A patent found by the Japanese web site Design Watch signifies Canon is perhaps seeking to diversify into the world of smartphone pictures. The patent describes an thought for a telephone digicam attachment and provides 3D renders for the product, indicating it is perhaps a production-ready merchandise.
In keeping with the main points revealed by Design Watch, the patent is not new, having been submitted in 2019 and granted in September 2020. It’s, nonetheless, extra proof that Canon is trying past its conventional digicam and printer ranges in the case of new merchandise.
The design for the smartphone lens attachment follows within the footsteps of Canon’s tiny Ivy Rec and the monocular PowerShot Zoom cameras – each of which had been crowdfunded – and would not look something like a standard smartphone digicam attachment.
The place most smartphone lens attachments clip onto the digicam array, this one appears to have a clamp within the center that unfolds, with the lenses not aligning with the gadget’s digicam.
How this gadget will work together with the telephone continues to be unclear. With no cables indicated within the design, it is potential the attachment could have wi-fi connectivity and can work by a devoted Canon app.
The add-on appears to have three completely different lenses set in a modular design. Going from the sizes of every lens within the photographs of the patent, the unit might embrace a wide-angle possibility, an ordinary lens and a telephoto optic. They seem like interchangeable, though there is no indication of what the focal lengths will likely be.
Whereas there’s, as but, completely no indication this intriguing new product will even go into manufacturing, Canon did successfully launch the crowdfunded PowerShot Zoom in some markets in early October, so we might even see a model of this smartphone attachment present up on Kickstarter sooner or later.
Whether or not it will likely be successful is a distinct ball sport altogether. Sony launched the QX10 and QX100 smartphone lens attachments method again in 2013, and neither gadget took off. Admittedly, Canon’s design does look considerably completely different to the extra conventional and full-sized lenses from Sony, so maybe this new mannequin could have higher luck.
[Via Canon News]