Canon brings Thunderbolt technology to cameras

ThunderboltIntel debuted its Thunderbolt technology last month, and now the 10-gigabit-per-second transfer system is making its way to more and more consumer devices. Canon recently announced it will begin integrating support for the blazingly fast transfer tech in its products.

Apple notoriously jumped on board first with Thunderbolt I/O, putting the new interface in its new MacBook Pro models. According to Apple, the addition is 12 times faster than FireWire and 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Canon will be second in line to partner with Intel and offer its users a shot at remarkably fast connection speeds. “We are excited about Thunderbolt technology and feel it will bring new levels of performance and simplicity to the video creation market,” Canon exec Hiroo Edakubo said in a statement. It hasn’t been made explicitly clear how Canon will implement Thunderbolt’s services.

DSLR fans might not want to get too excited however – the new feature might be intended for video recording alone. As any photographer knows, transferring high-def video is an incredibly painful process that would easily benefit from a speed upgrade. While rumor has it that at least for the time being the transfer tech might only apply to video recording, hold up hope for stills. Transferring HD and RAW photos is a photographer’s worst nightmare and Thunderbolt would be a godsend.