Is THIS What the G7X Mark III Will REALLY Look Like?

Is THIS What the G7X Mark III Will REALLY Look Like?

So there has been a lot of back and forth this week regarding the G7X III. We have already had the fake leak (yes I fell for it, thankfully Mr White is a bit sharper of eye than me!), and the it is coming/isn’t coming for CP+ this year. I would now however like to cast our minds back to February last year when we unearthed an interesting patent which we believed might actually show the G7X III and a pretty sweet new feature:

MANUAL ZOOM CONTROL

The first two lines of the document detail exactly what we are looking at today, a barrel design which allows the shooter to quickly switch between electronic and manual zoom. The wording is typically clumsy but ‘miniaturizing and thinning’ refers to the physical change in size of a camera (referred to here as an ‘image pickup apparatus’) when the lens elements are moved to achieve zooming.

The new camera design complete with Zoom control switch (102) and articulating screen (110)

The document goes on to describe how Canon intends to allow the user to operate the zoom lens ‘manually’ using the lens control ring (referred to below as the ‘operation member’), now a staple of Powershot camera designs:

1. A lens barrel mounted on an image pickup apparatus that supports an operation member rotatably, the lens barrel comprising: a drive barrel configured to engage with a lens holding member that holds a lens and to drive the lens holding member in an optical axis direction by moving in the optical axis direction while rotating; a motor configured to transfer rotation to said drive barrel through a transfer mechanism; and a switching mechanism configured to switch lens drive between electric lens drive that drives the lens holding member in the optical axis direction by transferring rotation of the motor to said drive barrel, and manual lens drive that drives the lens holding member in the optical axis direction by transferring rotation of the operation member to said drive barrel via an elastic member that rotates together with the operation member, according to a user’s operation, wherein said drive barrel engages with the elastic member while shifting from a non-photographing area to a photographing area in the optical axis direction so as to allow the rotation of the operation member to transfer.

In short we were looking at a camera with a front plate mounted switch that allowed the control ring to be switched to zoom mode without any menu diving. Pretty cool! Perhaps this then is the G7X III!

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