Traditional Camera Shapes are Wrong

Listen to designer Jean-michel Bonnemoy and he’ll have you believe traditional camera form factors were dictated by the need to hold a roll of film in the back. Now that we’re all digital, why are still maintaining that archaism? He maintains the new form factor should be a cylinder – ergonomically better for the hand. The D-CAN concept significantly reduces volume while still providing all the finite controls professional photographers are used to. Hit the jump for the “specs”.

  • Large range zoom stabilized USM lens.
  • A ring authorizes the focus correction. The focal is lockable.
  • Extension cursor for macrophotography
  • The lens cap, impossible to lose, includes an electronic flash and the AF-assist illuminator
  • The accessory shoe can receive, besides an electronic flash, a directional microphone or a remote control receiver.
  • The cursor “function” allows to choose between fixed views or video, pictures reading, intervallometer and power off.
  • Cursor “mode” (program, speed or aperture priority, manual)
  • Double key ISO (100 to 6400 ISO).
  • Sockets for peripheral: microphone, audio headset, power supply.
  • The high-definition back screen is used for the aim, the control and the parameter setting by means of a trackball.
  • The system of aim offers two configurations:
  • – At the level of eye for a precise centring including right in the sun, with precise control of the focus. The magnifier with diopter adjustment gives an image enlarged of the screen.
  • – Directly on the directional back screen having raised the magnifier.
  • The back block of aim revolves to give access to the memory card, USB and HDMI connectors and energy compartment.
  • The lithium battery can be replaced in case of necessity by a set of AA size battery.
  • The release button pushed at the halfway mark locks the focus and the exposure.
  • Maintained pushed it allows continuous photo mode.
  • The function of thumb wheels differs according to the mode:
  • – Thumb wheel 1: exposure correction(P, Tv, Av) or choice of the aperture (M).
  • – Thumb wheel 2: program shift (P), choice of the shutter speed (Tv, M), of the aperture (Av).

Designer: Jean-michel Bonnemoy


  • Brian Crowley says:

    *Applause* Well done!
    Finally, a successful unique, yet functional camera design!
    My only criticism is that the device does not appear offer lens swapping ability. That would be a major drawback for professional photographers. Thankfully, it looks like it would be an easy fix. In fact, you can probably modify the device to accept modern lenses so contemporary photographers won’t even have to buy new ones.
    Also, it does not seem to have a tripod mount. Again, a major selling point that would be foolish to miss out on.

  • John says:

    Wow, this design really does not consider ergonomics. Try shooting and holding it for 5 hours a day.

  • brian t says:

    Having a rectangular body, with a grip assists the photographer in keeping the camera the right way up and level. Sometimes you’re not able to see the screen or viewfinder, so the shape is all you have as a guide to orientation. This idea would remove that guide.

  • Not being able to swap lenses is a definite drawback. It looks interesting, but I’m not sure I would want to hold it in that position for an all day wedding since you can’t hold your arms against your body for support and stability.

  • Yuvalp says:

    Not any one is for swapping lenses.

    Some are reluctant to use a lens-changing system because of fear of dust entering the mechanism and the risk of mishaps during the changing of lens.

    Not to mention loss of shot-oppurtunity due to changing the lens while in action.

    Some simply rely on the range and quality of zoom lenses.

    Nuff Said

  • A. Jourdan says:

    Having recently used a video camera of that design, I found it was very uncomfortable on my wrist. Hold your wrist up and you will see the natural angle is down holding a cylinder, not parallel to the ground. Additionally, how many people put a camera to their eye, these days, or want to.
    And a third point, real not digital buttons for adjustments, seems dated.
    Kodak may be bankrupt and out of the camera business, but they did more research than this.

  • This design is very similar to a solution Canon adopted a couple decades ago:

    It was, by far, the best point-and-shoot 35mm I ever owned.

  • Patrick says:

    Personally, I wouldn’t go for this. I prefer the buttons and the controls to be facing me. The buttons at the side seem pretty cumbersome, especially if I’m holding it up to my eye. Also, this would defnitely stress the wrist if I use it for too long. A rectangular design helps you keep your arm stable as opposed to a cylindrical one and this would create problems when using autofocus as the entire camera wud shake a lil too much.

  • Jim Rossi says:

    LIke someone said,looks like an updated Canon Photura,which I still have . Takes excellent pictures,would be perfect if it was waterproof .

  • Jimmy C says:

    I dunno. It’s a good effort, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, you know? Good looking design, though, in any case.

  • McFeely Smackup says:

    “Not any one is for swapping lenses.”
    No – only people who take their photography seriously, do.

    “Some are reluctant to use a lens-changing system because of fear of dust ent…”
    Then ‘Some’ people shouldn’t own a replaceable lens photo setup.

    “Not to mention loss of shot-oppurtunity due to changing the lens while in action.”
    Why kind of idiot attempts to change a lens MID-SHOT?

    “Some simply rely on the range and quality of zoom lenses.”
    Then “Some” should stick to cheap consumer cameras and not whine about higher-end equipment because they’re too incompetent to use it properly.

    “Nuff Said”
    Actually, more than “nuff”; but thanks for playing. LOL!

  • Jimmy C says:

    @McFeely Smackup:
    “No – only people who take their photography seriously, do.”
    Not very many, in any case.

    “Then ‘Some’ people shouldn’t own a replaceable lens photo setup.”
    Those people aren’t the ones that fear dust, doofus.

    “Why kind of idiot attempts to change a lens MID-SHOT?”
    He meant while you’re changing the lens, you may miss an opportunity to take a picture.

    “Then “Some” should stick to cheap consumer cameras and not whine about higher-end equipment because they’re too incompetent to use it properly.”
    And others shouldn’t whine about low end equipment because sometimes, that’s just what WORKS.

    “Actually, more than “nuff”; but thanks for playing. LOL!”
    You too. Although, I must say you aren’t very good at it.

  • ashish says:

    I still feel all inputs to the display through a hinge is a dated idea as a rough photography might call for a more rigid design. Similar for the lid-cum-flash design.

  • Jean-Michel Bonnemoy says:

    It is not a professional camera but rather a device for advanced amateur. In fact, swapping lenses presents numerous inconveniences: dusts on the sensor, weight, volume and fragility of the lenses, higher cost… A large range zoom and macro extension are sufficient in most of the cases. A threading is planned, as you can see on the pictures.

  • kombizz says:

    Without doubts, it is a nice design except the ergonomics aspect of it.

  • Brent says:

    Excellant! I would buy it immediately. Get after it, get it on market.

  • Hunter says:

    Fit it with a tripod and the unsatisfied commenters here will be sold.
    Just sayin’.

  • Tim says:

    If using *quality* zoom lenses, you’ll still need to switch your 24-70 to your 70-200 pretty often 😉

  • Jean-Michel Bonnemoy says:

    This kind of camera is not designed for professional use, so power telezoom is not required. Anyway, if changing lenses is a great avantage, keep in mind the problems of portability and dust on the sensor which every DSLR owner has soon experimented…

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