Patents Suggest Canon’s EOS R Mk II Could Have Hybrid Viewfinder

New patents show Canon hard at work on new camera tech, so maybe the EOS R Mk II will surprise a few people.

As we all know, Canon, along with Nikon, arrived incredibly late to the Full Frame Mirrorless camera party, and they have both paid the price for that snafu and their oversight. While they have been working hard to bring their next-generation lenses to market, their Mirrorless cameras leave much to be desired. This could all change with the Canon EOS R Mk II. Thanks to some new patents that have been filed, we can see what Canon might have up its sleeve for future camera releases. Let’s talk about this after the break.

A couple of posts appeared recently on both Canon Rumors and Canon Watch, and they suggest Canon may have a few tricks up its sleeve for the (hopefully) upcoming EOS R Mk II. While the current EOS R is a good camera, it does lack features that are standard in offerings from other manufacturers. If Canon wants to make up some ground, the EOS R II will need to include a few more bells and whistles than the current model. 

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The EOS R Mk II (if recent speculation is to be believed) could feature 3-way stabilization (IBIS, lens stabilization, and electronic stabilization), which will come in handy with the alleged 75-megapixel sensor. There’s also a chance there could be a hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder.

Perhaps the biggest feature could be a moving sensor that will allow users to use both Canon’s RF Mount lenses and all EF Mount lenses too. The last one will go a long way in regard to helping make the switch to Canon’s Mirrorless cameras easier for those who have amassed a large EF lens collection. These three features would go a long way when it comes to making the camera more desirable.

Canon also has a few more patents in the works. There is a patent for an incredibly strong resin lens mount which would save weight and cost in future cameras. A patent for a pop-up EVF has been filed, and a patent for a photon-counting sensor is also out there. This is good news, my friends. While these features might not be intended for a pro-body camera, it does show that Canon is beginning to innovate when it comes to their Mirrorless cameras.

We have said that Canon’s RF mount lenses represent some of the best glass you can get your hands-on. We have even suggested Canon may be the most innovative lens manufacturer on the planet right now. Still, their current Mirrorless cameras are a little stale, so it’s nice to finally see some rather exciting patents in regards to their camera tech. 

We’re sure it won’t be too long before we hear about the Canon EOS R Mk II, and we’re equally sure that 2020 will be a big year for Canon in the Mirrorless market. The next EOS R camera will need to wow photographers, and it sounds like it might do exactly that. What do you want to see in the EOS R Mk II? Let us know in the comment section below.