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Canon Patent: Battery Grip That Works With Different Cameras

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Well that’s an interesting Canon patent application. One that might get into production.

Canon patent application 20200073213 (USA) describes a battery grip with adapter that fits various cameras.

From the abstract:

An accessory attachable to an image pickup apparatus through an adapter includes a body portion configured to contact the adapter, a screw engageable with a screw hole in the image pickup apparatus through a through-hole formed in the adapter, an operation unit configured to move the screw relative to the body portion. The screw is movable in a plurality of directions including a direction along an optical axis of the image pickup apparatus and a direction orthogonal to the optical axis in accordance with an operation of the operation unit by a user.

From the patent literature:

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The present invention provides an accessory and camera system, each of which is generally attachable to a plurality of types of camera bodies.

[0005] An accessory according to one aspect of the present invention attachable to an image pickup apparatus through an adapter includes a body portion configured to contact the adapter, a screw engageable with a screw hole in the image pickup apparatus through a through-hole formed in the adapter, an operation unit configured to move the screw relative to the body portion. The screw is movable in a plurality of directions including a direction along an optical axis of the image pickup apparatus and a direction orthogonal to the optical axis in accordance with an operation of the operation unit by a user. A camera system including an image pickup apparatus, and the above accessory also constitutes another aspect of the present invention.

[0006] An accessory according to another aspect of the present invention attachable between a battery grip and an image pickup apparatus includes a body portion configured to contact the image pickup apparatus, and a first positioning member configured to position relative to the image pickup apparatus. The body portion has a through-hole into which a screw of a battery grip is inserted in order to fix the battery grip to the image pickup apparatus.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

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