Given how quick people are to say that Canon sucks, is it a surprise that it’s now trying to add fans to so many of its forthcoming products?
Some bizarre patents emerged over the last week via various rumor sites suggesting that Canon is actively researching and testing methods for cooling down gear by adding fans. Sony also appeared to be toying with this idea when an alleged prototype of the a7S III was said to have vents on the rear into to disperse heat. How this would affect the camera’s weather-sealing remained a bit of a mystery.
As reported by Canon News, the first product to feature a cooling system is a hybrid speedlite (i.e., strobe and continuous output) that features LEDs. The patent seems to show a fan on the underside of the flash head to circulate air.
If that weren’t random enough, the next patent to emerge shows a large 1-series-style camera with a fan that sits over the viewfinder. As Canon News notes: “when you are using Live View shooting video, you can cool the camera via a fan that sits against the optical viewfinder assembly.” Given that the forthcoming 1D X Mark III is slated to shoot internal 4K 10 bit 4:2:2 video with C-Log and internal raw video, there might be good reason for Canon to need test alternative methods of dissipating the amount of heat being generated.
And if even that weren’t random enough, a third patent showed up that shows that you might soon be able to blow a load of money on a lens that blows a load of air into your camera. From the patent, it appears that this lens effectively sucks specks of dust from the camera’s sensor, allowing you to see when the job is complete.
It’s important to note that patents are often a means of securing brainstorming ideas rather than giving an indication that a certain feature is going to come to market. Given Canon’s current fascination with putting fans inside everything, I’m looking forward to my first air-cooled camera strap, which should go a long way to making my neck less sweaty.
What else can Canon put a fan inside? Your thoughts in the comments below.