A new Canon lens patent hints at an interesting future for Canon’s high-end point-and-shoot cameras like the G1 X line. Specifically, it seems Canon is considering packing an APS-C sensor into a future PowerShot.
The patent, originally spotted by Egami, shows the optical formula for a 15-75mm f/2.0-5.6 for a fixed lens, APS-C camera. The current point-and-shoot “flagship” from Canon is the G1 X Mark II, which sports a 1.5-inch CMOS sensor and a 35mm equivalent 24-120mm f/2-3.9.
The new camera, if it ever comes to be, would sport the same equivalent focal length once you do the math, but a larger APS-C sensor and all the benefits that come with it. Given the right price, it could really shake up the high-end P&S market. Fingers crossed…
Image credits: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II by Kārlis Dambrāns.