16 Aug Canon patent application shows off unique camera design with a hole in the middle

Source: DP Review

Items 120a and 120b in the illustration are a pair of touch-sensitive strips positioned at a 45-degree angle. Click to enlarge.

Canon has filed a patent application for what has to be one of the most interesting camera designs we’ve ever seen. Japanese patent application number 2020–009307 details the schematics for a camera system that has a cutout through the middle to provide better grip, particularly for when switching between horizontal and vertical shooting.

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According to the patent text, the purpose of this novel cutaway design is to ‘ensure good gripping performance at both of the horizontal and vertical imaging positions, and to eliminate the possibility of removing the imaging device when changing the imaging position from the vertical position to the horizontal position or from the horizontal position to the vertical position.’

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In addition to improved grip, the patent description also highlights how the extra real estate inside the cutout affords space for additional buttons and dials. Specifically, in addition to the usual array of buttons and dials we see on cameras, Canon shows how a rotating dial (111a, 111b) could be positioned on the inside of the grip — both horizontally and vertically — where they would be easily adjustable with your thumb in the usual shooting positions.

As seen in the header image, the patent also describes a pair

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