless. If you wear gloves or if you shoot with the camera in an underwater housing, for example. Also, I don’t see it as a much-needed feature on a lens. It’s not clear, though, whether this patent will ever actually become a part of Canon cameras and lenses. But I guess users would be more excited to see the reported Canon’s full-frame mirrorless anyway.

[via Canon Rumors; images: patent screenshots]

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15 responses to “Canon patents fingerprint ID for their cameras and lenses”

  1. Les Avatar
    Les

    …seriously, what an utterly idiotic idea Canon! What’s next the famed James Bond gun-hasselblad?

  2. Madara Avatar
    Madara

    Congratulations Canon! That’s exactly what we don’t need!
    How’s that GH5/A7r3 competitor coming along?

  3. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    gimmick…. :/

  4. Nguyen Kien Avatar
    Nguyen Kien

    Please, don’t make more expensive!

  5. Lucas Celler Avatar
    Lucas Celler

    Go make a super 8 camera if u really want to make bad decisions

    1. Nico Kobel Avatar
      Nico Kobel

      I’m not sure with that. I would appreciate a nice super 8 camera with a great lens much more than this fingerprint thing…

  6. Michael Dornieden Avatar
    Michael Dornieden

    Canon Must re-invent itself before making things like this.

  7. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    Stupid idea

  8. Alan Amos Avatar
    Alan Amos

    Canon need to focus on building what people want, not gimmicky tech shit like this to impress millennials.

  9. Henri Lindenhof Avatar
    Henri Lindenhof

    Is it april already?

  10. Keith A Varley Avatar
    Keith A Varley

    Nope

  11. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    They needed to sneak blockchain in there somewhere LOL. What’s next Canon? A rear facing camera on Mirrorless and SLRs specifically for selfies?

    1. Nico Kobel Avatar
      Nico Kobel

      Nonono, not for selfies. Just for faster recognition, so your camera is ready to go before you even touched it! ;)

      1. catlett Avatar
        catlett

        That’s the neural interface that not only knows but you can think WB Daylight, ISO 400, shutter 1/800th and f8 and it sets everything for you. Careful what you think it to focus on though.

  12. DLS Avatar
    DLS

    Has anyone actually asked for this? I’m pretty sure people complaining about lack of innovation would want usable of 4K on midrange or lowend, stabilized sensors or better sensors overall, removal of AA filters.