Canon’s Quad Pixel Could Be the Next Big Thing

One of the hallmarks of Canon cameras is Dual Pixel AF. First introduced on DSLRs at a time when Live View was often faltering autofocus, the technology turns each pixel into two focusing sensors. But, can Canon make the autofocus system that ranks among the best, if not the best, even better? A technology called Quad Pixel Autofocus could be Canon’s next big move. Recent patents have fueled rumors about the technology. But, just this week Canon shared that it was the only company to rank among the top five for the number of U.S. patents filed for 36 years in a row. With 3,022 patents filed in the U.S. last year, there are bound to be some ideas that never lead anywhere. Will Quad Pixel AF be one of them?

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Apparently, We Could Get a Bunch of Exciting Canon f1.2 Prime Lenses

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It would make sense that we would see a ton of Canon f1.2 prime lenses. They already have two variants of the 85mm, and then there’s the 50mm option. We recently wrote about the dream of a 35mm f1.2. Sigma has done this already. But a lot of other brands haven’t even hinted that something like this could come. However, a few Canon patents are really exciting us right now. 

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New Patent Shows RF Mount Crop-sensor Kit Lenses for Canon

Is a Canon APS-C sensor RF mount camera also around the corner?

APC-S mirrorless camera models aren’t new to Canon. They debuted this range with their EOS M model in 2012 and followed it up over the years with various iterations. All these models use their EF-M lens mount. The most recent among them is the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, the release of which surprised me. This system is somewhat crippled by the lack of lenses released by Canon to support it. 8 were released over the last 9 years, along with an adapter to support EF lenses. When you compare that with 21 lenses and 2 teleconverters for the full-frame RF mount, we can clearly see where most of Canon’s R&D has been focusing on lately. A new report now states that Canon has filed patents for multiple RF mount lenses exhibiting APS-C lens characteristics. This could indicate the release of an upcoming crop sensor RF mount mirrorless camera from them.

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Is Canon’s 3D Lens Patent Something That the Industry Needs Now?

3D lenses and cameras sound intriguing, but how relevant are they to consumer photography?

Looking into the patents registered by camera manufacturers can be a double-edged sword. On one side, you have the excitement and hope of an upcoming product release. On the other, complete confusion over why a company would file a patent for something which isn’t in demand. Patents also aren’t a strong indicator of release dates and more often than not, a patent remains in limbo forever. Canon’s latest patent for a 3D lens system has me a little confused

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Peak Design’s Latest Video Distracts You from the Ironic Truth

Peak Design is playing into a scene of photographers who aren’t doing their research.

Some of the big news in the photo industry is how Peak Design is trying to rally the world. Specifically, they’re doing this about Amazon. They made a video about how Amazon is ripping off their Every Day Sling camera bag. Is it messed up? Totally. But there’s a lot that’s not being said here. And I’d like to give everyone a different point of view.

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Could a 14-21mm f1.4 Lens for Canon EOS R Really Be On the Way?

Dreaming of a fast, ultra wide-angle zoom lens for the Canon EOS R? A recent patent application suggests that Canon is on the way to making one.

We recently got wind of some reports about Canon possibly releasing an f1.4 ultra wide angle zoom lens, and we’re sure it’s going to get a lot of you excited. The eagle-eyed folks of Canon News broke the news of a new patent for a Canon lens with a range of 14-21 mm, with a constant maximum aperture of f1.55 and a nearest full f-stop equivalent of f1.4. If this sounds like something you think you need for the Full Frame mirrorless EOS R system, it’s believed that the lens in the works is exactly for that.

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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!

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Canon’s Patent Application Suggests AI-Powered Camera Control System Could Take Over Photographers’ Composition

Could Canon be planning to make the camera do all the work for photographers with an AI-powered system?

AI-powered everything seems to be the hot stuff that gets anything tech-related going these days, especially photography. We’ve come to an age where AI can tell you if your photos will make you Insta-famous or colorize your old black and white photos. Canon seems to be pushing the boundaries of photography with a patent application that involves research into an AI-powered camera control system.

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Canon Patent Application Hints at New Flip Screen for Mirrorless Cameras

A new kind of flip screen could be on the way for the next generation of Canon mirrorless cameras

Canon Watch Blog has recently reported of a Japanese patent application 2018-54913 which describes an articulating touchscreen that can be flipped in various directions. Part of the patent claims that the flip screen mechanism, which the illustration shows to be for mirrorless cameras, will also feature a smaller size.

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Canon Files Patent for System and Power-Saving Improvements During Wireless Connection

This Canon patent is just one of many recently reported by CanonWatch.

Canon seems to be very active lately in filing patents, from the obscure to the downright vague, as the CanonWatch blog has found. A few weeks ago, we got word Canon filed a patent for a 400mm f/5.6 mirror lens. Just before the year ended, there’s news of another freshly filed patent that would be very useful to photographers. It involves better operation and less battery consumption during wireless communication.

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Canon Japan Files for a 400mm Mirror Lens Patent

Canon Japan is brewing up a mirror lens project for APS-C DSLR cameras.

According to a tip from the CanonWatch blog, Canon Japan has very recently filed a patent application for a 400mm f/5.6 mirror lens. But for the uninitiated, it’s worth knowing first what exactly this optical system is to get a clue on why could Canon Japan be gearing up to make such lens.

According to the Wikipedia information cited by CanonWatch regarding the mirror lens, also known as reflex lens or catadioptric lens, they have “some form of cassegrain design which greatly reduces the physical length of the optical assembly, partly by folding the optical path, but mostly through the telephoto effect of the convex secondary mirror which multiplies the focal length many times (up to 4 to 5 times).” This means they make for shorter and more compact telephoto lenses with focal lengths of 250mm and above, sometimes even beyond 1000mm. “Moreover, chromatic aberration, a major problem with long refractive lenses, and off-axis aberration, a major problem with reflective telescopes, is almost completely eliminated by the catadioptric system, making the image they produce suitable to fill the large focal plane of a camera.”

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Nikon Patent Reveals Nikon Pro Mirrorless May Have Pellicle Based F-Mount Adapter

We have been hearing a lot on the wind about Nikon’s current ambition for launching a pro-focused mirrorless system. But one of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds was regarding what sort of mount would the system use. Would they go with a completely new mount, or find a way to use the F Mount – well a newly discovered patent may indicate one direction that Nikon is considering. Continue reading…

Reports State Canon Working on a New 24-70mm f2.8 L IS Lens

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Canon’s lineup of lenses currently includes both a 24-70mm f4 L IS and a 24-70mm f2.8 L USM–but no f2.8 version with IS built in. There were rumors being passed about this for a while now due to a patent, but Canon Rumors and Photo Rumors are saying that it’s a very strong possibility that we may see one in the near future. With Tamron, Tokina and Nikon all having their own version, it just makes sense.

According to Canon Rumors, a couple of prototypes exist and if the company is going to try to develop a lens to resolve their 120MP or 200+ MP prototype camera, then they’re going to need better glass. It’s also stated that this lens would perform better than anything else in the Canon lineup and also offer the new BR element to keep down fringing. The BR (Blue refractive) element is present in the company’s 35mm f1.4 L II.

If we see something like a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L IS come to market, I highly doubt it will be this year and that Canon would instead save it for next year considering that it is a Photokina year.

New Canon Patent Describes Tilt Shift Adapter For All Lenses

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Canon hasn’t updated a couple of their tilt-shift lenses in a while, but it now seems like they won’t have to. According to a post found by Photography Bay, Canon has a brand new patent to make all their lenses tilt shift capable with an adapter. It’s a much more affordable way of doing it vs creating new lenses all over again that can resolve 50MP worth of surface area on a sensor.

Canon isn’t the first to do this though, Hasselblad has had an adapter for a while as do many medium format camera manufacturers. It’s a better way of approaching the solution in our opinion.

The method of going about creating the Tilt Shift adapter involves having its own CPU and no optics.

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New Apple Patent Details a Three Sensor Camera

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The folks over at Apple Insider discovered a new Apple patent that details a new camera module. Essentially what it’s doing is transmitting light into a cube, and splitting the light onto three different imaging sensors. The intended result will give users better color and high ISO performance for it’s iPhone.

Sound familiar? Years ago camcorders used to use a 3 CCD sensor technology that was very similar. Panasonic was very big into this method, although these days CMOS sensors tend to dominate the market. But the exciting part about the Apple patent is that it lets the sensor parse out other colors besides those from the standard RGB patterns.

This builds further apparently on the previous design that uses a periscope for zooming in on a subject; and also therefore makes this phone quite more useful for the camera.

It looks like lower end point and shoot cameras may be toast.

New Apple iPhone Camera Patent Details a Mirror and Prism

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A new Apple patent is trying to solve lots of problems with cameraphones and in some ways may cement the death of point and shoot cameras. According to Forbes, it’s using a mirror, periscope, and prism. Sounds almost like the shooting mechanism in a DSLR, right? It’s not.

One of the biggest “problems” with smart phones is that in order for them to include a zoom lens, they need to make the cameraphone bigger and the camera itself elongates when shooting. Because of this, many cameras have simply just used prime lenses–and there isn’t a single thing wrong with that. But in order to appeal to more customers, As detailed in the n ew Apple iPhone Camera Patent, the company came up with an innovative ideal to allow a zoom lens to work without making the phone larger. It involves using an optically stabilized mirror, a periscope to move the lens elements vertically instead of horizontally, and splitting the image using a prism before it hits the imaging sensor. In fact, this is how weathersealed point and shoots work and don’t become larger when zooming in or out. To be fair, the image quality of those cameras comes secondary to the tougher features.

It’s going to be a couple of years at least until phone manufacturers can do this with a 28-300mm equivalent zoom, and even then the aperture range is bound to change. So for the most part, the lower end point and shoots may be completely destroyed; though superzooms and more premium point and shoots will still be alive.

More than ever though, it seems like the camera will become a more premium item.

Reports Hint at a Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

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Camera manufacturers in general believe that mirrorless is the future, and from a patent the Nikon Rumors found the venerable DSLR company thinks so too!. Nikon filed a patent in Japan for a kit zoom lens with full frame coverage. The only company to have done this so far is Sony–because they’re the only ones with a full frame mirrorless solution.

The lens is a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR offering that is similar to many of their other full frame kit zooms and some of them that were available during the film days. It would make sense for the lens to be around the same size as Sony’s current closest offering.

Nikon has slowly changed over the years with the biggest variation being the Nikon Df. That camera went along with industry trends leaning more towards more retro inspired design choices. Canon has yet to step into that arena.

If Nikon were to indeed produce a full frame mirrorless camera of some sort, they would be in one of the most advantageous positions of any camera company due to the long line of DSLR lenses that they have that can be adapted. Additionally, Nikon made rangefinders many moons ago. Additionally, many traditional Nikon users have never felt that the 1 series of cameras were for them due to the really small sensor. But the cameras caught on with enthusiasts.

For Nikon to really have success in this market segment, a Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera like this would need to come within the next two years–and considering how new the patent is it’s possible that by the next Photokina (2016) we may see the company start to move closer into that trend.

Nikon Patents a New 600mm f4 Lens With Fluorite Coating

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Get ready to spend a ton of money to spy on your neighbors! At least, that’s what you may want to do with Nikon’s 600mm f4 FL ED VR that was patented recently. Nikon Rumors is reporting that a new patent was just put in by Nikon Japan and recently published for the lens. The coating is designed to help break up liquids that touch the surface of the elements.

Currently on the marker is a Nikon 600mm f4 Lens that costs just shy of $10,000 and even that is a special use lens probably only used by sports and wildlife photographers. Even so, it’s rare that any one photographer owns the lens as many of them are in the hands of agencies and news wires. According to Ken Rockwell though, their latest lens was announced in 2007–so it will probably be a while until we see it.


New Sony Patent Allows for Different Exposures at Each Pixel

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Something that we didn’t ever think would be possible is apparently being made by Sony right now. The most innovative company in the photo world has put in a patent to be able to set the individual exposure parameters at the pixel level instead of the sensor level–or at least that’s what Sony Alpha Rumors is stating.

The new Sony patent clearly discloses this. Apparently, it seems to work by assigning the pixels specific roles to be able to accomplish something like this. In theory, this would mean that it would work best with a higher resolution sensor but that it also means that cleaner image quality could potentially comes from the images. It would also require a ton of processing power and Sony batteries are already being quickly drained of power from the EVF and LCD.

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New Sony Patent Looks to Eliminate Rolling Shutter

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According to a new Sony patent found by Sony Alpha Rumors, the company is trying to eliminate rolling shutter completely. The company first started to talk about this when they announced the RX10: and their method was to eliminate rolling shutter and issues by outputting the entire sensor readout pixel for pixel. However, it’s easier for them to do this with a 1-inch sensor.

For the uninformed, rolling shutter is a video issue that occurs due to what’s known as line skipping. By that, when the camera reads a scene, it takes out individual lines of information. This is different from Global Shutter: which in the entire frame is used.

Sony’s new tactic in the new sensor design pictured above is to read the entire plane four lines at a time. What they’re also claiming is that high ISO noise will be reduced and dynamic range will be increased.

While this will greatly help them in the video market, many of the pros still seem to reach for Arri and Canon camcorders–and Sony is going to have to find a way to get them back. Back around 2005-2009, Sony had most of the pro market. Since the Canon 5D Mk II was released, Canon took it and continued to build on it with the 1DC, C300, C500, and the 5D Mk III. Further hacks from Magic Lantern made some of the cameras even better. But Sony has been making attempts at fighting back through the A7s and a couple of other products.

It may be too early to see this technology at Photokina just yet, but we’re sure that we’ll be hearing about it some time down the line.

Canon Patent Depicts a Multi-Lens Camera That Can Do Light Field Photography

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When companies patent an idea for a product, it’s not always necessarily something that will later make it into production. Some patents are merely sketches of crazy ideas that the company wants to make sure nobody else ever realizes without paying them royalties. This latest patent from Canon may just be such a crazy idea.

The patent, which was filed in late 2012 and was published only a couple of days ago, depicts a camera sporting a circular array of smaller lenses instead of one larger lens. According to the somewhat quirky Google translation of the Japanese original, the camera can do light field photography, angle of view changes, perspective changes, HDR and distance estimation (which we assume is something similar to what the depth camera in the new HTC One does,) among other things.

In addition to the strange lens array, the patent also shows a vertical grip at the bottom of the camera body, which according to the description can be used to dial in various settings. Could we be seeing a new concept for camera operation here? Besides the grip, the lens array itself can apparently also be turned, and from the translation it appears that this will somehow change the lens characteristics.

Overall, this is one of the weirdest patents we’ve seen in a long time, and we’re not exactly sure as to what it shows, nor whether this camera or aspects of it will ever make it into an actual product. From what it looks like, though, it seems to be some kind of all-in-one product that can do a lot of awesome things you’d normally need different specialized cameras for–such as a Lytro and a DSLR. If that should be the case, this could be a truly revolutionary product.

Via Canon Rumors