Apple - Thunderbolt I/O Port

Canon joins Thunderbolt initiative! Faster file transfers in our HDSLR future?

by planetmitch6 Comments

This is a developing story that will unfold over the next year or more, Intel announced late yesterday that Canon has joined the Thunderbolt technology wave… however, we have no idea yet how they're going to be using it… does it only apply to video recorders or will it be applicable to the HDSLR market? One minor nitpick tho from what I know of the technology is that the connector isn't exactly small – it is the same size as the mini-DVI port – which is bigger than the USB 2 connector on the side of our current Canon HDSLR.

The advantage tho is huge – just look at the speed chart below! Video transfers from the camera to a computer with thunderbolt on both ends would be very cool indeed.

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From intel

Following its recent launch, Intel’s Thunderbolt technology has gotten yet another endorsement, this time from leading camera maker Canon. Hiroo Edakubo, Group Executive of Canon’s Video Products Group stated, “We are excited about Thunderbolt technology and feel it will bring new levels of performance and simplicity to the video creation market.” Canon joins a growing list of companies looking to build products using Thunderbolt technology. For more information about Thunderbolt, visit the Thunderbolt technology page

The connector

As you can see from this Apple image – from their Thunderbolt page – the connector isn't exactly small…

Apple - Thunderbolt I/O Port

Apple - Thunderbolt I/O Port

Darn speedy!

Apple - Thunderbolt speed chart

Apple - Thunderbolt speed chart

So, what technology do you think this applies to for Canon? Is this part of the ‘secret project' between Apple and Canon we reported yesterday? [Source: Ron Riseman mentioned it to me last night – also covered on

(cover photo credit: snap from the Apple site with the thunderbolt logo)

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  1. Can’t see the size being that much of a problem, it’s not that large really; certainly no bigger than the intervalometer socket (can’t remember what that’s actually called) that’s already on DSLRs.

  2. I just purchased one of these laptops and I’m very excited about working with video and photography on it :)

    Good news to hear Canon is joining the Thunderbolt fun. :)

  3. In regards to the connector not being small. I don’t think canon will have to have the thunderbolt port on the camera they can probably make a smaller port on camera that connects to thunderbolt.

  4. There have been rumors of a “mini” style thunderbolt plug in the works. Similar to the mini usb on alot of devices, like SLR cameras.

  5. hopefully we’ll get a 5dmk3 with thunderbolt and an articulating screen!
    [and variable framerates?! -drools-]

  6. I’d love anterface like that on my Canon. Of course, I’d also love if I could edit my DSLR footage in my iPad too

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