In a recent patent filed in Japan, Canon has introduced an 8mm f/4 fisheye lens. It seems to be made for full-frame cameras, and with a 182° angle of view, DL Cade notes that it is practically able to see behind itself.
I’m genuinely amazed that this isn’t already a thing, but Canon has filed a patent for a pop-up electronic viewfinder. It really does make a lot of sense, because it means that there isn’t normally something sticking out the top of the camera when not in use, and when it is in use, you still get the entire back of the camera for your LCD – what appears to be the main goal of the patent.
The patent only shows a point & shoot – perhaps this is an idea for a future G7X Mark IV – but there’s no reason why something like this couldn’t potentially appear in some of Canon’s EOS M lineup, too, or possibly even in an entry-level full-frame EOS R body.
One of the claims Canon’s made in the past over its DSLR and mirrorless cameras and the lack of certain video features compared to their higher end (more expensive) dedicated video cameras (and the DSLRs and mirrorless cameras their competition is releasing) is that they can’t keep the bodies cool enough.
Whether or not that’s true, a new Canon patent showing a camera with a built-in fan behind the LCD might suggest that they’re getting ready to start stepping things up a bit. At least when it comes to their EOS M APS-C mirrorless line.
An interesting patent from Canon was recently spotted, one that many photographers could find very useful. Judging from the patent application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, Canon could be developing a universal battery grip that will fit different camera models.
A new Canon patent application has surfaced, detailing a new 13-21mm f/2.8 RF mount lens for the full-frame Canon EOS R mirrorless system. There’s no word that this lens will actually see a production line, and Canon does already have a 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens for the RF mount, so I think it might be unlikely.
But, a lens that goes a little bit wider and doesn’t quite have the same focal length range would potentially be a little lighter (although the measurements suggest it’s longer) and possibly substantially cheaper than the current $2,299 monster.
People give Canon a lot of hassle for “not innovating”, but the truth is, Canon’s probably filed more patents than any other camera company out there. According to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, Canon has become the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for the number of patents granted every year for an incredible 34 years.
Canon also says that they’ve ranked number 1 amongst Japanese companies for the 15th consecutive year. While not all of these patents have turned into real tangible products that you can go and buy, it certainly demonstrates that they’re at least exploring new and innovative ideas.
Canon is notorious for not having any kind of in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), preferring to go with stabilisation in the lens, instead. This fact came to head with the release of the EOS R and EOS RP mirrorless cameras which also didn’t feature any kind of IBIS – which the Sony, Nikon, Panasonic and other mirrorless alternatives do.
They say they’re working on it and that it’s coming to a future EOS R model. There’s even been some suggestion that it might be coming on the 1DX Mark III. Now, a new patent shows that they may finally be looking to implement IBIS into their EOS M mirrorless and PowerShot compact cameras, too.
Here’s a fun patent from Canon – a lens that sucks. And I mean this quite literally. This lens incorporates a mini vacuum cleaner that cleans your camera sensor from dust.