Posts Tagged ‘patent’

Apple Granted Patent for Action Camera, Causing GoPro’s Stock to Tank

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Apple is getting into the smart watch business, but there’s another market that may be in the company’s crosshairs: action cameras. Apple was granted a patent for a wearable camera today, and the news caused GoPro’s stock to tumble by around 12%.
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Canon is Japanese Patent King in the United States for 10th Straight Year

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When it comes to filing and obtaining patents from the US government, no Japanese company is as active as Canon. For the 10th straight year, Canon has ranked 1st among all Japanese companies in terms of patents awarded. Its 4,055 patents from 2014 also ranks Canon 3rd overall among all companies.
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Nikon May Be Working on a Modular Lens System with Mix and Match Pieces

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In the past several years, there have been quite a few mentions of modular camera designs that split sensors, screens, and bodies of cameras into separate, replaceable parts. Today is the first time we’ve heard of a completely modular lens system.

A recently published Nikon patent appears to show just that: a lens that is assembled by connecting a number of circular pieces to form a complete barrel.
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Lens Patent Suggests Nikon May Be Working on a Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

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Ever since the Nikon 1 Series mirrorless cameras were announced with their 2.7x crop factor sensor, Nikon shooters have been waiting for a mirrorless camera with a larger sensor. The wait may soon be coming to an end.

A newly discovered Japanese patent shows that Nikon may be planning quite a jump in sensor size for its mirrorless cameras: from 2.7x crop to full frame.
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Canon Patents a Body Cap that Cleans the Contacts on Your Lens Mount

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Here’s a cool patent that gives new purpose to a camera accessory you don’t hear talked about much: the body cap. Chances are you don’t give your camera’s body cap much thought, but the body cap Canon just patented would serve a dual purpose by not just keeping your sensor protected, but also cleaning the contacts on your lens mount in the process. Read more…

New Sony Sensor Tech Could Capture Incredible Dynamic Range and 2K Video at 16,000fps

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Sony’s not messing around, the electronics company really does want to revolutionize digital photography. And while we still haven’t seen the potential of the curved sensor technology Sony’s been teasing us with for months, another Sony sensor patent is stirring up even more interest and excitement.

This one describes something called ‘Active-Pixel Color Sampling’ technology, or APCS (that’s not gonna be confusing at all…), and it’s poised to take frame-rates, dynamic range, and low-light capabilities to heights that could legitimately be called insane. Read more…

Single Shot HDR: Exciting Sony Patent Describes Image Sensor with Per-Pixel Exposure

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Imagine an image sensor that can expose different parts of an image differently, not by using multiple shots and blending them intelligently, but all at once on a per-pixel basis. Seem like science fiction? We thought so too, but that’s exactly what Sony is proposing in a recent patent. Read more…

Sony Patent Shows Off Z-Shift Sensor That Can Change Flange Distances On-The-Fly

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Most cameras are limited in a number of ways due to the fact that their sensor is integrated into the camera body and unable to move on any axis. However, a new patent by Sony shows that they might be looking to change that in their future systems. Read more…

Nikon Patent Shows a Vibrating DSLR Shutter Button That Helps You Track Moving Subjects

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Cameras have many different methods of guiding photographers toward capturing quality shots, but physical feedback isn’t really one of them… yet. In addition to providing useful visual and auditory information, DSLRs in the future might actually guide photographers through their sense of touch.

A recently published Nikon patent shows a DSLR that helps photographers capture moving objects without having to look through their viewfinder. Instead, the camera uses vibrations to guide the shooter.
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Court Rules Against Photog Who Patented the Online Distribution of Sports Photos

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Back in August 2014, we reported on the legal battle between photographer Peter Wolf and a company called Capstone. Wolf had received three patents on a method of distributing sports photos online. The problem was, the patents described common workflows that countless photographers use around the world.

The latest development today will have those photographers resting a bit easier: the courts have ruled that the patents are invalid because they aren’t inventive enough and because they simply describe convention steps that many people use.
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