One machine with multiple bayonet ports? Canon may force hybrid bayonet cameras
Different from some other camera brands, Canon uses different mounts for its SLR, APS-C format mirrorless and full-frame mirrorless products. Due to different bayonet specifications, the lens is not universal. Although it can be used through an adapter ring, on the one hand, there will be many restrictions, which will have a potential impact on the user experience and increase the user’s use cost. Recently, foreign media exposed a new Canon patent aimed at creating a unified user experience.
From the patent map, we can see that Canon has adopted a A hybrid bayonet technology. When the lens is installed on the camera, the bayonet detection unit will be activated to detect the mount used by the lens. After confirming the bayonet type, the operation interface in the fuselage will open or block related setting options. The following flowchart can also help you understand the operation logic of the lens mounted on a hybrid mount camera.
Canon Hybrid Card Patent picture
Canon hybrid mount patent image
According to the patent, Canon initially focused on creating professional-grade cameras with hybrid mounts, but in the near future, Canon’s mirrorless cameras and SLRs may also be equipped with the same technology.
Generally speaking, once a patent is registered, it will take about two to three years to become a reality. Therefore, if all goes well, we may see hybrid bayonet cameras sometime in 2022, or 2023.
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