The folks over at Fuji Rumors have come across a Fujifilm patent showing a compact camera with two rear dials that synchronise with a top LCD in order to create a pair of virtual dials that can be assigned to different camera functions. Unfortunately, they didn’t link to the actual patent, so we can’t dig any deeper into Fuji’s thought process behind it, but we can speculate.
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.
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.
People have been begging Canon for years to put flippy out (or up) articulated LCDs on their higher end bodies for years. Now it looks like they may have listened. This patent from Canon Japan shows a new rear screen design that looks quite intriguing. As well as the size of the screen, it also shows new mechanisms to attach it to different types of camera body.
One thing strikes me as a little odd, though. The dial normally found on the back of a Canon DSLR sits underneath the LCD. So, it looks like it forces people to flip their LCD out if they wanted to actually use the camera. Still, it’s an interesting concept.
Two days ago The Hong Kong based gear company Yongnuo announced their next product, the YN360, an LED lit bar of light. While different in form from the Westcott Icelight, some found the comparison unavoidable.
This was not the first time that Yongnuo has products that resemble other products in the market. The YN600EX-RT looks amazingly similar to Canon’s 600EX-RT Speedlite. Yongnuo’s nifty fifty looks very similar to Canon’s at about half the price. This is all not new.
But it does pose a question which I think is best illustrated by quoting two of the comments we got on the YN360 light wand. Is Yongnuo’s story one of enabling photography to the frugal photographer or bluntly copycatting other market innovations cutting down on costs.
2015 was a good year for Canon. Not only did it release the record-breaking 50MP 5Ds and 5Ds R DSLR cameras, it also broke its own record for the highest number of patents the company was granted in one year.
Canon also maintained its top spot among Japanese companies, and has marked its 30th consecutive year as a top five U.S. patent holder.
For some reason, we do not see a lot of innovation with tripods, I mean, it’s three legs connected with a base, what is there to innovate about?
Well a designer who goes by the name Product Tank just invented the cleverest tripod I’ve ever seen.
You see, with most tripods, you have to spread the legs, open the locks (probably 6 of them), extend each section and then re-lock the locks. While this should take no longer than one or two minutes, it is quite an annoying task, not to mention adjusting the tripod once it is open. What if there was a magic tripod that can unlock, open and lock with the click of a button…
Enter the Super Tripod. This tripod uses a clever mechanism that unlocks the legs and re-locks them once the tripod is fully open (or at the height of your choice) with a click of a button.
Polarizing filters are almost mandatory for landscape photography, but they have a few drawbacks. The first is obvious: the hassle of having to carry filters with your to fit each lens. The second is not quite as obvious but has a vital impact: loss of light within your scene.
Olympus is aiming to change that with a new patented sensor technology that essentially has a built-in polarizing filter within the sensor itself. This technology would automatically analyze a scene for light values and adjust accordingly, allowing you to basically have a polarizer for each one of your lenses without the hassle (or expense) of carrying them around or losing valuable light from critical scenes.
Drones. Some love ’em; some hate ’em. We simply report on them.
According to reports circulating around the web, Canon may be the next big player to announce its contendership in the great drone race based a patent filed with Japanese Patent Office. While details are very limited at this time, Canon has apparently filed a patent for some form of drone-related technology, making them the first of the major camera companies to take such a step.
Like DJI who used to be BFFs with GoPro starting their own self-made camera was not bad news enough for GoPro, a new patent approval for Apple. Patent number 8,934,045 concerning ‘Digital camera system having remote control‘ was just approved by the USPTO. Actually, Yahoo reports that the firm secured 34 patents all relating to what we fondly call Action Cameras.
The idea seems like Apple is considering streaming content from an action camera into the iWatch.
Looking at the abstract of one of the mains patents, it seems that almost any action camera (or wireless tethered camera) are at risk: