Posts Tagged ‘patent’

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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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…