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Canon Patent Application: IBIS: Pitch and Yaw Stabilization

While we have seen patent applications for traditional IBIS from Canon, we have not seen any that describe pitch and yaw.  This is stabilization when you tilt the camera up and down or left to right. I do believe in Canon's world Canon does something similar to this in what they call HIS or Hybrid IS that is included now in all of Canon's recent Macro lenses.

This is a series of three patent applications from Canon.  One deals with the IBIS unit, the other deals with Camera implementation and the other deals with vehicle implementation.

I think the above diagram showing a mirrorless DSLR is a red herring. We've seen this diagram many times.  So don't get excited about that.

2020-034812 - describes the IBIS device capable of pitch and yaw correction included in a camera body.  

Canon describes this in the patent as;

The  present invention has been made in view of the above-described problems, and in an image pickup apparatus having an image shake correction apparatus, image blur correction capable of performing roll blur correction with high accuracy while suppressing the thickness of the image pickup apparatus. The purpose is to provide a device.

The key phrase to note is bolded. This is the patent for Canon's roll correction in IBIS.

2020-034811 and 2020-034813  - deals with vibration dampening with respect to vehicle implementations.  -34913 goes a little further and describes an automatic centering that requires no power.  Thus it doesn't rattle around when the vehicle is moving and no power is applied to the sensor/camera electronics.

Canon describes this as;

According to the vibration damping device according to the present invention, together to realize the vibration damping device for correcting a rotation around the optical axis in thin, it is possible to realize the centering holding without power.

The key question I have after looking through the applications is; is the shift IBIS and this roll correction able to be combined?  While the applications do not explicitly state so, I'm drawn by the fact that there's a lot of empty real estate around the sensor.  This for me would seem to indicate that there is plenty of room inside the roll correction to also put shift correction inside of the roll mechanism.

We have yet to see any real details of Canon's implementation of IBIS in the R5 and any future Canon cameras so it's unknown if Canon has implemented this in the R5.

Consider though that the patent application was developed on August 31, 2018 - almost 2 years ago, so that did give Canon a fair amount of time to implement.

I'd like to say that you saw it here first, but then again, most of you already know that by now ;)

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How to view Japan Patent applications.

Unfortunately, there's no direct way of linking to the patent application (sad!) however, this is the easiest process to view a japan patent or application.

  1. Go to the Japan Patent Office search page.
  2. If it's a patent application (they are usually in the format of Year-Number ie: 2017-011300) then type the patent application number into the second field down from the top where it says publication of patent application. 
  3. Click on search.
  4. Then click on the patent application number link, and there's the patent application!

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