Canon patents a better battery indicator (trust us, it IS worth knowing about!)

Canon patent
(Image credit: Canon)

Canon is well known for filing a lot of patents for new camera tech. An interesting one that caught our eye today is for something that sounds unassuming – a better camera battery indicator.

Once you dig in, though, it’s actually quite cool. Essentially, the patent application is for a battery indicator that expands when your camera is connected to an external battery like a USB power bank – and tells you how much power is in both devices.

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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.