Ahoy Captain! New periscope lens design for Canon compact cameras

Ahoy Captain! New periscope lens design for Canon compact cameras
(Image credit: Simpsons / Canon)

Canon has recently filed a patent application for a periscope styled lens to upgrade Canon compact cameras with a fresh new design. While unusual, a periscope lens isn't a totally new concept, as camera phones have been using them to provide a telephoto lens without increasing the thickness of the phone body. 

However, as far as we know, this is the first time we've seen them being used in dedicated camera bodies, which makes this patent particularly interesting. 

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.