Canon patent for 3D lens-style camera (to use with smartphone)

Canon Patent For 3D Lens-style Camera (to Use With Smartphone)

Another interesting Canon patent that may point to a future product. Canon filed a patent for a lens-style camera, i.e. a camera build into a lens system, and to use with your smartphone. Sony made such a smartphone attachable lens-style camera with the Sony DSC-QX100.

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101 smartphone body, 102 lens style camera, 505 the identification markers, 501 camera marker discrimination

There are a few interesting things in the patent description. According to the patent literature, it should be possible to create 3D images by using the smartphone camera and the lens-system together. This requires a precise positioning of the lens-style camera. A marker system is provided for this purpose. To correctly place the lens-style camera, you have to shot the marker painted on the lens-style camera with the smartphone camera, as shown in the image below.

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To correctly set the lens-style camera, the painted marker is shot with the smartphone camera

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-10133
    • Published 2016.1.18
    • Filing date 2014.6.26
  • Canon patent
    • The first device having a camera function (101 smartphone of)
    • The second device having a camera function (102 lens-style camera)
    • The second unit (102 lens-style camera) is provided with a retractable mechanism
    • Equipped with a marker that represents the collapsed position
    • The first device (101 Smartphone of) is to shoot so as to include a marker
    • Depending on the tip position of the collapsed, to get the mounting position to the first device of the second unit (102 lens-style camera) (101 smartphone of)
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Today Only: Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX at $449 (reg. $599, B&H)

Today Only: Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F/2.8 PRO DX At $449 (reg. $599, B&H)

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX at a glance:

  • EF Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 17.5-32mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • P-MO & Glass-Molded Aspherical Elements
  • Three SD Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Multi-Layer Lens Coatings
  • Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm

B&H Photo has the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX lens on sale at $449 as today’s DealZone deal. Compare at $599.

Canon EOS 80D in stock and ready to ship

Canon EOS 80D In Stock And Ready To Ship

Canon EOS 80D at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

All major US retailer have the new Canon EOS 80D in stock and ready to ship. The same should be true for European retailers starting this week. Last week DPReview posted their lab tests about the EOS 80D’s dynamic range, and the results are spectacular.

Want the EOS 80D user manual? See here how to download it.

Enjoy your new camera, or go for a great deal on the EOS 70D!


Canon EOS 80D: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA


World-wide Canon EOS 80D pre-order links after the break.

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Canon celebrates 13th consecutive year of No. 1 share of global interchangeable-lens digital camera market

Canon Celebrates 13th Consecutive Year Of No. 1 Share Of Global Interchangeable-lens Digital Camera Market

Dedicated to all the Canon smashers out there…

Canon celebrates 13th consecutive year of No. 1 share of global interchangeable-lens digital camera market

TOKYO, March 29, 2016—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 13 consecutive years from 2003 to 2015.1

Canon, which develops the key components featured in its interchangeable-lens cameras—the CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—employs these cutting-edge technologies across its entire product lineup, from entry-level models to professional-use flagship cameras. Through its robust product lineup that effectively responds to the needs of a wide range of users, Canon has continuously secured the top global share within the industry.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of epoch-making products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series which, equipped with a 35 mm full-frame sensor, paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

During 2015, Canon introduced an impressive lineup of new interchangeable-lens camera products that supported the Company’s achievement of a 13th consecutive year at the top of the global market. In June, the Company released the EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R digital SLR cameras, which realize the world’s highest pixel count2 with approximately 50.6-megapixel resolution; while in April the EOS 8000D (EOS Rebel T6s or EOS 760D) and EOS Kiss X8i (EOS Rebel T6i or EOS 750D) digital SLR cameras were released. Also, in March, Canon launched the EOS M3 compact-system camera.

Additionally, further bolstering Canon’s product lineup designed to meet the specific needs of a diverse user base, the Company announced in February this year the introduction of the EOS-1D X Mark II, capable of high-speed 14 frame-per-second continuous shooting, and the EOS 80D, which combines full-fledged still image-capture performance with exceptional movie-shooting operability. Also, the extensive EF lens-series lineup, production of which surpassed the 110 million unit mark in June 2015, currently comprises a total of 98 models3 and represents one of Canon’s biggest strengths, supporting the EOS series by enabling a wide array of shooting possibilities and rich expressive capabilities.

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Canon EOS 7D on-camera tutorial videos

Canon EOS 7D On-camera Tutorial Videos

CanonUSA posted a series of tutorial videos about the Canon EOS 7D (Mark I). See them below. A bit late for EOS 7D tutorial videos, since we have the EOS 7D Mark II available since a while. However, most of what is discussed can well be applied to other Canon DSLRs.

Battery display tutorial

Customizing Operations

Live View Basics

Zone AF

Spot AF

Manual AF Point Selection

Viewfinder Options