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New Canon Patents Discovered
The team over at Canon Rumors has unveiled a couple of new sensor and lens patents pointing to possible tech that we could see unveiled by Big Red in 2016. Amongst the patents, we see the technology pointing to an on-chip A/D converter, as well as improved pixel AF performance in bright conditions.
Neither of these things on their own will point to a significant increase in Canon’s technology in 2016, but as part of a larger push to better compete with Sony, these small pieces could be significant going into the releases we see in 2016.
As for the lens patents, we see a Canon 16-35mm F/2.8L III and a 15-105mm F/2.8-5.6. The 16-35mm would be interesting, given the relative newness of the F/4 version. A faster F/2.8 version could make sense – assuming the optical quality was up to snuff. The other lens, the 15-105mm, has my attention.
I mean sure, it’s an ‘all-in-one’ variable aperture lens, but a maximum aperture of F/2.8 is nice. I am sure it could be popular as a vacation lens.
What Do We Expect From Nikon in 2016?
2015 was honestly a rather down year for Team Yellow, beyond the D750 (which was a 2014 release) really cementing itself as one of the more popular full-frame cameras on the market, none of Nikon’s 2015 releases really wowed anyone.
If this list of possible 2016 Nikon announcements turns out to be fairly accurate, then it will be a very different story in 2016. The following list, compiled by Nikon Rumors, indicates some pretty big announcements from Nikon, including the recently leaked D5.
- Nikon D5
- Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-6 & Nikon Speedlight SB-5000
- Three new Nikon compact cameras with 1″ sensor and different focal lengths
- Three new Nikon extreme/action cameras
- Replacements for the S33 and S9900 Coolpix compact cameras (Coolpix A10 & A100?)
- New photo sharing app
- Full frame Nikon mirrorless camera
- New “Df-like” camera
- E and/or FL refresh for all Nikkor tele lenses – this is more of a long-term goal, and it will take few years until Nikon replaces all mentioned lenses.
What are your thoughts on these possible 2016 Nikon announcements? Will 2016 be a good year for Team Yellow or will they continue to wallow along in mediocrity?
What Do We Expect From Canon in 2016?
Much like Nikon, 2015 was – largely – a year to forget for Canon. Sure, they release the current MP king for full frame DSLRs in the 5DS and 5DsR, but Sony still managed to steal the show with their a7R II despite having a lower MP count. Canon did have some impressive lens announcements, but most excitement about these was negated by arguably ridiculous prices.
2016 though has a lot going for Canon if all the of rumored changed come to fruition. The following list, compiled by Canon Rumors, just makes my mouth water for Canon shooters in 2016.
- Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L III
- Canon EF 200-600 f/4.5-5.6L IS
- An ultrawide non-L EF zoom
- Canon EF 50 f/1.4 USM
- Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L III
- Canon EF 200 f/2L IS II
- Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS II
What are your thoughts on these possible 2016 Canon announcements? Will 2016 be a good year for Big Red or will they continue to disappoint?
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