When Canon announced the EOS-R full frame mirrorless camera, there was some disappointment that the Camera maker didn’t include an IBIS internal image stabilization technology, choosing instead to rely on Canon’s tried and true lens based IS system. But now there’s a report that Canon has been awarded a patent in Japan for an IBIS system. The only question is, for what camera is it for?
The imaging device of the present invention is provided with an image sensor, the frame which supports the aforementioned image sensor, and the driving member which moves the aforementioned frame in the direction parallel to the imaging surface of the aforementioned image sensor, and the aforementioned vibrating member, It has a vibration portion which vibration occurs, it sees from the direction which intersects perpendicularly to the imaging surface of the aforementioned image sensor, and the vibration portion of at least one driving member overlaps the center of the imaging surface of the aforementioned image sensor. – Google Translation from Japan Patent 2018-165756 an IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) system.
While the patent hints that Canon is developing an EOS based IBIS in body image stabilization system for their camera bodies, there’s some speculation as to whether the new system is meant for the new mirrorless initiative. Many who have dialed down deep into the Japanese language patent point out that while it doesn’t mention any specific camera platform, images like the one above are for DSLR IBIS designs.
That doesn’t really mean anything, mind you. The patent itself pertains to the underlying technology, and at the time that Canon was requesting it, they had yet to announce the EOS-R mirrorless camera. Knowing that patent watchers are looking for any clues as to a company’s plans for the future, it would make complete sense to base the sketches and images on existing technologies, and not the ones meant for future release or announcement.
We feel that in-lens IS is the optimum system for image stabilization. With an in-body IS system you are creating something that needs to work over lots of different types of lenses and different lens groups, so you don’t get a dedicated system for that particular lens. All lenses move in different ways, and you get different types of shake depending on what kind of lens you’re using, so dedicating the IS system to the particular lens is, for us, the optimum way of doing it. – Canon UK Product Consultant David Parry
Moreover, knowing Canon’s habit of being very conservative and deliberate in the improvement of their camera lines, it is very likely that the company will introduce IBIS into a middle range, yet higher performing platform, like a future version of an EOS DSLR, maybe an upgraded Canon 6D or 80D, in order to get the ball rolling.
Canon did that with Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus, which was first introduced in Canon 70D back in 2013. Over time, Dual Pixel AF was added to one camera line after another, now it’s standard on everything from the low end Digital Rebel series, all the way up to the Cinema EOS C300 Mk. II and above.
So in my mind, it would make sense that Canon would deploy its newly patented IBIS system into, say a Canon 5D Mk. V, or even a 6D Mk. III, and then wait until the EOS-R Mk. II before giving it IBIS. That way, the mirrorless system can mature, and then, when ready, those who have the EOS-R will simply HAVE to upgrade.
Hat Tip – Canon Watch