Canon patents new IBIS system – But it may be for DSLRs, not mirrorless
According to a patent unearthed by Japanese blog Hi Low Note, Canon appears to be working on a new IBIS system. Great news for those who were annoyed by the distinct lack of any kind of stabilisation in the new Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera. There has been statements about why Canon didn’t include IBIS, but it was never ruled out as a possibility in future models.
Interestingly, though, this patent doesn’t actually show a mirrorless camera, but a DSLR.
A Google translated section of the patent reads…
An imaging device includes an imaging element, a frame body that supports the imaging element, and a driving member that moves the frame body in a direction parallel to an imaging plane of the imaging element, wherein the driving member , And that the vibrating part of at least one driving member overlaps with the center of the image pickup surface of the image pickup element when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the image pickup surface of the image pickup element Features.
Along with a number of images to illustrate the various points addressed in the patent.
While the patent doesn’t specifically mention DSLRs, it doesn’t specifically mention mirrorless, either. And there is that DSLR cross-section image to think about. Whether or not it will be possible to use the tech for both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras is unclear, but it does seem a little odd that Canon might be considering IBIS in their DSLRs now.
Only time will tell, I suppose.
If you want to check out the full patent, you can do so here.
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.