Is Canon Finally Bringing In-Body Stabilization to Its Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras?

Is Canon Finally Bringing In-Body Stabilization to Its Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras?

Canon has long resisted calls for in-body stabilization and it is feature that's markedly missing from the EOS R and the EOS RP. However, news is emerging that in-body stabilization paired with lens stabilization is very much in the pipeline. What are the implications for its RF and EF lens line ups?

Full-frame stabilization doesn’t quite compare to micro four-thirds because there is so much more sensor to move around. Arguably, Olympus and Panasonic lead the way, with Sony perhaps wishing that it hadn’t decided that smaller is better and given its engineers a bit more space to play with. Canon is entering the fray, having recently registered a patent that outlines how optical image stabilization and sensor stabilization can work in harmony, and with fans hoping that it offers something more effective than that seen in Sony and Nikon cameras.

Canon received a minor backlash from users when the EOS R emerged and lacked stabilization, and the Japanese manufacturer now seems keen to correct this glaring omission. For, adding one type of stabilization without the other to complement it would be “half baked.”

If Canon’s next full-frame mirrorless release finally delivers what many video shooters have been waiting for, it will be interesting to see how this plays out in terms of lenses. Will Canon allow the IBIS to work with unstabilized EF lenses? Canon’s adapters have been well received, giving users the potential to integrate their old glass with the new system, but it remains to be seen whether Canon will hit some limitations in terms of the technology, or whether Canon’s legendary cripple hammer (i.e., deliberately hampering some models to protect other products) comes into play.

If you have any thoughts on how Canon is going to implement this technology, let us know in the comments below.

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Rumour as in not confirmed?

It's the Canon way. Parse out the features. Canon may just let the IBIS work with EF lenses on the upper tier cameras.
Cripple hammer !! :)

IBIS, the photography worlds great obsession.

Ansel Adams said ... “ The Best Stabilization is a 2 Ton Piece of Granite with a Screw in It “

Please enlighten us: why does full frame camera bodies "can not have" in-body stabilization ? Thanks

My EOS R with my Tamron 24-70 G2 lens are doing quite well without IBIS.


Why not just tweak the current digital stability the way that GoPro does with its 7Black. All digital and almost better than a Gimbal. With the added benefit that it's easier to implement to current bodies via software upgrades.

This has been confirmed for awhile now. Check out Jared Polin's first review of the EOSRP you tube. Canon confirmed back then that IBIS was coming when he traveled on location to review the camera.