Canon patent would introduce fingerprint reader to cameras, lenses

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Canon has filed a patent that would take the fingerprint reader technology now found on many smartphones and introduce it to cameras and lenses.

A patent filed in the United States would introduce a fingerprint sensor onto a lens barrel or the front of the grip on a camera body.

As an anti-theft technology, fingerprint readers are an important feature on a smartphone, but on a camera it could seem like overkill. Is a fingerprint lock really going to be effective in protecting your camera, or your images.

A more logical use of the technology, it seems, would be to adapt it as a quick-start option for sports or wildlife photographers, or photojournalists.

Or perhaps Canon might use the technology to enhance its custom functions and quick settings.

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Via Canon Watch