Is this another nail in the coffin for mechanical shutters? Canon submits patents for fingertip haptic feedback

Canon patent haptic feedback
(Image credit: Canon)

It was only two days ago I was writing about Canon's latest trip to the Japanese patent office with HDR sensors, and it appears that they have returned for the third time this month!

Canon has submitted two patent applications that would provide cameras with a haptic feedback vibration when an exposure is taken. The best Canon cameras are being created with a focus on electronic shutters, and considering the growing trend of global shutters, mechanical shutters are seemingly being phased out. This would mean losing the audible 'clunk' to notify you that an exposure has been taken - hence the need for vibrations!  

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 

Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.