Patent: The Next Prosumer DSLR to Get Illuminated Buttons?

Canon Rumors Guy

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Will Canon finally add illuminated buttons to the back of their prosumer DSLRs? This latest patent seems to show that they just might.</p>
<p>Nikon and Pentax have had illuminated rear buttons for quite some time.</p>


<p>Could the EOS 7D Mark III be the first Canon DSLR to get this feature?</p>
<p><a href="https://www4.j-platpat.inpit.go.jp/eng/tokujitsu/tkbs_en/TKBS_EN_GM101_Top.action">Japan Patent Application JP2017-147019A</a></p>
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Mikehit

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I wonder how you can patent illuminated buttons? There must be some fancy stuff going on in there - a miniature genetically engineered glow worm, perhaps?
 

ahsanford

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Long, long overdue. I welcome this on all models (provided you can turn it off when you want to).

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nostrovia

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This is awesome, I just wish I had it on my 5DIV! But yes, provided that you can turn it off.
It'd be great if it was just activated when you hit the button to illuminate the top panel lcd.
 

Chaitanya

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Olympus also had illuminated buttons on their entry level DSLR E-620. illuminated buttons are such a life saver when working in dark.
 

-1

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So the invention patented is that this will now available on Canon cameras? Like, if you can turn them of....
 

zim

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nostrovia said:
amorse said:
This is awesome, I just wish I had it on my 5DIV! But yes, provided that you can turn it off.
It'd be great if it was just activated when you hit the button to illuminate the top panel lcd.
Wouldn't be able to find it, wouldn't be illuminated :p ;D
 

-1

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zim said:
nostrovia said:
amorse said:
This is awesome, I just wish I had it on my 5DIV! But yes, provided that you can turn it off.
It'd be great if it was just activated when you hit the button to illuminate the top panel lcd.
Wouldn't be able to find it, wouldn't be illuminated :p ;D
:ppppp

 

midluk

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zim said:
nostrovia said:
amorse said:
This is awesome, I just wish I had it on my 5DIV! But yes, provided that you can turn it off.
It'd be great if it was just activated when you hit the button to illuminate the top panel lcd.
Wouldn't be able to find it, wouldn't be illuminated :p ;D
They can add some (always) illuminated arrows to the housing to lead you the button.
 

Memirsbrunnr

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What no one seems to commend on is that this seems to imply there is not going to be a titly flippy screen on the 6D mark 3.. this has me disappointed a little
 

Yasko

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Mikehit said:
I wonder how you can patent illuminated buttons? There must be some fancy stuff going on in there - a miniature genetically engineered glow worm, perhaps?
German manufacturer Leica has a patent on illuminated controls of superresolution microscopes, prohibiting the competition to e.g. use illuminated keyboards (standard market components) or wheel controls... anything is possible in the fucked up world of patent rights.
 

whothafunk

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Apr 17, 2013
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About time. Atleast something Nikon done right years ago (1, 2?), wish Canon would follow sooner.
 

IglooEater

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I'd say this is 15 years over due. Otoh, I can't recall not finding a button just because I couldn't see it- Canon had them all placed exactly where they ought to be.
 

BeenThere

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Have too hope they do it right with no internal light leakage to the sensor with high ISO and long exposures (minutes}. Of course ability to turn it off would negate this, but at night you would want it turned on.
 

rrcphoto

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Memirsbrunnr said:
What no one seems to commend on is that this seems to imply there is not going to be a titly flippy screen on the 6D mark 3.. this has me disappointed a little
wrong camera model. this is either a 5D or a 7D chassis.