Canon Patents

Patent: GPS & Wifi in Metal Bodies

We all know that the brand new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has GPS function built in, it’s the bump you see on the top of the viewfinder. However, the camera does not have WiFi built in for various reasons, and most of them good ones, as reliability and performance is going to be way better with the external solution, something sports professionals shooting 14fps need.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will have WiFi built in we’ve been told and this patent mentions that it’s possible to put GPS and WiFi under the bump on top of the viewfinder.

Patent Publication No. 2016-53665

  • Published 2016.4.14
  • Filing date 2014.9.4
  • Magnesium alloy
  • Providing a GPS module to the finder part
  • To protect the GPS module in the wireless communication lid made of a synthetic resin material
  • The GPS module and the warship portion connected by high thermal conduction efficiency copper foil tape, heat away

Canon had said that getting reliable wifi connections with a full metal camera body was a challenge, and that’s why the previous generation of full metal bodies cameras such as the EOS 5D Mark III didn’t have the feature, but the EOS 6D, which doesn’t have the same durability did.

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