Canon has patented a compact, tilting digital viewfinder that telescopes out from the physique after which up and horizontal to the highest plate of the digicam, permitting a consumer to look down via it from above.
As reported by Asobinet, the patent was revealed at the moment and describes an digital viewfinder unit that may be slid out from the again aspect of the digicam physique after which tilted up or rotated upward from that pulled out state, “thereby rising the diploma of freedom in taking pictures posture.”
The whole telescoping unit would compress into the realm between the sensor and the new shoe, which requires a point of miniaturization of components and complicated items, all of that are outlined in the patent.
This kind of tilting digital viewfinder can be new to the SLR-style physique that present client mirrorless cameras use, but it surely really is one thing that may be discovered on the cinema camcorder aspect of the market. For instance, the Canon C100 Mark II has the same tilting mechanism that permits a digicam operator to make use of the eyecup from a number of totally different angles, particularly helpful for video manufacturing. It doesn’t, nevertheless, embody the telescoping operation described within the new patent.
Whereas there are absolutely exceptions and photographers would use it if it was offered as an choice, the sort of tilting digital viewfinder isn’t one thing that photographers sometimes want. That stated, Canon might be taking a look at a option to additional bridge the hole between the use instances of its Cinema EOS line and its EOS R mirrorless cameras particularly within the “C” sequence, such because the EOS R5C.
On that notice, the timing appears apt if rumors of an R5C Mark II are to be believed. This week, Canon Rumors was told from a fairly dependable supply that the corporate is contemplating a Mark II model of the R5C for the reason that unique exceeded the corporate’s gross sales expectations. The report signifies the product wouldn’t be arriving till at the very least 2025, nevertheless.
So far as patents are involved, that quantity of lead time between submitting and truly seeing it in use in a product can be affordable, and a telescoping digital viewfinder that mimics the expertise of Canon’s full-size camcorders can be proper at dwelling at a next-generation R5C.