Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Canon Patents Osmo-Style Camera With Interchangeable Lenses

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Of course, the design is not without quirks. One of these is that the camera’s hot shoe (the component labeled “P” in the top diagram) would become unusable in the gadget’s selfie orientation. For a camera built around vlogging, that wouldn’t be ideal; most external microphones attach to a camera via its accessory shoe. There is also no mention of gimbal support in Canon’s documentation, meaning any stabilization would have to be provided by a potential mechanism in the body and through the lens. Using Canon’s full frame glass would also come with a tradeoff. RF lenses aren’t the lightest (or most affordable) you can buy, and the resulting camera probably wouldn’t be pocket-sized.

As with all patents, this one might not lead to a product you can buy. However, as Canon News points out, the company has filed five separate patents related to this design, indicating that the idea is at least serious.


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