Digimedia Tech LLC has recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nikon. The company alleges that Nikon has appropriated three of its patents, which have been implemented in Coolpix P900 and A1000.
Apple has just been granted a patent perfect for the current global situation. The company has patented software that would allow you to take group selfies even if you’re not in the group. In other words: you’ll be able to take a selfie with your friends remotely, while keeping the social distance.
Sony Alpha Rumours just spotted a patent (although they didn’t link to it so we can all have a read) showing a new “light field” lens for the Sony E Mount. Sony teamed up with the folks at Light (of Light L16 fame) just over a year ago with a deal that, at the time, appeared to primarily focus on Light’s multi-camera technology in smartphones.
It seems that this technology might be also coming to Sony mirrorless bodies, though, thanks to a new lens design.
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.
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.
It was only October when the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens went up for pre-order, and they only started shipping a month or two ago. But already, they seem to be working on a new one, according to a patent uncovered by Canon News.
The current model RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is like many zoom lenses. When you spin the focal length dial one way, the lens gets longer and when you spin it the other way it gets shorter. This new patent shows a design that would allow it to remain the same length throughout the zoom range. They also show off designs for an f/4 version, too.
Historically, Sony has jumped onto just about every bit of consumer tech (and even led the way sometimes) as soon as it appeared on the market. Anything that looked like it was going to be wildly popular, they wanted a piece of that pie. So it’s surprised me that they haven’t jumped right into the drone market already.
According to Sony Alpha Rumours, though, it appears that Sony might be getting ready to do just that after they’ve spotted a new patent, dated October 2019.
At least, they say there’s a new patent, they haven’t actually linked to the registration so everybody else can have a read. So, it may end up being nonsense. Update: The patent is here!
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.
I have to admit, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for DJI to get into ground rover territory. But according to new patents released by DJI, two new products may be coming in 2020, one of which looks like a radio-controlled vehicle of some kind featuring a built-in gimbal and camera. The other appears to be a gimbal along similar lines to the Freefly Movi Pro and DJI’s own Ronin 2, but utilising one of DJI’s own Zenmuse cameras instead of your DSLR or mirrorless camera.