Posts Tagged ‘patent’

Canon & Microsoft Sign Patent Agreement, Hints at Canon-Powered PureView Phones

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Future iterations of the already-impressive Nokia Lumia PureView cameras might sport Canon tech, thanks to a newly-signed patent agreement between the Japanese camera company and Microsoft, who recently bought Nokia. Read more…

Sony Patent Shows Off Its Take on a Light Field Camera, Solves the Low-Res Problem

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The light field photography market may soon get a little more crowded and competitive according to an exciting Sony patent that promises to not simply copy, but improve upon the technology made famous by Lytro. Read more…

Canon and Fujifilm Patents Look to Up the Ante on Viewfinder Technology

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As photography tech continues to improve, camera manufacturers are constantly looking for the next headline-worthy advance they can implement. And for Fuji and Canon, that means improving your viewfinder to integrate features like optical zoom and better coverage. Read more…

Canon Patents a Multi-Layer Image Sensor with Five Layers Instead of Three

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Remember the advent of multi-blade shaving razors? Single blades gave way to two blades and then three, four and five. There are even a six+ blade razors out there in case you want a REALLY close shave. Well, a fresh Canon sensor patent has us wondering if the same thing isn’t happening to digital sensors.

Canon has patented a Foveon-like sensor before — a type of sensor, initially implemented by Sigma, that uses individual layers for detecting red, green and blue — but the company’s newest multi-layer sensor patent shows not three, but five layers. Read more…

Apple Patents Fascinating ‘Artificial Muscle’ Tech for Controlling a Camera Lens

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According to a newly-published patent from Apple, the tech giant is looking to flex its muscles in the world of smartphone camera technology… quite literally. Read more…

Stephen Colbert Goes After Amazon and Its Ridiculous Photography Patent

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Last week, we reported on the news that Amazon had actually patented the age-old practice of photographing things against a white background. This led to much ridicule from the photography community, but one of the big guys just got in on the well-deserved roast, and his name is Stephen Colbert. Read more…

Apple Patent Shows Off Unique Use of OIS for “Super Resolution” Photos

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Coming from Apple Insider is a discovery of an interesting patent application by Apple. The application, aptly titled “Super-resolution based on optical image stabilization” explains in words and graphics a way in which an optical image stabilization (OIS) system can be used to capture a series of images at variable angles, then combine them together to create a high-resolution file.

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Amazon Patent Shows Common Seamless Background Lighting Technique

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Is Amazon attempting to patent an age old photography lighting technique? A recently published patent seems to suggest that, and it’s getting some photographers up in arms.
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New Sony RX200 Patent Shows an Exciting 28-100mm Equivalent f/1.8-2.8 Lens

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Sony’s RX100 Mark II doesn’t need much improving, but it doesn’t look like Sony is resting on its laurels where this fantastic point-and-shoot is concerned. According to a new patent unearthed by Egami, Sony is wanting to attach a 28-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens to the powerful pocket cam’s successor. Read more…

Google Patents Contact Lens Camera, Will Help the Blind and Create Superhumans

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Forget having a camera in your pocket. Heck, forget having a camera strapped to your face ala Google Glass. As a recently published patent shows, Google intents to make cameras as much a part of you as possible, and the next logical step after glass is Contact Lens Cameras. Read more…