A bunch of new patents for phase-difference AF have appeared. They look to be related to mirrorless and EVF applications.
Patent Publication No. 2015-22264 (Google Translated)
- Published 2015.2.2
- Filing date 2013.7.23
- Phase difference detection method to be received by the AF sensor can be reflected incident light from the imaging lens
- The phase difference detection by the image plane phase difference AF
- The phase difference detection by external light AF sensor
Source: [EG] via [NL]
Is Canon developing a full frame mirrorless camera? That’s what the latest rumor floating around out there is saying. I don’t buy it and don’t think Canon is going to develop a new line of lenses for a full frame mirrorless camera. If you’ve ever used the Sony A7 series cameras with DSLR lenses, you know in most cases it isn’t an ideal setup. With the FE lenses, it’s a different story in most cases (70-200 f/4 aside in my opinion). Not to mention, Fuji is proving you don’t need a full frame camera to be serious about mirrorless, even if they do make one eventually. All you need to do is make a good camera and good lenses.
A rangefinder EOS M? I don’t even know what that means. Maybe just the look and style? Likely not, as Canon has stated publicly they aren’t into the “retro” thing.
It’s pretty obvious a new EOS M camera is coming, but I suspect it’s going to be the 70D sensor in a camera that will have a new design philosophy.
Source: [CW] via [PP]
Photo: Tek.no / Are Thunes Samsonsen. Used with permission
We’ve been told that Canon has given word to various divisions around the globe that they will address the EOS M in December of this year. Apparently demo units have been recalled by Canon at customer centres in a couple of countries that aren’t in Asia, which suggests a truly global replacement of the EOS M.
December seems like an odd time for an announcement for an EOS M replacement. If it does in fact happen, I wouldn’t expect shipments to start until the new year.
More to come…
According to an interview with Mr Makoto Sakaeta Masaya, the managing director of Canon Image Communication Business Division. Canon is exploring the possibility of a new lens mount. I suspect its application would be for a full frame mirrorless system of some kind.
Read the Interview (Google Translated)
Source: [NL] via [DCW]
BigValueInc (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS M body with the 22mm f/2 STM lens for $249. At this price, it’s one heck of a walk around point and shoot. White is the only color remaining.
Canon EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249