The patent is confirmed! United States Patent Application No. 20210232024 published on July 29, 2021 clearly shows that Canon is developing a high-end compact cinema camera capable of ultra-high resolution filming, has a large sensor, internal NDs, and looks and operation almost identical to Komodo RED. All the main details are below.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

as we have Previously reported, a patent application by Canon, of a new film camera spotted, seems very real. To be honest, we had a ton of doubt since the app describes a camera that looks like RED Digital Cinema Komodo. A pure imitator. However, we found the app. Basically, it looks like Canon is aiming to develop a high-end cinema camera that can shoot in ultra-high resolution (even beyond 8K) and has a large sensor. All the major details are listed below.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera
Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

An interchangeable lens imaging apparatus in which a lens device can be attached to and detached from a mount formed on a front surface of a camera body is known. There is an interchangeable lens imaging device in which the distance between a lens mount and an image sensor is very short, such as a mirrorless camera in which a reflecting mirror to guide light incident on an imaging device lens to an optical viewfinder does not exist.

On the right side of the surface of the imaging device viewed from the front, additionally, a REC button (recording start/end button) which is operated by a photographer, and operation keys for changing camera settings are provided. Further, a microphone unit which records voice and a card storage cover which covers a storage chamber for storing a memory card, which is a recording medium, are provided.

On the side of the top surface of the imaging apparatus, a display unit which displays an image captured by the imaging apparatus or an image capture setting menu, and operation keys for a user to change the image capture settings are provided. Additionally, female tripod threads up to 1700d for attaching an external accessory, and electrical contacts for communicating with the external accessory are provided.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera
Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

The external accessory is, for example, a display panel which displays a captured image or a recorded image, a handle unit in which a microphone terminal is integrated, or an external communication terminal such as a smartphone. If the external communication terminal such as a smartphone is connected to the imaging device, the user can set the image capture menu of the imaging device or give an image capture instruction via the external communication terminal, and a captured image or a recorded image can be displayed on a display screen of the external communication terminal.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera
Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

A configuration can be used in which the external accessory and the imaging device are connected together using not only a wired connection via the electrical contacts, but also a wireless local area network (LAN) based on wireless fidelity ( Wi-Fi) or a wireless communication function provided in the smartphone. For example, a mobile telephone line based on the fourth generation mobile communication system or the fifth generation mobile communication system can be used. Additionally, a configuration may be employed in which the imaging device communicates wirelessly with the exterior via the external accessory.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera
Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

On the rear surface side of the imaging apparatus, battery storage parts which store batteries 1070, and external input/output terminals 1021 including an external connection terminal and a power supply terminal are provided. . The battery storage parts are placed in two places one above the other, so that even in the event that one of the batteries is exhausted, the other battery can supply power. Thus, it is possible to use the camera continuously by replacing the battery without turning off the camera.

Between the lens mount and the image sensor, a neutral density (ND) unit is provided and fixed to the image sensor support member with screws. The ND unit includes a plurality of ND filters having different densities as optical components. ND filters reduce incident light, allowing the shutter speed to be reduced or the lens iris to be opened when capturing an image.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera
Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

The main unit includes the main substrate which controls the operation of the imaging device, a heat sink thermally connected to the main substrate, a heat sink plate which covers the heat sink, and fans which blow air into the heatsink. The 1402 heatsink is molded by die-casting aluminum, which has excellent thermal conductivity.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera
Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

The image sensor is a charge-coupled device (CCD) or complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) sensor and includes an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter. The image sensor includes a plurality of phase difference detection pixels. The video signal processing unit can perform correlation calculation using signals outputted from the plurality of phase difference detecting pixels, and based on the result of the correlation calculation, control the focal position of the device lens attached, thereby achieving autofocus using an imaging phase plane difference detection method.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera
Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

The image sensor can be in the range of about 0.5 inches (8 mm), ⅔ inches, the S35 format for movies, 35 mm full frame photo, and can be at least about 1.0 inches or 6 × 17 cm or more. The image sensor may also have a size of at least about 10.1 x 5.35mm, 24.4 x 137mm, 30 x 15mm, 36 x 24mm, 56 x 42mm or 186 x 56 mm.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera
Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

When the photographer selects recording, the video data generated by the video signal processing unit is subjected to predetermined processing, thereby being converted into various formats. Then the video data is sent to the card substrate and recorded as video on a recording medium. On the other hand, in a case where a predetermined connector is connected to the external connection terminal, the video signal processing unit can output the video signal to the external connection terminal, thereby transmitting the video signal to an external device .

In the imaging apparatus according to the present exemplary embodiment, for example, light received by the image sensor is converted into digital image data of at least approximately 23 frames/second (fps), and the digital image data is recorded in the recording medium by the card substrate. The frame rate can be set within a range of approximately 1 to 250 fps or more. For example, the imaging device can change the frame rate depending on the set resolution. In other words, in a “5K” resolution mode, the frame rate is set to approximately 1 to 100 fps. In a “4K” resolution mode, the frame rate is set to approximately 1-125 fps. In Quad High Definition (QHD) mode, the frame rate is set to approximately 1-125 fps. In a “3K” resolution mode, the frame rate is set to approximately 1 to 160 fps. In a “2K” resolution mode, the frame rate is set to approximately 1-250 fps. For example, the frame rate can be set to 20, 23.976, 24, 30, 60, or 120 fps, or another frame rate between these frame rates, or a higher or equal frame rate at these frame rates.

Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera
Canon patent application: new high-end boxy cinema camera

The imaging device can output image data with “2K” resolution (for example, 16:9 (2048×1152 pixels) or 2:1 (2048×1024 pixels)) or “3K” resolution ( for example, 16:9 (3072×1728 pixels) or 2:1 (3072×1536 pixels)). The 1000 Imaging Device can also output image data with “4K” resolution (e.g., 4096 × 2540 pixels, 16:9 (4096 × 2304 pixels) or 2:1 (4096 × 2048 pixels)) or “4.5K” resolution. Horizontal resolution. The imaging device can also output image data based on QHD (eg, 3840 × 2160 pixels) or with “5K” horizontal resolution (eg, 5120 × 2700), “6K” resolution (eg. example, 6144 × 3160) or an “8K” Resolution (for example, 7680 × 4320). Further, the imaging apparatus can produce image data with a resolution equal to or greater than these resolutions. The imaging apparatus may be configured to record or output image data having at least one horizontal resolution between any of the above resolutions. Also, the resolution is at least one value between the above values ​​(or any value between the above values) and can take about 6.5K, 7K, 8K, 9K or 10K, or any value between these values. In this exemplary embodiment, in a term represented in xK format (2K, 4K, etc.), the number of “x” refers to an approximate horizontal resolution. A “4K” resolution corresponds to approximately 4000 horizontal pixels or more. A “2K” resolution corresponds to approximately 2000 horizontal pixels or more.

Canon patent application: new high-end square cinema camera: copy of the RED Komodo.  Image rendering: Chung Dha
Canon patent application: new high-end square cinema camera: an exact imitation of the RED Komodo. Image rendering: Chung Dha

This square-sized cinema camera seems like a very ambitious project from Canon. The large sensor, 8K (or even 10K) resolution, internal ND filters, smart power consumption, and other essential options for filmmakers are powerful specs that can turn this camera into the best-selling Cinema EOS camera. . There is however no information about the global shutter – which is missing in the app. But we will say it again. It is a pure copy of the RED Komodo in design and function. It will be fascinating to reveal more information about the actual announcement of this super intriguing camera.

Product list

Here are the products mentioned in the article and the links to buy them from authorized retailers.

  • RED Digital Cinema Komodo 6K Camera

Previous

From the car to the surveillance camera

Next

Wildlife pro Sean Weekly reveals the gear inside his camera bag

Check Also