Canon has designed a clip-on telephoto lens for smartphones

Canon clip-on telephoto
(Image credit: Canon News)

Canon’s run of novel photo gadgets looks set to continue, as designs have been uncovered for a new clip-on telephoto lens for smartphones.

Canon News spotted the patent registration that shows how the telephoto add-on is going to work. It appears to be a much more sizable unit than the current crop of best lenses for smartphones, which makes sense – this market has stagnated somewhat, with former big players like Olloclip pulling out entirely.

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Jon Stapley

Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.