Canon Patent For Built-In Tilting Viewfinder

Canon Patent

A new Canon Patent application describing a built-in tilting viewfinder which should also tale less space for implementation.

Canon patent application 2023104712 (Japan, published 7/28/2023) describes methods and technology for a tiltable viewfinder for an EOS R series camera body. From the patent literature:

[Title of the invention] Viewfinder unit, imaging device

Canon Inc. An object of the present invention is to suppress an increase in the size of an electronic device while securing a large rotation angle of a finder portion.

Description of the Related Art

Conventionally, a viewfinder unit provided in an electronic device such as an imaging device is known. For example, in an electronic device having a viewfinder unit such as an electronic viewfinder, the viewfinder unit is arranged on the upper part of the back side of the electronic device body. The finder section of the finder unit can be slid out from the main body of the electronic device, and the finder section can be tilted and rotated upward from the pulled out state, thereby increasing the degree of freedom in shooting posture.

However, in Patent Document 1, since the distance between the contact position of the pair of leaf springs with respect to the base plate and the rotation axis of the holder is long, the contact position moves so as to draw a large arc locus during rotation. . If the finder section rotates excessively, the leaf spring section will come off the fixed plate, so there is a restriction on the rotation angle of the finder section. On the other hand, if an attempt is made to design the rotation angle to be large, it is necessary to enlarge the fixing plate, which leads to an increase in the size of the imaging apparatus main body.


It is an object of the present invention to suppress an increase in the size of an electronic device while ensuring a large rotation angle of a viewfinder.

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

[via asobinet]

Canon EOS R5 Mark II To Get 60MP?

Nab 2023 Canon Eos R5 Mark Ii Canon Eos R8 CP+ 2024 Mark Ii Canon EOS Rf 24-50mm R6 Mark Ii Rf Mount Eos R6 Mark Ii Rf 300mm Rf 35mm Canon Eos R100 Rf 24mm F/1.8 Rf-s Canon Eos R7 Eos R100 Canon High Resolution Eos R R10 Eos C5 Canon Canon Eos R1 Eos R5c Canon Rf 16mm Rf 35mm F/1.2L EF Lenses Tilt-shift Lenses Rumor

A new rumor about the Canon EOS R5 Mark II from what appears to be a new, recently surfaced rumor outlet. We never heard from these guys and do not know who they are. That’s to say that you should apply the proverbial truckload of salt. Most rumors are nothing but speculations or educated guesses.

Latest has it that the Canon EOS R5 Mark II might feature a 60MP imaging sensor. The current model, the EOS R5, already sports a 45MP sensor. The bump to 60MP wouldn’t be that unrealistic. Quoting the source:

Through some industry people, we have found out that it is very likely that the EOS R5 Mark II will get a resolution bump to 60mp, which seems to be a resolution embraced by other brands already. Reports suggest that the camera is already in the hands of the usual early testers as Canon works to refine the camera.

The same sources said that the R52 will also have the capability of shooting 8K/60P. We do not know if the increased framerate for 8K/60P will be internal RAW. External recording capabilities are not yet known.

But, hey!, what about the all-destroying overheating? Not surprisingly, “Canon has developed better cooling for the successor [the EOS R5]”. Of course they did.

The announcement date is now rumored to be around the first half of 2024. All Canon EOS R5 Mark II rumors are listed here.

Forget rumors, enjoy life and snap pictures.

[via Camera Insider]

The Canon EOS R1 Might Have A New Kind Of EVF

Nab 2023 Canon Eos R5 Mark Ii Canon Eos R8 CP+ 2024 Mark Ii Canon EOS Rf 24-50mm R6 Mark Ii Rf Mount Eos R6 Mark Ii Rf 300mm Rf 35mm Canon Eos R100 Rf 24mm F/1.8 Rf-s Canon Eos R7 Eos R100 Canon High Resolution Eos R R10 Eos C5 Canon Canon Eos R1 Eos R5c Canon Rf 16mm Rf 35mm F/1.2L EF Lenses Tilt-shift Lenses Rumor

A new rumor surfaced, and it is about the Canon EOS R1. Nothing to write home about, though, and no reason to take it without a massive amount of salt.

Besides suggesting the EOS R1 will launch in 2024 (yes, now it is 2024), the source of the rumor suggests the Electronic View Finder of the EOS R1 might have these specifications:

  • 7.x million dots
  • 0.7 inch OLED
  • 60 – 240hz refresh rate
  • Variable refresh rate possible
  • 4000nit brightness
  • Blackout free

All good and nice, and maybe also some educated speculation. As I told many times before, rumor sites know nothing, they just speculate. The only ones who leak serious stuff are a handful of Japanese sites.

Forget rumors, enjoy life and snap pictures.

[via camera insider]

The Original Canon EOS R Appears To Have Been Discontinued

Canon EOS R

It was the first of the EOS R lineup, now its time seems to be done. The original Canon EOS R.

At a glance:

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 5655 AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15″ 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400, 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW

Reports have it that the Canon EOS R has reached end of life. It’s still available, for instance at B&H Photo, but it has been discontinued. Service should be guaranteed until 2029, though.

Canon EOS R:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Canon IT, WEX Photographic, Canon FR, Canon UK, Canon DE


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Has The Canon EOS R1 Been Spotted At G7 Japan?

Canon EOS R1

It seems that during the G7 in Japan a Canon camera was used that no one can identify. So why not suggest it could be the Canon EOS R1?

The heat started on Twitter, where some users posted images of the mysterious camera. Have a look:

Then someone posted a clip where you can see the camera.

It looks indeed like no other Canon camera we know. Might this be the Canon EOS R1? What are your thoughts?

[via Digicame-Info]

Canon Published Their Corporate Strategy For The Upcoming Years


Canon posted the companies corporate strategy for the years to come.

As for the imaging sector (excerpt):

The main products currently supporting the Imaging Group are the EOS R System, the Cinema EOS System, professional camcorders, broadcast lenses, network cameras, etc.

For the purpose of shooting and viewing images, we have grown this business. From now own, however, through the development of new technologies and responding to market changes, we are promoting expansion into new business areas, namely image experience, image utilization and utilizing components as show on this charge.

Our results of last year and our future growth strategy.

Last year, the Imaging Group achieved sales and profit growth and a significant improvement in profitability. As for cameras, our mirrorless camera market share remained stable thanks to our strong market reputation. We also posted strong sales of new products. Through this, our camera business is supporting earnings as a mainstay of Imaging.

As for network cameras, we posted record-high sales thanks to significant growth in AXIS revenue. Additionally, Free Viewpoint Video, which is a new initiative, is expanding its field of activities such as commercials and dramas. It was also well received by professional sports broadcasts in Japan and overseas. Our future growth strategy is to create new businesses while maintaining high profitability in existing ones. With EOS R and other existing products, we will create new markets and businesses by offering attractive products that anticipate market demands, strengthen our profit structure, activate group synergies, and deliver unprecedented value through products and solutions.

[…] This year, we expect the global market for interchangeable lens cameras to be around 5.5 to 6 million units and more than 70% of this to be mirrorless cameras. This year as well, we expect to maintain our No. 1 share of the interchangeable-lens camera market and at the same time aim to No. 1 in mirrorless cameras as sub-segment as well. In addition to market share, we
will also work to expand sales volume of the EOS R System itself through three measures. The first is “enhancing the EOS R System.” To this end, we will expand our lineup of cameras and lenses to meet the diverse needs of our customers. Moreover, in recent years, the demographic of video-oriented users, such as video creators, media users, and SNS users, is thick and growing. We aim to expand the scale of the R system by including functions and performance that respond to user requests not only for still images but also for videos

All published documents are available here.