Canon’s future DSLRs may have a unique flip-up LCD display, if a new patent filed by the company becomes a reality. The new lip-up display will be so big, it covers the whole back of the camera, with the controls underneath it.
The patent images shows a DSLR with a twist – or in this case flip-up and twist. The new display will swing from a hinge on the top of the camera, next to the viewfinder – instead from the side which we see on a lot of cameras today. This gives the screen clearance for a selfie-centric operation, or more plausibly a vlogging-centric use case.
Current DSLR video recording practices call for an external display mounted separately to see what the camera is recording. With this display, videographers can see straight away what is being recorded without any third party monitors.
A drawback of this display is that the screen is so big, it covers all the physical control buttons and dials on the rear, which can be a pain for photographers. But for amateurs or even YouTubers, this DSLR design is certainly very welcome.
As with any patent filing, the design may or may not be eventually adopted by Canon. Nevertheless, it’s great to see companies thinking new forms of camera design to suit the needs of today’s users.