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Canon patent for new style of articulating display

Adding a fully articulating screen to the 5D, 7D or the 1 series camera bodies would change the ergonomics significantly as the left side buttons would have to move and be reorganized somewhere else on the back of the camera.

In most cases, this would be next to impossible without seriously degrading the ergonomic performance of the camera body.

This patent application, discovered by Canon Rumors, suggest one way of doing it, however, to be honest, this looks awkward and unwieldy as some haptic controls are only available with the panel turned up. it also would affect the balance of the camera, and operation quite a bit.

About the only place we could see this patent implemented was on a specific DSLR or Mirrorless EF mount camera that is specifically tweaked for video. In this case, you would tend to use the LCD monitor up more often than down against the camera body, as the camera would then mimic more traditional video ergonomics.

Canon has the habit of applying for patents for just about everything, so even this, looks to get a patent. I wouldn't expect this patent on a Canon Camera any time soon, partly because it's only a Japan application, and secondly it just doesn't look like any final polished solution that would end up on one of Canon's high end professional cameras.

Read the Patent here

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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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