This Patent Hints at Image Stabilization Coming to the Canon EOS R Lineup

If you’re planning to get the Canon EOS-R Full Frame mirrorless camera, you might want to consider putting it off until the model gets this possible upgrade.

Been wanting to get your hands on the very first Full Frame Canon mirrorless camera, it might be better to put it off for until early 2019 at least. This is because a Mirrorless Rumors report cited a new Canon patent for a sensor stabilization system that we might see in the future units of the Canon EOS-R. Indeed one of the biggest “problems” with the Canon EOS R is the fact that it doesn’t have an image stabilized sensor. In contrast, both Sony and Nikon have it built in, and the upcoming Panasonic cameras will too!

Several reports are floating around of what looks like the patent of the year. Mirrorless Rumors, for example, gave a heads up that Canon has filed patent application JP-A-2018-165756 describing a sensor-integrated stabilization system, or an IBIS system. The abstract mentions that its aim is “to make it possible to prevent roller shake and to prevent shift shake by a simplified structure.”

As noted by Canon Watch, among the criticisms thrown at Canon following the EOS-R launch is the lack of IBIS. To answer this, Canon execs gave various statements on how putting the image stabilization in the lens is working better. Implementing IBIS into future EOS-R cameras was a possibility everyone couldn’t discount. Looks like the company is on it now with this patent application — if it really is for the EOS-R.

Here’s a translated excerpt from the patent’s literature:

“The imaging device of the present invention is provided with an image sensor, the frame which supports the aforementioned image sensor, and the driving member which moves the aforementioned frame in the direction parallel to the imaging surface of the aforementioned image sensor, and the aforementioned vibrating member, It has a vibration portion which vibration occurs, it sees from the direction which intersects perpendicularly to the imaging surface of the aforementioned image sensor, and the vibration portion of at least one driving member overlaps the center of the imaging surface of the aforementioned image sensor.”

Images from Japan Platform for Patent Information