Canon has been making cameras for 80 years, so you would have thought it would have tested every form factor under the sun by now. But don’t donate a new patent for a donut-style mirror-equipped camera design اور and that’s a weird compelling idea.
Of Patent, Viewed by a Japanese site. Asibonet, Shows a Canon EOS R3.LK-shaped perforated style camera in the middle – the main advantage of a better grip for photographers and videographers, whether they are shooting in landscape or photography.
According to the patent, the integrated grip will essentially eliminate the possibility of dropping your camera and will also reduce the need for accessories such as wrist straps. The latter are commonly used by creators who like to shoot run and gun photos and videos of subjects such as action sports.
But inserting a hole in the middle of the camera can have other knock-on benefits. This could allow Canon to fully rethink how the camera works, traded with a versatile touch bar instead of the traditional dials.
The patent includes mention of “touch sensors”, which run on both sides of the screen and at the bottom. These will act like the Canon EOS R’s ‘touch bar’, allowing you to change different settings – for example, swipe left to viewfinder magnification or swipe right to bring up a histogram – with gestures ۔
Canon’s ‘touch bar’ didn’t go down particularly well, which is why we didn’t see it on recent cameras. Canon EOS R5.. But here in this patent its full implementation makes more sense and will work much better with grip. It reminds us of the charming touch-button system we saw on the Samsung NV7 compact camera.
Another potential benefit of this type of design is cooling. Many video cameras contain active cooling, including fans and vents, to prevent overheating of their components and limiting video recording times. Although not mentioned as a benefit in the patent, it is possible that the increased flow of the ‘donut’ design may provide some helpful passive cooling.
Analysis: Steering in a pleasant direction.
Despite their growing dominance, cameras without mirrors have not really undergone any radical revision of camera design – although, unlike DSLRs, they do not require large mirrors or pentaprimes for optical viewfinder.
So while there’s no evidence that Canon is seriously entertaining the ‘donut’ design described in this patent, it’s nice to see something completely different that could bring some very practical benefits.
Similar ideas exist in the form of third-party accessories such as video camera grip handles, but we haven’t really seen any major manufacturer try to integrate it into the body of the camera.
There are good reasons for this. First of all, the design definitely brings a lot of weird elements that you wouldn’t find with compact mirror cameras. We can see, for example, sorting or tying objects in an L-shaped hole. In addition, this type of design can introduce many points of weakness better than traditional brick designs, so that it avoids professional shoe testing.
But there is no doubt that handling the camera like a steering wheel, and easily turning it from landscape to portrait, is also very attractive, especially if you are a hybrid shooter. Who knows, maybe we’ll see Cannon testing the waters with a crowd-driven expedition, as he did with other ideas on the left field. Canon power shot zoom..