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From Canon Rumors:
A patent for APS-C?
Canon has filed a patent to reduce the noise and aliasing in small pixels.
This sort of patent could benefit higher megapixel APS-C cameras, like the EOS 7D Mark II.
Not knowing too much about patents, could this mean that a new 7D is years or months away or could this come to market relatively soon?
Actually, if you follow the link at CR and read the patent (or rather attempt to read the gibberish that is the Google translation), you'll see that it is a software/firmware patent purporting to do a better job of controlling color noise and aliasing during color "thinning";i.e., this specifically relates to video chrominance subsampling. The CR post is much ado about nothing. Just one of the gazillion random patents Canon files each year. Sure, it may lead to better video one day in some camera, but I wouldn't get excited.