An integrated flash can come in handy for photographers, but it’s useless for vloggers and video makers. However, a new Canon patent could resolve this. It shows a set of LED lights integrated with the pop-up flash to provide DLSR video makers with a continuous light source.
The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that details a submersible iPhone capable at taking pictures down to a depth of 90-140 feet of water. They’re not just looking at making the iPhone more waterproof, though. They actually want it to overcome the visual issues of shooting at such a depth to actually produce decent images.
Portuguese inventor, Rui Pedro Oliveira claims that Huawei flew him to meet with them to pitch his patent pending 360 camera. He says they then ceased all contact and essentially ripped off his design in order to produce the Huawei EnVizion 360 Camera. According to an article on Fstoppers, he was then forced to sell his house in order to cover the cost of legal representation.
As well as expanding their EOS R camera and RF mount lens lineups, Canon still seems to be going pretty hard on the long telephoto lenses for the EF mount. Canon News has discovered a number of US patents alluding to what appears to be the recently released 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, which stole all of Sony’s “Lightweight” thunder, as well as new 300mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, and 800mm f/5.6 telephoto lenses.
Canon has been working on their own focal length reducers. Lens adapters commonly sold under “speedbooster” or similar names, these adapters translate a larger projection circle, like that from a full frame lens, to the smaller sizes needed by APS-C and smaller sensors.
South Korean electronic giants Samsung may be entering into the drone market, according to a patent published by the US Patents & Trademark Office. According to GizmoChina, though, it’s not just any drone. It’s a “transformable drone”. Exactly how that’s different from a “folding drone”, I’m not so sure, but that’s what GizmoChina call it.
Lens adapters to put Canon EF mount lenses onto M mount bodies are nothing new. Canon’s had one for a while now. But when it comes to speedbooster style adapters, one company’s pretty much had the market sewn up, and that’s Metabones. But Metabones only produces such adapters for Sony, Micro Four Thirds and Fuji crop cameras. At least for now.
A new Japanese patent (2018185393) suggests that Canon will be working on their own, now, though, breathing some new life to their EOS M mount line of cameras – as well as their EF mount lenses as they make the push towards full frame mirrorless.
Canon has stated that their new full-frame mirrorless line will sit alongside their existing systems in their product lineup. That an APS-C format mirrorless in the EOS R is essentially not possible, and that EOS M will continue to live on and see development.
True to their word, a new patent has just surfaced for a potential 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens design. The short backfocus distance suggests that it is for a mirrorless camera with an APS-C projection size. Given that it’s APS-C, it won’t be for the EOS R, but for the EOS M line.
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.
Earlier this year, we saw a patent for a fingerprint sensor from Canon. Nikon has just taken things a bit further. The company has filed a patent for biometric sensors that will read a photographer’s emotions. They will be placed on the lens, as well as on the camera, to record your biometric information while you are shooting.