Patent: Canon shows off a new approach to the modern shutter button

dwarven

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As long as it's also a button I don't mind. If it's just a touchpad, hell nah brah. I love big pressy buttons and chunky shutter sounds on a camera. If mirrorless cameras start going to silent global shutters and touchpads, I'll go back to a DSLR in a heartbeat.
 
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Interesting approach. If it actually has a button underneath the touch screen or works like a trackpad on an Apple Macbook I'd be intrigued, but only under one condition: It has to work with gloves on (don't care if the gloves are specially made...). So far, I haven't found any gloves that work properly and in a reliable way on touch screens, at least not on my R or my apple products. If anybody has a suggestion, I'd appreciate it.

Will it make to production on a DSLM or DSLR? No chance, Canon literally had a shit-storm coming their way for the Touch Bar button on the R. Looking at the RP, R5/ R6 they learned from this disaster. I'd only give a chance on a Powershot model or something similar.
 

Skux

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Nah, this sucks lol.

No amount of touchpad haptic trickery can beat the feel and reliability of a real shutter button.
 

FramerMCB

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As long as it's also a button I don't mind. If it's just a touchpad, hell nah brah. I love big pressy buttons and chunky shutter sounds on a camera. If mirrorless cameras start going to silent global shutters and touchpads, I'll go back to a DSLR in a heartbeat.
Why not have both? I could see having a Canon 80 or 90D, or a 7D Mk II/1DX model and a R5/R6. What is intriguing to me is that many who've switched and are using their EF glass w/adapter on R bodies are experiencing better auto-focusing results (higher keeper rate).

This touch-pad/button approach I could see being quite interesting. I do think it would need to be a hybrid solution however. As many of us like that haptic feedback of actually pushing a button. I know I do.
 

AlanF

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I love touchpads. It would be so useful to have one operated by your index finger with output in the evf then just press when right.
 

dwarven

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Why not have both? I could see having a Canon 80 or 90D, or a 7D Mk II/1DX model and a R5/R6. What is intriguing to me is that many who've switched and are using their EF glass w/adapter on R bodies are experiencing better auto-focusing results (higher keeper rate).

This touch-pad/button approach I could see being quite interesting. I do think it would need to be a hybrid solution however. As many of us like that haptic feedback of actually pushing a button. I know I do.

Yeah, the R6 is great. But that's because it feels very similar to a DSLR.
 
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Kit.

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It's not a Direct Print button anymore, it's a Rate button. The camera AI will by itself decide what to print.
 
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unfocused

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I'm thinking the focus point joystick on the 1DX MkIII makes sense here. That would be a game changer.
Here is the downside (from six months of using the 1Dx III), I have found the smart controller to be super sensitive. Even when set to its lowest sensitivity it is far too easy to move the focus points inadvertently. If a similar system were employed with the shutter button, I think a lot of photographers would find themselves burning through their cards every time their finger touched the pad, especially if there is no physical reaction to provide tactile feedback. On the other hand, this could prove to be a much-improved and cheaper way to weather seal a physical button.
 

peters

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If this ridiculous idea would actualy become true, I will switch brands :-D

Imagine standing in the rain, or in the cold with gloves on and you cant shoot just because of this atrocous touchpad :-D :-D :-D
 
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Otara

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Already have the screen as a touch shutter, so would have to offer some pretty interesting things to be worth it, Id rather it be on the back like the R with the other options too, rather than losing mechanical entirely.
 

SteveC

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I'm freaking out. I don't know what it is, but I hate it. Hahaha, jk, but I do enjoy pushing the button. Nothing makes me sadder than having touchscreen for my car's radio and climate control in lieu of the tactile joy of dials, buttons, etc. Anyway, I'm sure if it isn't cool, they won't pursue it.

Roads here are bumpy enough that I will, very often, hit the wrong button on a car stereo just because of the bumpiness acting on my outstretched arm. It's worse when it's a stereo packed with features (hence very very small buttons), covered with labels you cannot read from the driver's seat, and you have no idea how to fix what you just did to yourself. And it's much, much worse when it's a damn touchscreen with no tactile feedback; you're forced to pull your eyes off the road to work it.
 

Macoose

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Wait a minute! The picture shows a dslr body of either a 5D type body or a 7D type. Canon doesn't make those any more. It's all mirrorless.
This is obviously an old idea that surfaced today.