A patent discovered by the Japanese website Design watch indicates that Canon may want to diversify in the world of smartphone photography. The patent describes an idea for a telephone camera attachment and provides 3D renderings for the product, indicating that it may be a production-ready item.
According to the details published by Design Watch, the patent is not new as it was filed in 2019 and granted in September 2020. However, it is more proof that Canon is looking beyond its traditional camera and printer ranges when it comes to new products.
The smartphone lens mount design follows in the footsteps of Canon’s small Ivy Rec and PowerShot Zoom monocular cameras – both of which are crowdfunded – and is nothing like a conventional smartphone camera setup.
Where most smartphone lens mounts snap onto the camera array, it appears to have a clip in the center that unfolds, leaving the lenses out of alignment with the device’s camera.
How this device will interact with the phone is still unclear. As no cables are indicated in the design, it is possible that the attachment has a wireless connection and works via a dedicated Canon app.
The add-on appears to have three different lenses in a modular design. Judging by the dimensions of each lens in the patent images, the unit can include a wide-angle option, a standard lens, and a telephoto optic. They appear to be interchangeable, although there is no indication of what the focal lengths will be.
While there is absolutely no indication so far that this intriguing new product will even go into production, Canon successfully launched the crowdfunded PowerShot Zoom in some markets in early October, so we may have a version of this smartphone attachment. on Kickstarter in the future.
Whether it will be a success is a completely different ball game. Sony launched the QX10 and QX100 smartphone lens attachments way back in 2013, and neither has taken off. Admittedly, Canon’s design looks significantly different from Sony’s more traditional and full-size lenses, so maybe this new model has better luck.
[Via Canon News]