Posts Tagged ‘patent’

Canon Patent Suggests Feature That Would Choose Between JPEG and RAW For You

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In the future, “Auto” may be an option for choosing between JPEG and RAW on Canon DSLRs. A recently published patent reveals that the company has tinkered with the idea of a feature that could automatically choose which photos to save in RAW and which ones to save as JPEG only.
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Panasonic Patents Optical Viewfinder for Mirrorless Cameras that Could Communicate with Your Lens

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Panasonic might have found the last piece of the puzzle keeping many DSLR users from switching over to mirrorless cameras.

The above image is taken from a patent that diagrams the basics behind adding an optical viewfinder to mirrorless cameras. Even more interesting, the viewfinder would be able to change focal length when synced with any Micro Four Thirds lens.

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Photographer Files Vague Patent, Sues Others for Shooting and Selling Photos of Sporting Events

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In the world of patents, some money, a lawyer and the carefully crafting a few hundred words can go a long way — for better or worse.

One such example is the case of Peter Wolf, owner of Photocrazy, a company that takes photos of sporting events such as triathlons, then offers prints to the participants by matching their race number to an internalized, searchable database.

And although this concept has been around for quite some time in various forms, EFF reveals that Wolf managed to get three patents on this generalized idea and is now attempting to squash other, smaller operations that use a similar method. Read more…

Canon Patent Details Faster Focusing Method for Burst Shooting with DSLRs

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As more and more camera manufacturers are taking the mirrorless route to their product lineup, there are still plenty of companies dedicated to producing top-of-the-line DSLRs. And while the mirrorless market is seeing a massive jump in specs with each passing year, the DSLR market is working to keep up with their less mechanical counterparts.

Canon is looking to tackle the growing issue of balancing the focusing capabilities of DSLRs with the mechanical mirror setup that limits what they’re currently capable of. And the above patent shows off just how they might achieve that.

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Olympus Patents ‘Splash-Triggering’ Mode, Presumably for Its Tough Lineup

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Well, here’s your strange patent of the month. According to the latest patent filings from Olympus, it seems as though they’ve created a special triggering system for their ‘Tough’ waterproof camera lineup that will automatically snap a photo when it detects a splash of water.

While more details can only be hypothesized, it’s safe to say this feature is probably directed at parents of little ones who want to capture the waterlogged adventures of their children. Details on how the triggering system works are absent, but it’s rather intriguing nonetheless.

Of course, this tech may never make it into a consumer product. But if it does, we’ll be sure to share such a camera with you.

(via 4/3 Rumors)

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…