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Camera image stabilization

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348207990 - CAMERA, SYSTEM AND DETAIL

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
348208400 Motion correction 477
348208100 Electrical motion detection 75
348208200 Mechanical motion detection (gyros, accelerometers, etc.) 67
348208120 Combined with other camera operations (e.g., autofocus or autoexposure details) 35
348208300 Differentiating unintentional from purposeful camera movement (pan, tilt) 3
20110149094IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE HAVING TILT AND/OR PERSPECTIVE CORRECTION - Methods and apparatuses are disclosed to correct for tilt and/or perspective distortion in image capture devices. In some embodiments, the method may include reading an orientation measurement associated with a relative position of an image capture device with respect to an object, determining if the orientation measurement is less than a threshold, and in the event that the orientation measurement is less than the threshold, correcting an image obtained by the image capture device. In some embodiments, the apparatus may include an image sensor, a memory coupled to the image sensor, an orientation measurement device coupled to the image sensor, and a distance measurement device coupled to the image sensor, where the image data may be stored in the memory along with a measurement from the accelerometer and along with a measurement from the distance measurement device.06-23-2011
20090251547Unintentional Hand Movement Canceling Device and Imaging Apparatus - Provided is an unintentional hand movement canceling device, comprising: swing detecting means detecting a swing of an image; and a correction quantity generating means generating a correction quantity to calculate a correction position based on a swing quantity detected by the swing detection means, a damping coefficient of a swing quantity for controlling a characteristic of a non-corrected residue percent at a swing frequency and a damping center for controlling a centering velocity at which a correction position is caused to move to an initial position before correction, the correction quantity having a variable characteristic of a non-corrected residue percent at a frequency of the swing and a variable centering velocity at which a correction position is caused to move to an initial position before correction, wherein the correction quantity generating means includes means updating the damping center based on a preset damping coefficient of the damping center.10-08-2009
20110249130ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager repeatedly outputs an image representing a scene captured by an imaging surface. An adjuster adjusts an imaging condition by referring to any one of a plurality of adjustment references including a specific adjustment reference suitable for a dynamic scene. A permitter permits the referring by the adjuster to the specific adjustment reference when a movement of the image outputted from the imager satisfies a first condition and a luminance of the image outputted from the imager satisfies a second condition. A restrictor restricts the referring by the adjuster to the specific adjustment reference when at least one of the first condition and the second condition is not satisfied.10-13-2011
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20090066800METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE OR VIDEO STABILIZATION - A stabilization method and apparatus for at least one of an image or a video. The stabilization method comprising estimating inter-frame translation, inter-frame rotation and intentional motion, utilizing the estimation for determining motion compensation, and performing the motion compensation utilizing the determined motion compensation.03-12-2009
20130076925ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGE SENSOR PLANARITY ADJUSTING MODULE - An electronic device having an image sensor planarity adjusting module is provided. The image sensor planarity adjusting module includes a moving base, an image sensing unit, a planarity adjusting plate and a plurality of supporting columns. Herein the top of the supporting columns substantially and uniformly support the planarity adjusting plate so as to adjust the image sensing unit to reach a predetermined planarity.03-28-2013
20100118157METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CAMERA MODULE - A measuring device includes an actuator which holds a lens unit and moves the lens unit in the direction of the optical axis thereof. A test chart is photographed, with the lens unit being opposed to a reference image pickup device, and the lens unit is positioned at a just-focus position. The gap between the reference image pickup device and the lens unit at this time is reproduced, and an image pickup device, which is to be integrated, and the lens unit are opposed with this gap, and are fixed.05-13-2010
20130038745IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - There is provided an image processing device including a calculation section configured to calculate a feedback adjustment amount based on a change in temporal direction of a reference image which is spatially correlated with an input image, a motion compensation section configured to perform motion compensation on an output image, which is obtained from the input image of a preceding frame immediately preceding a current frame expected to be processed, based on spatial information of the reference image, and a blending section configured to generate the output image of the current frame by blending an interpolated output image obtained by the motion compensation and the input image of the current frame based on the feedback adjustment amount.02-14-2013
20130050517VISUAL CONTENT-AWARE AUTOMATIC CAMERA ADJUSTMENT - Visual content in images captured from a scene by a camera in each of a plurality of different pose settings are analyzed to determine predicted occurrences of a transaction associated with the visual content in each pose, which are compared with actual transaction occurrence data to generate performance values for each pose as a function difference between the predicted and actual transactions. Optimized poses are chosen having the best performance value, wherein a camera controller may place the camera in the optimum pose for use in monitoring the scene and generating the primitives of interest associated with the transactions.02-28-2013
20130088610PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, MOTION ESTIMATING APPARATUS, IMAGE COMPENSATING METHOD, MOTION ESTIMATING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A photographing apparatus, a motion estimating apparatus, an image compensating method, a motion estimating method, and a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium are provided. The photographing apparatus includes: an image sensing unit which continuously captures a plurality of images by using a rolling shutter method; and an image processor which compensates for a uniformly accelerated motion of the photographing apparatus by using the plurality of images.04-11-2013
20130057715ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ANTI-SHAKE MODULE - An electronic device including a main board, an anti-shake module and a lens module is provided. The lens module is disposed at a first surface or a second surface opposing the first surface of the main board. The anti-shake module includes a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB), an image sensor, a carrier, a first and second guide rod, a first and second moving plate. The image sensor is fixed to the second moving plate and electrically connected with the FPCB. The first and second moving plates are movably disposed at the first and second guide rods respectively. Herein the first moving plate is adapted to move along the axis of first guide rod. The second moving plate is adapted to move together with the first moving plate. And the second moving plate is adapted to move along the axis of second guide rod.03-07-2013
20110013031BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - Upon detecting the start of a panning operation, an adder-subtracter applies an offset from an offset change circuit to the output of an HPF (High-Pass Filter) representing the shake amount of an image capturing apparatus to decrease the shake amount. The offset value is set to be larger as the value of shake correction data output from a focal length calculation circuit is closer to the correction limit of a blur correction circuit. Upon detecting the end of the panning operation, the offset value is returned to zero. This invention provides a blur correction apparatus capable of suppressing degradation of a blur correction effect even when in a panning state.01-20-2011
20130063617LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A lens barrel configured such that an optical image stabilization lens in the lens barrel is retreated from the optical axis of the lens barrel to be accommodated in a desired position through a series of operations is provided. The lens barrel includes a lens group configured to be moved in the direction of the optical axis in response to a zooming or focusing operation, an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) lens movable in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis, and an OIS lens assembly which is equipped with the OIS lens, the OIS lens assembly being arranged to retreat the OIS lens from the optical axis and to move the OIS lens in a direction following the optical axis at the time of retraction of the lens group.03-14-2013
20090244301CONTROLLING MULTIPLE-IMAGE CAPTURE - According to some embodiments of the present invention, pre-capture information is acquired, and based at least upon an analysis of the pre capture information, it may be determined that a multiple-image capture is to be performed, where the multiple-image capture is configured to acquire multiple images for synthesis into a single image. Subsequently, execution of the multiple-image capture is performed.10-01-2009
20130162851OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZER AND LENS DRIVING APPARATUS - An optical image stabilizer includes a base member, a movable member that is disposed at the base member and moves along a plane orthogonal to an optical axis, a movable-member driving portion that is disposed at the base member and the movable member, and moves the movable member in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis, and a regulator that regulates a movement of the movable member along the plane orthogonal to the optical axis. The regulator regulates the movement of the movable member with two movement paths, which are a linear movement path along which the movable member moves in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis and a rotation path along which the movable member rotates around a point on the linear movement path.06-27-2013
20120113280AUTOMATIC ENGAGEMENT OF IMAGE STABILIZATION - An image stabilized digital image capture device, comprising an image sensor for capturing a digital image; an optical system for imaging a scene onto the image sensor; an image stabilization system; an exposure control system; a memory system; and a processor. The processor is used to perform the steps of determining exposure settings using the exposure control system; selectively engaging the image stabilization system responsive to whether the determined exposure settings satisfy a predefined condition; capturing a digital image of a scene using the image sensor and the selectively engaged image stabilization system; and storing the captured digital image in the memory system.05-10-2012
20080303908MOVING IMAGER CAMERA FOR TRACK AND RANGE CAPTURE - A precision motion platform carrying an imaging device under a large-field-coverage lens enables capture of high resolution imagery over the full field in an instantaneous telephoto mode and wide-angle coverage through temporal integration. The device permits automated tracking and scanning without movement of a camera body or lens. Coupled use of two or more devices enables automated range computation without the need for subsequent epipolar rectification. The imager motion enables sample integration for resolution enhancement. The control methods for imager positioning enable decreasing the blur caused by both the motion of the moving imager or the motion of an object's image that the imager is intended to capture.12-11-2008
20120293673IMAGE STABILIZER AND IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE HAVING SAME - An image stabilizer includes a stationary frame with four sidewalls, a moveable frame including four side panels, magnets, a plurality of fine pattern coils, and a resilient plate holding the moveable frame in the stationary frame. Each sidewall includes a receiving hole, a support portion received in the receiving hole, and a raised engagement portion extending from the support portion. The magnets are fixed on the side panels. The fine pattern coils are fixed in the receiving holes and aligned with the magnets and compensate for vibration and movement of the device to which it is affixed. The resilient plate is configured for returning the moveable frame to a resting position when a power supply is cut off.11-22-2012
20120188387CAMERA MODULE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a camera module includes an image stabilization section and a superposing section. The image stabilization section adjusts a position of a correction lens such that a second image, which is obtained in succession to a first image, is moved by a movement less than a length of one pixel relative to the first image. The superposing section superposes the first image and one or more of the second images that are taken after the position of the correction lens has been adjusted by the image stabilization section.07-26-2012
20090033751Lens barrel unit - A lens barrel unit includes gyro sensors that detect vibration. The gyro sensors are disposed around a CCD mounting portion within a range over which the lens barrel unit is projected along the optical axis of a photographic optical system. This positional arrangement allows the lens barrel unit to be provided as a compact retractable unit, and ultimately achieves miniaturization of the camera.02-05-2009
20090295930Method and apparatus providing motion smoothing in a video stabilization system - A method and apparatus for smoothing an image in a plurality of video frames consisting of a current frame and at least one previous frame. The position of at least one pixel in each of the plurality of frames is determined to provide respective determined positions. An adjusted position of the at least one pixel in the current frame is calculated based on the determined positions.12-03-2009
20090160959IMAGE STABILIZATION CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR CORRECTING VIBRATION-CAUSED DISPLACEMENT OF OPTICAL AXIS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME - A first equalizer generates a vibration-component signal indicating the amount of movement of an image pickup apparatus according to an output signal of a vibration detecting element for detecting the vibration of the image pickup apparatus. The second equalizer generates a drive signal used to control a driver element to correct the position of a lens or image pickup devices, based on the output signal of a position detecting element for detecting the position of the lens to be driven or the image pickup devices to be driven and the vibration-component signal. A control unit verifies the operations of the driver element, the position detecting element, the vibration detecting element and the first equalizer, based on the output signal of the position detecting element and the vibration-component signal.06-25-2009
20090153685METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY PHOTOGRAPHING PANORAMIC PICTURE - A method for photographing a panoramic picture, and for identifying motion of a photographing apparatus to automatically photograph respective images of a panoramic picture. The method steps include: (a) obtaining a first image in response to a request for a panoramic picture photography; (b) identifying motion of a photographing apparatus having obtained the first image, by applying a motion estimation technique to currently input images; (c) automatically determining a photographing direction based on the identified motion of the photographing apparatus; (d) selectively applying a motion estimation technique for estimating motion in a horizontal direction or a vertical direction, according to the determined photographing direction, and identifying motion of the photographing apparatus; (e) judging photographing time points of respective images by identifying that the identified motion of the photographing apparatus has reached a preset threshold value for decision of the photographing time point; and (f) photographing images at the photographing time point of the respective images.06-18-2009
20090153684IMAGING DEVICE UNIT AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging device unit includes: an imaging device having an imaging surface located on one side thereof in a width direction thereof and a rear surface located oppositely to the imaging surface; a heat radiating plate radiating heat generated in the imaging device, the heat radiating plate being arranged at the rear surface of the imaging device; and a signal processing substrate causing the imaging device to be operated. The heat radiating plate and the signal processing substrate are arranged opposedly to each other with a spacer being interposed therebetween and with a space portion being obtained therebetween.06-18-2009
20090147091Method, apparatus and system for image stabilization using a single pixel array - An imaging pixel array and associated method and system are disclosed in which the array contains first pixels each having a first photo-conversion device, and second pixels each having a first photo-conversion device and a second photo-conversion device. The first photo-conversion devices are configured to acquire an image during a first integration period. The second photo-conversion devices are configured to acquire a plurality of images during the first integration period. A circuit uses the plurality of image signals and determines from them relative motion between the array and an image during a portion of the first integration period and provides a signal representing the motion which is used for image stabilization.06-11-2009
20090141136SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND IMAGING CAPTURING APPARATUS - A semiconductor device with an “anti-shake” function includes a logic chip having a digital circuit which obtains a value indicating the amount of vibration of device such as an imaging apparatus based on a vibration detection signal supplied from a vibration detection element to generate a correction signal. The logic chip includes a correction signal processing unit which generates the correction signal, and a control signal output unit which outputs a vibration control signal in accordance with the correction signal to a vibration correction control unit which executes vibration correction control for an optical component. The control signal output unit includes a plurality of types of signal output sections and outputs a vibration control signal corresponding to a driving unit from one signal output section selected from among the plurality of types of signal output sections.06-04-2009
20090244302CAMERA MODULE WITH IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS - A camera module includes a lens module, a box having a through hole for fixing the lens module, an image sensor module, a vibration sensor, a platform assembly, and a controller. The vibration sensor is connected to the image sensor and configured for detecting a vibrating direction and amplitude of the image sensor during capturing and sending signals according to the vibrating direction and amplitude. The platform assembly includes a fixed platform and a movable platform. A side of the movable platform is configured for holding the image sensor module and an opposite side of the movable platform is connected to the fixed platform by a plurality of linear actuators. The linear actuators are configured for moving the movable platform in three rotational directions and in three translational directions. The fixed platform is fixed in the box corresponding to the lens module.10-01-2009
20090160962VIBRATION PREVENTION CONTROL CIRCUIT OF IMAGING DEVICE - A vibration prevention control circuit is provided that comprises at least one analog-to-digital converter circuit which samples and converts an output signal of a vibration detection element which detects vibration of an imaging device and an output signal of a position detection element which detects a position of an optical component, into digital signals, a vibration component processor that processes the output signal of the vibration detection element which is digitized by the analog-to-digital converter circuit, a down-sampling unit that down-samples the output signal of the vibration detection element which is processed by the vibration component processor, and a servo circuit that generates a control signal which drives the optical component, based on the output signal of the vibration detection element which is output from the down-sampling unit and the output signal of the position detection element which is digitized by the analog-to-digital converter circuit.06-25-2009
20090160960IMAGE STABILIZATION CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR IMAGING APPARATUS - A vibration control equalizer for generating a vibration signal for determining a driving amount for an optical component on the basis of an output signal of a vibration detector for detecting vibration of an imaging apparatus, a position control equalizer for calculating a position signal for determining a driving amount for the optical component on the basis of an output signal of a position detector for detecting position of the optical component, and an internal CPU for controlling the vibration control equalizer and the position control equalizer are provided, and compensation for the output signal of the position detector is performed by the internal CPU.06-25-2009
20090284610Image Processing Device, Image Shooting Device, And Image Processing Method - A merged image is generated by merging together a first image obtained by shooting with a reduced exposure time, a second image obtained by shooting with an increased exposure time, and a third image obtained by filtering out a high-frequency component from the first image. Here, a merging ratio at which the second and third images are merged together is determined by use of differential values obtained from the second and third images. Also, a merging ratio at which the first image and the second and third images (a fourth image) are merged together is determined by use of edge intensity values obtained from an image based on the first image.11-19-2009
20080211922Image Pickup Apparatus - In an imaging apparatus with a shake correction function, the influence of front curtain shock is prevented from being exerted on a shake correction function section (shake correction drive). The imaging apparatus includes a shake detection sensor 09-04-2008
20120293675OPTICAL APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM HAVING A FUNCTION OF MOVING A FOCUS LENS IN AN OPTICAL AXIS DIRECTION TO REDUCE FOCUS SHAKE GENERATED IN THE OPTICAL AXIS DIRECTION - The optical apparatus includes an image pickup optical system including a focus lens, a controller controlling movement of the focus lens in an optical axis direction of the image pickup optical system, a shake detector detecting a shake amount of the optical apparatus in the optical axis direction, and a memory storing plural shake amounts sequentially detected by the shake detector. The controller calculates, in response to a start instruction of exposure for the image pickup and before start of the exposure, a predictive value of the shake amount for a time point of the exposure based on the plural shake amounts stored in the memory and including at least one shake amount detected after the start instruction of exposure. The controller moves the focus lens to a position corresponding to the predictive value before the start of the exposure.11-22-2012
20090002502PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - A photographing apparatus for reducing the effect of shake on an image. The photographing apparatus includes an image pickup device, an image pickup device stage supporting the image pickup device and moving the image pickup device, a driving force generating portion for driving the image pickup device stage and moving the image pickup device stage, a guide portion contacting the image pickup device stage and limiting the direction in which the image pickup device stage moves, a first elastically pressing portion elastically pressing the driving force generating portion to consistently bring the driving force generating portion into contact with the operating portion of the image pickup device stage, and a second elastically pressing portion elastically pressing the image pickup device stage to bring the image pickup device stage into contact with the guide portion.01-01-2009
20080284861Image processing method and apparatus thereof - A method for obtaining a still image frame with anti-vibration clearness includes the following steps. Multiple raw image frames are captured during a capturing period according to a capturing instruction. The raw image frames are compressed respectively, according to a predetermined compression rule, into multiple compressed image frames each of which has a data length after such compression. The compressed image frames are stored according to a predetermined sequence. The data lengths of the compressed image frames stored are compared according to the predetermined sequence. The desired still image frame is obtained through the compressed image frame of which the data length has a unique feature among all the compressed image frames.11-20-2008
20090086040Imaging device and image blurring correction device - An imaging device includes an angular velocity sensor (04-02-2009
20090160961AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT - In a first operational amplifier, an input signal is input to the negative input terminal, a reference voltage is input to the positive input terminal, a feedback path from the output terminal to the negative input terminal is formed, and the input signal is amplified by a predetermined amplification factor. In a second operational amplifier, an output from the first operational amplifier is input to the positive input terminal, the reference voltage is input to the negative input terminal, and a pair of outputs having opposite polarities to each other and used for performing BTL drive of a load are obtained at the output terminal. Using the above arrangement, a low-frequency signal can be amplified.06-25-2009
20090141135LENS DRIVE DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND LENS DRIVE METHOD - A lens drive device in at least one lens barrel holding a lens moveably includes a motor to drive the lens; an acceleration detection section to detect an acceleration; and an output control section to control an output of the motor corresponding to the acceleration detected by the acceleration detection section. The output control section determines whether the acceleration detected by the acceleration detection section falls within a predetermined acceleration range or not. When the acceleration is determined to be within the range, a further determination of whether the lens drive device is in a stationary state is performed. When it is determined not being in the stationary state, the motor is driven by a maximum drive voltage. When it is determined being in the stationary state, a further determination of whether the posture is horizontal or not is performed.06-04-2009
20090051777APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING MOTION DUE TO HAND TREMBLING AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE USING THE SAME - A motion estimation apparatus and method for estimating a global motion vector of an image due to hand trembling by using zoom information and focus information are provided. The motion estimation method includes: dividing a photographed image into a plurality of image blocks; determining a weight value for a motion vector of each of a plurality of image blocks based on focus information and zoom magnification information; predicting a motion vector for each image block; and estimating a global motion by applying the weight value determined for the motion vector for each image block to the predicted motion vector.02-26-2009
20090027508IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGING DEVICE, AND OUTPUT DEVICE - In a system built from an imaging device and an output device, camera shake compensation is performed while processing load imposed on the imaging device is being lessened. An image processing system is built from a digital camera and a printer. Image data pertaining to a subject are recorded in a recording medium. Further, the amount of blurring of the digital camera is detected by means of a gyroscopic sensor, and PSF data are recorded in the recording medium. The printer is equipped with an image conversion section, a PSF conversion section, and an image restoration section, and a resolution of the image data and a resolution of the PSF data are converted, thereby restoring an original image.01-29-2009
20110141298IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Image data captured by a capturing unit is inputted. Exposure information of the captured image data is inputted. Rotary-vibration information, which indicates rotary vibration of the capturing unit at the time of image capture, is inputted. A blur, which is caused by the rotary vibration, of the captured image data is corrected based on the exposure information and an angle of rotation of the capturing unit, which is indicated by the rotary-vibration information.06-16-2011
20090309986Modular portable motion control system - A modular portable motion control camera system includes one or more motion control blocks that are connected together directly to each other, connected together with connecting hardware, or connected to other equipment to be moved by the motion control block to create robotic camera control systems. Each motion control block has its own mechanics, servo motor, control circuitry, and interface connections. The motion control blocks are networked together and controlled with a computer running custom motion control software to allow complex individual or synchronous control. Each motion control block includes a body with a rotating motorized plate. Inside the body each motion control block has its own motor control circuitry, servo motor, and gears to bring motion from the motor to the rotating motorized plate. Electrical connectors are inserted into the body to provide all the necessary electrical connections. Mounting tabs on each end of the body have evenly spaced threaded holes and countersunk through holes. Through these mounting tabs and holes, the motion control block easily mounts to other motion control blocks, to accessories, or to anything object or equipment user wishes to attach it to. The rotating motorized plate has threaded mounting holes and alignment grooves so that other parts and accessories can be easily attached and aligned.12-17-2009
20090079837IMAGE STABILIZATION FOR IMAGE BASED NAVIGATION SYSTEM - Methods and apparatus of stabilizing images used to track an object wherein the images are subject to slurs due to vibrations that are oscillatory in nature is provided. The methods include determining the center of intensity in the images taken of the object and using the center of the intensity to track the object.03-26-2009
20100149354IMAGE STABILIZER AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENT THEREWITH - A CCD support mechanism includes a CCD holder for holding a CCD, a first printed circuit board having a first printed coil, a second printed circuit board having a second printed coil, a pair of horizontal leaf springs, and a pair of vertical leaf springs. When a camera shake occurs by hand-held shooting, a VCM composed of the first printed coil and a first stationary magnet shifts the CCD, while bending the horizontal leaf springs, to counteract the camera shake in a Y-axis direction. A VCM composed of the second printed coil and a second stationary magnet shifts the CCD, while bending the vertical leaf springs, to counteract the camera shake in an X-axis direction. Current values of the VCMs are determined by feedback control by using an output signal from a shake detector as a target value and a present position from a position detector as a measurement value.06-17-2010
20100002089DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUSES FOR CONTROLLING HAND SHAKE CORRECTION AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - Provided are a digital photographing apparatuses and methods of controlling the same. The method includes: inputting previous preview image data; inputting current preview image data; comparing and determining a pixel value of the previous preview image data and a pixel value of the current preview image data; and controlling the operation of a hand shake correcting unit according to the comparison and determination result. Accordingly, the hand shake correcting unit is selectively turned off by easily detecting a case where hand shake correction is not necessary, such as a case where a tripod is used, thereby reducing power consumption.01-07-2010
20090115860IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - The present invention provides an image pickup device which is lower in production cost and smaller in size than the conventional image pickup device.05-07-2009
20100238309Handheld Article with Movement Discrimination - A digital camera 09-23-2010
20100238308ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH IMAGE STABILIZATION MECHANISM - An exemplary electronic device includes a housing, a lens module, a light source, an image sensor module, and an image processor. The lens module is received in the housing and used to receive light from an object. The light source is configured for projecting a light beam to the object, and forming a bright spot on the object. The image sensor module is configured for capturing images of the object and the bright spot. The image processor is configured for computing a change in the position of an image of the bright spot when displacement of the electronic device occurs, computing a displacement of the electronic device based on the change in the position of the image of the bright spot, and processing the captured image of the object based on the computed displacement such that the captured image is corrected.09-23-2010
20110109757IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus is disclosed which provides an appropriate inclination guide display in accordance with an aspect ratio of a picked-up image and the like. The image pickup apparatus includes an inclination detector which detects an inclination of the image pickup apparatus, a display device capable of superimposedly showing an inclination guide display corresponding to a detection output from the inclination detector, on a picked-up image, and an aspect ratio setter which sets the aspect ratio of a picked-up image. The apparatus includes a display controller which controls whether or not to show the inclination guide display on the display device on the basis of the aspect ratio set by the aspect ratio setter.05-12-2011
20110122269METHOD FOR COMPENSATING FOR VIBRATION AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method of compensating for vibration and an imaging apparatus are provided. The method of compensating for vibration includes determining whether a vibration compensation starting condition is satisfied, and starting compensating for vibration prior to operating a shutter, if the vibration compensation starting condition is satisfied. Accordingly, a shutter lag is reduced and power consumption is reduced, and accuracy of vibration compensation is improved.05-26-2011
20090141137SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND IMAGING CAPTURING APPARATUS - A MCP semiconductor device with an “anti-shake” function includes a driver chip and a logic chip. The logic chip includes a correction signal processing unit which obtains a value for vibration of apparatus based on a vibration detection signal to generate a correction signal and a control signal output unit having a plurality of types of signal output sections which output a vibration control signal in accordance with the correction signal to a vibration correction control unit which executes vibration correction control for an optical component. The logic chip further includes a driver output terminal which outputs the vibration control signal to the driver chip, an external output terminal which outputs the control signal to an external circuit other than the driver chip, and also an output switch unit which connects one of the plurality of signal output sections with the driver output terminal or the external output terminal.06-04-2009
20100053347Content-Aware Video Stabilization - In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving a source video sequence; determining a stabilized camera path to which the source video sequence is to be stabilized; and generating a stabilized video sequence, wherein each frame of the stabilized video sequence is generated as a content-aware warp of a corresponding frame in the input sequence.03-04-2010
20110001836ACTUATOR AND ANTI-VIBRATION CAMERA MODULE USING SAME - An actuator includes a stationary member defining a first receiving room and a center axis, a moveable member received in the first receiving room and being apart from the stationary member, a driving member, and a resilient spring assembly. The moveable member is coaxial with the stationary member. The driving member comprises a first magnetic assembly fixed to the stationary member and a second magnetic assembly fixed to the moveable member. The first magnetic assembly faces the second magnetic assembly. The driving member is configured for driving the moveable member to move along a first axis and a second axis perpendicular to the first axis. The first axis and the second axis are perpendicular to the central axis. The spring assembly is positioned between the stationary member and the moveable member and connects the moveable member to the stationary member. The spring assembly elastically deforms when the moveable member moves.01-06-2011
20110157384Stabilizing rod for a video camera stabilizer - The present invention relates to a photographic apparatus and more particularly pertains to a stabilizing rod for a video camera stabilizer which comprises a data processing circuit, wherein it further comprises memory units which are connected to the data processing circuit for receiving digital format signals from the data processing circuit and recording the digital format signals. The present invention provides a stabilizing rod for a video camera stabilizer which is connected to memory units and is therefore capable of recoding image content in digital format for future editing and playback.06-30-2011
20080278590DRIVE UNIT AND DRIVE MODULE - To provide a drive unit and a drive module which include a shape memory alloy as a drive source to move a driven member and are capable of the high-precision movement of the driven member to a reference position. A drive unit and a drive module can be provided by controlling, in the drive unit and the drive module which include the shape memory alloy as the drive source to move the driven member, the shape memory alloy so that the resistance of the shape memory alloy is equal to the resistance when the driven member is located at the reference position.11-13-2008
20080204566IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus is disclosed which provides an appropriate inclination guide display in accordance with an aspect ratio of a picked-up image and the like. The image pickup apparatus includes an inclination detector which detects an inclination of the image pickup apparatus, a display device capable of superimposedly showing an inclination guide display corresponding to a detection output from the inclination detector, on a picked-up image, and an aspect ratio setter which sets the aspect ratio of a picked-up image. The apparatus includes a display controller which controls whether or not to show the inclination guide display on the display device on the basis of the aspect ratio set by the aspect ratio setter.08-28-2008
20110001837IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An image sensing apparatus having a camera shake correction function of moving an optical axis of an image sensing device, the apparatus comprises an optical axis moving amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a moving amount of the optical axis at the time of shooting; a dust pixel determination unit configured to scan image data acquired by pre-shooting, during which the camera shake correction function is disabled, and determine a dust pixel corresponding to dust that is adhered to the image sensing device; a dust correction data generation unit configured to generate dust correction data based on information about the dust pixel that has been determined by the dust pixel determination unit; and a holding unit configured to hold the moving amount of the optical axis acquired by the optical axis moving amount acquisition unit and the dust correction data generated by the dust correction data generation unit.01-06-2011
20100214425METHOD OF IMPROVING THE VIDEO IMAGES FROM A VIDEO CAMERA - A method of improving a video image by removing the effects of camera vibration comprising the steps of, obtaining a reference frame, receiving an incoming frame, determining the frame translation vector for the incoming frame, translating the incoming frame to generate a realigned frame, performing low pass filtering in the spatial domain on pixels in the realigned frame, performing low pass filtering in the spatial domain on pixels in the reference frame, determining the absolute difference between the filtered pixels in the reference frame and the filtered pixels in the realigned frame, performing low pass filtering in the temporal domain on the pixels in the realigned frame to generate the output frame if the absolute difference is less than a predetermined threshold, and providing the realigned frame as the output frame if the absolute difference is greater than the predetermined threshold.08-26-2010
20100214426LENS DRIVING DEVICE, IMAGE STABILIZING UNIT, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A lens driving device having a simplified structure in which a holding member is moved relative to a stationary member with appropriate viscous damping is provided. The lens driving device includes the holding member configured to hold a compensation lens for image stabilization, the stationary member configured to support the holding member in a movable manner in a plane that is perpendicular to a light axis, a driving unit configured to change the position of the holding member relative to the stationary member, and a damping material disposed between the holding member and the stationary member. The damping material has a transition region in a frequency range between 0.3 Hz and 100 Hz.08-26-2010
20120307089ESTIMATING OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A CAMERA COMPONENT USING SHARPNESS SWEEP DATA - The sharpness sweep of a camera lens is performed while capturing several digital images of an object through the lens. The lens is swept in accordance with a range of distance-representing values. The images are analyzed to calculate a respective sharpness variable for each of several different regions of interest. For each region of interest, a peak value of the sharpness variable is found, as well as the distance-representing value associated with the peak. The pixel coordinates of each region of interest are converted into a pair of distance coordinates, which become part of a triple that is created for the region of interest and that also includes the associated distance-representing value. A surface to fit the triples is estimated, and a measure of the optical characteristic is computed using the estimated surface. Optical characteristics that may be estimated in this manner include tilt and curvature of field. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.12-06-2012
20110050923IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit operable to capture a subject image to generate image data, a controller operable to calculate a target exposure value based on the image data and control exposure based on a first shooting parameter set by a user to obtain the target exposure value, and a display unit operable to provide a display. The controller calculates a first suitable range which is a range of the first shooting parameter for obtaining the target exposure value, and calculates a second shooting parameter based on the target exposure value and the first shooting parameter set by the user. The display unit displays exposure guide information including the first shooting parameter set by the user, information representing the first suitable range, and the calculated second shooting parameter.03-03-2011
20110050922IMAGE STABILIZER AND RELATED IMAGING MODULE AND RELATED ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An exemplary image stabilizer includes a stationary supporting frame, a moveable frame, a driving assembly and a resilient assembly. The moveable frame is moveably received in the stationary supporting frame and spaced from the stationary supporting frame. The driving assembly includes a first magnetic member and a second magnetic member. The first magnetic member is positioned on the stationary supporting frame. The second magnetic member is positioned on the moveable frame. The driving assembly is configured for driving the moveable frame to rotate relative to the stationary supporting frame through interaction between the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member. The resilient assembly interconnects the stationary supporting frame and the moveable frame and is configured for counter-rotating the moveable frame relative to the stationary supporting frame.03-03-2011
20090002503IMAGE STABILIZATION UNIT, IMAGE STABILIZATION DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND MOBILE DEVICE - Convex portions 01-01-2009
20110109756IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus is disclosed which provides an appropriate inclination guide display in accordance with an aspect ratio of a picked-up image and the like. The image pickup apparatus includes an inclination detector which detects an inclination of the image pickup apparatus, a display device capable of superimposedly showing an inclination guide display corresponding to a detection output from the inclination detector, on a picked-up image, and an aspect ratio setter which sets the aspect ratio of a picked-up image. The apparatus includes a display controller which controls whether or not to show the inclination guide display on the display device on the basis of the aspect ratio set by the aspect ratio setter.05-12-2011
20110157385IMAGING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH IMAGE ENLARGING DISPLAY FUNCTION, RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING CONTROL PROGRAM OF THE IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes a display section to sequentially display each of the images generated by the imaging section and an enlargement display control section to sequentially display parts of the images generated by the imaging section on the display section while enlarging the parts by a predetermined enlargement factor. The imaging section changes the enlargement factor of the enlargement display control section according to a shake quantity detected by the detecting section or an optical zoom magnification of an optical zoom section.06-30-2011
20120002062MODULAR AND INTEGRATED EQUIPMENT STABILIZING SUPPORT APPARATUSES - An image-capture device stabilizer comprising a plurality of frictionally engaged components. The components are, or are configurable into, parts such as an image-capture device platform, a gimbal apparatus, and one or more balancing arms. The image-capture device stabilizer is pre-balanced for a specific image-capture device, and can be constructed to be suitable with an image-capture device weighing less than 1 lb. The image-capture device stabilizer can be provided in a kit. The invention also includes a method of fabricating an image-capture device stabilizer.01-05-2012
20110037863IMAGING DEVICE - Disclosed herein is an imaging device including: a first substrate having a first communication device; a second substrate having a solid-state imaging device and second communication device to exchange signals with the first substrate; a shake correction section adapted to detect the shake of an enclosure and correct the shake based on the detection result by moving the first substrate in the plane vertical to the optical path; and a millimeter wave signal transmission line that permits transmission of information in the millimeter wave band between the first and second communication devices, wherein a signal to be transmitted between the first and second communication devices is converted into a millimeter wave signal first before being transmitted via the millimeter wave signal transmission line.02-17-2011
20090135261IMAGING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - When a digital camera 05-28-2009
20120013754Optical image stabilizer and method of manufacturing the same - The present invention provides an optical image stabilizer including: a substrate; a table which faces the substrate and has an image sensor mounted on its upper surface to be horizontally actuated on the substrate; supporting members for supporting the table on the substrate; and a scratch drive actuator for actuating the table, and a method for manufacturing thereof.01-19-2012
20090160957Methods and system for digitally stabilizing video captured from rolling shutter cameras - An imaging device and methods of stabilizing video captured using a rolling shutter operation. Motion estimation is used to determine a row motion vector for individual rows of a current frame of a pixel array. The row motion vectors are used to map the location of pixels in the current frame to a mapped frame representing a single acquisition time for the current frame.06-25-2009
20120206615Drive Unit and Drive Module - To provide a drive unit and a drive module which include a shape memory alloy as a drive source to move a driven member and are capable of the high-precision movement of the driven member to a reference position. A drive unit and a drive module can be provided by controlling, in the drive unit and the drive module which include the shape memory alloy as the drive source to move the driven member, the shape memory alloy so that the resistance of the shape memory alloy is equal to the resistance when the driven member is located at the reference position.08-16-2012
20090160958IMAGE STABILIZATION CONTROL CIRCUIT AND IMAGING DEVICE HAVING IMAGE STABILIZATION CONTROL CIRCUIT - A image stabilization control circuit is provided that comprises at least one analog-to-digital converter circuit that converts an output signal of a vibration detection element which detects vibration of an imaging device, and an output signal of a position detection element which detects a position of an optical component or an imaging element, into digital signals, and a logic circuit that generates a control signal which drives the optical component or the imaging element, based on the output signal of the vibration detection element which is digitized by the analog-to-digital converter circuit and the output signal of the position detection element which is digitized by the analog-to-digital converter circuit, wherein an offset value and an amplitude for the output signal of the position detection element are adjusted.06-25-2009
20120062754METHOD FOR ADJUSTING SHOOTING PARAMETERS OF DIGITAL CAMERA - An adjusting method for adjusting shooting parameters is applied to adjust the shooting parameters according to stability of a camera. In the method, an image is captured first, and an edge-detection procedure is performed on the image to obtain a still value corresponding to a stable state of the camera. Then, shooting parameters, such as a photosensitivity value, an exposure time, or an aperture value, of the camera are adjusted according to the still value.03-15-2012
20080204564IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS BARREL - An imaging apparatus capable of preventing photographing sensitivity from being increased more than necessary, reducing image quality degradation caused by camera shake or object shake and easily photographing images in good image quality. Digital camera 08-28-2008
20100245604IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE, REPRODUCING DEVICE, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - To provide an image processing device that calculates a parameter used for correcting large video jitter with high accuracy even when the accuracy of a sensor for measuring a movement of a photographing device is low. The image processing device includes: a constraint condition generating unit (09-30-2010
20100245605IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND ACTIVATION METHOD THEREFOR - An image capturing device includes a first controller operable to control image capturing; an operation section including a switch; a detector operable to detect a change to an image capturing mode and to send a signal representing the change; a second controller operable to monitor and process the sent signal, the second controller having a power consumption less than that of the first controller; and a power supply operable to supply power to the first controller, the second controller, and a functional section of the device. When the second controller receives the signal sent from the detecting section in a power saving state in which power is supplied from the power supply to the second controller, the power saving state is changed to a power supplying state capable of image capturing by supplying power from the power supply to portions of the device including the first controller.09-30-2010
20120133788IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THAT RECORDS IMAGING PROGRAM THEREIN - An imaging device includes: a reproduce control unit to reproduce an image imaged by an imaging unit in response to an input of an imaging instruction in a case where an attitude determination unit determines that a body of the imaging device has taken a specific attitude; and an inhibition control unit to inhibit the reproduce control unit from reproducing the imaged image, in a case where the attitude determination unit determines that the body of the device has not taken the specific attitude until a predetermined time elapses after the imaging instruction is inputted, even if the body of the imaging device has thereafter taken the specific attitude.05-31-2012
20120169894IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - There is provided an image processing device including a motion compensation section which compensates motion between a target image and a reference image, an image compositing section which generates a composited image by compositing the target image and the reference image, the motion therebetween having been compensated, and a spatial filtering section which performs spatial filtering of the composited image. The spatial filtering section may perform spatial filtering of the composited image by using an ε-filter.07-05-2012
20120249815FOLDED IMAGING PATH CAMERA - In embodiments of a folded imaging path camera, a device includes a camera lens module that focuses an image, which is received as reflected light. An image sensor captures the image from the reflected light that is directed at the image sensor. The device also includes one or more optics that fold the reflected light of the image along an imaging path directed through the camera lens module and directed at the image sensor. The imaging path directed through the camera lens module can be approximately perpendicular to an axis along which the reflected light of the image is received via an aperture in the device. Alternatively, the imaging path directed through the camera lens module is approximately parallel to the axis along which the reflected light of the image is received via the aperture in the device.10-04-2012
20100026821OPTICAL APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM - The optical apparatus includes an image pickup optical system including a focus lens, a controller controlling movement of the focus lens in an optical axis direction of the image pickup optical system, a shake detector detecting a shake amount of the optical apparatus in the optical axis direction, and a memory storing plural shake amounts sequentially detected by the shake detector. The controller calculates, in response to a start instruction of exposure for the image pickup and before start of the exposure, a predictive value of the shake amount for a time point of the exposure based on the plural shake amounts stored in the memory and including at least one shake amount detected after the start instruction of exposure. The controller moves the focus lens to a position corresponding to the predictive value before the start of the exposure.02-04-2010
20120182436Anti-shake device for a lens module - An anti-shake device furnished between a lens module and an image sensor. An optical path is defined along the lens module and image sensor. The anti-shake device comprises a base plate, at least one piezoelectric member and a circuit member. The base plate is located in the optical path and has a surface facing the lens module, wherein a first axial direction and a second axial direction are defined on the surface. The piezoelectric member is located on the base plate and contacts with the lens module. The circuit member located on the base plate comprises a control module for controlling the piezoelectric member to drive the lens module moving alone the first and second axial directions in order to adjust the deviation caused by shaking.07-19-2012
20090021590Moving image playback device with camera-shake correction function - When a blurring correction is performed when shooting a moving image, a digital camera performs blurring correction on the picked up frames and successively records the frames. Then, when generating a moving image file, the digital camera records information stating that the blurring correction has been performed in the header of the file, thereby preventing the blurring correction from being performed again when the moving image is played back. In addition, in the case that only the blurring detection is performed when shooting the moving image, the digital camera detects the blurring in the frame, correlates the detected blurring amount in the frame with the frame, and successively records the blurring amounts. Then, when generating the moving image file, the digital camera records information stating that the blurring detection has been performed in the header of the file.01-22-2009
20120320227IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an optical system, an imaging device that captures an image imaged via the optical system to generate image data, a detecting unit that detects a shake of the imaging apparatus in a rotating direction, a cutting-out unit that cuts out data in a predetermined cutting-out region in a region of the image data generated by the imaging device, and a recording unit that records the cut image data in a recording medium. The cutting-out unit determines a rotating center position according to a predetermined condition (for example, the focal length of the optical system or move amount of the imaging apparatus), rotates the cutting-out region around the rotating center position to reduce an effect of the shake in the rotating direction detected by the detecting unit on the image imaged on the imaging device, and cuts out the image data from the rotated cutting-out region.12-20-2012
20120268614IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device is described having an electro-mechanical image stabilization system capable of removing the effect on a generated image of vibration and angular movement of the device. The system includes a mechanical coupling interposed between the optics and the drive electronics of the device. The coupling ensures that movement generated by vibration is translated into linear movement of the optics and the drive electronics relative to each other.10-25-2012
20120086824CAMERA WITH IMAGE STABILIZATION FUNCTION - A camera according to the present invention is equipped with an image sensor; an A/D converter that converts analog image-pixel signals read from the image sensor to digital image-pixel signals; an image stabilizer that comprises a coil and a movable member configured to move in a given direction while supporting the image sensor; an image stabilization controller that controls a position of the movable member at given time intervals by sending pulse drive signals through the coil; and a timing adjustment processor that shifts at least one of a rise timing and fall timing of the pulse drive signals from a signal-processing interval associated with an A/D conversion process.04-12-2012
20120086823DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera is provided that includes a camera body and a monitor device. The camera body includes an imaging module, an image stabilization module, a first connector half and a first wireless communication module. The monitor device is detachable from the camera body and includes a monitor, a second connector half complemental to the first connector half and a second wireless communication module complemental to the first wireless communication module. An operation of the image stabilization module is suspended when monitor device is detached from the camera body.04-12-2012
20120287295IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS IMAGE PICKUP USING ROLLING SHUTTER METHOD, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image pickup apparatus capable of reducing camera-shake blur and rolling-caused distortion of image data obtained by shooting without including invalid data. An object obtained by shooting is stored in a memory area as first image data, and data having a smaller data size than the first image data is acquired as second image data by clipping from the memory area. A clipping position which enables correction of camera-shake blur is calculated according to an amount of movement due to a camera shake. Range information indicative of a range in the memory area and shift amounts used for correcting rolling-caused distortion are calculated. Rolling-caused distortion of the second image data is corrected based on the calculated shift amounts.11-15-2012
20130021485Image-Capturing Device - An image-capturing device includes a periscope-type zooming lens unit, an optical image stabilizing (OIS) unit, and a protecting cap. The periscope-type zooming lens unit includes a housing and a lens set that is disposed in the housing and that includes a reflective prism and an emission lens. The OIS unit is disposed externally of the periscope-type zooming lens unit and adjacent to the emission lens. The OIS unit includes a base mounted to the housing of the periscope-type zooming lens unit, a movable carrier mounted to the base, an optical sensor mounted on the movable carrier to correspond with the emission lens, and a driving mechanism operable to drive the movable carrier to move relative to the base. The protecting cap is mounted to the base of the OIS unit, and is disposed to surround an outer side of the OIS unit.01-24-2013
20120242849Assisted Image Capture - Techniques for assisting the user of a digital image capture device take a well composed image are described. In general, a first image may be displayed and then stabilized (or frozen) on the display if it is determined to be well composed. A subsequent image may replace the stabilized image on the display if it is not substantially the same as the stabilized image. A stabilized image may also be tagged with one or more visual cues so as to notify the user the image is well composed.09-27-2012
20080252736IMAGE STABILIZATION METHOD AND APPARATUS - An image stabilization apparatus includes accelerometers, a proximity sensor and a processor. Each accelerometer determines acceleration along an axis of a plane parallel to a focal plane of an image capture device. The accelerometers output respective acceleration data to the processor. The proximity sensor obtains a measurement of the distance between the focal plane of the image capture device and an object plane. The proximity sensor outputs distance data to the processor. The processor processes the distance data and the acceleration data to produce correction data to correct image data captured during motion of the image capture device.10-16-2008
20080231715IMAGE TAKING APPARATUS - There is prepared an image sensor capable of creating an image of 300 frames per second. The image sensor creates consecutively images so that the digital signal processing section 09-25-2008
20080225127Digital image stabilization method for correcting horizontal inclination distortion and vertical scaling distortion - Provided is a digital image stabilization method. The method includes: extracting characterizing points from a current frame; matching the characterizing points of the current frame with characterizing points of a previous frame; detecting an outlier from the matched characterizing points and removing the outlier; calculating homography using the characterizing points from which the outlier has been removed; and correcting the current frame using the homography.09-18-2008
20130176448REFERENCE IMAGE SETTING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - An image stabilizing apparatus and method for correcting an image that is shaken due to a movement of a camera is provided. The image stabilizing apparatus includes a reference image setting unit including: a sample frame extract unit which extracts a plurality of image frames taken for a certain period of time from image data generated by photographing an object; and a reference frame extract unit which the plurality of image frames with one another to extract a most stabilized image frame and set the extracted image frame as a reference image frame.07-11-2013
20130176449CHARACTERIZING POINT CHECKING REGION SETTING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided is an image stabilizing apparatus and method for correcting an image that is shaken due to a movement of a camera. The image stabilizing apparatus includes a characterizing point checking region setting unit including: a sample frame extract unit which extracts a plurality of image frames obtained for a certain period of time in image data obtained by photographing an object; and a frame analyzing unit which detects a plurality of characterizing points in the extracted plurality of image frames, and sets a characterizing point checking region which is used to check characterizing points in a currently input image frame.07-11-2013
20130093906RECEIVED VIDEO STABILIZATION - Method, device and computer program product for stabilizing a received video signal. A plurality of frames of the video signal is captured using a camera. The video signal is transmitted as an encoded bit stream. Displacement of the camera between successive frames is determined from a motion indication in the bit stream. The determined displacement is used to compensate for motion in the video signal between successive frames caused by the motion of the camera, to thereby stabilize the video signal.04-18-2013
20130128066Methods and Apparatus for Robust Video Stabilization - Methods and apparatus for robust video stabilization. A video stabilization technique applies a feature tracking technique to an input video sequence to generate feature trajectories. The technique applies a video partitioning technique to segment the input video sequence into factorization windows and transition windows. The technique smoothes the trajectories in each of the windows, in sequence. For factorization windows, a subspace-based optimization technique may be used. For transition windows, a direct track optimization technique that uses a similarity motion model may be used. The technique then determines and applies warping models to the frames in the video sequence. In at least some embodiments, the warping models may include a content-preserving warping model, a homography model, a similarity transform model, and a whole-frame translation model. The warped frames may then be cropped according to a cropping technique.05-23-2013
20080204565IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS BARREL - An imaging apparatus capable of preventing photographing sensitivity from being increased more than necessary, reducing image quality degradation caused by camera shake or object shake and easily photographing images in good image quality. Digital camera 08-28-2008
20090185043IMAGE CAPTURE METHODS - Image capture systems capable of ensuring clear images are provided, in which an image capture module senses at least one image, and an operational module performs a compensation to the image capture system according to a modulation transfer function (MTF) value corresponding to the image, such that the image capture system can be operated under an optimized total gain thereby ensuring clear images.07-23-2009
20130155266FOCUS POSITION ESTIMATION - A method, apparatus and computer-readable storage medium computer-implemented method for lens position estimation. A drive current value may be received from a lens driver. An orientation of an electronic device may be detected using a motion sensor. A gravity vector may be determined by a processor based upon the orientation. A drive current offset may be determined based upon the gravity vector. The drive current value may be combined with the calculated drive current offset to create a normalized drive current. A lens position value associated with a camera lens of the electronic device may be computed based upon the normalized drive current.06-20-2013
20120019680IMAGING DEVICE, CONTROLLING DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE CONTROLLING METHOD - An imaging device includes an image capturing element which photoelectrically converts a subject image into electrical charge information, a driving device which drives a driving part related to image capturing, and a controlling unit which changes a driving frequency of the driving device at a timing to read the electrical charge information from the image capturing element.01-26-2012
20130194443LONG-RANGE OPTICAL DEVICE HAVING IMAGE STABILIZATION AND IMPROVED PIVOT DETECTION - The present invention relates to a long-range optical device having at least one tube, in which an optical system is positioned, having at least one image stabilization unit, which is designed for the purpose of moving at least one optical assembly of the optical system relative to the at least one tube, having at least one signal processing unit which is designed such that it actuates the at least one image stabilization unit in one mode of a plurality of modes, wherein a respective movement situation of the long-range optical device is assigned to each mode, and having a mode detection unit which is designed such that it determines the mode from the plurality of modes. Furthermore, the mode detection unit is designed such that it determines the mode in that it ascertains at least one comparative value from a respective location derivative value of a trajectory formed from a first movement and a second movement of the long-range optical device and compares the at least one comparative value to a respective limiting value.08-01-2013
20120293674IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEM AND DIGITAL CAMERA - An image stabilization system is provided that includes a rolling angle detector for detecting a rolling angle of a camera body; a rotational blur compensator that calculates a rotational blur from the rolling angle and carries out a rotational compensation by rotating an image sensor; a translational motion detector for detecting a translational motion of the camera body; and a translational blur compensator that extracts a partial image from each of two images captured by the image sensor to counteract the translational motion.11-22-2012
20120069205Image Based Systems For Detecting Information On Moving Objects - Systems and methods for generating images of an object having a known object velocity include imaging electromagnetic radiation from the object onto a sensor array of an imaging system, adjusting at least one of a shutter rate and a shutter direction of the imaging system in accordance with an image velocity of the image across the sensor array, and sampling output of the sensor array in accordance with the shutter rate and the shutter direction to generate the images. Systems and methods for generating images of an object moving through a scene include a first imaging system generating image data samples of the scene, a post processing system that analyzes the samples to determine when the object is present in the scene, and one or more second imaging systems triggered by the post processing system to generate one or more second image data samples of the object.03-22-2012
20120081562DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera of the present invention has: an optical housing having a bending optical system for reflecting photographic object light entering along a first optical axis to a second optical axis direction perpendicular to the first optical axis to form an image on an image pickup device; a camera main body having a containing portion for containing the optical housing slidably only in the second optical axis direction and having support portions for supporting the optical housing provided on each of both sides surfaces of the containing portion across the second optical axis of the bending optical system; and a shock absorbing unit provided between an inner surface of the containing portion of the camera main body in which the support portions are not provided and an outer surface of the optical housing facing thereto.04-05-2012
20120081561DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera of the present invention has: an optical housing having a bending optical system for reflecting photographic object light entering along a first optical axis to a second optical axis direction perpendicular to the first optical axis to form an image on an image pickup device; a camera main body having a containing portion for containing the optical housing slidably only in the second optical axis direction and having support portions for supporting the optical housing provided on each of both sides surfaces of the containing portion across the second optical axis of the bending optical system; and a shock absorbing unit provided between an inner surface of the containing portion of the camera main body in which the support portions are not provided and an outer surface of the optical housing facing thereto.04-05-2012
20130208134Image Stabilization - A method comprising: receiving cropping information for a current video frame; capturing at a camera sensor the current video frame; performing a first crop of the current video frame using a first cropping window to form a cropped video frame, wherein the first cropping window has been dynamically adjusted in response to the received cropping information; and sending the cropped video frame for digital image stabilization.08-15-2013

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