A lot of work goes into making a camera. This is an obvious—but accurate—statement. But the amount of thought, planning, and engineering that takes place behind the scenes of a brand-new camera line is much, much more important.
DPReview has an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of Canon’s EOS R full frame mirrorless camera in the form of an interview with Canon engineers. They were able to talk to members from all of the departments responsible for the camera: physical design, optical design, user interface design and overall product design.
There are some interesting insights into the camera creation process and what Canon sees in the future for this product line. The headline topic is the new RF mount, which is shorter and wider than Canon’s existing DSLR mounts. Interestingly, the new mount increases the communication between the lens and the camera by adding more data channels.
“By having that huge amount of data being transferred between the camera and lens, you can improve the general performance in relation to autofocus, metering and image stabilization,” Deputy Senior General Manager Manabu Kato told DPReview. “And you can also add features such as the control rings on the lenses.”
Other topics covered include the decision to get rid of the mode dial, the modest video specs, and the legacy-innovation duality. It’s an interesting read for those considering the EOS R and those fascinated by the inner workings of the camera industry. Here’s the full interview.
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