After the full-frame mirrorless Canon EOS R received a great deal of criticism for its lack of in-body stabilisation (IBIS), the company has filed a Japanese patent for a camera-based stabilisation system.
This follows Canon's public explanation for the EOS R's lack of IBIS, asserting that "in-lens IS is the optimum system for image stabilisation".
Intriguingly, however, the technical diagrams in the newly filed patent (P2018-165756A) depict a DSLR body instead of a mirrorless one.
According to the filing (via Google translate), the new technology is designed "To make it possible to prevent roller shake and to prevent shift shake by a simplified structure."
"An imaging device includes an imaging element, a frame body that supports the imaging element, and a driving member that moves the frame body in a direction parallel to an imaging plane of the imaging element, wherein the driving member, And that the vibrating part of at least one driving member overlaps with the center of the image pickup surface of the image pickup element when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the image pickup surface of the image pickup element."
While Canon did allude to us that it was working on IBIS, this was in the context of the EOS R and future iterations of the full-frame mirrorless system. Seeing this patent filed with a diagram of a DSLR raises intriguing questions.
We've no doubt that a pro-grade EOS R is in the pipeline, which will likely feature in-body stabilisation. Is Canon looking to breathe new life into its DSLRs with the same technology? More news as we have it.