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348207990 - CAMERA, SYSTEM AND DETAIL

348222100 - Combined image signal generator and general image signal processing

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348231300 Storage of additional data 229
348231200 Image file management 151
348231700 Detachable 43
348231100 Available memory space detection 14
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20130044239EXCHANGEABLE LENS AND CAMERA SYSTEM - An exchangeable lens detachably mounted at a camera body includes: an optical characteristics storage unit; an optical characteristics information generation unit; and an optical characteristics transmission unit. Peripheral shading information for only some image heights is stored as the information pertaining to the peripheral shading characteristics of the exchangeable lens into the optical characteristics storage unit, but peripheral shading information for at least one image height position among five image height positions equivalent to integral multiples of y02-21-2013
20100165147DISPLAY DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A brightness adjustment section 07-01-2010
20090244322DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA WITH PROJECTOR MECHANISM - A digital video (DV) camera with projector mechanism includes a DV camera having a processing unit provided in an enclosure, and a shooting unit, an audio input/output unit, a storage unit, a display unit, an operating interface unit, and a power supply unit mounted to the enclosure and electrically connected to the processing unit; and a projector mechanism being arranged in the enclosure at a suitable position and electrically connected to the processing unit. Dynamic pictures and still imaged shot using the DV camera may be output via the projector mechanism, so that a user may play back the shot dynamic pictures and still images directly from the DV camera to save the time required for image processing via a computer.10-01-2009
20080297623REAL-SIZE PREVIEW SYSTEM IN TERMINAL HAVING DIGITAL CAMERA FUNCTION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A real-size preview system in a terminal having a digital camera function and a control method thereof are provided. The real-size preview system includes a display unit for displaying an image provided through a camera module to a user and an image processor for designating a first display area in the display unit and displaying an image, designating a second display area in the display unit and changing an image size of a region of an image previewed through the first display area to a different size to be displayed. The system enables a user to confirm the real size of a photographed object to enhance image readability.12-04-2008
20120162476IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CAPTURING A SUBJECT TO BE RECORDED WITH INTENDED TIMING - An image capturing apparatus (06-28-2012
20090195673IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PLAYING METHOD, IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR USE IN DISPLAYING IMAGE DATA - Upon continuously displaying a plurality of image data read from a recording medium, printing setting information including trimming information is set for the image data recorded to the recording medium with a corresponding relation to the image data. The displaying of the image data is controlled based on the determination of whether or not the printing setting information is set for each image data read from the recording medium.08-06-2009
20080259184INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An information processing device that is connected to a projecting device that projects an annotation image input from an external terminal a projection area including an object and a background, and is connected to an image capture device that captures an image of the projection area including the object and the background, includes: a detecting unit that detects movement of the object from an image captured by the image capture device; an extracting unit that extracts a changed region that is caused in the captured image by the movement of the object; and a processing unit that performs processing on at least one of the captured image and the annotation image, when the annotation image exists in the changed region.10-23-2008
20090009628CAPTURING AN IMAGE WITH A CAMERA INTEGRATED IN AN ELECTRONIC DISPLAY - Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for capturing photographic images with a camera integrated in an electronic display. The system includes: a display screen; a set of display elements coupled to a front side of the display screen; and an image-capturing mechanism coupled to a backside of the display screen. The display elements are configured to cycle between an active state, in which the display elements are illuminated to display a display image on the display screen, and an inactive state, in which the display elements are darkened and at least partially transparent. While the display elements are in the inactive state, the image-capturing mechanism is configured to capture a photographic image of objects in front of the display screen through the display screen and the display elements.01-08-2009
20110193996IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF - In a digital camera 08-11-2011
20130076943APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE RECOGNITION OF FACIAL AREAS IN PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES FROM A DIGITAL CAMERA - Disclosed is an apparatus for photographing an image using a digital camera capable of providing a preview image, including: an image sensor for capturing an image of a subject; a first image signal processor for processing at least one captured image as a sequent image in order to display the captured image as a preview image on a display window and detecting a face area from the captured image; a buffer for storing the image including at least one detected face area; a capture button for capturing a still image during outputting the sequent image as the preview image on the display window; a second image signal processor for processing the captured still image using the capture button; a controller for controlling to store the captured still image and information related on the face area detected from the first image signal processor prior to the input of the capture button; and a memory for storing the processed still image together with the information related on the detected face area.03-28-2013
20090122158IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND METHOD - An image capturing device includes a taking lens, a plurality of focus modes for capturing object with different distances, and a processing unit. The processing unit includes a receiving module, a focusing module, a determining module, a selecting module, and an image capturing module. The receiving module is configured for receiving a focus mode selected by a user. The focusing module is configured for performing auto-focus processing within the range of a focus mode selected by the user or the image capturing device automatically. The determining module is configured for determining whether the image is in focus in the selected focus mode. The selecting module is configured for selecting a correct focus mode automatically according to the auto-focus processing performed before, when the image is judged out focus. The image capturing module is configured for capturing an image in a correct focus mode.05-14-2009
20100073519IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes: a first image storing unit that stores a first history image including a first picked-up image forming a picked-up moving image; an image transforming unit that transforms, on the basis of transformation information concerning the first picked-up image and a second picked-up image forming the picked-up moving image located after the first picked-up image on a time axis of the picked-up moving image, the second picked-up image; and an image combining unit that causes a second image storing unit different from the first image storing unit to store the transformed second picked-up image, overwrites the first history image stored in the first image storing unit on the second picked-up image stored in the second image storing unit, and combines the first history image and the second picked-up image.03-25-2010
20100073518USING DISTANCE/PROXIMITY INFORMATION WHEN APPLYING A POINT SPREAD FUNCTION IN A PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICE - An embodiment of the invention is directed to a relatively low cost technique for improving the sharpness or quality of digital images captured by a handheld portable media device. A housing of the device has integrated therein a digital camera image sensor, a camera lens, and a sensor that detects a distance measure, which is a measure of distance between the housing and an object or target in a scene that is before the lens. The device is programmed to select a point spread function, PSF, based on the detected distance measure. The selected PSF is then applied to de-blur the captured image, for becoming the final picture of the scene that is taken by the user. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.03-25-2010
20130076942IMAGE TAKING APPARATUS - An image taking apparatus according to the present invention includes: an image pickup unit; a memory that stores an image taken by the image pickup unit as image data; a control circuit; and an operation unit for giving a command to the control circuit. The control circuit includes: a mark registration unit that registers an image taken by the image pickup unit as a mark image in the memory depending on a mark registration command; an image cutting unit that determines a polygonal region having display positions of a plurality of mark images as a plurality of apexes by using an image taken by the image pickup unit as a target depending on an image cutting command, and cuts the polygonal region out of the image taken by the image pickup unit; and a cut-out image recording unit that records the image cut out by the image cutting unit.03-28-2013
20090009630DIRECT INTERFACE OF CAMERA MODULE TO GENERAL PURPOSE I/O PORT OF DIGITAL BASEBAND PROCESSOR - In a mobile wireless device, a camera module can be connected directly to a digital baseband processor that does not have a special interface, without the need for an external coprocessor. The data interface of the camera module is directly connected to pins of a general purpose input/output port on the digital baseband processor to enable the baseband processor to capture the synchronous parallel data stream from the camera module. A clock signal from the camera module can be used to trigger DMA transfers of the image data captured by the general purpose input/output port of the baseband processor.01-08-2009
20130076941Systems And Methods For Editing Digital Photos Using Surrounding Context - Systems and methods for multi-pressure interaction on touch-sensitive surfaces are disclosed. One disclosed embodiment of a system includes a display; a memory configured to store images; a camera in communication with the memory, the camera configured to capture images; and a processor in communication with the memory and the display. In this embodiment, the processor is configured to receive a first image; receive a selection of a portion of the first image, wherein the portion is less than all of the first image; receive a second image, the second image comprising a different image than the first image; determine a portion of the second image corresponding to the portion of the first image; and replace the portion of the first image with the portion of the second image.03-28-2013
20130038758IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGING DEVICE, INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device includes a storage section, an estimation calculation section, and an image output section. A pixel is sequentially shifted so that overlap occurs to acquire a light-receiving value of the pixel as a low-resolution frame image. The storage section stores the low-resolution frame image. The estimation calculation section estimates estimated pixel values at a pixel pitch smaller than the pixel pitch of the low-resolution frame image. The image output section outputs a high-resolution frame image that has a resolution higher than that of the low-resolution frame image based on the estimated pixel values. The estimation calculation section calculates the difference between the light-receiving value of the pixel set at a first position and the light-receiving value of the pixel set at a second position, and estimates the estimated pixel values based on the difference.02-14-2013
20130038757IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - The invention provides an image pickup apparatus including: an image pickup device including a memory portion for analog storage and a pixel portion; a first read-out control and processing portions that, in a first frame-period, read out a first-image-signal from a first-pixel-region of the pixel portion, and in a second frame-period longer than the first frame-period, read out a second-image-signal from a second-pixel-region of the pixel portion including the first-pixel-region, and store the read-out signals in the memory portion; a second read-out control and processing portions that read out from a memory portion an AF image signal related to the first-image-signal and a display image signal related to the second-image-signal; a focal point detecting portion that carries out contrast focal point detection based on the AF image signal; and an image display portion that displays an image based on the display image signal.02-14-2013
20130038756LIFE-LOGGING AND MEMORY SHARING - In a first embodiment of the present invention, a method for creating a memory object on an electronic device is provided, comprising: capturing a facet using the electronic device; recording sensor information relating to an emotional state of a user of the electronic device at the time the facet was captured; determining an emotional state of the user based on the recorded sensor information; and storing the facet along with the determined emotional state as a memory object.02-14-2013
20100045823RECORDING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A recording apparatus including a mounting portion configured to allow a rewritable recording medium and an unrewritable recording medium to be mounted thereon includes a determination unit configured to determine a file name with a number for recording a file on a recording medium mounted on the mounting portion, and a recording control unit configured to record, on the recording medium mounted on the mounting portion, the file using the file name determined by the determination unit, wherein the determination unit changes a file name determination method when the recording medium mounted on the mounting portion is replaced such that the rewritable recording medium and the unrewritable recording medium are replaced with each other.02-25-2010
20090174794Image recording apparatus, dynamic image processing apparatus, dynamic image reproduction apparatus, dynamic image recording apparatus, information recording/reproduction apparatus and methods employed therein, recording medium with computer program stored therein - The image recording apparatus according to the present invention is provided with a conversion device that converts an optical image of a subject to an electrical signal, a recording circuit that records the electrical signal achieved through the conversion device in a storage device as image data and a display control circuit that detects an available capacity at the storage device and the length of time that power supply by a source is possible and displays them on a display as available capacity information and remaining power supply time information. The available capacity information indicates the length of available recording time remaining at the available capacity that has been detected.07-09-2009
20090122160HIGH DENSITY ROW RAM FOR COLUMN PARALLEL CMOS IMAGE SENSORS - A readout circuit of an imager that enables analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) to be shared between columns of the imager is provided. Groups of ADCs share a single block of memory for storing signals processed by the ADCs. The ADCs process signals received from one group of columns of pixels and, at a different time, the ADCs process signals from another group of columns of pixels. While one of the signals processed from a column is being stored in a first memory bank, signals previously processed and stored in a second memory bank are being readout of the storage locations and provided downstream for further processing.05-14-2009
20090244326Camera with mounting rail - A camera includes a housing, a camera lens, a video camera recorder, a display, and a mounting rail. The housing is elongated and sealed. The camera lens is located at a front end of the housing. The video camera recorder is located within the housing for recording images captured by the camera lens. The display is configured for viewing the recorded images. The mounting rail extends along an exterior surface of the housing and mounts the camera to the weapon.10-01-2009
20130027582ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes a recorder. A recorder records an image outputted from an imager in response to a recording operation. An assigner assigns an imaging direction at a time of accepting the recording operation to the image recorded by the recorder. An extractor executes a process for extracting one portion of images having a common imaging position from among a plurality of the images recorded by the recorder in response to a reproducing operation. An acceptor accepts a direction-designating operation in association with the extracting process of the extractor. A reproducer reproduces an image, to which an imaging direction equivalent to a direction designated by the direction-designating operation is assigned, among one the portion of images extracted by the extractor.01-31-2013
20130027583PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM - Processing for judging whether a face is included in a frame is performed, in a predetermined interval, on each of frames included in a moving image of a subject, displayed on a monitor, until the judgment becomes positive. If it is judged that a face is included in a frame, the facial position is detected in the frame, and stored. Then, judgment is made as to whether a face is included in the next frame after predetermined time. If the judgment is positive, the facial position is detected. The previously stored facial position is replaced by the newly detected facial position, and the newly detected facial position is stored. These processes are repeated until photographing operation is performed by operating a release unit.01-31-2013
20100157099MOBILE DEVICE WITH A CAMERA - A mobile device with a camera is disclosed, which includes a first camera for obtaining first image information and a second camera arranged so as to be directed toward a photographer when photographing using the first camera. The mobile device further includes a storage unit storing the first image information sent from the first camera, and a control unit storing the first image information sent from the first camera in the storage unit based on second image information sent from the second camera, such as a state of a face image in an image photographed by the second camera. In a further embodiment, the control unit can store the first image information based on whether a level of a preliminarily set expression of the face image exceeds a threshold.06-24-2010
20120182449IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image recording apparatus for recording an image captured by use of electronic zoom, comprises an electronic-zoom setting unit configured to set a zoom magnification when using the electronic zoom, a recording-mode selection unit configured to select at least either a non-compression format or a compression format as a recording mode in recording the captured image, a recording-size setting unit configured to set a recording size in each recording mode, and a control unit configured to, when the zoom magnification is set to a magnification at which an image is enlarged, control a recording size in the non-compression format to be larger than the recording size set by the recording-size setting unit.07-19-2012
20120182448DISTANCE ESTIMATION SYSTEMS AND METHOD BASED ON A TWO-STATE AUTO-FOCUS LENS - An electronic device including a camera adapted to capture images is provided. The camera includes a lens having a first focusing state and a second focusing state; an image sensor adapted to capture a first image of an object in the first focusing state and a second image of the object in the second focusing state. The electronic device further includes a memory configured to store instructions; and a processor coupled to the memory and the camera, wherein the processor is adapted to determine a distance to the object based on the first image and the second image. A lens system including an actuator to modify a configuration of the lens system is also provided, having a first and second focusing state; a memory; and a lookup table to estimate a distance from the lens system to an object.07-19-2012
20130050526SUPER-RESOLUTION IMAGING SYSTEMS - Electronic devices may include super-resolution imaging systems for capturing multiple relatively low-resolution images and combining the captured images to form a high-resolution image. The imaging system may include image sensors configured to capture information above the Nyquist frequency of the image sensor by providing each image sensor pixel in an array of image sensor pixels with structures for reducing the size of the clear pixel aperture below the size of the image sensor pixel. The structures may be configured to pass light that is incident on a central region of the image sensor pixel to a photo-sensitive element through a color filter element and to reject light that is incident on a surrounding edge region. The structures may include a microlens configured to reject light that is incident on the edge region or a combination of a microlens and masking structures. Masking structures may be absorbing, reflecting, or interfering structures.02-28-2013
20130088617APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STORING SNAPSHOT IMAGE - Disclosed is a technology for storing snapshot images capable of maximizing the reading performance of an SD/MMC card at the time of recovering the snapshot images and minimizing the booting time of a system. A method for storing snapshot images includes: preparing the snapshot images, attempting to allocate continuous reference blocks, in which a number of blocks corresponding to the predetermined number of reference blocks is continuous in a non-volatile memory unit, storing the snapshot images in the allocated continuous reference blocks when the allocation of the continuous reference blocks succeeds, and preparing the snapshot image storage information as a swap table and storing the prepared swap table in the non-volatile memory unit.04-11-2013
20100002098EXTERNAL STORAGE DEVICE AND CAMERA - An external storage device includes: a read out unit that reads out management information in a camera, regarding an image file that is stored within the camera; an identification unit that identifies information on specifying device to which the image file was transmitted, based upon the management information read out by the read out unit; a selection unit that selects an image file to be received from the camera, on the basis of a result of identification by the identification unit; and a reception unit that receives the selected image file.01-07-2010
20100103287IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM - An image capturing apparatus which is connectable to and able to communicate with an external control apparatus, comprises an image capturing unit configured to capture an object image and generates image data; a recording unit configured to divide image data generated by the image capturing unit into a plurality of files and records the files; and a notifying unit configured to notify the external control apparatus of individual files divided into the plurality of files and recorded as information of a single file.04-29-2010
20090303352Digital still camera having a monitor device at which an image can be displayed - A digital still camera includes an image-capturing device, a recording device that records a subject image captured by the image-capturing device into an image recording medium, a first monitor device and a second monitor device. The images repeatedly captured by the image-capturing device are displayed in real time at the first monitor device and, at the same time, a photographic support image having been captured by the image-capturing device is displayed at the second monitor device. A single image or a plurality of images recorded in the image recording medium, for instance, may be displayed at the second monitor device as the photographic support image. Alternatively, an image obtained by partially enlarging the image displayed at the first monitor device may be displayed at the second monitor device.12-10-2009
20110007184IMAGE-SIGNAL PROCESSOR CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING A PLURALITY OF CCD IMAGE SENSORS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE SIGNALS USING THE IMAGE-SIGNAL PROCESSOR - There is provided an image-signal processor capable of supporting a plurality of CCD image sensors (01-13-2011
20130057728DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING - An image processing device includes: an extractor configured to extract a region of interest which satisfies a specified condition from a first image frame; a size decision unit configured to decide an image size according to a size of the region of interest extracted by the extractor; and an image converter configured to change the size of an image frame to be processed according to the image size decided by the size decision unit to generate a transformed image frame. The extractor extracts a region of interest which satisfies the specified condition from the transformed image frame.03-07-2013
20090066813PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS OF WHICH IMAGE PICKUP AREA IS DIVIDED, AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE THEREOF - A photographing apparatus and an image pickup device thereof include an image pickup device of which an image pickup area includes a plurality of pixels and is divided into a plurality of sub-image pickup areas, and at least one pixel included in each of the sub-image pickup areas outputs image signals at a same time.03-12-2009
20120224083IMAGING AND DECODING DEVICE WITH QUANTUM DOT IMAGER - Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for imaging with a decoding imager based on semiconducting nanocrystals that function as quantum dots, and decoding decodable features in the images. In an illustrative embodiment, a device includes an imaging subsystem, a data storage element, and a processor. The imaging subsystem includes an image sensor array and an imaging optics assembly operative for focusing an image onto the image sensor array. The image sensor array includes a plurality of pixels wherein a pixel includes a photosensitive portion comprising one or more nanocrystals, and a read-out portion capable of relaying incident light data representing light incident on the one or more nanocrystals. The data storage element is capable of storing frames of image data comprising data communicated through the read-out portion of at least some of the pixels during the imaging operation. The processor is operative for receiving one or more of the frames of image data from the data storage element and performing a decode operation for performing an attempted decode of a decodable feature represented in at least one of the frames of image data.09-06-2012
20130063624EFFICIENT SPECTRAL IMAGING BASED ON IMAGING SYSTEMS WITH SCENE ADAPTATION USING TUNABLE COLOR PIXELS - A method for adaptive spectral image capture that may be performed via an image capture device is disclosed. A default capture parameter is applied to an imaging assembly and a sample image of a scene is captured by an image capture device. The sample image is analyzed to identify transition zones between multiple different regions. An initial guess as to which spectral regions a filter mode might work best is obtained based on dominant transition region spectrum and a first iterated step in which numerical values for the filter mode are calculated. A second iterated step in which each such filter mode is evaluated for effectiveness against other filter modes. The regions in which a specific filter mode works best becomes associated with the filer mode and these regions become the guess for the next iteration.03-14-2013
20090237529IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image recording comprising: an initialization step of generating a predetermined number of search points in a specified region of an image, a filtering step of updating coordinates of a plurality of search points, comparing a characteristic value of the specified region with a characteristic value of each of the search points after updated in the image, assigning to the search points weights determined so as to he increased in proportion to a degree of similarity therebetween, screening the search points according to the weights, calculating a variance and a weighted average of the coordinates of the screened search points, and an image recording determination step of determining, based on the variance and weighted average of the coordinates of the screened search points, and the tracking range, whether or not to record the image, and recording the image if it is determined to record the image.09-24-2009
20090237528IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING SIGNAL - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit configured to photoelectrically convert light into an electrical signal serving as an imaging signal and output the imaging signal at predetermined frame intervals, a memory configured to store the imaging signal output from the image pickup unit, a first signal processing unit configured to generate a Y/C signal from the imaging signal output from the image pickup unit, a second signal processing unit configured to generate a Y/C signal from the imaging signal stored in the memory, and a control unit configured to control power supplied to each of the first and second signal processing units.09-24-2009
20130162866IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image pickup apparatus includes a pupil division unit that restricts light of an optical image of an object arriving at each pixel of an image pickup element to light from a specific pupil area of a photographing lens and stores information of a pixel defect of the image pickup element and information for determining an angle of incidence of the optical image arriving at each pixel, and is arranged to set an image generation position where a re-formed image is generated, from the image signal, shift the image signal in accordance with the shift amount determined on the basis of the image generation position and the information for determining the angle of incidence, correct the defect image using the shifted image signal in accordance with the pixel defect information, and generate an image corresponding to the image generation position from the corrected image signal.06-27-2013
20120229675IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND IMAGING PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging lens forming an optical image of a subject, an image pickup device outputting an image signal according to the optical image of the subject, a display device displaying a subject image according to the image signal, an image processor converting the image signal to data in an image data format to be displayed on the display device, and a storage device storing a plurality of pieces of positional information respectively specifying a plurality of enlargement areas to be enlarged in the subject image. The image processor has an enlarged image generation device generating an enlarged image of each of the plurality of enlargement areas based on the positional information stored in the storage device, and an enlargement display device displaying the plurality of enlarged images on the display device.09-13-2012
20090009631IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL ADJUSTMENT METHOD FOR IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS - An image-taking apparatus is disclosed which is capable of adjusting a positional displacement of an image-taking optical system and an image-pickup element even in a state in which they are fixed. The image-taking apparatus includes the image-taking optical system including an offset lens unit movable in a direction orthogonal to an optical axis, the image-pickup element and a memory which stores adjustment data. The adjustment data is data on a movement amount of the offset lens unit to make light amounts in peripheral parts on the image-pickup element substantially homogeneous in a case where an object has a surface with approximately homogeneous luminance.01-08-2009
20090009629Electronic camera - An electronic camera of the present invention includes: an imaging unit capturing a subject to generate an original image; a derivative image generating unit reducing resolution or color of the original image to generate a derivative image for transfer; a recording unit recording the original image and the derivative image thereon such that the original image and the derivative image get associated with each other; and a transfer unit transferring the derivative image recorded on the recording unit to an external transfer destination. In this configuration, the recording unit finds the derivative image (original image) by referring to the association with the original image (or derivative image), thereby collectively managing the original image and the derivative image. This makes it possible to prevent a user from being confused at image management due to the original image and the derivative image being the same image.01-08-2009
20130215289DYNAMIC IMAGE CAPTURE UTILIZING PRIOR CAPTURE SETTINGS AND USER BEHAVIORS - Methods, systems, and computer program products are provided for dynamically capturing images according to prior capture settings and user behaviors. A first image is captured with a plurality of capture settings selected by a user. A user gesture to accept or delete the first image is detected. The parameters describing the preferred capture settings for the user are subsequently determined based on the first image she accepts or deletes. Upon receiving an indication from the user to capture a second image, the settings of the imaging device are adjusted according to the determined parameters and the second image is captured using the preferred parameters.08-22-2013
20130215290DETECTING TRANSIENT SIGNALS USING STACKED-CHIP IMAGING SYSTEMS - Imaging systems may be provided with stacked-chip image sensors. A stacked-chip image sensor may include a vertical chip stack that includes an array of image pixels, control circuitry and storage and processing circuitry. The image pixel array may be coupled to the control circuitry using vertical metal interconnects. The control circuitry may provide digital image data to the storage and processing circuitry over additional vertical conductive. The stacked-chip image sensor may be configured to capture image frames at a capture frame rate and to output processed image frames at an output frame rate that is lower that the capture frame rate. The storage and processing circuitry may be configured to process image frames concurrently with image capture operations. Processing image frames concurrently with image capture operations may include adjusting the positions of moving objects and by adjusting the pixel brightness values of regions of image frames that have changing brightness.08-22-2013
20130215291APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SHOOTING MOVING PICTURE IN CAMERA DEVICE - A method of shooting a moving picture in a camera device includes acquiring a frame image for each frame from a camera upon shooting a moving picture. The method also includes dividing and generating the acquired image to a display image and a compression image to transmit one frame, and configuring the compression image as a motion vector of a frame corresponding to a reference frame image or a compression image of a reference frame image. The method further includes displaying the display image and restoring and compressing the compression image to a moving picture, and storing the compressed moving picture.08-22-2013
20100328495IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image capturing apparatus is able to record a moving image in a first image capturing mode or a second image capturing mode. In the first image capturing mode, the apparatus starts recording of a moving image signal in response to an instruction to start recording and stops recording of the moving image signal in response to an instruction to stop recording. In the second image capturing mode, the apparatus starts recording of a moving image signal in response to the instruction to start recording, and automatically stops recording of the moving image signal when a predetermined period elapses after recording of the moving image signal starts. The apparatus controls so as to extract a moving image signal of the predetermined period from a moving image signal recorded in the first image capturing mode on a recording medium, and to record the extracted moving image signal on a recording medium.12-30-2010
20110032387IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus according to an implementation of the present invention is connected to a memory and includes: an imaging device reading any given area; a main image storage unit reading an image of a main image area, the image representing a whole image formed on the imaging device, and store in the memory an image associated with the read image as a main image; a sub image storage unit reading an image of a watch area from the imaging device, the watch area being an area to be watched, and store the read image in the memory as a sub image; an encoder encoding the main image and the sub image stored in the memory by the main image storage unit and the sub image storage unit; and a recording unit recording the main image and the sub image encoded by the encoder on a recording medium.02-10-2011
20090207279IMAGING DEVICE - Provided is an imaging device capable of accurately and rapidly selecting a main image from a plurality of continuously captured images and simplifying handling of image files recorded on a memory card. With one operation, it is possible to capture a plurality of continuous images at a predetermined time interval. A main image is selected from the captured images and the image data on the main image and the image data on sub images other than the main image are recorded as one image file on a recording medium (08-20-2009
20110298948APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING IMAGE IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus and method for acquiring an image in a portable terminal includes a camera processor and an application processor. The camera processor includes a camera sensor and an image storage unit storing an image acquired through the camera sensor, and is driven independently from the application processor. The application processor is driven independently from the camera processor and drives a specific application while the camera processor operates to permit simultaneous processing of an image and another function or functions of the portable terminal.12-08-2011
20110298950IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS, A METHOD OF CONTROLLING THEREOF AND A COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image capturing apparatus that commences a pre-shooting operation on a first stroke of a release button, executes a shooting operation on a second stroke of the release button, and stores generated image data in a connected storage medium. The image capturing apparatus includes a power supply unit adapted to supply power to the storage medium, and a controller configured to control the power supply unit so that the power supply to the storage medium is started in response to the first stroke of the release button going ON.12-08-2011
20120105680SOC STRUCTURE OF VIDEO CODEC-EMBEDDED IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE SENSOR USING THE SAME - A system on chip (SoC) structure of a video codec-embedded image sensor and a method of driving an image sensor using the same are provided. The image sensor includes a first domain including a codec processing unit processing image data using a video codec and a core processor, a second domain including an image sensor pixel and an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a third domain including an image signal processor (ISP) performing signal processing on the image data obtained from the second domain, a fourth domain including a formatter converting a data format of the data generated in the first to third domains to the outside, an a clock generation unit providing system clocks to the first to fourth domains, respectively.05-03-2012
20120105678IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEMS AND METHODS UTILIZING CUSTOMIZABLE LOOK MANAGEMENT - An image capturing apparatus that includes an image capture unit, an interface unit, a processing unit, and a display unit, wherein the image capture unit captures an image, the memory unit stores the image, the interface unit loads one or more look transforms into the image capturing apparatus, the processing unit converts color signals of the image from values of the image capturing apparatus into an output rendering space using a device-independent color space, automatically applies the look transform(s) to the image, and generates a rendered image, which is then displayed by the display unit.05-03-2012
20110285875PORTABLE IMAGE STORAGE DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED PROJECTOR - A portable device for the storage and display of digital images, using an integrated projector for image display. The device itself might be a camera, smart phone or other portable or handheld electronic device capable of capture or storage of digital images. The integrated projector would allow projection of images at a larger size on an external surface than an internal display would permit. Certain embodiments of the device might also include image capture hardware, in addition to image storage, along with image editing or manipulation software. Method of display of digital images using a portable device with integrated projector is also disclosed.11-24-2011
20110285873SYSTEM FOR CAPTURING A DOCUMENT IN AN IMAGE SIGNAL - Devices, methods, and software are disclosed for capturing a frame of image data having a representation of a feature. In an illustrative embodiment, a device includes an imaging subsystem, one or more memory components, and a processor. The imaging subsystem is capable of providing image data representative of light incident on said imaging subsystem. The one or more memory components include at least a first memory component operatively capable of storing an input frame of the image data. The processor is in communicative connection with executable instructions for enabling the processor for various steps. One step includes receiving the input frame from the first memory component. Another step includes generating a reduced resolution frame based on the input frame, the reduced resolution frame comprising fewer pixels than the input frame, in which a pixel in the reduced resolution frame combines information from two or more pixels in the input frame. Another step includes attempting to identify transition pairs comprising pairs of adjacent pixels in the reduced resolution frame having differences between the pixels that exceed a pixel transition threshold. Another step includes attempting to identify one or more linear features between two or more identified transition pairs in the reduced resolution frame. Another step includes providing an indication of one or more identified linear features in the reduced resolution frame.11-24-2011
20110285874INTERACTIVE USER INTERFACE FOR CAPTURING A DOCUMENT IN AN IMAGE SIGNAL - Devices, methods, and software are disclosed for an interactive user interface for capturing a frame of image data having a representation of a feature. In an illustrative embodiment, a device includes an imaging subsystem, one or more memory components, and one or more processors. The imaging subsystem is capable of providing image data representative of light incident on said imaging subsystem. The one or more memory components include at least a first memory component operatively capable of storing an input frame of the image data. The one or more processors may be enabled for performing various steps. One step may include receiving the image data from the first memory component. Another step may include attempting to identify linear features defining a candidate quadrilateral form in the image data. Another step may include providing user-perceptible hints for guiding a user to alter positioning of the device to enhance a capability for identifying the linear features defining a candidate quadrilateral form in the image data.11-24-2011
20110292246Automatic Tone Mapping Curve Generation Based on Dynamically Stretched Image Histogram Distribution - An apparatus, method, computer useable medium, and processor programmed to automatically generate tone mapping curves in a digital camera based on image metadata are described. Rather than having a static tone mapping curve for all images, the curve can be varied automatically based on, e.g., the brightness histogram of the image. In one embodiment, a certain percentage of the least bright pixels and a certain percentage of the brightest pixels can be disregarded, while the remaining pixels can be linearly stretched to encompass the original range of brightness values. Based on the distribution of the resultant stretched brightness histogram, slopes for the low end (S12-01-2011
20110134279Digital Camera - A digital camera of the present invention comprises a control circuit executing an initialization processing of a recording medium mounted thereon and a series of photographing processings. The control circuit starts the initialization processing of the recording medium when a power of a camera body is turned on, and thereafter, determines presence/absence of an image recording operation regardless of whether or not the initialization processing has been completed. The control circuit starts the series of photographing processings when it is determined that the image recording operation has been performed, then, when either the exposure processing or one or more steps of signal processing is completed, suspends the series of photographing processings to determine whether or not the initialization processing of the recording medium has been completed, and resumes the series of photographing processings when it is determined that the initialization processing of the recording medium has been completed.06-09-2011
20090284623CMOS IMAGER WITH INTEGRATED NON-VOLATILE MEMORY - A CMOS imager and non-volatile memory are integrated on a single substrate along with logic and support circuitry for decoding and processing optical information received by the CMOS imager. A protective layer covers the non-volatile memory contained on the substrate for blocking light received by the CMOS imager. The protective layer can be a metal layer used as an interconnect over other areas of the substrate or an opaque layer provided during the fabrication process. Integrating a CMOS imager, non-volatile memory and peripheral circuitry for decoding and processing optical information received by the CMOS imager allows for a single chip image sensing device, such as a digital camera.11-19-2009
20110298949LIGHT LEAKAGE COMPENSATING UNIT IMAGE SENSORS, IMAGE SENSOR ARRAYS INCLUDING THE UNIT IMAGE SENSORS, AND METHODS FOR COMPENSATING FOR LIGHT LEAKAGE OF THE IMAGE SENSOR ARRAYS - A light leakage compensating unit image sensor in a back side illumination method includes a photodiode and a storage diode, in which light input to a back side of the unit image sensor is received only by an area forming an electrode of the photodiode, and an area for forming another electrode of the photodiode and an area for forming two electrodes of the storage diode are separated from each other by a well, thereby compensating light leakage.12-08-2011
20110292247IMAGE COMPRESSION METHOD WITH RANDOM ACCESS CAPABILITY - An image compression method with random access capability. The method includes intracoding of digital images. The image is partitioned into small blocks and each block is coded independently of other blocks in the image. The encoder generates a fixed and predetermined number of bits for each block. The decoding of each image block is able to be done independently of any other image block.12-01-2011
20090295943MOBILE TERMINAL AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal including a transparent display module, a camera arranged in correspondence to a rear surface of the transparent display module, and configured to capture an image of a subject through the transparent display module, and a controller configured to detect interference image information included in the captured image of the subject and to compensate the captured image of the subject based or the detected interference.12-03-2009
20090002524CAMERA SYSTEM AND POWER SUPPLY FOR OPTICAL RECORDING DEVICES - A camera system includes a video camera having a first mating mechanism defined on a bottom, planar surface of the video camera. A battery assembly contains an energy cell and a first surface of the battery assembly is releasably engageable with the mounting mechanism such that the battery assembly is suspended beneath the video camera, with the bottom, planar surface of the video camera in substantial contact with the first surface. A support apparatus having a second mating mechanism is also provided, the second mating mechanism releasably engaging a second surface of the battery assembly.01-01-2009
20080239098DIGITAL CAMERA AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In the present invention, a second CPU is configured to include an image recognition function part, an image compression/expansion part as a reduced image generation part, a WUSB connection authentication Host image generation function as a list generation part, and a recording medium access part as an image record controlling part. The WUSB connection authentication Host image generation function is a function of generating a WUSB connection authentication Host image, which is a selection list including Host photographed image relating to WUSB connectable Hosts and equipment specification information for specifying the Hosts; and is adapted to allow easy selection of a desired connection destination from a plurality of connection destinations.10-02-2008
20100214448Video Acquisition with Processing Based on Ancillary Data - Systems and techniques for processing sequences of video images involve receiving, on a computer, data corresponding to a sequence of video images detected by an image sensor. The received data is processed using a graphics processor to adjust one or more visual characteristics of the video images corresponding to the received data. The received data can include video data defining pixel values and ancillary data relating to settings on the image sensor. The video data can be processed in accordance with ancillary data to adjust the visual characteristics, which can include filtering the images, blending images, and/or other processing operations.08-26-2010
20100091140ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING SELF PORTRAIT IMAGES - A method for capturing self portrait images controls a camera of an electronic device to capture a temporary self portrait image of a user. A face of the user in the temporary self portrait image is identified. If the face lies outside a designated image region, the camera is adjusted, and a next image is captured. If the face lies within the designated image region, the temporary self portrait image is stored as a captured self portrait image.04-15-2010
20100079621IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND DISPLAYING SCREEN NAIL IMAGES - An exemplary image processing method and apparatus, and an exemplary digital photographing apparatus, may develop and display a screen nail image and a face screen nail image rather than a full resolution image. The screen nail image may be generated using RAW data output from an image sensor, a predetermined face region of the screen nail image may be detected, and the face screen nail image may be generated from the screen nail image using coordinates of the detected face region. Thus, power consumption and processing time delay caused by processing all parts of a full resolution image may be minimized, and a quality of the full resolution image may be conveniently checked. As a result, a user may conveniently select and store an image in high-speed still picture photographing.04-01-2010
20100079622Imaging device, setting-value changing method, and computer program product - An imaging device includes an imaging element that takes an image of a target object and output an image signal corresponding to the image; a storage unit that stores therein a zero-point adjustment reference value; a brightness detecting unit that detects a brightness of the target object; and a reference-value changing unit that changes the zero-point adjustment reference value when the brightness detected by the brightness detecting unit is equal to or lower than a threshold. A zero point in a level of the image signal output from the imaging element is adjusted by using the zero-point adjustment reference value stored in the storage unit.04-01-2010
20100033599IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE WITH AUTO-CAPTURE FUNCTION AND AUTO-CAPTURE METHOD THEREOF - An image capture device with auto-capture includes a capture unit and a self-timing unit. The capture unit is configured for capturing images. The self-timing unit is configured for counting down a predetermined interval, acquiring preview images of an object, locating and identifying a designated element of the object in the preview images, and comparing if the consecutive preview images are essentially similar, if so, performing the final image capture.02-11-2010
20110216223IMAGE PICKUP METHOD AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup method using an image pickup apparatus having a charge coupled device (CCD) image pickup device, the method includes: acquiring an effective pixel signal from effective pixels of a light-receiving face of the CCD image pickup device; acquiring a signal outputted from shaded pixels of the light-receiving face to calculate a representative value of the signal; controlling a variable gain amplification above a vertical period of the effective pixel signal in plus correlation with an average above the vertical period of the representative value; and controlling a variable gain amplification of a horizontal period of the effective pixel signal in minus correlation with a ratio between a value of a horizontal period of the representative value or a recursive average in screens of the representative value and an average above a vertical period of the representative value.09-08-2011
20090190002Digital camera and flash emission control method - A digital camera includes an imaging unit for generating image data, an emission unit for emitting a flash, a face detection unit for detecting face information in the image data, and an emission amount control unit for controlling the emission amount of a flash. A plurality of time points is set in a period from the time when generation of image data is started to the time when a flash is emitted, each as a time point where a detection result of the face detection unit is supplied to the emission control unit. The emission amount for the flash is obtained by selectively referring to the plurality of detection results and performing one of a plurality of arithmetic operations selected based on the referenced detection result.07-30-2009
20110216222IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes an acquisition unit; a filter unit carrying out average differential filtering for image data acquired; a face area detection unit which detects the face area of the subject from image data subjected to average differential filter by the filter unit on the basis of the feature quantity stored; a focusing unit carrying out focusing control to be focused on the face area when the face area of the subject is detected; an image capturing unit capturing an image focused on the face area as a still image when the face area of the subject is detected; and a shutter speed control unit, when the face area of the subject is detected, increasing a shutter speed during the focusing control and during capturing the still image compared to a shutter speed when the face area of the subject is not detected.09-08-2011
20120026364IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes a first imaging portion that takes an image of subjects and outputs a signal corresponding to a result of the imaging, a second imaging portion that takes an image of the subjects with a wider angle than the first imaging portion and outputs a signal corresponding to a result of the imaging, and a report information output portion that outputs report information corresponding to a relationship between an imaging area of the first imaging portion and a position of a specific subject based on an output signal of the second imaging portion when the specific subject included in the subjects is outside the imaging area of the first imaging portion.02-02-2012
20100002099METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SHARING MEMORY - A digital processing apparatus using a memory sharing structure through a bypass logic and a sharing method thereof are disclosed. According to an embodiment of the present invention, the digital processing apparatus includes an application processor, a supplementary memory unit, which is subordinate to the application processor, and a main processor, which controls the application processor. If no communication is made using a control bus between the main processor and the application processor, the application processor connects a route to allow the main processor and the supplementary memory unit to be directly coupled to each other by executing a predetermined bypass logic. Through this, the capacity of a useable memory of the main processor can be maximized.01-07-2010
20100007770MEMORY ACCESS CONTROL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A memory access control apparatus includes a memory controller controlling a memory adopting a DDR format; a DDR-PHY adjusting the timing of an interface signal between the memory controller and the memory; a DDR-PHY controller controlling the DDR-PHY; and a clock controller controlling the frequency of a clock signal. A first request signal for controlling the operation of the memory in a self-refresh mode is supplied to the memory controller, a second request signal for resetting the DDR-PHY is supplied to the DDR-PHY controller, a third request signal for changing the clock frequency is supplied to the clock controller, a fourth request signal for setting a parameter for the DDR-PHY is supplied to the DDR-PHY controller, and a fifth request signal for canceling the operation of the memory in the self-refresh mode is supplied to the memory controller in order to change the clock frequency of the memory.01-14-2010
20090147104Camera device having an odor recording function and a method thereof - A camera device having an odor recording function and a method thereof is disclosed to overcome the shortage of the prior art that digital cameras cannot record odor or smell while taking pictures. The present invention adds an odor detection unit to detect the environmental odor and converts the odor into digital form. The firmware of the digital camera saves the image data as an image file and embeds the odor data in the specific area of the digital image file. The present invention can cooperate with the printer possessing the odor printing function to print the digital image file with the designated odor.06-11-2009
20110261229METHOD OF AUTOMATIC TASK EXECUTION WITH TRIGGERING BY OBJECT ATTRIBUTE RECOGNITION, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD - A method of automatic task execution is adapted to be performed by an electronic apparatus that includes an image-capturing module and a processing module. The method includes the steps of: a) recording in the processing module a relationship between a visible physical attribute of an object and a corresponding task to be executed by the processing module; b) configuring the electronic apparatus for capturing an image containing a target using the image-capturing module; c) configuring the processing module to determine if the visible physical attribute of the object is found in the image captured by the image-capturing module; and d) when the visible physical attribute of the object is found in the image, configuring the processing module to execute the corresponding task automatically.10-27-2011
20080303924Information processing apparatus and method for operating same - When the power supply is turned on, the value of a mode flag first is set to 0, the mode flag is evaluated, and processing of the record mode is executed. In the record mode, charging processing of the strobe is performed for a specified interval of time, and the strobe can be reliably caused to flash. Charging processing of the strobe is not performed while processing of reproduction (play) mode or another mode is being performed, and battery consumption is controlled.12-11-2008
20080266423IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An image sensing apparatus capable of reducing degradation of a signal-to-noise ratio property occurring when a driving frequency of an image sensing element is high, depending on a state of an operation mode. An information table is stored in a memory section, which includes information on a timing of a horizontal transfer driving signal for performing charge transfer in the horizontal direction in an image sensing element, information on a timing of a reset gate signal for performing charge sweep per pixel, and information on a timing of a feed-through sample-hold signal for sample-holding a feed-through section of the output signal of the image sensing element which becomes a black reference per pixel, in association with an operation mode of an image sensing apparatus. The information table associated with the set operation mode is selected from the memory section, and the element is driven based on the information table.10-30-2008
20080266422IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM - An image processing apparatus includes a plurality of video processors, a video memory for recording video data, a plurality of ports, each connected between the video processor and the video memory, for accessing the video memory in response to supplied information, a plurality of memory map table units, each including at least one table for being set with management information for managing a memory area of the video memory in which video data is recorded, for selectively supplying the management information set to the table to a corresponding ports, and a processing unit having a function of setting the management information to the table of the memory map table unit.10-30-2008
20100201846METHOD OF PROCESSING DIGITAL IMAGES IN CAMERA - A method of processing, in a digital camera, an image captured by the camera is provided, which includes locating faces within the captured image by detecting regions of contiguous color which map a hue, saturation and value of the range of human face colors and passing the detected regions through heuristic tests which produce a resulting probability of a face being present in the image, locating eyes of the located faces, and determining if the captured image of the located eyes has been modified by the act of capturing the image. If the image has been modified any unwanted distortions of the located eyes are located in the captured image that have occurred as a result of the act of capturing the image, and the captured image is modified to at least reduce the effect of the unwanted distortions and to produce a modified image.08-12-2010
20100201845CONTENT-AWARE DIGITAL MEDIA STORAGE DEVICE AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME - A content-aware digital media storage device includes a host device interface for exchanging digital information with a host device, a memory array for storing digital information received from the host device via the host interface, a peripheral module configured to communicate the digital information stored in the memory array to a receiver located remote from the digital media storage device, and a controller communicatively coupled to the host device interface, the memory array and the peripheral module and configured to interpret directory information associated with the digital information stored in the memory array so as to selectively access said digital information and communicate such accessed digital information to the peripheral module for transmission to the remote receiver. Digital images stored in the memory array may be transmitted to a remote host via a wireless network access point with which the peripheral module of the storage device is associated.08-12-2010
20100123799IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus connectable to a display device is provided, including: an image capturing unit to capture and output image data; a recording unit to record image data and parameter data of the display; a command unit to generate a command signal while the display device is connected; a interface connectable to the display of the display device; a power supply unit to supply power for the display via the interface while receiving a power supply signal; and a processing/control unit to generate and output the power supply signal to the power supply unit while receiving the command signal and transmit parameter data and image data to the display via the interface, providing a plug and play function for the display.05-20-2010
20100118163IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - In an image capturing apparatus, a video input unit (05-13-2010
20100091139IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - A replacement area is set within an image expressed with captured image data. A pixel area with image content that can be processed without greatly altering the entire image content, for instance, may be designated as the replacement area. Replacement image data are generated by executing processing for replacing all of or part of the pixel data in the replacement area with insertion image data. The insertion image data are image data containing text, graphics or the like, such as an advertisement, a message or a translation. Consequently, various types of information can be provided in the replacement image data, a message from the user can be incorporated in the replacement image data, or better user convenience can be assured through the replacement image data.04-15-2010
20080309794DIGITAL CAMERA FOR PROTECTION OF CREATIVE WORKS - A digital camera for protection of creative digital images includes an image capturing device capturing and digitizing a creative image, a biometric identification device acquiring and verifying biometric information of authorized users, a local biometric database storing the acquired biometric information on the digital camera, and a digital image storage device storing the captured creative digital image. An access to the captured creative digital image stored on the digital image storage device is selectively restricted to authorized users whose biometric information is stored in the local biometric database.12-18-2008
20090207278IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS, IMAGE DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - In a moving image recording process, a shooting operation using a short exposure time appropriate for shooting a still image, and a shooting operation using a long exposure time appropriate for shooting a moving image are performed repeatedly in turn. Plural pieces of frame image data “B” shot by the shooting operations using a long exposure time are successively recorded as moving image data. When a shutter button is pressed in the moving image recording process, frame image data which is shot using a short exposure time just before the shutter button is pressed is recorded as a still image.08-20-2009
20090079850Time-lapse photographing device - By comparing an image of an observation object (S) acquired at each photographing timing with a previous image acquired at a photographing timing that immediately precedes the photographing timing at which each image has been acquired, the determination as to whether or not there is a change from the previous image in the observation object (S) is performed for each image acquired at each photographing timing. Then, by adding predetermined identification information to either an image for which a change from the previous image in the observation object (S) has been determined to be present, or an image for which a change from the previous image in the observation object (S) has been determined to be absent, it is possible to extract only an image in which a change from the previous image in the observation object (S) is present from among the saved images, on the basis on the identification information.03-26-2009
20090079849SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging apparatus including: a pixel section where a plurality of pixel cells are two-dimensionally arranged with each having a photoelectric conversion section for generating signal electric charges corresponding to an object image, a memory means for temporarily retaining the signal electric charges, an electric charge transfer means for transferring the signal electric charges generated at the photoelectric conversion section to the memory means, an amplification means for outputting a signal corresponding to amount of the signal electric charges retained at the memory means, and a reset means for resetting the memory means; a plurality of vertical signal lines for reading output of the signal from the amplification means along a vertical direction with treating individual one of the pixel cells arranged in a horizontal direction as unit; a horizontal signal line for reading signals from the plurality of vertical signal lines along the horizontal direction; A/D converter for converting output from the horizontal signal line into digital signal; a frame memory for retaining output signal level of one or the other of a first output signal level of the pixel cell at the time of reset converted into the digital signal and a second output signal level of the pixel cell after transfer by the electric charge transfer means; a subtracter for computing a difference between the one output signal level retained at the frame memory and the other output signal level; a clip means for clipping the first output signal level to a predetermined clipping level when the first output signal level is changed more than a predetermined threshold only at the time of reading of the first output signal level; and a control section for executing a frame read mode where a control is effected so as to read the first output signal level and the second output signal level respectively at different timings with treating frame as unit.03-26-2009
20120287306DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera, which photographs a subject, generates image data, and records the image data on a recording medium, includes: an image processing device that performs a plurality of image processing to the recorded image data, in response to a user's operation; a history creating device that creates, for each image data, history information that indicates a history of image processing performed by the image processing device; and a display unit that displays the history information thus created.11-15-2012
20080316339Picture imaging apparatus and imaging control method - A picture imaging apparatus includes: an imaging means for imaging a subject picture to acquire taken picture data; a storage processing means for performing a storage process of taken picture data acquired by the imaging means; a motion detecting means for detecting motion of the picture imaging apparatus itself; a manipulating means for manipulating a shutter; and a control means for instructing the imaging means to perform a process in accordance with a shutter manipulation at a timing based on a result detected in the motion detecting means during a period during which the shutter is being manipulated by the manipulating means.12-25-2008
20080309795Image Reproduction System - An image reproducing apparatus includes: an image storage device that stores image data having been read into the image reproducing apparatus; an image output device that outputs the image data stored in the image storage device to a display device; an image selection device that selects an image from the image data; and an image extraction device that extracts from the image data a plurality of images satisfying a condition equivalent to a condition of the image having been selected by the image selection device.12-18-2008
20080211932RECORDED CONTENT DISPLAY PROGRAM AND RECORDED CONTENT DISPLAY APPARATUS - Provided are a recorded content display program and a recorded content display apparatus which effectively display the recorded contents of video image recording apparatuses connected in plural. To display the recorded contents of the images when the image recording apparatuses for recording the images taken by a camera are connected in plural, the image retaining ranges for the image recording apparatuses connected in plural are arranged and shown on the one screen with the horizontal axis determined as a time direction. And, the image retaining ranges for the image recording apparatuses are displayed with their displays varied visually depending on a frame rate.09-04-2008
20080211931IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image-capturing apparatus includes an image-capturing unit configured to sequentially output image data in a RAW format related to each of captured images as a result of a continuous series of image capturing operations; a signal processor configured to perform a predetermined process on the image data in a RAW format and output processed image data; image processing circuits configured to perform a luminance/color-difference conversion process and a data compression process on the processed image data and output compressed image data; and a recording controller configured to cause compressed image data output from the image processing circuits to be recorded in a predetermined recorder. The signal processor includes a selection output unit configured to selectively output the processed image data related to each of the captured images to the image processing circuits and cause the image processing related to each captured image to be shared by the image processing circuits.09-04-2008
20080211930Intelligent Rapid Camera - The invention relates to a high-speed camera comprising at least one image-forming lens (09-04-2008
20080211929CAMERA CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND CAMERA CONTROL SYSTEM - A camera control system having a terminal device connected to a plurality of cameras via a network is provided. In response to an operation that exceeds a maximum control value (maximum control angle) of the PTZ of a camera that is the target of control, the terminal device displays peripheral camera information, which corresponds to a shooting direction in which the operation has been requested, together with video shot by the camera being controlled. The peripheral camera information includes installation camera position information, viewable angle information, control status information and peripheral map information as well as at least one item of captured video from a camera other than the camera being controlled.09-04-2008
20080211928Image output system, image operating apparatus, image method, image operating method, and computer readable medium - According to the present invention, the album including user's favorite pictures as main features can be easily provided. The system includes; an image capturing section which captures an image; a image capturing time measuring section which measures the time after setting the image capturing section ready to capture the image and while the user continues to operate the image capturing section to capture the image in each image capturing operation of the image capturing section; a ranking calculating section which ranks the image based on the image capturing time calculated by the image capturing time measuring section; and an output controlling section which displays or prints out the image ranked more highly by the ranking calculating section.09-04-2008
20090295946Image Capture Device, Method Of Controlling The Same, And Image Capture System - An image capture device of the present invention has an image shooting function, and is connectable to an external storage device. The image capture device includes: a memory in which image data obtained by image shooting is stored; a transmission unit for transmitting several pieces of image data stored in the memory at a time to the external storage device; and an allocation unit for allocating the several pieces of image data transmitted to the external storage device to one or a plurality of directories according to a certain index.12-03-2009
20090278958Method and an apparatus for detecting a composition adjusted - A method for capturing a composition adjusted image. The method comprises receiving a base image, processing the base image to derive coordinates of a composition adjusted image having a composition matching with at least one predefined composition rule, and capturing the composition adjusted image according to the coordinates.11-12-2009
20100302408IMAGING DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM AND IMAGING SYSTEM - Provided are an imaging device, a display control device, an image display system and an imaging system which are capable of recording images having various aspect ratios and of realizing an easily viewable and convenient thumbnail display. The imaging device includes: an imaging optical system; an imaging sensor for receiving optical images of objects, for switching the received optical images into electrical image signals, and for outputting the electrical image signals; an aspect ratio switching section for switching aspect ratios of shot images; an image recording section for interrelating and recording the image signals and aspect ratio information indicative of the aspect ratios; a display section for displaying reduced images; a specification section for receiving a specification made by a user with respect to the aspect ratio information of reduced images to be displayed on the display section; and an image display control section for determining a location and a display size of each of the reduced images on the display section, and the number of the reduced images displayed on the display section in accordance with the specified aspect ratio information.12-02-2010
20090290045Image Data Processing Apparatus, Image Data Processing Method, And Program - Image data are compressed such that they do not visually deteriorate. Nonlinear compression and DPCM compression are performed in series. A compressing unit 11-26-2009
20090295944IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is an image pickup apparatus, including: an image pickup portion configured to capture an image; a detecting portion configured to detect a manipulation made on a display surface, for the image displayed on a display portion; and a grid and dust removing portion configured to carry out removal of grid and dust an image of which appears on the captured image by executing image processing based on a position about the manipulation detected by the detecting portion.12-03-2009
20090102948Optical Image Recording Device with Small Height and High Resolution - An optical image recording device comprises a housing having a comparatively small height and at least one comparatively broad optical image information entering surface, an optical path unit including a first lens array, a second lens array and an optical image recording device including an image sensor, while in the optical path unit the first lens array is guiding the entering optical information to the optical axis of the second lens array extending substantially perpendicular to the height of the housing and the optical image information is received by the image sensor, and the optical image recording device further including electrical circuitry coupled to the image sensor for processing and storing the image data.04-23-2009
20100283869 Transcoder and Imaging Apparatus for Converting an Encoding System of Video Signal - The time required to transcode an encoded image signal to an image signal encoded by a different encoding method is reduced.11-11-2010
20100277617Ball with camera and trajectory control for reconnaissance or recreation - A ball that provides normalized images of a ground-based target subject captured over the course of the arc of its airborne trajectory. The improvements include a processing unit that compiles multiple images into a smooth continuous fly-by video of the target subject, a processing unit that stitches multiple images captured at a single moment in the ball's trajectory into a panoramic image and further normalizes and compiles multiple panoramic images into a smooth, continuous fly-through video, and an embedded motion sensor to initiate operations when the ball is pitched, and an embedded impact sensor to shut down operations for power conservation, and a mass which forces the camera into a repeated spinning or precessing orbit around the core of the ball, and a wireless transmission of surveillance imagery captured by the ball, and ground-based transmission of the target subject's location for subsequent image capture, and means for capturing multiple images of varying viewpoints including a camera aperture connected to a branching collection of fused fiber optic bundles. Also disclosed are means for directing the ball along a controllable trajectory to move toward a ground-based target subject.11-04-2010
20120293687VIDEO SUMMARY INCLUDING A PARTICULAR PERSON - A digital video camera system that provides a video summary using a method that includes: designating a reference image containing a particular person; capturing a video sequence of the scene using the image sensor, the video sequence including a time sequence of image frames; processing the captured video sequence using a video processing path to form a digital video file; during the capturing of the video sequence, analyzing the captured image frames using a person recognition algorithm to identify a subset of the image frames that contain the particular person; forming the video summary including fewer than all of the image frames in the captured video sequence, wherein the video summary includes at least part of the identified subset of image frames containing the particular person; storing the digital video file in the storage memory; and storing a representation of the video summary in the storage memory.11-22-2012
20110199513IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a moving image file storage unit operable to store a moving image file; an area selection receiving unit operable to receive a selection of a predetermined area corresponding to one of a plurality of frames forming the moving image file; a template image generating unit operable to generate as a template image an image of the selected area; an image matching unit operable to obtain the frames from the moving image file storage unit, and to match each of the frames against the template image to search for a matching frame containing an image similar to the template image; and a scene change detecting unit operable to detect a start and an end of a scene containing the matching frame.08-18-2011
20100103288Image sensor - Provided is an image sensor. The image sensor includes a first pixel. The image sensor may include a second pixel formed to be adjacent to the first pixel. The pixel includes a first photoelectric conversion unit formed on a semiconductor substrate and generates charges according to incident light. A first color filter formed over the first photoelectric conversion unit guides light through the first color filter to the first photoelectric conversion unit corresponding to the color filter. The image sensor includes at least one light reflection pattern formed reflecting externally-incident light to the first or second pixel corresponding to the at least one light reflection pattern.04-29-2010
20100315533SEMICONDUCTOR FABRICATION METHOD AND SYSTEM - A semiconductor device is disclosed. In one embodiment, a device includes a substrate having one or more vias and a carrier coupled to the substrate to form a sealed cavity between the carrier and the substrate. In some embodiments, the sealed cavity may be pressurized. The device may also include a redistribution layer formed over the one or more vias on a side of the substrate. Other devices, systems, and methods are also disclosed.12-16-2010
20090073286Image-pickup apparatus and image-pickup-control method - An image-pickup apparatus includes an image-pickup section that picks up images to obtain picked-up-image-data items, a temporarily retaining section that temporarily retains the picked-up-image-data items, a storage-process section that performs a storage process on the picked-up-image-data items, a movement-detecting section that detects a movement of the image-pickup apparatus, an operation section that performs a shutter operation, and a control section that causes the temporarily retaining section to retain picked-up-image-data items in a shutter-operation period, that selects, on the basis of detection results obtained by the movement-detecting section in the shutter-operation period, a picked-up-image-data item from among the retained picked-up-image-data items, and that causes the storage-process section to perform the storage process on the selected picked-up-image-data item.03-19-2009
20110267500IMAGING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME - An imaging device includes a lens unit and a device body detachably joined with each other. The lens unit includes an optical lens, an image sensor capturing an optical lens image of a subject having transmitted through the optical lens and outputting an output signal, and an image processing unit executing a plurality of image processings on image data generated from the output signal of the image sensor. The device body includes a display unit displaying the image data, a storage unit storing an image file containing the image data and an image processing unit having a substantially same image processing function as that of the lens unit and executing a plurality of image processings on the image data. The imaging device is configured that the image processings to execute on the image data are changeably allocated to the image processing units of the lens unit and the device body.11-03-2011
20110267499METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING A ZOOM OPERATION - A method of performing a zoom operation on a camera is disclosed, wherein, one or more regions of interest within a captured image of a scene are determined. Camera motion direction towards one of the regions of interest is determined. A target region of interest is determined based on the determined camera motion direction. The zoom operation is performed to the target region of interest.11-03-2011
20110267498IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A low-priced image pickup apparatus that does not require a memory dedicated to store light-shielded image data for detection of defective pixels of an image pickup device. A system controller of the image pickup apparatus performs control such that two storage areas of a memory are used to store normal image data at the time of continuous shooting. At the time of shooting that requires noise reduction processing to subtract light-shielded image data from normal image data, the system controller performs control such that one of the storage areas is used to store the normal image data and the other storage area is used to store the light-shielded image data.11-03-2011
20120194701Image Capturing Device and Image Correction Method Thereof - An image capturing apparatus and an image correction method thereof are provided. The image capturing apparatus comprises an image capturing module, a sensing module, a storage module, and a processing module. The image capturing module captures an image. The sensing module senses an included angle between the image capturing apparatus and a horizontal plane. The storage module stores a rotation compensation data table containing a plurality of offset angles and a plurality of rotation compensation values for pixels corresponding to each offset angle. According to a difference value between the angle and a preset angle, the processing module finds out the appropriate rotation compensation values in the rotation compensation data table for rotating and correcting the image. A calibrated image is then generated, and the calibrated image matches the image captured by the image capturing device at the preset angle.08-02-2012
20080273097IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD AND CONTROLLING PROGRAM - When a shutter button is half-pressed, image signal of a field image is read from a CCD, and is converted into image data of digital. For example three faces are detected based on the image data, and a face central coordinate of each face is extracted and a face centroid coordinate of the faces is calculated based on the face central coordinates. When all of the face central coordinates are inside the shooting screen and the face centroid coordinates is inside the determination area, the digital camera induces the user to perform image capturing, with use of an LED and audio guidance. When the shutter button is full-pressed, image signal of a frame image is read from a CCD, and is converted into image data of digital. After various image processing, the image data is stored in a memory card.11-06-2008
20120287305IMAGING DEVICE, REPRODUCTION DEVICE AND IMAGE REPRODUCTION PROGRAM - An imaging device comprises: a mount unit at which an optical system can be mounted; a detection unit that detects disengagement of the optical system from the mount unit; an imaging unit that captures a subject image formed via the optical system mounted at the mount unit and outputs image signals; a display unit at which an image is brought up on display based upon the image signals output from the imaging unit; and a control unit that prohibits display of the image at the display unit, the image being based upon the image signals output from the imaging unit after the detection unit detects disengagement of the optical system.11-15-2012
20080291295IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING CIRCUIT AND IMAGING METHOD - An image by using a solid-state imaging sensor, the imaging apparatus including: a compression section configured to compress image data by dividing the image data into blocks each composed of same color component pixels adjacent to each other as a unit of compression; a memory used for temporarily storing compressed image data; a decompression section configured to decompress the compressed image data read out from the memory; and a signal processing section configured to carry out an image-quality correction process on decompressed image data, wherein each of the blocks is split in advance into two quantization-subject areas, block types are distinguished from each other by the position of the inter-area boundary between the two quantization-subject areas, and the compression section has a dynamic-range computation sub-section, a block-type select sub-section, and a quantization processing sub-section are provided.11-27-2008
20080303923IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND INTERCHANGEABLE LENS - An image pickup apparatus 12-11-2008
20080303922Image capture - Embodiments of methods and apparatuses to improve image capturing are described. In certain embodiments, an apparatus to improve image capturing includes a camera, a processor coupled to the camera, and one or more ambient light sensors coupled to the processor. The one or more ambient light sensors may be located outside the camera. The processor may be configured to obtain first light data using the ambient light sensor, and to determine an image type based on at least the first light data. The processor may be further configured to adjust one or more camera parameters based on the image type. In one embodiment, the apparatus to improve image capturing includes a cell phone coupled to the processor. In one embodiment, the apparatus to improve image capturing is a portable handheld device.12-11-2008
20080309796IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An imaging device includes an image input unit for inputting an image of a subject, an image signal processing unit for processing the input image, an image recording unit for recording the input image on a recording medium, a smiling degree detection unit for detecting a smile level of the subject contained in the input image processed by the image signal processing unit, a detection threshold level setting unit for setting a smiling face detection threshold level at which a determination of whether the subject is smiling is performed based on the smile level detected by the smiling degree detection unit, and a photographing control unit for controlling a photographing operation in response to the smiling face detection threshold level being reached by the smile level of the subject detected by the smiling degree detection unit.12-18-2008
20080239100Event Based Picture Storage - There is provided an apparatus, an integrated circuit, a digital camera, and a method for automatically recording pictures on a digital camera. The digital camera, for example, configured to receive a user-defined prerequisite for recording a picture; capture a plurality of pictures; determine whether at least one picture of the plurality of captured pictures meets the user-defined prerequisite; and store the at least one picture which meets the user-defined prerequisite if at least one picture of the plurality of captured pictures meets the user-defined prerequisite.10-02-2008
20120033104IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image pickup apparatus includes a recording-mode switching section for selecting a single-format recording mode in which recording is performed in one of recording formats or a multiple-format recording mode in which recording is simultaneously performed in a plurality of recording formats, and a recording-size setting section for setting a recording size of image data for each of the recording formats. If the multiple-format recording mode is set, and if a recording size is set to one of the recording formats, the recording size set by the recording-size setting section is set to all the recording formats recorded in one-time image capturing.02-09-2012
20080211934IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An object is to provide an image pickup apparatus which can improve convenience of white sheet data used for correcting the color of a picked-up image. Each image pickup data is converted into a file by an image filing unit and recorded by a medium-recording unit. Average value data of each color component data for part of the picked-up data is stored in an area different from the image pickup data recording area in each file.09-04-2008
20080284876IMAGE SENSOR, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND DRIVING METHOD OF ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An image sensor that supplies a control signal together with an address specifying each of a plurality of pixels arrayed in a pixel array with predetermined rows and columns to thereby perform an electronic shutter operation on a pixel corresponding to the address or perform reading of a pixel signal of a pixel corresponding to the address, is disclosed. The sensor includes: address generating means for generating a shutter row address specifying a row of pixels, on which an electronic shutter operation is to be performed within one horizontal period, among the pixels arrayed in the pixel array and a read row address specifying a row of pixels on which reading of a pixel signal is to be performed within the same one horizontal period; first storage means for storing the shutter row address; and second storage means for storing the read row address.11-20-2008
20130120613COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING AN IMAGE CAPTURING PROGRAM, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - An exemplary image capturing device includes: a camera, an upper display device for enabling a user to see an image capturing target (a background and an object) of the camera, and a save data memory. The image capturing device generates moving image data using captured-images continuously captured by the camera, and stores the moving image data in the save data memory. Based on a predetermined set of frame data out of a plurality of sets of frame data constituting the moving image data stored in the save data memory, the image capturing device displays on the upper display device a predetermined static image to enable the user to see the image capturing target.05-16-2013
20090185054SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE INDICATING A POSITIONAL RELATION BETWEEN PARTIALLY OVERLAPPING IMAGES - A device includes a display monitor configured to display on a screen of the display monitor at least one of a current image and a preceding image taken by an optical unit, a storage unit configured to store the preceding image, and a control unit configured to display a part of the preceding image on the screen when the current image is displayed on the screen, the displayed part of the preceding image indicating a positional relationship between the current image and the preceding image. The current image is taken when the displayed part of the preceding image substantially overlaps a corresponding portion of the current image such that the current image and the preceding image can be processed to form a panoramic image.07-23-2009
20090128662Apparatus and method for processing image - Provided are an image signal processing apparatus and method. According to the image signal processing method, by simultaneously performing in an integrated manner image denoising and interpolation using 4-directional image gradient information which defines differences in color brightness between adjacent pixels on the basis of edge direction information obtained from a bayer image output from an image sensor, it is possible to improve picture quality and processing speed.05-21-2009
20090128663IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - When a chart is used as a subject, whether or not the chart can be captured for storage is determined based on the result obtained through distance measurement at a plurality of locations in a field captured for temporary display on a viewfinder. For example, a maximum difference of distances ΔL is calculated. It is determined that the chart cannot be captured for storage if ΔL is greater than a depth of field or is greater than a predetermined TL. A message indicating that the chart cannot be captured for storage is provided. Furthermore, it is determined that the subject is not the chart to be captured for storage if a subject size does not fall within a predetermined range.05-21-2009
20120069218VIRTUAL VIDEO CAPTURE DEVICE - Systems and methods for setting up and running a virtual video capture device are described herein. The virtual video capture device may receive image data and output the data in a format similar to a video capture device. The virtual video capture device may operate with an application configured to receive data from a physical video capture device.03-22-2012
20090185053Image Playback Device, Camera and Image Playback System - The image playback device includes an input part that inputs images, an image output part that selects a plurality of images from the input images and sequentially outputs the plurality of images, and an output controlling part that, when an image is additionally input to the input part during output of the images by the image output part. Alternatively, the image playback device includes an image output part, an audio playback part a playback time calculation part, and an output controlling part that plays back the audio by the audio playback part while outputting the images from the image output part in accordance with the time calculated by the playback time calculation part, and when an image is added to the images, the playback time calculation part calculates time for outputting the images and the additional image in accordance with remaining playback time of the audio.07-23-2009
20080316338ELECTRONIC DEVICE, VIDEO CAMERA APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - According to this invention, if noise generated by operation of a component such as a rotary drum of a recording/playback apparatus which operates periodically enters a microphone, noise waveforms can be extracted and reduced. Data obtained from microphones (12-25-2008
20080316337IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE GENERATING METHOD - To generate motion picture image data making full use of the characteristics of a photographed image such as a high resolution and a high rate fetching (high frame rate), an image pickup apparatus comprises a camera unit for photographing a subject at predetermined time intervals and generating image pickup data and an encoding unit for encoding the image pickup data as motion picture image data having an image rate which is based on the predetermined time intervals. An optimum motion picture stream is output by changing the output mode of the encoded motion picture image data output from the encoding unit according to the number of photographing pixels in the camera unit and the image rate.12-25-2008
20090015692METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR OFFSET COMPENSATION IN CMOS IMAGERS - Methods, devices, and systems for offset compensation in an amplifier are disclosed, wherein the amplifier inputs may be exposed to large loads from an array of pixel columns coupled in parallel. During a sampling phase, an amplifier offset may be sampled by selectively coupling a first amplifier output to a first amplifier input and a second amplifier output to a second amplifier input. During a portion of the sampling phase, the first amplifier output may be buffered to a first storage element. During a different portion of the sampling phase, the second amplifier output may be buffered to a second storage element. To sense the pixel columns during an amplification phase, the first storage element and the second storage element are coupled to the first and second amplifier inputs, respectively, with the result that the amplifier offset is canceled from the amplifier output.01-15-2009
20090051787APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHING IMAGE USING DIGITAL CAMERA CAPABLE OF PROVIDING PREVIEW IMAGES - Disclosed is an apparatus for photographing an image using a digital camera capable of providing a preview image, including: an image sensor for capturing an image of a subject; a first image signal processor for processing at least one captured image as a sequent image in order to display the captured image as a preview image on a display window and detecting a face area from the captured image; a buffer for storing the image including at least one detected face area; a capture button for capturing a still image during outputting the sequent image as the preview image on the display window; a second image signal processor for processing the captured still image using the capture button; a controller for controlling to store the captured still image and information related on the face area detected from the first image signal processor prior to the input of the capture button; and a memory for storing the processed still image together with the information related on the detected face area.02-26-2009
20100194922IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - The present invention is an image pickup apparatus provided with a pixel section in which pixels each including a photoelectric conversion section and a signal storage section that temporarily stores a signal charge of the photoelectric conversion section are two-dimensionally arrayed, that resets the signal storage sections before exposing a still image and reads reset data used to remove reset noise of a still image, configured to divide the pixel section into a plurality of pixel groups and sequentially reset the signal storage sections of the respective pixel groups by a transistor, sequentially read reset signals by a selection transistor and cause the selection transistor to read one or more times an LV signal charge generated by exposure of a predetermined pixel group within a time segment during which the signal storage sections are sequentially reset before the signal storage sections of the predetermined pixel group are reset.08-05-2010
20090051788Image-capturing apparatus and image-capturing method - An image-capturing apparatus includes an image-capturing unit configured to capture image data of a subject and to store the captured image data in an image-capturing operation; a speed detector configured to detect speed information; and a controller configured to control the image-capturing unit so that, in an automatic image-capturing process that is not based on a shutter operation of a user, a distance moved by the image-capturing apparatus is computed on the basis of information from the speed detector, and the image-capturing operation is performed in response to the fact that a computation result indicating that the image-capturing apparatus has moved a predetermined distance is obtained.02-26-2009
20090051786IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROLLING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present invention enables showing main objects position as position of focus measuring point even in case main object has moved after focusing by focus control unit, within the image screen due to framing alternation. It is an image capturing apparatus wherein image sensor conducts photo-electric conversion of object image created by photographing-lens, comprise of distance measuring unit which calculate displacement of aimed object on image sensors imaging screen, due to changes of direction of image capturing apparatus within the time interval, starting from the moment aimed object focused to photographing-lens focus point by focus control unit to the moment actual photo shooting is conducted, and recoding unit which records displacement information of aimed object on imaging screen and linked image data.02-26-2009
20090122159IMAGE FILE REPRODUCTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FILE REPRODUCTION METHOD - A method of reproducing an image file from a recording medium that stores an image file of a first type and/or an image file of a second type includes reproducing the first type of image file or second type of image file, detecting whether each of a predetermined number of image files stored on the recording medium is the first type of image file or the second type of image file during the reproduction of an image file, and converting the second type of image file to the first type of image file by reading the main image data from the second type of image file, generating display-image data (image data for display use) based on the read main image data, and storing the generated display-image data in the original image file if the image file is determined to be the second type of image file based on the detection result. The first type of image file is an image file containing a header, main image data, and display-image data, and storing the display-image data in an area other than an area storing the header. The second type of image file is an image file containing a header and main image data, and storing no display-image data in an area other than an area storing the header. The image files of predetermined number being image files that can be reproduced when reproduction is done in the forward and/or reverse direction from the image file being reproduced.05-14-2009
20090102946METHODS, APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR REAL-TIME HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGING - Methods, apparatuses, systems, and computer program products for real-time high dynamic range (HDR) imaging are provided. A method includes creating a first HDR image file for a subject image captured from a first angle and at a first time increment (T1). The first HDR image file is created by a first image capturing device. The method also includes receiving a second HDR image file for the subject image captured from a second angle at T1, creating a first composite HDR image file by combining elements of the first HDR image file with elements of the second HDR image file, and generating a first three-dimensional HDR image from the composite HDR image file. The second HDR image file is received in real-time, such that the first three-dimensional HDR image reflects the subject at T1.04-23-2009
20110228137IMPROVED BINOCULAR VIEWING DEVICE - An optical device for viewing distant objects. The device includes an objective system and at least one ocular and achieves a magnifying power of greater than 0.6 mm09-22-2011
20110205399Arranging Images Into Pages Using Content-based Filtering And Theme-based Clustering - To arrange images into pages, images captured by at least one imaging device are received. Content-based filtering is applied for removing at least one of the received images to produce a collection of the images. Theme-based clustering is then performed on the images in the collection to produce plural clusters of images, where the plural clusters of images are associated with respective themes that are based on time and at least one other attribute that provides an indication of thematic similarity between the images. The plural clusters of images are mapped to respective pages of an output representation.08-25-2011
20110205398IMAGING PROCESSING SYSTEM AND DIGITAL CAMERA - To prevent the S/N performance of signals handled by an analog front-end from deteriorating, an imaging processing system according to the present invention has an analog front-end device configured to output a first digital data in a blanking period of a solid imaging sensor, and a digital signal processing device configured to enable an internal operation of the processing device during the blanking period and render the internal operation standby during any period but the blanking period.08-25-2011
20090021606IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup device including a plurality of imaging planes each having different dark current characteristics, and an image processing unit for receiving a signal from the image pickup device and performing an image generating process.01-22-2009
20120081580OVERFLOW CONTROL TECHNIQUES FOR IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING - Certain embodiments disclosed herein relate to an image signal processing system includes overflow control logic that detects an overflow condition when a destination unit when a sensor input queue and/or front-end processing unit receives back pressure from a downstream destination unit. In one embodiment, pixels of a current frame are dropped when an overflow condition occurs. The number of dropped pixels may be tracked using a counter. Upon recovery of the overflow condition, the remaining pixels of the frame are received and each dropped pixel may be replaced using a replacement pixel value.04-05-2012
20090096894Intelligent Camera Head - A video imaging system that minimizes the effect of EMI on the image data, provides a small, lightweight easy to use camera head, permitting interchangeable use of a variety of intelligent camera heads with a single camera control unit, and allows the utilization of new camera heads with new functions as they become available without having to replace the existing CCU.04-16-2009
20110228134Two Stage Detection For Photographic Eye Artifacts - A digital image acquisition device is for acquiring digital images including one or more preview images. A face detector analyzes the one or more preview images to ascertain information relating to candidate face regions therein. A speed-optimized filter produces a first set of candidate red-eye regions based on the candidate face region information provided by the face detector.09-22-2011
20110228133ASSEMBLING METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A method for assembling an imaging apparatus includes steps of: preparing an external cover, an image pickup device, and a tilt detection unit configured to output a tilt signal of the imaging apparatus, setting an orientation of the external cover to be a predetermined orientation, matching an orientation of the image pickup device with the orientation of the external cover in the state where the orientation of the external cover is the predetermined orientation, fixing the image pickup device in the imaging apparatus in a state where the orientation of the image pickup device is matched with the orientation of the external cover, storing a tilt signal output by the tilt detection unit in a state where the orientation of the external cover is set to be the predetermined orientation.09-22-2011
20110228132CAMERA AND IMAGE COMPOSITION PROGRAM - A camera includes: an image-capturing unit; a storage unit; a positional deviation amount determination unit that determines an amount of positional deviation in each of a plurality of frame images; an image composition unit that positionally matches the frame images based upon the results of determination and performs additive composition; a decision unit that decides whether or not each of the frame images is suitable for a subject for the additive composition; and a control unit that, if a negative decision is reached for at least one of the frame images, selects as a source image a frame image decided as suitable, takes a duplicate image as a subject for the additive composition instead of the frame image decided to be negative, and controls the image composition unit so as to perform the additive composition while relatively shifting one of the duplicate and the source image by a predetermined amount.09-22-2011
20080316336IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus that performs accurate correction processing for a pixel that outputs a non-reproducible high-level signal having a continuity with respect to an adjacent pixel is provided. The image pickup apparatus extracts data corresponding to a pixel of an image pickup element that generates an output value equal to or more than a predetermined value, and determines, within a predetermined area of a captured image, whether a predetermined number or more of pixels that generate an output value having the predetermined level are continuously adjacent to one another in the same direction, irrespective of the color received by the pixel. Then, if it is determined that the predetermined number or more of pixels are continuously adjacent to one another in the same direction, the pixels are indicated as targets and the outputs of the target pixels are corrected.12-25-2008
20120194702MOVING IMAGE DATA RECORDING APPARATUS - In response to an input of a recording instruction, a recorder is controlled to record on a recording medium moving image data of a predetermined time length before the recording instruction is input among the moving image data temporarily stored in a memory, and in response to that a predetermined condition is determined to be satisfied before the recording instruction is input, the recording unit is controlled not to record on the recording medium the moving image data stored in the memory before the predetermined condition is determined to be satisfied.08-02-2012
20090102947SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY ADDING USER INFORMATION TO DIGITAL IMAGES - A method for automatically adding user information to digital images is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: loading user information to an inner storage of a digital camera; reading the user information from the inner storage; editing the user information stored in the inner storage, and storing the edited user information in the inner storage; adding the user information to a header of an EXIF file of a digital image, then the user information is automatically added to a digital image at the time when the digital image is captured by the digital camera. A related system is also disclosed.04-23-2009
20090213246Camera - A camera includes: an image-capturing unit that captures an image of a photographic subject created by a photographic lens, creates an image to be recorded when a release start command is issued, and creates a through image for composition confirmation before starting of the release; a body in which the image-capturing unit is disposed; a tilt angle detection unit that detects the tilt angle of the body about the optical axis of the photographic lens; a composite image creation unit that creates and outputs a composite image for display for displaying the through image and the image to be recorded in a single screen; and a display unit that displays the composite image for display. The composite image creation unit creates the composite image for display so that the photographic subject that appears in the image to be recorded is displayed upon the display unit as being approximately erect.08-27-2009
20090251566IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit that picks up an image of a subject; an internal memory; a removable external memory; a compression processing unit that compresses the image picked up by the image pickup unit to generate a picked-up image; a recording processing unit that records the picked-up image in the removable external memory and records the compressed image corresponding to the picked-up image in the internal memory; and an editing processing unit that edits the picked-up image in the removable external memory and the compressed image in the internal memory. For a compressed image in the internal memory, a reservation for editing a picked-up image corresponding to the compressed image and recorded in the unmounted removable external memory can be made.10-08-2009
20090160975Methods and Apparatus for Improved Image Processing to Provide Retroactive Image Focusing and Improved Depth of Field in Retail Imaging Systems - Systems and techniques for image capture and management in a retail environment. One or more retail cameras are directed so as to capture digital images. Each camera is configured so as to provide image information that can be used in a retroactive focusing process. Captured images are retroactively focused to provide sharp images of objects of interest, and the objects of interest are used in appropriate retail applications, such as site security, transaction security, and inventory control.06-25-2009
20110228136SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF TAKING IMAGE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - In an image taking system such as digital camera, especially when a predetermined objective body such as a face is included, an objective body detecting portion detects a predetermined objective body from an image taken by the image taking system. A storage portion stores a detection history including a past result of detection of the objective body and a newest result of detection of the objective body. A determination portion refers to the detection history and determines whether the objective body is to be handled as detected in the image obtained newest.09-22-2011
20090268059SENSING LIGHT AND SENSING THE STATE OF A MEMORY CELL - A light-to-frequency converter includes a switch (10-29-2009
20100149378Imaging apparatus, image processing apparatus, zoom control method, and zoom control program - An imaging apparatus is provided which includes an image recording range extraction unit for extracting, from a video of a subject to be imaged, an image corresponding to a first imaging region configured by a predetermined first aspect ratio and an image corresponding to a second imaging region configured by a predetermined second aspect ratio different from the first aspect ratio, a zoom control unit for magnifying or reducing the video of the subject to be imaged, and a zoom restriction setting unit for setting a zoom restriction on either one of or both of the first imaging region and the second imaging region. A predetermined process for preventing the predetermined subject from being image-defected from an imaging region set with the zoom restriction is executed according to a relationship of the predetermined subject magnified or reduced by the zoom process and the imaging region set with the zoom restriction.06-17-2010
20090244324IMAGING DEVICE - A digital camera as one example of an imaging device includes an image sensor, and by utilizing this, an optical image of an object scene is repeatedly captured. A partial object scene image belonging to a zoom area of the object scene image produced by the image sensor is subjected to zoom processing by a zooming circuit, and the obtained zoomed object image is displayed on a monitor screen of an LCD by an LCD driver. A CPU detects a facial image from the produced object scene image through a face detecting circuit, calculates the position of the detected facial image with respect to the zoom area, and displays the position information indicating the calculated position on a mini-screen within the monitor screen by controlling a character generator and the LCD driver.10-01-2009
20100177213Integrator, delta-sigma modulator, analog-to-digital converter and applications thereof - In one embodiment, the modulator in an analog-to-digital converter includes a first reset switch and second reset switch, each controlled by a reset signal. The first reset switch is connected in a first reset feedback path between an input and an output of an integrator stage, and the second reset switch connected in a second reset feedback path between the input and the output of the integrator stage.07-15-2010
20090256932SINGLE-LENS REFLEX DIGITAL CAMERA - The single-lens reflex digital camera includes a CCD for imaging an image for storage and a CCD for imaging an image for live view. A pixel signal output from the CCD is processed in an image preprocessing unit, an image general processing unit, and a JPEG processing unit and stored in a memory card as JPEG data. A pixel signal output from the CCD is processed in a live image processing unit and stored in the memory card as YUV data for display. A display control unit reads the YUV data for display from the main memory and outputs the data to a LCD. The CPU adjusts frame rate of the live view image depending on the usage rate of the band of a main bus.10-15-2009
20080259185Method and apparatus for reducing effects of dark current and defective pixels in an imaging device - A method and apparatus for identifying and compensating for the effects of defective pixels in high resolution digital cameras having image processing apparatus. The apparatus includes a storage system for storing data corresponding to either a dark current reference image and a white reference image and at least one actual image captured by a pixel array, and at least one processor coupled to the storage system for compensating the data corresponding to the actual image based upon the stored data. The method includes capturing and storing both dark and white reference images as well as capturing and storing actual images, identifying pixels that are affected by dark current or are defective pixels, reading data corresponding to pixels of an actual image affected by dark current or that are defective from the storage system and compensating the affected pixels.10-23-2008
20100013959Efficient Generation Of A Reflection Effect - In one embodiment, a method generates an output image having a reflection special effect at the time of capture of an original image having a first area. The output image is generated using a memory having a capacity limited to storing a single image and a buffer having a capacity limited to storing one line of the original image. The first area of the original image is stored in the memory at memory locations corresponding with an unmodified region of the output image and in the buffer. Modified pixels and addresses are generated. The modified pixels are stored in the memory. Each modified pixel is generated from one or more pixels of the first area stored in the buffer. Addresses for storing each modified pixel are generated according to a reflection mapping function and an offset mapping function. The output image is fetched from memory and rendered.01-21-2010
20100134658IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS - An image sensing apparatus having an image sensing unit that converts light into an electric signal corresponding to a quantity of incident light, and outputs an image signal obtained by the conversion, and that outputs an image signal obtained by the conversion, a mode switch section that switches among a plurality of image sensing modes including at least a firework image sensing mode and a normal image sensing mode, a mode control section that changes gamma characteristics including a first gamma characteristic used in the firework image sensing mode and a second gamma characteristic used in the normal image sensing mode, and a gamma circuit that, when switch to the firework image sensing mode is made by the mode switch section, makes gamma conversion of the image signal output from the image sensing unit by using the first gamma characteristic selected by the mode control section. The first gamma characteristic includes a characteristic having the effect of suppressing a low luminance in comparison with the second gamma characteristic.06-03-2010
20100165146INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICK-UP DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A structure is provided that prevents damage to an HDD and loss of recorded data by prohibiting the hard disk from being shifted to the active state in a state in which there is a problem with an environment. On the basis of detection information of each of sensors such as a fall sensor and a temperature sensor, it is determined whether or not data recording or a playback process utilizing the hard disk can be executed safely. The hard disk is caused to be shifted from being in a suspended state to being in an active state on condition that it is determined that safe data recording or playback is possible, and a data recording and playback process utilizing the hard disk is executed. By using this structure, the hard disk is prevented from being shifted to being in the active state in a state in which there is a problem with the environment, for example, in the case of falling, the case of high temperature or high humidity, or the like, and damage to the HDD and loss of recorded data can be prevented.07-01-2010
20100149379IMAGE SENSOR WITH THREE-DIMENSIONAL INTERCONNECT AND CCD - An image sensor and associated image capture device and method include a sensing wafer with a plurality of charge storage elements. One or more floating diffusions are associated with the plurality of charge storage elements, and charge is transferred among the charge storage elements to the one or more floating diffusions. The one or more floating diffusions on the sensing wafer are electrically connected to support circuitry on a circuit wafer.06-17-2010
20110128412Actively Addressable Aperture Light Field Camera - An actively addressable aperture disposed ahead of the rear surface of a camera lens allows the camera to capture a full-resolution, five-dimensional (5D) light field that describes every possible view from every possible angle of the scene being imaged. Shifting the aperture over the entire aperture plane and acquiring an image at each step yields a 2D grid of 2D images of the scene, otherwise known as a 4D parameterized light field. Estimating the 3D depth of the objects in the imaged scene yields a 3D model with 2D surface irradiance patterns, which is the full, non-parameterized 5D light field. The 5D light field can be used to display perspective changes in a way that mimics cognitive processing of the same scene or object. 5D light fields can also be used to create high-precision, 3D depth maps suitable for 3D movies, interactive displays, machine vision, and other applications.06-02-2011
20080316335Method and apparatus for minimizing noise pickup in image sensors - A method and apparatus for minimizing noise pickup in iSoC sensors using an improved Analog Capacitor Memory (ACM) design and optimized timing methods that together prevent direct connection of the electrical grounds between the low-speed signal processing circuit and high-speed signal processing circuit of an imaging System-on-Chip sensor. The ACM includes a two-terminal capacitor and two pairs of terminals. Each pair of terminals is connected via switches to separate circuits. The switches are controlled to isolate one side of the ACM from the other, thereby reducing the noise pickup between the circuits.12-25-2008
20090268058Camera and method and apparatus for providing photographing guide information - A camera, and a method and apparatus for providing photographing guide information are provided. The camera extracts first scene information expressing features of a first scene that a user intends to photograph when a user input requesting scene setup is received. The camera extracts second scene information expressing features of a second scene that is captured in a photographing standby state. The camera uses the first scene information and the second scene information to generate guide information for guiding a photographer capturing the second scene to photograph the first scene, and providing the guide information to the display.10-29-2009
20100165148APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING IMAGE QUALITY AND METHOD THEREOF - An apparatus for improving an image quality and method thereof includes a digital camera outputting either a first image signal non-processed or a second image signal processed by a first control signal by converting image information to digital information, an image streaming device storing either the first image signal or the second image signal outputted from the digital camera, the image streaming device outputting the first control signal by processing the second control signal, and a data processor comparing a target value to either the first or second image signal stored in the image streaming device, the data processor outputting the second control signal having an error value according to a result of the comparison.07-01-2010
20100188528IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING APPARATUS OF IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - An image recording device that records captured image data according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: an image sensor that acquires image data; a memory that holds measured PSF data indicating a PSF of at least one area of the image sensor virtually divided into a plurality of areas; and a restoring unit that restores the image data by using the measured PSF data. The measured PSF data is acquired from captured data acquired by capturing an adjustment chart for virtually dividing the image sensor into a plurality of areas by the image recording device.07-29-2010
20100002100System for adapting device standards after manufacture - The present invention provides a digital imaging apparatus having an optical sensor, an analog-to-digital converter, a plurality of computational elements, and an interconnection network. The optical sensor converts an object image into a detected image, which is then converted to digital image information by the analog-to-digital converter. The plurality of computational elements includes a first computational element having a first fixed architecture and a second computational element having a second, different fixed architecture. The interconnection network is capable of providing a processed digital image from the digital image information by configuring and reconfiguring the plurality of computational elements for performance of a plurality of different imaging functions. The invention may be embodied, for example, as a digital camera, a scanner, a printer, or a dry copier.01-07-2010
20100259645METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STILL IMAGE CAPTURE FROM VIDEO FOOTAGE - A method of providing one or more snapshots extracted from video footage includes displaying a first image in a first display area. The first image is associated with a first capture time. The method also includes displaying a first plurality of preview images in a second display area. The first plurality of preview images are associated with times prior to the first capture time. The method further includes displaying a second plurality of preview images in a third display area. The second plurality of preview images are associated with times subsequent to the first capture time. Moreover, the method includes selecting at least one of the first image, one of the first plurality of preview images, or one of the second plurality of preview images and saving the selected image to a memory.10-14-2010
20100171846Automatic Capture Modes - An image capture device is described which is operable in any one of a number of capture modes. The device comprises a camera, a memory and a processor. The memory stores a plurality of sets of capture triggers, with each set of capture triggers being associated with one of the plurality of capture modes. The processor selects one of the plurality of capture modes, such that the device is operable in the selected capture mode. In the selected capture mode, an image is captured automatically when a capture trigger within the associated set of capture triggers is satisfied.07-08-2010
20090046175IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is an image processing apparatus capable of performing processes of recording and playing image data at a plurality of frame rates. The image processing apparatus includes a storage section, and a control section configured to, when performing the process of recording the image data at each of the frame rates, set information concerning a recording rate corresponding to the frame rate in a data area, in accordance with a predetermined file format, that is paired with stream data to be recorded, and store the information in the storage section.02-19-2009
20090046174SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR - A solid state imaging device includes an imaging circuit 02-19-2009
20100225785IMAGE PROCESSOR AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A camera device 09-09-2010
20110102635IMAGE SIGNAL CORRECTING DEVICE, IMAGING SIGNAL CORRECTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image signal correcting device (05-05-2011
20100238322Information processing apparatus and method for operating same - When the power supply is turned on, the value of a mode flag first is set to 0, the mode flag is evaluated, and processing of the record mode is executed. In the record mode, charging processing of the strobe is performed for a specified interval of time, and the strobe can be reliably caused to flash. Charging processing of the strobe is not performed while processing of reproduction (play) mode or another mode is being performed, and battery consumption is controlled.09-23-2010
20100238321CAMERA BODY, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS UNIT, AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A camera body 09-23-2010
20120127345IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR IMAGE CAPTURING - There is provided an image capturing method for use in an image capturing apparatus including an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of an object to output image data. The method includes performing a first position adjustment between the image data obtained under the first image capturing control and the image data obtained under the second image capturing control, thereby calculating a first displacement, performing a second position adjustment between the image data obtained under the second image capturing control and the image data obtained under the third image capturing control, thereby calculating a second displacement, and performing an image composition of obtaining image data representing a composite image, by performing a position adjustment between the image data obtained under the first image capturing control and the image data obtained under the third image capturing control, using the first and second displacements.05-24-2012
20110102636Solid state memory with reduced number of partially filled pages - The invention concerns a solid state memory, comprising multiple logical units. The solid state memory contains an internal buffer for temporarily storing the incoming data steam before the incoming data are programmed to at least one page. The internal buffer keeps data that are not yet programmed in case a switch from one logical unit to another is performed. A method for operating such a device is presented.05-05-2011
20100253809Round Robin Digital Image Storage Using Parallel Storage Paths in Digital Cameras - Parallel data paths and round robin image storage will increase data transfer speeds to both IC data storage and wireless storage connections. Data integrity is also helped with images being spread across multiple storage media.10-07-2010
20100220215VIDEO ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING SYSTEMS - Embodiments of the present invention are video acquisition and processing systems. One embodiment of the present invention, video acquisition and processing systems include a sensor, image signal processor, and video compression and decompression components fully integrated in a single integrated circuit. The integrated sensor and image signal processor feature highly parallel transmission of image data to the video compression and decompression component. This highly parallel, pipelined, special-purpose integrated-circuit implementation offers cost-effective video acquisition and image data processing and an extremely large computational bandwidth with relatively low power consumption and low-latency for processing video signals.09-02-2010
20120188408IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image capturing apparatus comprises: an image sensor including multiple pixels, each having pupil-divided multiple photoelectric converters, a storage unit that stores the respective pupil-divided image signals, and a control unit, and an operation of adding the image signals on a pixel-by-pixel basis and outputting the resulting signal; a determination unit configured to determine a focus control area, using an image expressed by the image signal output from the image sensor; and a focus control unit configured to carry out focus control according to the phase difference detection method based on the pupil-divided image signals output from the pixels within the focus control area, wherein the control unit switches between an operation of individually outputting the pupil-divided image signals within the focus control area, and an operation of adding and outputting the pupil-divided image signals output from pixels outside of the focus control area on a pixel-by-pixel basis.07-26-2012
20090290046IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING LIVE PREVIEW IMAGE - An image capturing apparatus includes: an imaging unit configured to capture an image of a subject and outputs image data containing the image; a display unit configured to display a live preview image of the subject based on the image data output from the imaging unit; a processor configured to set an image size of the image to be recorded and perform image processing on the live preview image to control a display range of the live preview image to be displayed on the display unit based on the image size to be recorded.11-26-2009
20120194703APPARATUS - An apparatus comprising: a camera module configured to capture a first image of a subject with a first image capture parameter and at least one further image of substantially the same subject with at least one associated further image capture parameter; a reference image encoder configured to encode the first image into a first encoded image; a further image encoder configured to encode the at least one further image into at least one further encoded image; and a file compiler configured to combine the first encoding image and the at least one further encoded image into a first file.08-02-2012
20090322906IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGED PICTURE RECORDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM - Upon an operation to full-press a shutter button being detected, a CPU detects human faces included in a picture imaged by an imaging unit, counts the number of the faces, and stores the number of the counted faces in a predetermined area of a memory unit. Thereafter, the CPU again detects faces included in an imaged picture and counts the number of the faces. When the number of the counted faces is equal to or smaller than the number of the faces stored in the predetermined area of the memory unit, the CPU repeats the process of detecting faces included in an imaged picture and counting the number of the faces. Meanwhile, when the number of the counted faces has increased from the number of the faces stored, the CPU records a picture that is to be imaged after a predetermined period of time passes in a recording medium.12-31-2009
20090115873Method Of Controlling Digital Camera For Testing Pictures, And Digital Camera Using The Method - A method of controlling a digital camera, and a digital camera using the method, the method being capable of ensuring that an appropriate storage space of a memory is provided so as to store images taken in a predetermined mode at all times. The method includes: (a) setting a mode of the digital camera to a first mode for testing performance of the digital camera; (b) comparing an available capacity of the memory with a predetermined value that is set in the digital camera; and (c) deleting data stored in the memory when the available capacity of the memory is less than the predetermined value.05-07-2009
20090073285DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - A data processing apparatus includes: an image capture mode storing section that stores image capture modes each associated with a feature value related to a subject as a selection condition for selecting an image capture mode candidate according to the subject; a feature value extracting section that extracts a feature value included in captured data that is captured by converting incident light from the subject; an image capture mode candidate selecting section that selects image capture mode candidates from among the image capture modes stored in the image capture mode storing section, on the basis of the feature value extracted from the feature value extracting section; and a display control section that displays on a display section the image capture mode candidates selected by the image capture mode candidate selecting section.03-19-2009
20090073284IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image sensor has a plurality of photo detectors each having a spectral sensitivity. An image data input unit inputs image data having a position, a spectral sensitivity, and a measured signal value of each photo detector in an area of the image sensor. A parameter estimation unit estimates each parameter of a plurality of spectral intensity functions using the image data. Each spectral intensity function represents an intensity of light corresponding to a spectrum in the area. An intensity estimation unit estimates the intensity of light in the area using the plurality of spectral intensity functions with each parameter. An output unit outputs the intensity of light for each photo detector.03-19-2009
20090141146MULTIPLE IMAGE SENSOR SYSTEM WITH SHARED PROCESSING - A primary integrated image sensor is operatively connected to one or more secondary image sensors. The primary integrated image sensor includes a pixel array integrated on a semiconductor substrate along with one or more of an image signal processing circuit, readout circuitry, a digital serial interface, storage, a timing circuit, an analog-to-digital converter, and a bi-directional digital input/output circuit. Each secondary image sensor can be implemented as a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) or a Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensor and include a pixel array along with one or more of a readout circuitry, a digital serial interface, a timing circuit, an output circuit, and an optional analog-to-digital converter. Images captured by the primary integrated image sensor and each secondary image sensor are processed by the primary image sensor. Each secondary image sensor can also transmit physical and operational data to the primary integrated image sensor.06-04-2009
20110032388DIGITAL VIDEO SYSTEM FOR ASSEMBLING VIDEO SEQUENCES - An image processing system (02-10-2011
20110032386IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM AND SENSING MODULE - An image capturing system and a sensing module are provided. The image capturing system includes a lens module, an image sensing element, and an adjustment element. The lens module is used for converging light of an object to an imaging surface. The image sensing element has a receiving surface for receiving the light of the object to form an image. The adjustment element is connected to the image sensing element and used for adjusting a curvature value of the receiving surface, so that the receiving surface matches the imaging surface.02-10-2011
20100220214IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus according to the present invention includes an imaging unit having a discrete pixel structure and being adapted to output directly signals of respective M sample points corresponding to M pixels per single frame in normal imaging for imaging at a first frame rate and to add signals of respective N pixels out of M pixels per single frame and output signals of M/N sample points (M and N are integers equal to or greater than 2) at each frame in high-speed imaging for imaging at a second frame rate greater than the first frame rate; and an operation unit being adapted to output directly output signals from the imaging unit in the normal imaging and to perform interpolation operations on the output signals from the imaging unit for interpolating signals of the (N−1) sample points between respective sample points to output interpolated signals of the M sample points in the high-speed imaging.09-02-2010
20110128414Method and apparatus for automatically capturing and managing images - According to one embodiment of the invention, a camera determines whether to acquire an image (e.g., automatically), determines whether to store the acquired image, and determines how to store the acquired image.06-02-2011
20110128411IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - There is provided an image capturing device including a compression unit for lossless-compressing a video signal outputted from an imaging element, a storage unit for accumulating the video signal that is compressed, a decompression unit for decompressing the video signal that is compressed and accumulated in the storage unit, and a combining unit for combining a plurality of frame images based on the decompressed video signal into one frame image.06-02-2011
20110128410Apparatus for and method of taking image of mobile terminal - A method of and an apparatus for taking an image of a mobile terminal. A shooting direction of the mobile terminal is recognized. When the recognized shooting direction is not a reference direction and an image is taken, a direction of an image stored in a storage unit is matched with a direction of a preview image. Therefore, since an image displayed on a preview screen, desired by a user, is stored, additional editing of the image is not required and user convenience is improved.06-02-2011
20110115944Digital camera - A digital camera, which photographs a subject, generates image data, and records the image data on a recording medium, includes: an image processing device that performs a plurality of image processing to the recorded image data, in response to a user's operation; a history creating device that creates, for each image data, history information that indicates a history of image processing performed by the image processing device; and a display unit that displays the history information thus created.05-19-2011
20100302409SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREVIEWING NEWLY CAPTURED IMAGE CONTENT AND REVIEWING PREVIOUSLY STORED IMAGE CONTENT - Systems and methods for previewing newly captured image content and reviewing previously stored image content using an electronic device are provided. The previously stored image content may include an individual distinct image or at least two consecutive video frame images.12-02-2010
20100302410IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus having a shooting optical system and an image sensor includes an image data producer producing image data; an imaging controller repeatedly outputting one picture unit of image data produced in a predetermined shooting time duration by the image data producer; an image data recorder recording the outputted image data; a position detector detecting a change in position of the imaging apparatus and calculating an amount of displacement of the imaging apparatus from a position at a time point of the imaging apparatus taken as a reference based on the detected change in position; a position recorder recording the amount of displacement and time data related to the amount of displacement; a display section displaying a relationship between a shooting time of each image data of the image data recorder and the amount of displacement recorded by the position recorder, during exposure or at the end of exposure; and an adding processor adding arbitrary image data of the image data recorder and producing an image.12-02-2010
20100315532Apparatus for recording and reproducing plural types of information, method and recording medium for controlling same - Various processes effectively execute updating of related information that is correlated to user selected information. For example, when a selected screen is touched by a pen or the like while an image corresponding to the selected image data is displayed on the screen, existing line drawing data (for example, a first character string) that is correlated to the image data and stored is displayed on the screen. In this instance, if new line drawing data (for example, a second character string) is input using the pen or the like, the new line drawing data is added to the existing line drawing data, and is correlated to the image data being displayed and stored. Different sound data can be correlated to selected image data. Different memo data also can be correlated user selected sound data.12-16-2010
20110109770IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes: recording memory (05-12-2011
20110019030SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE - A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel array section having a two-dimensional array of pixels each having a photoelectric conversion section; a memory storing pixel data output from the pixel array section; a correction section reading the pixel data from the memory, and performing a correction process on the pixel data; a control section controlling writing and reading of data into and from the memory; an external interface to output the pixel data subjected to the correction process; and a test-data output section outputting test data. The control section writes the test data in a same writing sequence as a sequence of writing the pixel data output from the pixel array section into the memory, and reads the test data in a same reading sequence as a sequence of reading the pixel data output from the pixel array section from the memory, and outputting the pixel data via the external interface.01-27-2011
20090066814DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera capable of setting a special shooting mode for shooting a plurality of images to be synthesized to form one image and comprises an imaging device, a strobe device, a storage unit temporarily storing at least one image shot by the imaging device, a shooting control circuit, an electrical battery serving as a power source, and a power source control circuit. The power source control circuit comprises a charge control unit charging the strobe device in a state where a temporary OFF mode is set, which stops electrical power supply to the imaging device, the storage unit and the shooting control circuit in the case that a strobe shooting is conducted, and the charge control unit charges the strobe device without the temporary OFF mode being set in the case that the strobe shooting is conducted in a state where the special shooting mode is set.03-12-2009
20090066812FRAME DATA CREATION METHOD AND APPARATUS, FRAME DATA CREATION PROGRAM, AND PLOTTING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method for creating frame data used when forming an image by moving a spatial light modulation device including a plurality of plotting element arrays in a scanning direction which forms an inclination angle θ with an arrangement direction of the plotting element arrays, and sequentially inputting the frame data to the spatial light modulation device according to the movement of the device in the scanning direction. The method is based on image data in which pixel data are disposed two-dimensionally in a sub-scanning direction corresponding to the scanning direction, and a main scanning direction orthogonal to the sub-scanning direction, and the frame data are created after performing a deformation process on the image data such that the pixel data corresponding to each of the plotting element arrays (e.g., circled numbers 03-12-2009
20110128413OBJECT IMAGE CROPPING METHOD, OBJECT IMAGE CROPPING SYSTEM AND DIGITAL IMAGE DEVICE - An image cropping method adapted to a digital image device with a first shooting parameter set to take a digital image of an object with a predetermined image size is provided. The method comprises performing an object detection to obtain a first object image size of the object. Then, according to the first object image size and the predetermined image size, the first shooting parameter set is changed to a second shooting parameter set so that the first image size is changed to a second image size under the second shooting parameter set, wherein the second image size is substantially equal to the predetermined image size. The digital image device with the second shooting parameter set takes a preliminary image of the object. The preliminary image is cropped into the digital image of the object.06-02-2011
20110242363Digital camera system - A digital camera system capable of operating by detecting a feature point, which has not been accomplished, in addition to ordinary functions of a conventional camera is provided. According to an aspect of the present invention, a digital camera system includes a detecting means that detects a given feature point from an image data, a receiving means that receives an order from a user, a selecting means that selects each feature point in accordance with a given order instructed by the receiving means when a plurality of feature points are detected, and a display that displays feature point information identifying the feature point selected by the selecting means.10-06-2011
20110115945AUTOFOCUS SYSTEM - An autofocus system which can prevent erroneous tracking of an unintended tracking target, is provided. In a recognition and tracking mode which uses an AF frame to automatically track a face of a specific person for which certification data is previously stored, a face of a specific person designated by an operator is detected by face authentication processing from a captured image obtained from a television camera. Thereafter, the face is detected from the captured image by a pattern matching processing in which an image of the face is used as a reference pattern for object tracking processing, and the AF frame is moved to the detected position. The face recognition processing is executed each time when the object tracking processing is executed a predetermined times, thereby preventing erroneous tracking by the object tracking processing.05-19-2011
20090033771CAMERA HEAD INCLUDING AN IMAGE PIXEL ARRAY AND A PREAMPLIFIER MODULE - Disclosed herein is a camera system and camera controller having a modularized design. Camera control functions within the controller are distributed among a number of modules, each module performing a component task of controlling a camera. Individual modules can perform tasks such as generating clock signals, digitizing an analog video signal, and providing multiplexed digital video output. Modules communicate with each other over a common bus sufficient to carry the signals necessary to control the camera. The system implements a RAM-based digital sequencer that provides the capability of loading bit patterns into memory and using these patterns to generate waveforms for clocking a CCD. Clock and readout sequences can be composed in a high level language, compiled and uploaded into the controller. Adjustable clamp and sample signal delays used in digitizing an analog video signal provide the capability to optimize the performance of the system in a given application.02-05-2009
20110074976METHOD OF DETECTING THE EXISTENCE OF VISUALLY SENSITIVE THIN LINES IN A DIGITAL IMAGE - A method of detecting existence of visually thin lines in images is described herein. The method includes profile generation, profile analysis and deciding the existence of thin lines. The profile generation includes generating a profile in each direction of the input image. Multiple projection lines are projected along the direction and all of the pixel values along the projection lines are added and averaged to obtain a profile. The profile analysis includes determining presence of thin lines in the input image and also noticing if the direction of the thin lines is similar to that of the projection lines. At the third step, according to the analysis made, existence of thin lines in the image is decided.03-31-2011
20090207280Electronic still camera and method of image acquisition of electronic still camera - A photography mode selecting section allows a photographer to select continuous photographing. An imaging section captures an image of a subject. An area setting section detects a photographic subject based on a photographic image captured by the imaging section for every photographing in the continuous photographing, and sets the size and position of a photographic subject area including the detected photographic subject, when the continuous photographing is selected by the photography mode selecting section. A memory section stores an image inside the photographic subject area as a photographic subject image. Consequently, in continuous photographing of a moving body, the size of the photographic subject area for every photographing in the continuous photographing can be changed according to change in the size of the image of the moving body with respect to an image screen of the imaging section, thereby preventing wasteful usage of a memory area of the memory section.08-20-2009
20090244325Camera system, Camera body, Interchangeable lens unit, Focus control method, and Program - A camera system that can maintain a good focus state regardless of the speed of zooming during variable proportion zooming is provided. The camera system has a control portion that, based on information on the speed of the change in the focal length, determines whether to control a focus lens drive portion in either a first control mode or a second control mode. If it determines that control is to be performed in the first control mode, then the control portion controls the focus lens drive portion so that it drives a focus lens in the direction that brings a predetermined captured object into focus based on estimated values for auto focusing that have been calculated from the image data at various positions by controlling the focus lens drive portion so that the captured object distance is moved forward and backward in the optical axis direction. If the control portion determines that control is to be performed in the second control mode, then the control portion controls the focus lens drive portion based on a tracking table.10-01-2009
20100026849VIDEO REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, DIGITAL CAMERA, SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND METHOD FOR VIDEO REPRODUCTION - The decode control unit (02-04-2010
20090073283METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING IMAGES - In a production system including a plurality of imaging devices associated with a respective production tool, an image capture unit, a controller, and an image storage unit, an image capturing method and apparatus is disclosed. The imaging device records the image and transmits the image to the image capture unit. The image capture unit processes the received image and stores the processed image in the image storage unit.03-19-2009
20100220216Digital Camera with Virtual Memory - A digital camera captures successive first and second images using an image sensor to produce image data, and processes the image data of the successive first and second images. The processing of the second image overlaps processing of the first image in time. The processing of the two images includes mapping locations in a virtual memory space to locations in the memory pages in a physical memory space of the digital camera, and storing information corresponding to the mapped locations in a page table. The digital camera performs operations on the image data of the first and second images stored at specified locations in the virtual memory space, and while performing those operations allocates and de-allocates memory pages in the physical memory space to virtual memory pages in the virtual memory space and updates the page table accordingly.09-02-2010
20090219413IMAGING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an imaging apparatus that enables a user to know a more accurate capacity that can be actually used for storage of image data. A control portion 09-03-2009
20090219412IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND AUTO-PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD THEREOF - A method of auto-photographing for an image capturing device is disclosed. A predetermined time for auto-photographing is counted down. Consecutive preview images of a scene to be photographed are acquired after the predetermined time begins to be counted. Whether a moving object bursts into the scene to be photographed is detected by comparing the consecutive preview images. If the moving object bursts into the scene to be photographed, the predetermined time for auto-photographing is recounted down again.09-03-2009
20090219411CONTENT AWARE STORAGE OF VIDEO DATA - Video analytics and a mass storage unit are contained in a camera housing of a video camera. The video analytics analyzes video data produced by the video camera and detects whether there is an occurrence of a defined event of interest. The video data representing the field of view of the scene observed by the video camera are stored in the mass storage unit. The stored video data include video data of first and second qualities. The first quality represents the occurrence in a field of view of the video camera of the defined event of interest detected by the video analytics. The second quality represents the nonoccurrence in the field of view of the defined event of interest detected by the video analytics. Storing video data of first and second qualities reduces system storage capacity demands.09-03-2009
20110085059APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PHOTOGRAPHING MOVING IMAGE - An apparatus and method to generate a thumbnail image in a moving image photographing mode, and storing the generated thumbnail image are disclosed. The apparatus to photograph the thumbnail image generates a thumbnail image at intervals of a predetermined time simultaneously with photographing the moving image. In addition, the apparatus selects a thumbnail image to be preserved and a thumbnail image to deleted from among generated thumbnail images in such a manner that the number of generated thumbnail images does not exceed a predetermined number, thereby limiting the number of generated thumbnail images.04-14-2011
20110085058JOINT SCALAR EMBEDDED GRAPHICS CODING FOR COLOR IMAGES - An improved scalar embedded graphics coding (EGC) for wireless HD compression is described herein. The image frame to be encoded is divided into blocks, which are further divided into color groups. These groups are encoded one bit plane at a time. The improved scalar EGC method and system uses shared grouping data among color components, but bit planes of each color are separately encoded. Further, during encoding a second-level grouping is able to occur on the splitting signaling of the groups. The system and method described herein retain the simplicity of scalar EGC and attain an efficiency comparable to vector EGC.04-14-2011
20080316340Image display and recording apparatus and a recording medium on which a category control program is recorded - An image display and recording apparatus displays at least one image which belongs to a category as a heading image which shows that category. The heading images are selected from a plurality of images recorded in memory. The display of the heading images allows the content of each category to be grasped at one glance when selecting the category. The heading images may be used when displaying the categories of the images in various types of displays. Such displays include an index screen, a cartridge list screen, a category list screen, a category index screen, a story list screen, and a story index screen.12-25-2008
20090244323SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXPOSING VIDEO-TAKING HEURISTICS AT POINT OF CAPTURE - Described is a system and methods for embedding standard video-taking heuristics into video-recording devices to help improve the quality of captured video for consumer devices. The described approach uses a combination of audio, visual, and haptic feedback that responds to video as it is recorded. This feedback can help users compose better shots as well as help them develop an understanding of the fundamentals of good video-taking.10-01-2009
20090322905Storage control device - A storage control device includes: a memory where a data file is temporarily stored; a read-out unit that sequentially reads out divided data segments of the data file; a storage medium that includes data storage areas having small areas and data management areas each corresponding to the small area, so as to store each of the data segments into small areas and store at least one of first link information and second link information into the data management areas; a first instruction unit that issues an instruction for procuring consecutive data management areas corresponding to a data size of data segments; a second instruction unit that issues an instruction for writing the first link information into the data management areas excluding a trailing-end data management area; and a third instruction unit that issues an instruction for sequentially writing the data segment into the data storage areas.12-31-2009
20100039530Apparatus and Method for Compensating for Variations in Digital Cameras - A method of manufacturing a digital video camera is provided. The method comprises acquiring video images of colored light, and measuring a light intensity response of the video camera to the colored light. The method further comprises comparing the intensity of the measured response to a desired colored light intensity for determining a color intensity bias and storing the intensity bias for the colored light in the camera so that the bias can be applied when the camera is operating at an arbitrary lighting condition.02-18-2010
20100039531APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED DIGITAL IMAGE PLAYBACK - Disclosed are an apparatus and method for improving digital image playback by switching among a plurality of displayed playback images according to a control signal generated from a user input. The apparatus includes a playback image generating unit (in an embodiment, a digital signal processor), which generates a playback image by using image data included in an image file. A display unit displays the playback image generated by the playback image processor. A detecting unit determines the duration of the control signal generated from the user input, and the playback image generating unit adjusts a specified speed of switching among a plurality of playback images according to the input of the control signal and the specified speed of switching playback images is adjusted according to the detected duration.02-18-2010
20100039533Method and Apparatus for Sharing Information Using a Handheld Device - A method and apparatus for sending information to a data processing apparatus for identifying a document to share with a recipient. A handheld device is capable of communicating with the data processing apparatus. Information is captured from the document and stored in the handheld device as document data. A communications path is established between the handheld device and the data processing apparatus. The document data is sent to the data processing apparatus through the communications path. Reference documents are provided. Each reference document has reference data stored in a memory. At least a portion of the received document data is extracted as scanning data. The reference data is retrieved from the memory. The scanning data is compared with the reference data. When the scanning data matches at least a portion of the reference data of one of the reference documents, the one reference document is selected as the identified document for forwarding to the recipient.02-18-2010
20100039532In Flight Autofocus System And Method - A camera module and method for focusing a tunable lens configured to continuously vary its optical power in response to a drive signal. A drive circuit generates the drive signal so that the tunable lens performs a continuous scan of its optical power. An image sensor is configured to acquire light images passing through the tunable lens, and to convert the light images to image signals during the continuous scan. A processor is configured to generate focus scores of the acquired light images using the image signals during the continuous scan. The processor is configured to determine from the focus scores a peak focus score achieved or achievable, and to instruct the drive circuit to adjust the drive signal so that the tunable lens settles at a value of the optical power that corresponds to the peak focus score.02-18-2010
20090033770Systems and Methods of Monitoring Exercises and Ranges of Motion - Systems and methods are provided for remotely a monitoring an individual's ability to carry out a various exercise activities and to evaluate the individual's range of motion. The individual can stand or sit in the field of view of the camera and carry out a set of base line activities. The baseline activities can be stored for subsequent retrieval and analysis. Based on the results of that evaluation, other activities can be prescribed for the individual to systematically carry out. The results of the subsequent activities can be evaluated and compared to the result of the base line activities to determine how the activities should be revised or whether other treatments are required or appropriate.02-05-2009
20120242863COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC MAIL CREATION METHOD - Disclosed is a communication device wherein, in order to improve operability when sending electronic mail to which image data has been attached, the communication device is provided with an image capture means for capturing image data of a subject; a storage means for storing registered information associating a predetermined action with a destination address; and a control means that, in response to a predetermined action being performed during operation of the image capture means, controls the image capture means so that the storage means records image data that is being captured by the image capture means, and additionally set a destination address recorded in the registered information associated with the predetermined action as a destination, and creates an electronic mail message to which the recorded image data has been attached.09-27-2012
20110249145AUTOMATIC FILE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM - For automatically transmitting an image file, a system transmits the file automatically through specifically specifying information for file transmission such as an address of a destination. The system includes a memory for storing a data file and an automatic transmission control file for briefly describing information of a file name of the file to be transmitted and a destination address, and a communication unit for transmitting the data file according to the automatic transmission control file. Therefore, the system can transmit the data file automatically only by having a memory storing the data file and automatic transmission control file connected to the communication unit.10-13-2011
20100053374IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image pickup apparatus includes a frame operation unit configured to perform addition to or subtraction from a frame and a storage unit configured to store a result of an operation performed by the frame operation unit. A data bus including two channels, one for writing to the storage unit and the other for reading from the storage unit, is provided between the frame operation unit and the storage unit.03-04-2010
20110096198IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device is provided with an internal memory and a controller. The internal memory includes a first area configured to hold device information about the imaging device and a second area configured to hold other information which can include demo data. At least one of the areas within the first area is capable of being defective. The controller is coupled to the internal memory to operate the internal memory to hold and move updated device information within the first area and/or within the second area according to the size of the non-defective areas within the first area.04-28-2011
20110249147IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - The present invention provides an image sensing apparatus including an encoding unit for converting video from an image sensing unit so as to generate stream data, and store the stream data in a buffer unit, a control unit for controlling the encoding unit, in a case where, in a fixed time recording mode for recording for a fixed time in response to an instruction to start recording, a second instruction to start recording is issued before the fixed time has elapsed since a first instruction to start recording was issued, to store in the buffer unit stream data that lasts for the fixed time corresponding to the first instruction to start recording, and stream data that lasts for the fixed time corresponding to the second instruction to start recording, and a recording unit for recording each piece of stream data stored in the buffer unit on a recording medium.10-13-2011
20110249146Imaging device, display control method and program - An imaging device includes an image unit that captures a subject and generates a plurality of consecutive captured images in time series, a synthesis unit that performs synthesis using at least a part of each of the plurality of generated captured images and generates a plurality of synthesized images having an order relationship based on a predetermined rule, and a control unit which performs control for displaying information about the progress of the generation of the synthesized images by the synthesis unit on a display unit as progress information, after the process of generating the plurality of captured images by the imaging unit is finished.10-13-2011
20090027518IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS - An image pick-up apparatus comprises a filter whose transmitting wavelength band is changed depending on an input drive signal, a spectral control unit for inputting the drive signal to the filter, thereby changing the transmitting wavelength band of the filter in plural steps, a single image pick-up unit disposed at rear side of the filter, for obtaining image data every time the transmitting wavelength band of the filter is changed, and a record control unit for recording plural pieces of image data obtained by the image pick-up unit.01-29-2009
20110069202CAMERA, CAMERA SYSTEM AND LENS APPARATUS - A camera on which a lens apparatus is mounted is disclosed. The camera includes a controller which performs a focusing control corresponding to the mounted lens apparatus; a display unit which performs display process corresponding to an output of the controller; and a storage section which stores correction information for correcting a calculation result in the focusing control by the controller, in association with the mounted lens apparatus.03-24-2011
20120200742Image Processing System and Imaging Object Used For Same - An imaging technology having high reproducibility of a document and making image correction possible, without being influenced by a way of placing the document or a position of a camera, and irrespective of paper color and despite of damage of a corner portion. By printing positioning symbols on document paper in advance when the document is photographed by a digital camera or a portable phone with a camera, such as a smart phone, and by processing the image based on these positioning symbols, image processing having high reproducibility of the document and making image correction (keystone correction) possible can be implemented irrespective of paper color and despite damage to a corner portion.08-09-2012
20120200741IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND SCHEDULING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus for performing image processing to image data, including: an image computing unit which performs to the image data the image processing including a matrix process performing a computation by using a pixel value of a plurality of pixels represented in a first direction and a second direction intersecting the first direction; a scheduling unit which calculates a number of wait pixels between first image frame and second image frame in the image data based on a size of the plurality of pixels and a presence or absence of an edge process of performing the matrix process using a copied pixel value; and an image data input control unit which outputs the image data of the first image frame to the image computing unit, delays an output of the image data of the second image frame by the number of wait pixels, and outputs the image data of the second image frame to the image computing unit.08-09-2012
20110149115ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A PRESENTATION APPLICATION FILE - An electronic device and method for operating a presentation application file includes acquiring a histogram of each of a plurality of designated objects, and defining an operation corresponding to each of the plurality of designated objects. The electronic device and method further includes acquiring a histogram of a recognized object in an image, determining a matched designated object by comparing the histogram of the recognized object with the histograms of the designated objects, and executing an operation function corresponding to the matched designated object.06-23-2011
20100295969Multimedia information appliance - A multimedia information appliance includes a camera unit, an image display unit, and a multi-port memory. The camera unit includes an image sensor, an image signal processor, an application processor, and a multi-port memory. The image sensor is configured to receive an optical signal of a photographed image from a lens, and to convert the optical signal into an electrical signal. The image signal processor is configured to convert the electrical signal into an image signal, and to control the image sensor. The application processor is configured to process the image signal. The multi-port memory includes a plurality of data input/output ports and stores signals received from the image signal processor and the application process through different data input/output ports.11-25-2010
20100295968MEDIUM ADJUSTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A medium adjusting system includes a displaying unit, an image capture unit, a processing unit, and a storage system. The image capture unit captures a number of viewer images. The storage system examines the number of viewer images to find faces in each viewer image, determines the speeds of viewers, the distances between the found faces and the displaying unit, and each viewer's gaze, and selects a medium content from the storage system correspondingly. The displaying unit displays the selected medium content.11-25-2010
20100259646DATA TRANSFER DEVICE AND CAMERA - A data transfer device transfers a data signal being digital in synchronization with a clock signal and includes a delay section, a measurement section, and a control section. The delay section controls a delay amount given to the data signal. The measurement section acquires an acquisition timing of the data signal output from the delay section using test data transmitted at least once prior to data communication and the clock signal. The control section determines the delay amount for the data signal during a period of data communication based on the acquisition timing or a stored timing.10-14-2010
20080246859Imaging apparatus - An imaging apparatus for performing efficient signal processing depending on the operational mode. In the finder mode, a CCD interface 10-09-2008
20080246858IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image pickup apparatus includes a recording-mode switching section for selecting a single-format recording mode in which recording is performed in one of recording formats or a multiple-format recording mode in which recording is simultaneously performed in a plurality of recording formats, and a recording-size setting section for setting a recording size of image data for each of the recording formats. If the multiple-format recording mode is set, and if a recording size is set to one of the recording formats, the recording size set by the recording-size setting section is set to all the recording formats recorded in one-time image capturing.10-09-2008
20090115872SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGES CAPTURED USING CAMERA-EQUIPPED MOBILE DEVICES - A system and method for processing images on a camera-equipped mobile device. Upon direction from the user that a picture is to be taken with the camera of the mobile device, an image is initially captured and temporarily stored at a first resolution (e.g. a maximum resolution). This may be, for example, the highest resolution setting that might be specified by a user of the camera. The user is then queried for a specific second resolution at which the image is to be subsequently stored, for example, in a non-volatile memory on the mobile device.05-07-2009
20090021607IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR PROCESSING THEREOF AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus is provided, which improves correction accuracy at the time of pixel addition reading and scarcely deteriorates in resolution of the image data. This apparatus comprises: a conversion unit comprising a plurality of unit-pixels and converting an incident radiation or a light into pixel information; a signal processing unit capable of reading the pixel information for each unit-pixel, or capable of reading additional added pixel information for a plurality of unit-pixels, based on a control from a control unit for controlling a driving of the conversion unit according to a plurality of operation modes; a storage unit for storing a plurality of correction informations according to the plurality of operating modes; and a correction unit for performing the correction of the pixel information based on the correction information extracted from the plurality of correct informations according to the operation mode.01-22-2009
20080252753Image-capturing apparatus - An image-capturing apparatus includes: an image-capturing element that captures an image of a subject through a photographic lens and outputs the captured image of the subject as image data; a display device that displays the image of the subject; a recording device that records the image data at a recording medium; a display control device that displays a first image prepared based upon the image data output by the image-capturing element and a second image prepared based upon the image data recorded at the recording medium on the display device; and an instruction device that issues an instruction to the display control device to display the first image and the second image in response to a user instruction operation when the first image is on display at the display device.10-16-2008
20080252751OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING CONTROL UNIT CONFIGURED TO REDUCE NOISE IN CAPTURED IMAGE - An optical apparatus includes a control unit configured to perform control to change power consumed by a lens unit or operation state of an actuator of the lens unit during processing of an image signal obtained from an image pickup element according to a noise tolerance of a camera and a set state of the camera, such as an ISO speed rating.10-16-2008
20110164147IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes: an instruction unit that issues a photographing instruction signal; an image sensor that obtains frame images over predetermined time intervals; a storage unit in which a plurality of the frame images obtained via the image sensor are sequentially stored; a save candidate determining unit that designates, among the plurality of the frame images stored in the storage unit, a plurality of the frame images obtained before and after an issue of the photographing instruction signal as candidates of images to be saved into a recording medium; and a candidate number determining unit that automatically determines, based upon specific information, a candidate number of the frame images that are to be designated as candidates by the save candidate determining unit.07-07-2011
20110164148Electronic apparatus, positioning device, information processing method, and program - An electronic apparatus includes: a reception unit that receives positioning information necessary for a positioning process from the outside; a determination unit that determines whether or not a process on the basis of an operation input is a predetermined process that uses the positioning information in a case where the operation input is received from a user; and a control unit that performs control of an operation of the reception unit based on a result of the determination performed by the determination unit and a content of the operation of the reception unit.07-07-2011
20120274807METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DISPLAY DEVICE - Provided is a method of manufacturing an organic electroluminescence display device including: an organic compound layer-forming step of forming an organic compound layer on a first electrode; a release layer-forming step of forming a release layer on the organic compound layer; a first processing step for the release layer of patterning the release layer; an organic compound layer-processing step of removing the organic compound layer in a region not covered with the release layer processed in the first processing step for the release layer; and a second processing step for the release layer of removing a part of the release layer, in which the release layer is a deposited film formed of a charge-transportable organic compound and is dissolved by a solvent containing an organic solvent miscible with water.11-01-2012
20110122294DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM TO EXECUTE THE METHOD - Provided are a digital photographing apparatus, a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus, and a computer readable recording medium storing a program for executing the method. The digital photographing apparatus may include a database configured to store information about a person and to store a plurality of images of the face of the person with a direction of the face; a photographing unit configured to photograph an image of the face of the person; an image registering unit configured to store the photographed image of the face of the person with the database according to the direction of the face; and a photographing guide unit configured to display a direction of the face of the person not stored in the database.05-26-2011
20110063477TARGET DETECTING APPARATUS, IMAGE FILE RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF CONTROLLNG SAME - It is so arranged that a user can check whether face detection processing has been set. The back side of a digital still camera is provided with a face detection button for setting whether face detection processing is ON or OFF. If the button is pressed to set the camera so that face detection processing will be executed, a face-detection execution mark is displayed at the upper-right corner of a display screen. The user can ascertain that face detection processing will be executed merely by observing the face-detection execution mark. If a face is detected from within the image of a subject, a detection border is displayed so as to enclose the face. When face detection processing is unnecessary, the face detection button is pressed again. Now a face-detection non-execution mark is displayed on the display screen. By observing the face-detection non-execution mark, the user can ascertain that face detection processing will not be executed.03-17-2011
20110261230Image-capturing device - An image-capturing device including an image-capturing element, a data extraction device, a recording device, a reproduction device, and a display control device is provided. The image-capturing element captures an image of a photographic subject and outputs image data. The data extraction device extracts data corresponding to a region designated in advance within the image data outputted from the image-capturing element. The recording device records the extracted data and the image data into a recording medium individually. The reproduction device reads out the extracted data from the recording medium. The display control device outputs an image signal to a display device, so as to display an image according to the extracted data read out by the reproduction device.10-27-2011
20120147221IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - In a case where a position information acquisition setting unit sets to acquire position information and in a case where a determination unit determines that the image data recorded in a recording medium is automatically transmitted to an external device, a transmission setting confirmation screen is displayed, so that the image data to which the position information is attached is prevented from being transmitted to the external device while the user does not intend to do so.06-14-2012
20110254981PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM - Processing for judging whether a face is included in a frame is performed, in a predetermined interval, on each of frames included in a moving image of a subject, displayed on a monitor, until the judgment becomes positive. If it is judged that a face is included in a frame, the facial position is detected in the frame, and stored. Then, judgment is made as to whether a face is included in the next frame after predetermined time. If the judgment is positive, the facial position is detected. The previously stored facial position is replaced by the newly detected facial position, and the newly detected facial position is stored. These processes are repeated until photographing operation is performed by operating a release unit.10-20-2011
20110080502Digital camera - A digital camera captures an image of a photographic subject and creates image data, and records this image data upon a recording medium. The digital camera includes: an image processing device that, according to operation by a user, performs any of a plurality of types of image processing upon the image data that has been recorded; and a control device that, for performing the image processing, (a) if image data is first selected, permits selection of a type of image processing that is to be performed upon the selected image data; and (b) if a type of image processing is first selected, permits selection of image data upon which that selected type of image processing is to be performed.04-07-2011
20110096200CAMERA SYSTEM - In a camera system including an interchangeable lens and a camera body, a lens controller performs control to detect a position of a focus lens in synchronous with a predetermined timing received from the camera body, store it in a storage unit, and transmit it to the camera body when receiving a position information request signal for requesting transmission of position information stored in the storage unit. The body controller performs control so that a timing of transmission of the position information request signal does not overlap a timing of transmission of the timing signal.04-28-2011
20110096199Electronic camera - An electronic camera of the present invention includes: an imaging unit capturing a subject to generate an original image; a derivative image generating unit reducing resolution or color of the original image to generate a derivative image for transfer; a recording unit recording the original image and the derivative image thereon such that the original image and the derivative image get associated with each other; and a transfer unit transferring the derivative image recorded on the recording unit to an external transfer destination. In this configuration, the recording unit finds the derivative image (original image) by referring to the association with the original image (or derivative image), thereby collectively managing the original image and the derivative image. This makes it possible to prevent a user from being confused at image management due to the original image and the derivative image being the same image.04-28-2011
20100110230BUFFER MEMORY FOR ROTATING IMAGE, IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME - A buffer memory for rotating an image. The buffer memory is address-mapped in three dimensions including a first axis, a second axis, and a third axis, that are orthogonal to one another. Data may be sequentially accessed (read from or written to) the buffer memory in each of the direction of the first axis, the direction of the second axis, and the direction of the third direction. Second data may written to a given plane of the buffer memory at the same time that first data is read from the same plane of the buffer memory.05-06-2010
20130169839IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - Even when as an object targeted for registering feature data, an object for which registered feature data has reached an upper limit is selected, replacement of the registered feature data is prompted to register new feature data. An imaging apparatus includes a registration unit configured to register a plurality of feature data up to an upper limit number in association with the same object, a selection unit configured to select one of registered objects for which new feature data is to be registered, and a control unit configured to perform control to display a selection screen for allowing, when the object selected by the selection unit is the object for which the upper limit number of feature data has been registered, a user to select the feature data to be replaced with the new feature data among the upper limit number of feature data registered for the object.07-04-2013
20100214447IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGE METHOD - An imaging device includes an imaging section which images a subject, a recording section which stores a plurality of images of the subject imaged by the imaging section, a display section which displays the plurality of images stored in the storing section, a timetable creating section which creates a timetable in which a display time for each of the plurality of images is set and a playback section which continuously plays back the plurality of images according to the timetable created by the timetable creating section, and displays the images on the display section.08-26-2010
20100214446IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes an image pickup circuit that performs photoelectric conversion on an optical image, and a chromatic aberration correcting circuit that calculates an amount of shift by chromatic aberration based on a linear function to perform chromatic aberration correction on captured image data in accordance with the amount of shift. The chromatic aberration correcting circuit performs the chromatic aberration correction on a first pixel in a first area including an optical center of the captured image data with a first linear function using a distance from the optical center, and performs the chromatic aberration correction on a second pixel in a second area that does not include the optical center and that is different from the first area with a second linear function using the distance from the optical center.08-26-2010
20100225784CAMERA - An image-capturing device includes: an instruction unit that issues a photographing instruction signal; an image sensor that obtains frame images over predetermined time intervals; a storage unit into which a plurality of frame images obtained via the image sensor are sequentially stored; a save candidate designation unit that designates a plurality of frame images obtained before and after an output of the photographing instruction signal among a plurality of frame images stored in the storage unit as save candidate images that may be saved into a recording medium; and a control unit that controls the save candidate designation unit so as to designate as the save candidates a plurality of frame images obtained before and after a second photographing instruction signal issued within a predetermined length of time following the output of the photographing instruction signal.09-09-2010
20100066863IMAGING APPARATUS WITH DISPLAY AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS - A digital camera is provided with a vertically long camera body having an approximately rectangular solid shape. An LCD panel provided in a rear surface of the camera body is arranged such that longitudinal directions of the display screen and the camera body correspond to each other. The digital camera is operated through a touch panel provided in a lower portion of the display screen. In a taking mode, an image is displayed in a small size on an upper portion of the display screen. In reproducing, the camera body is rotated sideways by 90 degree. In a reproducing mode, display posture of the image is also rotated by 90 degree, and the image is displayed in a large size on the entire display screen.03-18-2010
20100066862APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING CAMERA WORK BASED ON DIRECTION RULE - Provided are an apparatus and method of controlling camerawork based on direction rule. A camerawork controlling apparatus includes a direction deciding unit configured to receive dialogs extracted from a scenario, to divide at least one of the received dialogs into sub-elements according to a set of circumstances, and to determine a camerawork based on a direction rule to be applied to each sub-element and each of any remaining non-divided dialogs.03-18-2010
20100194923DIGITAL CAMERA HAVING INTERCONNECTED IMAGE PROCESSING UNITS - A digital camera is provided having a memory for digitally storing an image captured by the camera, and a plurality of substantially identical processing elements functionally interconnected to each other via a crossbar switch for processing the stored image. The processing elements are connected to the memory via a bus external to the crossbar switch. The crossbar switch is selectively configurable to pass data of the stored image directly between the processing elements.08-05-2010
20100194921Image pickup apparatus - An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup lens; an image pickup device; a microlens array; an image processing section; and a data storage section, in which the image processing section produces a plurality of arbitrary viewpoint images based on image pickup data obtained by the image pickup device by synthesizing pixel data extracted from pixels located at the same position in image regions each of which corresponds to each of microlenses included in the microlens array, and the arbitrary viewpoint images are stored in the data storage section, and a plurality of pixel data recorded at pixel positions adjacent to one another are collectively read out as a read-out unit from each of the arbitrary viewpoint images stored in the data storage section, and a predetermined sorting process and a predetermined integration process are performed on the pixel data read out, thereby the refocus image is produced.08-05-2010
20090295945PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, SETTING METHOD OF PHOTOGRAPHY CONDITIONS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - In a digital camera 12-03-2009
20110199512Single Use Digital Camera - A camera including a processor and an image sensor, memory device, and communication port that are electrically coupled with the processor. The image sensor captures image data and transmits it to the processor, which sends it to the memory device for storage. After the image data is downloaded from the camera through the communication port, the processor becomes disabled. Preferably, the memory device is a volatile memory device that is permanently connected with a power supply. Preferably, the communication port is a standard USB receptacle. Preferably, the image data is deleted from the memory device after it is downloaded from the camera. Preferably, the camera includes a sealed housing that contains the processor, image sensor and memory device.08-18-2011
20110149116IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SHARING MEMORY AMONG CHIPS - An imaging device and a memory sharing method are provided. The imaging device includes: an image sensor; an image signal processor chip that includes a frame memory and that receives and processes a video signal from the image sensor; and a control processor chip that receives video information from the image signal processor chip via a first serial interface and that accesses the frame memory via a second serial interface used for the image signal processor chip to receive the video image signal from the image sensor. Accordingly, it is possible to efficiently utilize resources in a movable communication terminal having a camera function.06-23-2011
20090174793IMAGE PROCESSOR, IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM OF IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processor includes an inter-superimposed-image deformation acquisition unit configured to acquire deformation information between superimposed images included in a multiple image in which images of a subject are superimposed, an image deformation unit configured to generate at least two deformed images by performing deformation processing with respect to the multiple image at least twice to be geometrically deformed based on the acquired deformation information between superimposed images, and a signal intensity relationship acquisition unit configured to acquire signal intensity relationship information indicative of a relationship between signal intensities of the superimposed images included in the multiple image. The image processor further includes a signal processing unit configured to perform addition processing of the at least two deformed images generated from the deformation processing by using the acquired signal intensity relationship information.07-09-2009
20100020197Imaging device, reproduction device and image reproduction program - An imaging device comprises: a mount unit at which an optical system can be mounted; a detection unit that detects disengagement of the optical system from the mount unit; an imaging unit that captures a subject image formed via the optical system mounted at the mount unit and outputs image signals; a display unit at which an image is brought up on display based upon the image signals output from the imaging unit; and a control unit that prohibits display of the image at the display unit, the image being based upon the image signals output from the imaging unit after the detection unit detects disengagement of the optical system.01-28-2010
20100020199DIGITAL CAMERA WITH REDUCED IMAGE BUFFER MEMORY AND MINIMAL PROCESSING FOR RECYCLING THROUGH A SERVICE CENTER - A digital camera system in which capture, processing and storage functions are partitioned differently than in existing systems. A hand-held digital camera is used with a workstation that may exist in a commercial image processing service center. A minimal amount of image data processing is performed in the digital camera, thereby allowing significant digital camera cost reductions due to lower memory requirements, lower processing requirements, and lower power requirements. Real-time single pass image compression techniques are employed within this digital camera to permit rapid gathering and storage of raw or minimally processed image data. The workstation to which the image data are transferred performs the image processing normally done within existing cameras. This processing takes advantage of the increased computational power that is possible to have in such a workstation, compared to that of a small camera, and the increased time over which such processing may be performed.01-28-2010
20100020198Digital Still Camera and Method of Controlling Same - Disclosed is a digital still camera in which amount of exposure is decided appropriately even when there is a changeover from one shooting scene to another. When a shooting mode is set, a first shooting scene discrimination is performed before a shutter-release button is half-pushed. A first amount of exposure is calculated using a program diagram suited to the shooting scene that has been discriminated by the first shooting scene discrimination. Shooting for focusing control is performed at an exposure corresponding to the first amount of exposure, whereby image data is obtained. Focusing control is carried out based upon the image data obtained, and shooting is performed again. Second shooting scene discrimination is performed based upon the image data obtained by shooting. A second amount of exposure is calculated using a program diagram suited to the shooting scene that has been discriminated by the second shooting scene discrimination. Shooting for recording purposes is performed at the exposure corresponding to the second amount of exposure and the image data obtained is recorded.01-28-2010
20090190001PHOTON COUNTING IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging device includes first and second photon sensors respectively capture arrival times and locations of individual photons on first and second image planes, while optionally capturing photon colors. A stereoptic distance finder identifies source distance of image elements common to both image planes, while a processor correlates the identified source distances to photons within the image elements. A memory stores the arrival times and locations, the color, and the identified source distances. An orientation sensor captures photon sensor orientation in six degrees of freedom. An image processor selects a time span, identifies photons captured within the time span, defines an image field, divides the image field into virtual pixels, and aggregates the colors of photons arriving within each virtual pixel within the time frame, to determine a color and intensity of the virtual pixel. The image processor also aggregates the virtual pixels to generate an image file.07-30-2009
20100321530APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REDUCING SHUTTER LAG OF A DIGITAL CAMERA - An apparatus and method for reducing a shutter lag in a device with a digital camera function, in which an electronic shutter can be driven in a state of a half shutter or a full shutter, and a controller controls execution of a sub-sampling preview mode if the camera function is driven, controls to fix white balance and exposure and automatically adjust a focus upon detecting an input of the half shutter during the execution of the sub-sampling preview mode, switches to a full-pixel preview mode after completion of the adjustment, and performs image capturing upon detecting an input of the full shutter.12-23-2010
20120147220DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR QUICKLY ENTERING INTO REPRODUCTION MODE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A method of controlling a digital image signal processing apparatus includes generating quick view image data corresponding to input image data, storing the quick view image data in a first area of a memory, entering into a reproduction mode, determining whether image signal processing performed on the input image data has been completed, and if it is determined that the image signal processing has not been completed in the reproduction mode, displaying a display image corresponding to the quick view image data stored in the first area of the memory.06-14-2012
20110050959VECTOR EMBEDDED GRAPHICS CODING - A method of coding High Definition (HD) color pictures is described. The method divides the HD picture into individual bit planes of the three colors. The method then interleaves the bit planes such that bit planes of the three colors having the same significance are coded together. The method codes a block of the picture based on the bit distribution in corresponding groups of the corresponding bit planes of the three colors. The method performs a first level grouping of bits in a bit plane of an image and a second level grouping of the first level grouping bits of different color components within a group.03-03-2011
20110050958IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - The moving picture image pickup device includes an image pickup section for obtaining a picked-up moving picture, and an image processing section for processing, per frame, the picked-up moving picture and creating a storage moving picture. The image processing section designates, upon a user's instruction, object images in the picked-up moving picture; sets object trimming images for clipping, out of the picked-up moving picture, the object images, respectively; follows the object images and moving, per frame, the object trimming images in accordance with the object images; sets, per frame, the object trimming images as a first trimming image; sets one image enclosing the object trimming images as a second trimming image; calculates and compares the data sizes of the first and the second trimming images; and selects, as the storage moving picture, an image having a smaller data size, from the first trimming image or the second trimming image.03-03-2011
20110304747IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus includes a lens unit condensing light from a visual field region, an imaging unit including an imaging element which converts light condensed by the lens unit into an electric signal and continuously generating electronic image data based on the electric signal, a storage unit storing the image data generated by the imaging unit, a display unit displaying an image based on the image data generated by the imaging unit, an input unit receiving an input of a change instruction signal used to change a first capturing mode at a first vertical-to-horizontal ratio to a second capturing mode at a second vertical-to-horizontal ratio and an image trimming unit generating a captured image by trimming an image included in image data generated by the imaging unit at a vertical-to-horizontal ratio between the first and second vertical-to-horizontal ratios, when the change instruction signal is input during the first capturing mode.12-15-2011
20100026848MOVING PICTURE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH ZOOM FUNCTION, IMAGE PROCESSING AND DISPLAY METHOD AND PROGRAM - During the abnormal image ejection period, camera output data is set to all “0” to thereby output the data as black image data via the camera data buffer 02-04-2010
20090256931Camera module, method of manufacturing the same, and electronic system having the same - A camera module, a method of manufacturing the same, and an electronic system having the same are provided. The camera module includes an image sensor chip having an active plane and a backside, a ground wiring extending from a sidewall of the image sensor chip to the backside, a lens structure having a light detector with at least one lens stacked on the active plane, and a conductive housing extending to the ground wiring along with an outer wall of the lens structure excluding the light detector.10-15-2009
20120038793IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND REPRODUCTION METHOD - Provided is an image capturing apparatus (02-16-2012
20100214445IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image capturing apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises optics for forming an image on an image plane; an image sensor arranged at the image plane and arranged to transform the image to an image signal to form an initial image; an image analyzer arranged to receive the image signal, to find at least one object in the initial image, and to determine at least one zoom area for each found object; an image cut generator arranged to define a result image to comprise at least one of the at least one determined zoom areas; and a storage memory arranged to store the defined result image. A method and computer program for the apparatus are also disclosed.08-26-2010
20120099000INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - Provided herein is an information processing apparatus and method of a mobile terminal in which augmented reality information is tagged to a content such as an image and/or video, thereby allowing the user to check augmented reality information while easily and conveniently viewing the content. The information processing apparatus according to an embodiment may include a camera configured to capture an image; a display unit configured to display the captured image; an information module configured to generate augmented reality information including geo-tagging information of the captured image, capturing direction information thereof, and direction information of a mobile terminal when capturing the image; a controller configured to tag the augmented reality information to the captured image; and a storage unit configured to store the captured image and the augmented reality information tagged to the captured image as a content.04-26-2012
20100123800DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREON COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD - Provided are a digital photographing apparatus enabling easily selection of a degree of exposure when viewing a display, a method of controlling the same, and a computer readable recording medium comprising a computer program for executing the method. The apparatus includes an imaging device for generating data from incident light, a memory for storing data generated by the imaging device, a display for displaying an image corresponding to data generated by the imaging device or an image corresponding to data stored in the memory, and a storage medium for storing an image file corresponding to data generated by the imaging device or an image file corresponding to data stored in the memory, wherein data generated by the imaging device during a preset time interval is accumulatively stored in the memory while the imaging device is exposed, and the display displays a corresponding image while the imaging device is exposed.05-20-2010
20110164149OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE, OBJECT DETECTION SYSTEM, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR OBJECT DETECTION, CAMERA WITH OBJECT DETECTION FUNCTION, AND OBJECT DETECTION METHOD - An object detection device that shares a bus with an external memory and another device includes: a data acquisition unit that acquires original image data from the external memory via the bus; a reduction processing unit that generates pieces of reduced image data from the original image data at differing reduction rates after the data acquisition unit acquires the original image data once; and an object detection unit that detects a position at which an object appears in the pieces of reduced image data by performing matching processing on the pieces of reduced image data using a template for the object.07-07-2011
20110317037IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus controls a first mode for controlling a function to change an image pickup range of an image pickup unit in response to a received change request of the image pickup range to obtain image data of the changed image pickup range from the image pickup unit and a second mode for controlling an image process of a trimming and a magnification to the image data without performing the change of the image pickup range of the image pickup unit in response to the received change request of the image pickup range to generate image data of the image pickup range corresponding to the change request. The apparatus controls the change of the image pickup range of the image data in response to the change request of the image pickup range to select the first mode when an object detection process is not executed and select the second mode when the object detection process is executed.12-29-2011
20110317036IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - An image sensor is provided. A first storage unit stores an image information value corresponding to an image signal provided from a pixel, and a second storage unit stores a reset information value corresponding to a reset signal provided from the pixel. A differential signal comparison unit receives image information value and the reset information value, compares the two values, and outputs a difference value therebetween. A switch unit is switched so that the two input values are transferred in a crossed manner in a first operation period and a second operation period. A digital value providing unit combines a first digital value, which corresponds to an output timing of a first comparison signal in the first operation period, and a second digital value, which corresponds to an output timing of a second comparison signal in the second operation period, and output a digital value corresponding to image information received at the pixel.12-29-2011
20110317035IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image sensing apparatus comprises an image sensing unit capturing an object image, a saving unit saving a captured image data, a development processing unit reading out the image data and execute development processing for the image data to generate new image data, a setting unit setting a parameter for the development processing, a display unit displaying a development processing result and an operation unit allowing a user to perform one of enlargement and reduction of the displayed image, wherein when a first parameter for which optical system correction processing is performed and a second parameter for which the correction processing is not performed are set, the development processing unit executes development processing, to which the first parameter is applied, when a change to enlarged display is not made, and executes development processing, to which the first and second parameters are applied, when a change to enlarged display is made.12-29-2011
20110317034IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSOR MULTIPLEXING - In some embodiments, an electronic device comprises a first camera and a second camera, a first buffer to receive a first set of input frames from the first camera and a second buffer to receive a second set of input frames from the second camera, a single image signal processor coupled to the first buffer and the second buffer to process the first set of input frames from the first frame buffer using one or more processing parameters stored in a first memory to generate a first video stream and to process the second set of input frames from the second frame buffer using one or more processing parameters stored in a second memory register to generate a second video stream, and a memory module to store the first video stream and the second video stream.12-29-2011
20110317033Image Processing Utilizing Spatially-Displaced Image Data - According to certain embodiments, alpha image data of an alpha frame corresponding to an alpha portion of a scene is accessed. Beta image data of a beta frame corresponding to a beta portion of the scene is accessed. The alpha frame and the beta frame have an overlapping region. Alpha-beta pairs are generated for the overlapping region. Each alpha-beta pair comprises an alpha value of the alpha image data and a beta value of the beta image data that both correspond to the same portion of the scene. A function is applied to each alpha-beta pair to determine first frame image data for the overlapping region. The first frame image data comprises information to generate a first frame of the scene.12-29-2011
20110157424IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A method includes specifying an image area which is contained in the subject-present image taken and in which nonflatness is less than or equal to a predetermined value, determining whether or not a range of the specified image area in the subject-present image in which the nonflatness is less than or equal to a predetermined value is greater than or equal to a predetermined range, generating an extraction background image used to extract a subject area in the subject-present image containing the subject, from the image area when the range of the image area in which the nonflatness is less than or equal to a predetermined value is determined to be greater than or equal to the predetermined range, and extracting the subject area from the subject-present image based on information on a difference between each pixel in the extraction background image and a corresponding pixel in the subject-present image.06-30-2011
20120044384IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT CONTINUOUSLY TAKES IMAGES TO OBTAIN MULTIPLE IMAGES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image pickup apparatus capable of selecting an image more suited to a user from images that have been continuously taken. A face included in each of a plurality of images is chosen, and with respect to each of the images, an evaluation value for use in selecting one image from the plurality of images is calculated based on the face chosen in each of the images. An image with the highest evaluation value is selected, and when there are a plurality of images with the highest evaluation value, an image taken first is selected. The selected image is then recorded.02-23-2012
20120044383HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND REFERENCE PIXEL MEMORY STORAGE SPACE CONFIGURATION METHOD - A reference pixel memory storage space configuration method for configuring a main storage sub-space and an extra storage sub-space of a reference pixel memory storage space of a high resolution digital image capturing apparatus is disclosed. The method includes steps of: calculating a first frame to obtain a plurality of first reconstruction reference pixels; storing the first reconstruction reference pixels in the main storage sub-space; moving a search range window to search the first reconstruction reference pixels and calculating a second frame by referencing the first reconstruction reference pixels covered by the search range window to obtain a plurality of second reconstruction reference pixels, and when the search range window is moved from a first region to a second region in the main storage sub-space, the first region becomes an available space. The second reconstruction reference pixels are orderly stored in the extra storage sub-space and the available space.02-23-2012
20120002080IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING A BUFFER MEMORY FOR IMAGE DATA STORAGE - Two local buffers are provided between an image processing unit and an image compression and expansion unit for compression into a predetermined format. Write and read control units serve to alternately use the two local buffers. As a result, process flow starting from the image processing unit to generate compressed image data by the image compression and expansion unit requires no main memory, whereby high-speed image processing is allowed with low power consumption.01-05-2012
20090021605IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND AUTO-FOCUS METHOD FOR SAME - An image capturing device includes a taking lens, an image sensor for capturing images of an object, an auto-focus system for focusing the image capturing device, and a memory. The memory stores an offset value represented between a pre-focus position and an in-focus position of the taking lens. The auto-focus system includes an image processing unit, a calculating unit, and a taking lens driving unit. The image processing unit is configured for comparing definition of the images to judge a clearest image therefrom, and detecting the pre-focus position of the taking lens. The calculating unit is configured for calculating the in-focus position of the taking lens according to the pre-focus position detected by the image processing unit and the offset value. The taking lens driving unit is used for moving the taking lens during focusing process.01-22-2009
20120057048DIGITAL CAMERA CAPABLE OF CONTINUOUS SHOOTING - A digital camera of the present invention comprises: an imaging section, a read out section for reading out first image data for still picture storage from the imaging section, a storage section subjecting the first image data to image processing and storing the resultant data, an image data generating section for generating second image data that has fewer pixel data than the first image data, from the first image data, and a detection section for detecting at least one evaluation value based on the second image data, wherein a detection operation of the evaluation value by the detection section is executed in parallel to a still picture storage operation by the storage section.03-08-2012
20120154634IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing device and method for reducing the line memory consumption in an image processor is disclosed. The image processing device includes an imaging unit for acquiring image data by imaging a subject, an image memory to which a first part out of first and second parts of the image data output from the imaging unit is input, and an image processor for image-processing the first part received from the image memory, image-processing the second part received without passing it through the image memory, and generating a processed image corresponding to the image data by synthesizing the processed first and second parts.06-21-2012
20120154635IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH ZOOM FUNCTION - An image capturing apparatus comprises an image capturing unit which captures image data of an object, a zoom image data generating unit which generates items of zoom image data having different zoom magnifications, a display control unit which displays through images on a display unit based on the items of the generated zoom image data, a selection unit which selects one of the zoom magnifications by selecting one of the through images displayed on the display unit, and a recording control unit which records image data corresponding to the selected zoom magnification in a storing medium.06-21-2012
20120154633Linked Data Methods and Systems - Methods and arrangements involving portable devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, are disclosed. In a particular embodiment, a system stores information from a sensor sub-system as RDF triples. The sensor sub-system may comprise a physical or logical sensor, such as a camera, a microphone, an accelerometer, a GPS receiver, an image classifier, and a user activity sensor. The triples can be stored in a user's smartphone or other portable device, or in the cloud. The stored data can then be acted on by a processor—again, in the user's smartphone, in another portable device, or in the cloud. A great variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.06-21-2012
20120026363SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME - A solid-state image pickup apparatus has: a pixel area having unit pixels arranged in a two-dimensional matrix; a plurality of analog/digital converters, each provided for the unit pixels on the same column; a plurality of first/second memory units, provided to respective analog/digital converters, for storing the digital signals of one/another row; and a digital signal processing unit for generating an output signal based on the signals from the first and second memory units, wherein the first and second memory units store the digital signals of a same row at a non-addition operation and store the digital signals of different rows at an addition operation, and wherein, at the non-addition operation, if one of the first and second memory units on a same column is defective, the digital signal processing unit generates the output signal based on the signal from the other one of the units on the same column.02-02-2012
20120105679SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND MULTI-ANGLE VIDEO SYSTEM - The present invention is provided to lessen load on a bus in the case of storing image data captured by a plurality of cameras into a semiconductor memory. To a semiconductor integrated circuit, a plurality of cameras and a semiconductor memory can be coupled. The semiconductor integrated circuit includes a plurality of first interfaces, a second interface, a bus, and a plurality of image processing modules. The image processing modules include a process of performing distortion correction on image data in a pre-designated region, and writing the image data in the region subjected to the distortion correction into the semiconductor memory via the bus and the second interface. By excluding image data out of the pre-designated region from an object of distortion correction in the image processing modules, the amount of image data transferred to the semiconductor memory is reduced.05-03-2012
20120062767IMAGE DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - In an image data processing apparatus, a conversion unit generates first image data of a first image format and second image data of a second image format and supplies the first and second image data on a time division basis with respect to each image taken by using an image sensor. An operating unit acquires the first and second image data produced on a time division basis from the conversion unit, performs a process for displaying the taken image on a display device by using the first image data, and performs a process for storing the taken image in a storage device by using the second image data.03-15-2012
20120176512IMAGE STORAGE APPARATUS, IMAGE STORAGE METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM EXECUTED IN IMAGE STORAGE APPARATUS - An image storage apparatus which is capable of finding a desired image among a large number of images easily. Image quality of an image to be recorded on a storage medium (07-12-2012
20130010160IMAGE RESTORATION DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE RESTORATION METHOD - An image restoration device according to the present invention includes: a point spread function storage unit which stores any two PSFs among a first range PSF for restoring a first sweep image serving as a sweep image when a sweep range is a first range; a second range PSF for restoring a second sweep image serving as the sweep image when the sweep range is a second range which excludes the first range; a third range PSF for restoring a third sweep image serving as the sweep image when the sweep range is a third range obtained by combining the first range and the second range; and a PSF calculation unit which performs addition or subtraction on the two PSFs to calculate a remaining one among the first, second, and third range PSFs.01-10-2013
20130010159PORTABLE HANDHELD DEVICE WITH MULTI-CORE IMAGE PROCESSOR - According to an aspect of the disclosure, a portable handheld device includes a CPU for processing a script; a multi-core processor for processing an image, and a DRAM for storing image data. The CPU and multi-core processor are integrated on one wafer and share a data cache provided on the same wafer. The DRAM is provided external to the wafer. The portable handheld device further comprises a DRAM interface for receiving and sending data to the DRAM, the DRAM interface being provided on the same wafer and sharing the data cache with the CPU and the multi-core processor.01-10-2013
20110090368IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING FUNCTION FOR PERFORMING IMAGING IN ACCORDANCE WITH SETS OF IMAGING PARAMETERS CORRESPONDING TO PRE-REGISTERED IMAGING SCENES, AND METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAM STORED THEREON FOR THE SAME - When a continuous imaging mode is set, a screen is displayed for allowing input of a number of images to shoot and the imaging parameters for each of the images, a determination is made as to whether the number of images to shoot and the imaging parameters for each of the images have been input by the user. When the number of images to shoot and the imaging parameters for each of the images have been input, the input number of images and the imaging parameters are stored, and a direct image display is started. Moreover, when there is an imaging instruction, a continuous imaging process is started in which still imaging is performed continuously based on the stored number of images and the imaging parameters. When the continuous imaging process has been completed, the plurality of still image data, obtained with differing imaging parameters, is recorded.04-21-2011
20100289922Method and system for processing data sets of image sensors, a corresponding computer program, and a corresponding computer-readable storage medium - The invention relates to a method and an arrangement for processing records of imaging sensors, a corresponding computer program, and a corresponding computer-readable storage medium which can be used particularly for creating panoramic photographs with the aid of mobile terminals, e.g. a digital camera, a mobile telephone, or similar. In said method for processing records of imaging sensors, several successive records of an imaging sensor are read at least in part, records read during reading of additional records are analyzed in order to determine matching areas within the read records, and data of several successive records is combined to a panoramic image during output via data output means.11-18-2010
20120249834IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND BANK MANAGEMENT METHOD - An image processing device includes: first to third address registers that store three addresses, respectively, the three addresses indicating three bank regions, respectively; an input image bank managing unit that, when the image processing device receives an image from an imaging device, switches, between the first address register and the second address register, and sets a flag and supplies the address stored in the first address register as an address for writing the received image; an imaging processing unit that performs image processing on the received image; and an image processing bank managing unit that, when the flag is in a set state and the processed image is switched to another image to be processed, switches, between the second address register and the third address register, resets the flag and supplies to the image processing unit the address stored in the third address register.10-04-2012
20120249833MOTION ROBUST DEPTH ESTIMATION USING CONVOLUTION AND WAVELET TRANSFORMS - Apparatus and method for electronically estimating focusing distance between a camera (still and/or video camera) and a subject. Images at different focal positions of a calibration target are collected to arrive at a focus matching model for a given imaging apparatus. In operation, at least two images are captured and convolutions performed which approximate the modeling of blur change as a point spread function. Wavelet transforms are applied to the images after each convolution and images are compared based on the wavelet variance differences to provide a motion robust blur difference determination. Applying the blur differences to the focus matching model provides an estimate of focusing distance, which can be utilized such as for controlling camera focus.10-04-2012
20120249835Image Acquiring System and Driving Method for Camera Module - An image acquiring system including a camera module and a host is provided. The camera module for acquiring images includes a control unit and a first connector. The host includes a driver unit and a second connector. The driver unit is coupled to the second connector and stores an initializing data for initialize the camera module; and the second connector is adapted to be connected with the first connector. The set of initializing data is transferred from the second connector to the first connector when the second connector is coupled to the first connector, and the initializing data is then transferred to the control unit. A driving method of camera module for driving a camera module without any memory element is also described.10-04-2012
20100245627PROCESSING FOR CAPTURED IMAGES - A method is provided for reading a captured image, with the captured image comprising at least first and second parts and a border area positioned between the first and second parts. Converted pixels are obtained by applying digital-to-analog conversion to the pixels in the captured image, and the converted pixels corresponding to the border area of the captured image are stored in a buffer. A first set of processed pixels is obtained by applying image processing to the converted pixels corresponding to the first part of the image and to the converted pixels stored in the buffer, and a second set of processed pixels is obtained by applying image processing to the converted pixels corresponding to the second part of the image and to the converted pixels stored in the buffer. A processed image is provided by combining the first and second sets of processed pixels. Also provided is a processing device for reading a captured image.09-30-2010
20100245628IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging apparatus includes a pixel unit having a plurality of components, each having a plurality of pixels arranged in row and column directions. The plurality of pixels in each component output color signals having a plurality of colors. The apparatus also includes an adding unit configured to perform an addition of color signals of the same color in each component. The color signals are outputted from the plurality of pixels. The adding unit performs the addition without adding a color signal outputted from a part of the plurality of pixels in each component such that spatial centroids of the added color signals having a plurality of colors are located at substantially the same pitch at least in one of the row and column directions.09-30-2010
20100085444Imaging device - An imaging device comprising an image pickup sensor that captures an image of a subject, a storage unit that temporarily stores a plurality of frames of image data captured by the image pickup sensor, a detection unit that detects identity or non-identity between at least two image data consecutively captured by the image pickup sensor adjacent in time based on a predetermined image characteristic quantity, and a control unit that controls the device to write the later captured image data in the storage unit when the detection unit detects the non-identity and to not write the later captured image data in the storage unit when it detects the identity.04-08-2010
20120127347IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM - There is provided an image processing apparatus and system for demosaicing. The image processing apparatus comprises an edge determination module configured to determine whether a target pixel is an edge pixel and a direction of an image edge if the target pixel is an edge pixel; and a demosaicing module configured to extract a luminance component value of the target pixel using a Bayer image pattern having the target pixel in a central portion of the Bayer image pattern, wherein the demosaicing module is configured to extract the luminance component value of the target pixel using the Bayer image pattern by a weighting process if the target pixel is determined as an edge pixel.05-24-2012
20120127346IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus according to this invention comprises: an image capturing unit which performs continuous image capturing; a storing unit which stores a plurality of first images captured by the image capturing unit before a shutter button is pushed, and a plurality of second images captured by the image capturing unit after the shutter button is pushed; and a generating unit which generates a background image which is an image of a background of a dynamic body included in the first images and second images based on at least the plurality of first images.05-24-2012
20120127344IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - An image pickup device may include an image pickup unit that includes two-dimensionally arranged pixels, the image pickup unit generating image signals of a plurality of series based on light incident to the pixels, the image pickup unit outputting the image signals of the plurality of series in parallel, a memory that stores the image signals output from the image pickup unit, a reading unit that sequentially reads the image signals from the memory, the reading unit sequentially outputting the image signals of the pixels as an image signal of one series in the same order as an alignment order of the pixels in a line direction, and an evaluation value calculating unit that processes the image signals output from the reading unit, the evaluation value calculating unit calculating an evaluation value necessary for controlling image pickup.05-24-2012
20120162473ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention discloses an electronic apparatus, an image capturing apparatus and a method thereof. The image capturing method comprises the following steps of: capturing a plurality of temporal images by an image capturing module, each temporal image comprising at least one similar region; determining whether or not each temporal image having at least one similar object except the similar region by a processing module; integrating the similar object and similar region by the processing module to output an output image when each temporal image having at least one similar object.06-28-2012
20120212647PORTABLE PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE - According to an aspect, a portable photographing device includes: an image capturing unit; a projecting unit for projecting an image; and a storing unit for storing an image captured by the image capturing unit. The projecting unit projects any of a first image captured by the image capturing unit, a second image related to the first image, and a third image obtained by synthesizing the first image with the second image as a projection image into a region which is different from an image capturing region of the photographing unit. The storing unit stores the first image in the projection of the projection image or the first image after the projection of the projection image.08-23-2012
20120212648CAMERA SYSTEM - A camera system includes a main body unit having a storage unit configured to store image data outputted from an image pickup device, a display unit configured to display the image data, and an attachment section to which an external unit is detachably attached, and a lens unit having an optical lens and an image pickup device, the lens unit being attachable as the external unit to the attachment section, the image pickup device configured to capture subject light having passed through the optical lens, and to output the subject light as image data, the external unit is provided with a control program to function the main body unit as a master or a slave for the external unit.08-23-2012
20110181756Image processing apparatus and electronic camera that reduce the length of time required to complete reproduction of recorded image data - An electronic camera includes: an image capturing device that performs photoelectric conversion on a subject image formed by a photographic optical system and outputs image data; an image display device that displays an image based upon the image data; a first storage device achieving a first access speed; a second storage device achieving a second access speed lower than the first access speed; and a control device that, if image data for display are present in the first storage device when an image reproduction mode for displaying the image based upon the image data at the image display device is set, displays an image based upon the image data in the first storage device at the image display device, and if the image data for display are not present in the first storage device, displays an image based upon image data in the second storage device at the image display device.07-28-2011
20120133796IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF, COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention discloses an image processing system, a method thereof and a tangibly embodied computer readable storage medium. The image processing method is applied in the image processing system and comprises the steps of: storing a display content; capturing at least one image by using an image capturing unit; analyzing the appearance of an object in the at least one image to get a contour curve via a processing unit; embedding the display content into the contour curve, or changing the quantity, color, size, shape or angle of the object; and displaying the image comprising the object by a display unit after the processing unit processes the image.05-31-2012
20120133795IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR IMAGE CAPTURING - An image capturing control method includes obtaining temporally-continued image data items while driving the image capturing unit at one of predetermined continuous capturing speeds, temporarily holding the obtained image data items, sequentially compressing the temporarily held image data items at a predetermined compression ratio, determining whether or not the compressed image data items falls within a predetermined data volume, performing control of recompressing the image data items at a compression ratio higher than the predetermined compression ratio, when it is determined that compressed image data items does not fall within the predetermined data volume, and setting the number of recompression for each of the image data items according to a continuous capturing speed of the driven image capturing unit.05-31-2012
20120162477SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A solid-state imaging device and a camera system are provided. The solid-state imaging device capable of performing an intermittent operation includes a pixel unit and a pixel signal readout unit for reading out a pixel signal from the pixel unit in units of a plurality of pixels for each column. The pixel signal readout circuit includes a plurality of comparators and a plurality of counters whose operations are controlled by outputs of the comparators. Each of the comparators includes an initializing switch for determining an operating point for each column at a start of row operation, and is configured so that an initialization signal to be applied to the initializing switch is controlled independently in parallel only a basic unit of the initialization signal used for a horizontal intermittent operation, and the initializing switch is held in an off-state at a start of non-operating row.06-28-2012
20120162475METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RASTER OUTPUT OF ROTATED INTERPOLATED PIXELS OPTIMIZED FOR DIGITAL IMAGE STABILIZATION - A Digital Image Stabilization apparatus and method applies a Principal transform including a rotational motion component to a source frame and interpolates and outputs the image data of each pixel of an entire row of the destination frame in raster order. A first step identification the diagonally oriented meta-rows of source frame data that correspond to the pixels of an entire row of the destination frame, based on the principal transform coefficients. A second step is to horizontalize the source frame data of the meta-rows that correspond to the pixels of an entire row of the destination frame, by storing each meta-row of source frame data into one row of a memory buffer, such as a multi-line buffer. Then, a moving-window interpolation step sequentially interpolates based on the principal transform coefficients and outputs the image data of an entire row of the destination frame in raster order.06-28-2012
20120162474CARD-SHAPED ELECTRONIC DEVICE, COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND AUTHENTICATION METHOD - A memory card of an embodiment has an external connection terminal configured to be connected to a card connection terminal of a digital camera having an image pickup unit, a communication unit configured to transmit and receive data wirelessly to and from another digital camera, an image recognition unit configured to extract a characteristic from a recognition image, and a CPU configured to permit subsequent transmission and reception of data to and from the other digital camera when a characteristic of a first recognition image photographed by the image pickup unit and a characteristic of a second recognition image transmitted from the other digital camera correspond to each other.06-28-2012
20090059037USING A DISPLAY ASSOCIATED WITH AN IMAGING DEVICE TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE SUBJECTS BEING RECORDED - A method, computer program product, and system are provided for displaying an image device subject command on an imaging device. The imaging device receives an image device subject command from a user. The image device subject command instructs an action to be performed by a subject being recorded by the imaging device. The imaging device identifies a visual representation that correlates to the image device subject command. The imaging device displays the visual representation of the subject command on a display associated with the imaging device. The visual representation directs the subject being recorded to perform the action.03-05-2009
20120218440VISUALLY OPTIMIZED QUANTIZATION - Visually optimized quantization is described herein. Specifically, the visually optimized quantization is for arbitrary block-based transforms such as Mode-Dependent Directional Transform (MDDT). The compression method involves the process of taking a discrete cosine transform of an MDDT basis function, obtaining the frequency weights, and computing the contrast sensitivity function for each of the frequency components. The overall effect of the distortion is calculated by error pooling and the quantization matrix is the inverse proportional of the overall effect.08-30-2012
20120169900IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device includes an image processor that calculates a motion vector between image data of a target frame and image data of a reference frame in units of a block, and a reference frame image memory that retains image data of a past frame as the image data of the reference frame. Furthermore, the image processing device includes a primary memory that retains a matching processing range of the reference frame in calculation by the image processor, and a secondary memory that reads out and retains image data of a desired range from the image data of the reference frame stored in the reference frame image memory. The secondary memory reads out data of the matching processing range from the retained image data and supplies the read data to the primary memory.07-05-2012
20100271510FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS - A focus control apparatus includes a signal generator for generating a first signal in accordance with a predetermined frequency component of an image signal obtained by photoelectrically converting an image of a subject formed by an image-taking optical system, a detector for detecting a second signal different from the first signal, and a controller for detecting a movement of the subject based on the second signal and for switching driving of the image-taking optical system based on the detection, wherein the controller controls driving of the image-taking optical system based on the first signal.10-28-2010
20100271509SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND DRIVE RECORDER USING SAME - A semiconductor device of the present invention is provided with a terminal for connecting a plurality of buses to the outside of the semiconductor device, a bus interface circuit for treating the plurality of buses as the same bus within the semiconductor device and a controller connected to the bus interface circuit.10-28-2010
20100271508IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND IMAGING CONTROL PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes: plurality of control units configured to control an imaging function; a requesting unit configured to request execution of start-up processing of a plurality of the control units; a detecting unit configured to detect movement to be applied to a device main unit; and a start-up control unit configured to cause, upon the detecting unit detecting particular movement in a power-off state wherein the movement of the device main unit externally appears to be stopped, each of a plurality of the control units to start the start-up processing still in the power-off state, and upon execution of the start-up processing being requested from the requesting unit, cause a plurality of the control units to start reception of an imaging command according to the states of the start-up processing of a plurality of the control units.10-28-2010
20100271507IMAGE CAPTURE PARAMETER ADJUSTMENT USING FACE BRIGHTNESS INFORMATION - A system and method of image capture parameter adjustment using face brightness information is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, a method is disclosed that includes determining a luma value based on a brightness variation within a selected portion of an image, where the selected portion of the image corresponds to at least a portion of a face. The method further includes adjusting an image capture parameter at least partially based on the determined luma value.10-28-2010
20100271506Audio/video capturing device having projecting function - An audio/video capturing device having a projecting function comprises a control unit, an audio/video module, an audio/video processing unit, a memory module, a projection module, a display module, an integrated connection unit, an operation interface, and a power module. The audio/video module is coupled with the control unit and configured to capture an external image and an audio signal and convert them into digital audio/video signals. The audio/video processing unit is configured to process the digital audio/video signals and store them in the memory module. The integrated connection unit connects the projection module and the display module to the control unit so that the digital audio/video signals can be previewed via the display module. The control unit is controlled via the operation interface so as to execute a command whereby the projection module and the audio capturing/playback unit projects outward and plays back the digital audio/video signals.10-28-2010
20120075503COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREON IMAGE GENERATION PROGRAM, CAPTURING APPARATUS, CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD - In an exemplary capturing apparatus, a first captured image captured by a capturing section is acquired. Then, it is determined whether or not a face image is included in the first captured image. When it is determined that a face image is included, any one type of image processing is selected from a plurality of types of image processing including a type of image processing using the face image, and the selected type of image processing is performed on the first captured image.03-29-2012
20120075502IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS DETERIORATION OF IMAGE, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a data storing portion configured to store coefficient data for reconstructing an optical transfer function of an image pickup optical system in accordance with a type of the image pickup optical system and an imaging condition, a tap number determining portion configured to determine a tap number of the optical transfer function that is reconstructed by using the coefficient data in accordance with a size of one pixel of an image pickup element, and a reconstruction portion configured to reconstruct the optical transfer function in accordance with Nyquist frequency of the image pickup element and the tap number in a frequency space.03-29-2012
20100007772IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - An image capture device has a first image transfer method for storing a captured digital image on a storage medium and transferring the digital image to a communication device, and a second image transfer method for storing the digital image on the storage medium, reading the digital image from the storage medium and then transferring the digital image to the communication device. The first image transfer method or the second image transfer method is manually or automatically set.01-14-2010
20100007771DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM TO EXECUTE THE METHOD - A digital photographing apparatus is provided including a lens unit, an imaging device, and a main mirror disposed between the lens unit and the imaging device, wherein the position of the main mirror can be changed so that the main mirror either reflects at least part of light which passed through the lens unit toward a first orientation or the main mirror is not positioned on a path of the light which passed through the lens unit such that the light can be incident to the imaging device. A prism unit, a viewfinder, and an image sensor for live view are also included in the apparatus. A method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus, and a storage medium having recorded thereon a computer program for executing the method are also provided.01-14-2010
20100007769IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE CAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY MAGNIFYING FACE PORTION IN IMAGE AND MAGNIFYING METHOD THEREOF - An image capturing device includes a memory, a display unit, and a face-portion magnifying system. The memory stores an image including a matrix of image pixels. The display unit includes a screen. The face-portion magnifying system is configured for: recognizing any human face contained in the image and determining a face portion in the image if human face(s) is recognized, determining whether the number of the image pixels of the determined face portion is greater than the resolution of the screen, magnifying the determined face portion if the number of the image pixels of the determined face portion is greater than the resolution of the screen, and displaying the magnified face portion on the screen.01-14-2010
20090066815Digital camera system - A digital camera system capable of operating by detecting a feature point, which has not been accomplished, in addition to ordinary functions of a conventional camera is provided. According to an aspect of the present invention, a digital camera system includes a detecting means that detects a given feature point from an image data, a receiving means that receives an order from a user, a selecting means that selects each feature point in accordance with a given order instructed by the receiving means when a plurality of feature points are detected, and a display that displays feature point information identifying the feature point selected by the selecting means.03-12-2009
20120188406REDUCED POWER CONSUMPTION FILTER - There are provided systems and techniques for reducing power consumption in video image capture devices. In particular, in some embodiments, a computing system is provided that includes an image capture device and an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) filter coupled to the image capture device. The ASIC filter includes an averaging circuit configured to provide an output representing an average value of a first set of values of a pixel grouping and an outlier determining circuit configured to determine if a value of a target pixel is outside a range of values for first set of values of the pixel grouping. A multiplexer is provided and configured to replace the value of the target pixel with the average value if the value of the target pixel is determined to be an outlier.07-26-2012
20120188407Electronic Apparatus and Image Capturing Device - An electronic apparatus and an image capturing apparatus are provided. The image capturing apparatus comprises an image capturing module and a processing module. The image capturing module captures an image having a plurality of pixels. The processing module looks up a table to process a rotation calibration or a tilt calibration toward the pixels to output a calibrated image.07-26-2012
20120081579High Dynamic Range Transition - In personal electronic devices including digital imaging capability, methods, devices and computer readable media are described for determining when image capture operations may benefit from using high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) operations. In general, techniques are disclosed for analyzing an image's luminosity and/or color/tonal histograms to automatically determine when HDRI operations can benefit scene capture. If the determination that HDRI operations can improve scene capture, the user is so notified.04-05-2012
20120081578IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSOR LINE BUFFER CONFIGURATION FOR PROCESSING RAW IMAGE DATA - The present disclosure provides techniques relates to the implementation of a raw pixel processing unit using a set of line buffers. In one embodiment, the set of line buffers may include a first subset and second subset. Various logical units of the raw pixel processing unit may be implemented using the first and second subsets of line buffers in a shared manner. For instance, in one embodiment, defective pixel correction and detection logic may be implemented using the first subset of line buffers. The second subset of line buffers may be used to implement lens shading correction logic, gain, offset, and clamping logic, and demosaicing logic. Further, noise reduction may also be implemented using at least a portion of each of the first and second subsets of line buffers.04-05-2012
20120081577IMAGE SENSOR DATA FORMATS AND MEMORY ADDRESSING TECHNIQUES FOR IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING - Certain embodiments of the present disclosure provide a flexible memory input/output controller that is configured to the storing and reading of multiple types of pixels and pixel memory formats. For instance, the memory I/O controller may support the storing and reading of raw image pixels at various bits of precision, such as 8-bit, 10-bit, 12-bit, 14-bit, and 16-bit. Pixel formats that are unaligned with memory bytes (e.g., not being a multiple of 8-bits) may be stored in a packed manner. The memory I/O controller may also support various formats of RGB pixel sets and YCC pixel sets.04-05-2012
20120229673Digital image filtration methods - A multi-functional digital imaging system is described that controls and manages digital image filtration processes. The camera CPU and DSP are used to filter digital sensor files using algorithms to correct optical and digital aberrations.09-13-2012
20120262605DIGITAL CAMERA AND IMAGE COMBINATION DEVICE - The digital camera includes: a storage unit that stores a plurality of images captured by an image sensor when a multiple exposure photographic mode is set; a gain impartation unit that imparts, to the plurality of captured images, gains based upon the number of shots of multiple exposure photography and determined so that their sum equals unity; and a combination unit that creates a multiple exposure photographic image by combining the plurality of images, after the gains have been imparted by the gain impartation unit.10-18-2012
20120262604IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM CAPABLE OF IMPROVING CALCULATION ACCURACY OF DEFOCUS AMOUNT - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup element that includes imaging pixels and focus detection pixels and that performs a photoelectric conversion of an object image, a readout unit that reads a pair of image signals from the focus detection pixels with a predetermined period, a storage unit that stores the pair of image signals read by the readout unit and optical information of the pair of image signals, an addition unit that adds a plurality of signals of time-series continuous frames of the pair of image signals, and a conversion coefficient determination unit that determines a conversion coefficient that converts an image shift amount of a pair of image signals of an addition frame obtained by the addition unit into a defocus amount, and the conversion coefficient determination unit determines the conversion coefficient of the addition frame based on the time-series continuous optical information.10-18-2012
20120262603Image Capturing Device and Image Processing Method Thereof - An image capturing device and an image processing method thereof are disclosed. The image capturing device comprises an image capturing module, a storage module and a processing module. The processing module, comprising a plurality of buffers, controls the image capturing module to capture the first image data, saves the first image data in the plurality of buffers sequentially, conducts image processing correspondingly, and generates processed data. Soon, the processing module conducts an image compression on the processed data and saves the processed data in the storage module. In addition, while conducting the image compression, the processing module controls the image capturing module to capture the second image data, saves the first image data in the plurality of buffers sequentially, and conducts image processing correspondingly.10-18-2012
20120229674System and methods for image depth-of-field modulation - A digital imaging system is described that controls and manages depth-of-field (DOF) modulation processes in camera. The camera CPU and DSP are used to modulate the DOF by using feedback from the scene and user preferences. The camera CPU sends a signal to the lens CPU to modify the lens aperture to control DOF to satisfy user preferences.09-13-2012
20120229676IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit that picks up an image of a subject; an internal memory; a removable external memory; a compression processing unit that compresses the image picked up by the image pickup unit to generate a picked-up image; a recording processing unit that records the picked-up image in the removable external memory and records the compressed image corresponding to the picked-up image in the internal memory; and an editing processing unit that edits the picked-up image in the removable external memory and the compressed image in the internal memory. For a compressed image in the internal memory, a reservation for editing a picked-up image corresponding to the compressed image and recorded in the unmounted removable external memory can be made.09-13-2012
20090244321MULTI-SEGMENT READING CCD CORRECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - In a case of using a CCD or analog circuit of a poor quality where an error in hue or the like causes a problem, such an error in hue or the like may not be dealt with. In correcting pixel output values of a CCD, there are prepared beforehand a plurality of correction approximate straight-line group information or a set of correction approximate straight-line group information and a plurality of error correction approximate straight-line group information, and the most suitable one of them is dynamically selected. Alternatively, the gain is dynamically decided by use of a ratio-based correction from a plurality of candidate correction approximate straight-line group information (error correction approximate straight-line group information). Additionally, the ratio of color components (carrier components) is used to select the correction approximate straight-line group information (error correction approximate straight-line group information) and to decide the ratio of the correction.10-01-2009
20110122295IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AN IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD AND A MACHINE READABLE MEDIUM STORING THEREON A COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CAPTURING AN IMAGE OF A RANGE WIDER THAN AN IMAGE CAPTURE DESIGNATION RANGE - It is an object to provide an image of a desired composition in case the user is unsatisfied with the composition of an image already captured.05-26-2011
20100328497WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - A memory control block performs in parallel a process of writing a current frame of image data captured by an image capturing device into a system shared memory, a process of reading out a previous frame of image data stored in the system shared memory, and a process of writing combined image data generated in an image combining block into the system shared memory.12-30-2010
20100328496ADVERTISING THROUGH RECYCLABLE DIGITAL CAMERAS - Data of updated or new advertising messages are loaded into a non-volatile memory of a digital camera in the course of it being recycled. The user of the camera therefore receives the updated or new advertising messages as a part of recycling the camera. There are a number of ways the advertising message can be displayed on a picture preview screen of the camera and/or reproduced by a loudspeaker on the camera. The advertising message can either be displayed along with a picture acquired by the camera or at separate times.12-30-2010
20100328494PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A photographing apparatus and method. The apparatus including: an image pickup unit configured to capture an image of a subject to create image data; a image pickup unit controller configured to set a photographing time that is longer than an exposure time required for photographing the subject, and configured to divide the overall photographing time into a plurality of unit photographing times, and configured to control the image pickup unit to sequentially perform a plurality of unit photographing operations corresponding to the plurality of unit photographing times to create unit images; a storage unit; a user inputting unit; an image synthesis unit configured to sum up the image data of the unit images to create preparatory images and configured to sum up the unit images of a preparatory image to create a final image; and a display unit configured to display the preparatory images and the final image.12-30-2010
20080297624IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a memory that memorizes a plurality of pickup images in which an object has been picked up by varying an irradiation direction of a light; an extracting portion that extracts an area image of an area indicated by a user from each of the pickup images memorized in the memory; a calculating portion that calculates at least one illumination parameter for each area image by one of calculating an amount of edges from each extracted area image, executing a clustering process to brightness of each extracted area image, and executing a totaling process of totaling differences in brightness between the extracted area images; and a generating portion that generates at least one synthetic image by synthesizing the extracted area images with the at least one illumination parameter.12-04-2008
20120320235TERMINAL OPERATIVE FOR STORING FRAME OF IMAGE DATA - There is set forth herein an imaging terminal having a picture taking mode of operation. In the picture taking mode of operation the terminal can capture a frame of image data into a buffer memory prior to activation of a trigger signal. The terminal can be operative so that responsively to activation of a trigger signal, the terminal transmits one or more frames of the buffer memory to a storage memory. The terminal can further be operative so that responsively to activation of a trigger signal an operator is presented with indicators of frames captured both prior to and subsequent to the activation of the trigger signal. The terminal can be operative so that an operator can select for archiving one or more frame. The one or more frame can comprise one or more frame captured prior to activation of a trigger signal and one or more frame captured subsequent to activation of a trigger signal.12-20-2012
20120320236IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging device of the present invention, for taking and storing movies and still pictures, comprises an image sensor, an imaging processing section, and a control section for controlling exposure of the image sensor and controlling taking of an optical image, wherein the control section, when taking still pictures while shooting a movie, carries out exposure by dividing a time corresponding to a single frame of the movie into a plurality of times, applies processing by the imaging processing section to acquire a plurality of image data, performs positional alignment of the subject image of the plurality of image data and combines a plurality of image data, and stores as still picture data, and combines a plurality of image data without carrying out positional alignment of the subject image of the priority of image data and stores as a single frame of the movie data.12-20-2012
20110037876SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A SINGLE USE IMAGING DEVICE FOR STERILE ENVIRONMENTS - A system, apparatus and methods for providing a single use imaging device for sterile environments is disclosed and described. A single use high definition camera used for general purpose surgical procedures including, but not limited to: arthroscopic, laparoscopic, gynecologic, and urologic procedures, may comprise an imaging device that is a sterile and designed to ensure single use. The imaging device may have a single imaging sensor, either CCD (charge coupled device) or CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor), encased in a housing. The imaging device may further include the ability to be attached to an optical coupling device, using C-Mount threads or another proprietary or unique connection method. The imaging device may further include a cable to transmit data to and from a camera control unit.02-17-2011
20110228131IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT CONTAINING IMAGE ANALYSIS COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image-capturing apparatus includes: a micro-lens array that includes a plurality of micro-lenses arrayed therein; an image sensor that includes arrayed therein a plurality of pixels that capture a plurality of pupil projection images, each corresponding to a pupil of an optical system projected via one of the plurality of micro-lenses as a light flux from the optical system passes through the micro-lens array; a photographic image generation unit that generates, based upon an output from the image sensor, a photographic image including a partial image corresponding to each of the plurality of pupil projection images; and an arithmetic operation unit that executes position calculation to determine a center position of the partial image by scanning the photographic image in reference to a reference image corresponding to the partial image.09-22-2011
20100231754VIRTUAL CAMERA FOR SHARING A PHYSICAL CAMERA - A virtual camera component allows multiple camera-use applications to share a camera simultaneously. For example, a first application can request access to the camera for a first set of data, and a second application can also request access to the camera for a second set of data. The virtual camera component is coupled between the first and second applications and the camera, and caches and then processes the data according to respective requirements of the first and second applications.09-16-2010
20120281116CAMERA AND CONTROL METHOD OF CAMERA - An apparatus includes an imaging unit to capture an image of an object, a selection unit to select one of a plurality of shooting modes of the imaging unit, a recording unit to record the captured image onto a recording medium, a switching unit to switch between a reproduction mode in which recorded image data is read out and displayed on a display device, and a shooting processing mode in which shooting processing is performed in the selected shooting mode and a reproduction control unit to cause the display device to display the read out image data. When the switching unit switches the mode to the reproduction mode, the reproduction control unit changes an operation that can be instructed in the reproduction mode according to the selected shooting mode.11-08-2012
20120281115SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING VIDEO TRANSMISSION AND STORAGE - Embodiments described herein provide systems and methods for managing quality level of video transmission and storage. In a particular embodiment, a method provides receiving a video at a received quality level in a video storage system and determining a characteristic of the video. The method further provides determining whether the characteristic satisfies a criteria and, if the characteristic satisfies the criteria, storing the video at a quality level associated with the criteria.11-08-2012
20120086833DEVICE WITH CAMERA - A portable telephone is provided with a camera module (04-12-2012
20120086832Wearable Decorative Ornament With Visual Display - A wearable decorative ornament capable of photographing, storing and displaying an image, such that the image appears integral to the design of the decorative ornament, comprising a decorative case, an image-displaying device, an image capturing device, a communications port and a controller.04-12-2012
20120140092VIDEO ROTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A video recording device is described having an orientation sensor. The recording device rotates video data received from an image sensor according to signals received from the orientation sensor. The rotation occurs before the video data is compressed according to a video codec and stored on a tangible storage device. By rotating the video data before compression, the need for intensive, post-capture video rotation on the compressed video file is eliminated.06-07-2012
20120327267LENS BARREL AND CAMERA BODY - A lens barrel comprising: an optical system which includes a focus adjustment optical system 12-27-2012
20120327266EXTENDING A DIGITAL CAMERA FOCUS RANGE - A method for controlling a digital camera system having an optical system with an F/# that can be varied between a minimum F/# and a maximum F/#, comprising: setting the optical system F/# to a first F/#; capturing an evaluation image of the scene; analyzing the evaluation image to determine whether a subject is acceptably focused; if the subject is acceptably focused setting a capture F/# to be equal to the first F/#, otherwise the optical system F/# is iteratively increased until the subject is determined to be acceptably focused, or until a maximum F/# is reached; determining a capture F/# responsive to the F/# where the subject is acceptably focused; setting the optical system to use the capture F/#; capturing an archival image of the scene using the image sensor; and storing the captured archival image in a storage memory.12-27-2012
20120327268MEMORY CARD - A memory card (12-27-2012
20120092525IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - The image capture device in which if a super resolution processor is not turned ON, a drive controller outputs a read instruction to an imager at a first interval to get a single image. If the super resolution processor is ON, the drive controller outputs the read instructions to the imager at a second interval, which is shorter than the first interval, and the super resolution processor performs super resolution processing on the images obtained, thereby generating image data representing a new image.04-19-2012
20120092524CAPTURING DEVICE, CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND CAPTURING METHOD - A capturing device includes: an image sensor generating an image signal; a storage unit setting a second region in a first region; a timing adjusting unit adjusting a timing at which the image signal is read out to write the image signal in the storage unit, and a timing at which the image signal is read out from the storage unit; an image conversion processing unit performing a predetermined process on the image, alternately writing a first image signal corresponding to a full image or a second image signal corresponding to a partial image in the first region in a different frame period, and writing an image signal that is different from the image signal written in the first region in the second region; and an output unit converting and outputting the first and second image signals into an image signal in a predetermined format.04-19-2012
20120287304IMAGE RECOGNITION SYSTEM - Disclosed is an image recognition system which comprises a database having a learning function. The image recognition system comprises: a mother database (MDB) created from a database for configuring an object; a generic object recognition section; and an object recognition section. The generic object recognition section is operable to estimate a category group using a feature value obtained from an input image. The object recognition section is operable to compare a feature value represented by feature data about each of one or more objects belonging to a category narrowed down by the generic object recognition section and extracted from the MDB, with the feature value extracted from the input image, for each of a plurality of points including a structure of the input image, to thereby identify the object.11-15-2012
20120133794SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING SHIFTABLE COLUMN CIRCUITRY OF IMAGER PIXEL ARRAYS - This is generally directed to systems and methods for providing shiftable column circuitry for a pixel array of an imaging system. Columns of a pixel array can be switchably coupled (e.g., through multiplexers) to their default column circuitry as well as coupled to one or more instances of a neighboring column's column circuitry. In response to an instance of default column circuitry being identified as defective, its corresponding column may “shift” and choose to couple to the neighboring column circuitry. Similarly, all following columns may also shift and couple to a neighboring column circuitry. In some embodiments, the defective column circuitry can be identified during wafer testing and identifying information (e.g., an address) of the defective column circuitry stored in memory. The identifying information may then be accessed from memory and, during an image signal readout phase, used to suitably shift the columns to avoid the defective column circuitry.05-31-2012
20100123801DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Provided are a digital image processing apparatus capable of detecting faces of people on an input image and obtaining images captured based on different setting values for the faces, and a method of controlling the digital image processing apparatus. The method includes receiving an input image; detecting faces of people in the input image; detecting different skin colors of the faces; setting shooting conditions according to different skin colors of the faces detected on the input image; and capturing images based on the shooting conditions.05-20-2010
20100128146IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE STORAGE APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, STORAGE METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING IMAGING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING STORAGE PROGRAM - A still image focused on a desired subject is captured and stored in a more reliable manner without particularly increasing in size and complicating an apparatus and circuits. There are provided a photographing system including a lens optical system which has an autofocus function and captures a subject image, a motor and a CCD, a key input section including a shutter key to instruct photography, and a control unit which causes the photographing system to sequentially capture a still image by actuating the autofocus function and a still image with a fixed focus allowing a fixed depth of field to be obtained, in accordance with the operation of the shutter key.05-27-2010
20100128145System of and Method for Video Refocusing - Certain systems and methods are directed to acquiring, generating, manipulating and/or editing (for example, focusing or refocusing) refocusable video data, information, images and/or frames. The refocusable video data, information, images and/or frames may be light field video data, information, images and/or frames, that may be focused and/or re-focused after acquisition or recording of such video data, information, images and/or frames. In one aspect, a method of generating video data of a scene using a video acquisition device which acquires refocusable light field video data is disclosed, the method comprising (a) acquiring first refocusable light field video data of a scene, (b) storing first refocusable video data which is representative of the first refocusable light field video data, (c) acquiring second refocusable light field video data of the scene after acquiring the first refocusable light field video data, (d) determining a first virtual focus parameter (for example, a virtual focus depth) using the second refocusable light field video data, (e) generating first video data using the stored first refocusable video data and the first virtual focus parameter, wherein the first video data includes a focus depth that is different from an optical focus depth of the first refocusable light field video data, and (f) outputting the first video data to, for example, memory, a video display, processing circuitry, and/or a recording device.05-27-2010
20120242862IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes a storage control unit configured to, in acquiring a first AF adjustment amount, control a memory to store the first AF adjustment amount and a focal length acquired by a focal length acquisition unit in association with each other, wherein the storage control unit is configured to, in acquiring a second AF adjustment amount, control the memory to store the second AF adjustment amount and the focal length acquired by the focal length acquisition unit in association with each other.09-27-2012
20120242861Red-Eye Removal Using Multiple Recognition Channels - This disclosure pertains to apparatuses, methods, and computer readable media for red-eye removal techniques using multiple recognition channels. In the following examples, red, golden, and white recognition channels are used. A recognition channel is the monochrome extraction from a color photograph in a manner designed to make one kind of red-eye artifact glow with maximum contrast. Once the red-eye artifact has been characterized by, e.g., size and location, the techniques disclosed herein may then discern whether the red-eye artifact is, for example, a red-, golden-, or white-eye case by examining the configuration and characteristics of prominence bitmasks created for the various recognition channels. Once the type of red-eye case has been discerned, the techniques disclosed herein may then replace the artifact with a photographically reasonable result based on the type of red-eye case being repaired. Specular reflection may also be re-added to the photograph.09-27-2012
20080252752IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - An image capture apparatus is provided. The image capture apparatus includes an imaging-unit storing portion, a memory-card storing portion, and a lid. The imaging-unit storing portion stores an imaging unit capturing an image. The memory-card storing portion is arranged in the rear of the imaging-unit storing portion and includes a card slot for loading a memory card that stores an image signal obtained by capturing the image in the imaging unit. The lid covers the card slot arranged to the memory-card storing portion, and opens and closes by sliding along a side surface of a body of the image capture apparatus from a position covered therewith.10-16-2008
20080239099CAMERA - A camera according has an interchangeable lens unit removably attached to a camera body, and an image-generating processor that generates image data of a subject captured by the lens unit. A memory provided in the lens unit stores distortion data. The distortion data is associated with an approximation function, which represents the correspondence relationship between image height and distortion aberration. The distortion data includes at least one of: coefficient data of the approximation function, and sample data of the image height and the corresponding distortion aberration. Furthermore, the camera has an approximation function processor that defines an approximation function used to process the image data on the basis of the distortion data read from the memory, and a distortion correction processor that carries out distortion correction processing on the image data based on the aberration distortion calculated for each image point by the defined approximation function.10-02-2008
20080239097Image Processing Apparatus and Image Processing Method - The present invention provides an image processing technology for detecting the motion vector of an image pickup target with increased accuracy. Disclosed is an image processing apparatus that includes: an image processing buffer for storing images that are input from a plurality of image pickup devices; a distance image calculation image processing section for acquiring a disparity image between a first image, which is picked up by an image pickup device and stored in the image processing buffer, and a second image, which is simultaneously picked up by another image pickup device that corresponds to the image pickup device used to pick up the first image; and a motion vector calculation image processing section for acquiring a motion vector image between the first image and a third image, which is picked up with a time lag by the image pickup device used to pick up the first image.10-02-2008
20080225138Camera - A camera includes: an image obtaining unit that obtains an object image obtained by capturing an image of an object and a dust reference image obtained by capturing an image of dust that adheres on an image sensor or a protecting member protecting the image sensor; a recording unit that records the object image and data concerning the dust reference image in correlation to each other; a dust removing unit that physically removes the dust adhering on the image sensor or the protecting member. The recording unit is configured such that when the dust is removed by the dust removing unit, the recording unit stops correlating the object image captured after the removal to the data concerning the dust reference image already captured.09-18-2008
20130176458Flexible Burst Image Capture System - The present disclosure provides techniques for capturing a series of images. In particular, the present disclosure provides techniques for capturing a series of images using a camera integrated with a computing device, such as a cellular phone. A camera may capture a series of images and store the images in a buffer until all images in the series are captured. The images may be transferred to a storage medium after all images in the series are captured. The images may further be processed before being transferred to the storage medium.07-11-2013
20130176457AUTO PROCESSING IMAGES HAVING ARBITRARY REGIONS OF INTEREST - Systems and methods may provide for using fixed functionality logic to determine one or more statistics for multi-pixel cells of an image frame divided into a grid of multi-pixel cells. Additionally, a programmable processor can be used to conduct an auto process evaluation of at least one of the one or more statistics for multi-pixel cells identified as part of one or more regions of interest in the image frame.07-11-2013
20130176459METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STORING CAMERA-CAPTURED IMAGES - A method and an apparatus are provided for storing camera-captured images. A preview image is displayed. An occurrence of a shutter event is checked for. A compressed image corresponding to the preview image is stored in a storage unit, when the shutter event has occurred.07-11-2013
20130176460IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image processing section includes: a motion vector calculation section for receiving information representing the magnitude of motion of an image capturing section and calculating a motion vector by performing a matching operation between first and second frames within a search range determined based on the magnitude of motion (a first search range and a second search range different from the first search range); and an interpolation frame generating section for generating an interpolation frame in accordance with the motion vector calculation result.07-11-2013
20130176461IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE - An image-capturing device including an image-capturing element, a data extraction device, a recording device, a reproduction device, and a display control device is provided. The image-capturing element captures an image of a photographic subject and outputs image data. The data extraction device extracts data corresponding to a region designated in advance within the image data outputted from the image-capturing element. The recording device records the extracted data and the image data into a recording medium individually. The reproduction device reads out the extracted data from the recording medium. The display control device outputs an image signal to a display device, so as to display an image according to the extracted data read out by the reproduction device.07-11-2013
20130169840METHOD OF PROVIDING USER INTERFACE AND IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS APPLYING THE SAME - A method of providing a UI and an image photographing apparatus includes photographing an image, analyzing the photographed image, generating and storing information of the photographed image, and when a user command is input to generate an image search UI, displaying the image search UI that includes a plurality of lists corresponding to a plurality of categories using the information of the photographed image.07-04-2013
20130169841SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME - The present invention is a semiconductor device including: a resistor R07-04-2013
20130169842ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM - An electronic device that is accessible to a first storage medium that has no communication function and a second storage medium that has a communication function and is detachable to the device, comprising: an input unit configured to input image data; a designation unit configured to designate at least 07-04-2013
20080218603Imaging apparatus and control method thereof - A digital camera has human extraction means, non-human extraction means, and composition judgment means. The human extraction means extracts a human figure region by analysis of image data. The non-human extraction means extracts a major subject other than a human figure by analysis of a region other than the human figure region having been extracted by the human extraction means. The composition judgment means evaluates arrangement of the human figure and the major subject according to results of the extraction, and judges whether composition is appropriate. Based on whether the composition is appropriate, timing to record the image data is determined. Preferably, recording means is controlled so as to record the image data at the determined timing, or the timing is notified to a user.09-11-2008
20080218602Method and apparatus for improving and controlling dynamic range in an image sensor - A method and apparatus for an electronic image sensor having a base exposure, followed by a second or multiple exposures that are formed during signal readout. A timing controller controls the signal readout, such that as each line is read, the second and subsequent exposures are subsequently added to the base exposure to enrich the dynamic range. The image sensor may further include an analog-to-digital converter and noise suppression to further enhance the efficacy of the dynamic range enrichment. The system may also include additional signal processing and scaling functions.09-11-2008
20080218601Camera System and Camera Main Body - A camera system includes a camera main body and a camera head mounted to the camera main body. A main body CPU of the camera main body determines whether or not an image signal transmitted from the mounted camera head can be processed by a signal conversion processing section of the camera main body based on ID information and signal conversion processing information downloaded from the camera head upon mounting the camera head. When it is determined that the signal cannot be processed by the signal conversion processing section by the main body CPU, the camera main body sets a RAW data recording mode for recording RAW data on a recording medium by adding a part of the signal conversion processing information of the camera head as data without performing signal processing in the signal conversion processing section.09-11-2008
20090284622Digital Photographing Apparatus Having a Laser Scanning Projector - In a portable housing, a digital photographing apparatus (11-19-2009
20130100318SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREFORE - Various embodiments of the present invention include a semiconductor device and a fabrication method therefore, the semiconductor device including a first semiconductor chip disposed on a substrate, a first sealing resin sealing the first semiconductor chip, a built-in semiconductor device disposed on the first sealing resin, and a second sealing resin sealing the first sealing resin and the built-in semiconductor device and covering a side surface of the substrate. According to an aspect of the present invention, it is possible to provide a high-quality semiconductor device and a fabrication method therefore, in which downsizing and cost reduction can be realized.04-25-2013
20130128079IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM AND PROGRAM USED THEREWITH - An image processing apparatus is intended to display an image arbitrarily selected between an original image and an edited image in accordance with a user's preference after image editing. The image processing apparatus is designed so that an image displayed after the image editing can be selected depending on a user's intention. The image processing apparatus specifies and displays an unedited or edited image on the basis of a user operation, whereby the user can easily view a desired image.05-23-2013
20130128077Thin Plenoptic Cameras Using Microspheres - Methods and apparatus for capturing and rendering high-quality photographs using relatively small, thin plenoptic cameras. Plenoptic camera technology, in particular focused plenoptic camera technology including but not limited to super-resolution techniques, and other technologies such as microsphere technology may be leveraged to provide thin form factor, megapixel resolution cameras suitable for use in mobile devices and other applications. In addition, at least some embodiments of these cameras may also capture radiance, allowing the imaging capabilities provided by plenoptic camera technology to be realized through appropriate rendering techniques.05-23-2013
20130128078DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A digital photographing apparatus includes: an imaging device that generates an image signal by capturing image light; a storage unit that stores a template including a background area and a composite area that indicates at least a part of an image according to the image signal; an image changing unit that changes orientations of the template and the image; an image composing unit that composes the image and the template of which orientations are changed; and a display unit that displays the composed image, wherein the image changing unit determines orientations to be changed of the template and the image according to a rotation amount of the imaging device with respect to an optical axis of the image light and an orientation in which an imaging surface of the imaging device faces. Accordingly, a user may naturally perform a self-photography function using a template.05-23-2013
20130141613DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A digital image processing apparatus includes a storage unit that stores an image, a display unit that displays a stored image, a sensor that senses a motion of a user and generates a sensing signal, and a control unit that controls display of relevant information about an image displayed according to the sensing signal.06-06-2013
20080211933CAMERA APPARATUS THAT IS CONTROLLABLE BY AN OPTICAL SIGNAL PICKED UP IN AN IMAGE BY THE CAMERA APPARATUS, AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - An image pickup device such as CCD of a camera is substituted for a photo detector of infrared light emitted from an infrared remote control unit. When infrared light is detected based on an image signal output from the image pickup device, a transmitting position of infrared light in the object is detected. The camera executes such operations that transmitting positions detected are set as a focus detecting range in focus control, an exposure detecting range in exposure control, and a color evaluation range in white balance control.09-04-2008
20080204576IMAGE RECOVERY DEVICE - A date-stamped captured image is subjected to camera shake correction. When adding date data to a captured image, an image processing IC of a digital camera stores in a storage section image data pertaining to an area where date data are to be added. When a date-stamped captured image is subjected to hand shake correction, the image data stored in the storage section are written over the captured image, thereby causing the date to disappear and perform camera shake correction. After camera shake correction, the date data are again added.08-28-2008
20110273590IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device includes: an input moving image obtaining portion which obtains input moving image data which is image data of a moving image; an image processing portion which includes a plurality of processing blocks which apply predetermined processing to the input moving image data to thereby generate output moving image data; an operation portion which accepts a plurality of operations including a starting operation in which an instruction to start image recording is given; and a control portion which selects any of the plurality of processing blocks as a target processing block and, after the starting operation is performed, records the output moving image data from the target processing block into a recording medium. The control portion switches a processing block to be selected as the target processing block among the plurality of processing blocks according to an operation performed on the operation portion.11-10-2011
20110273589IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - Provided are: an acquisition unit that acquires at least one of an image stored in a storage unit and an image recorded on a recording medium; an extraction unit that extracts a factor regarding the image that is acquired by the acquisition unit, the factor that does not satisfy a predetermined condition; and a display unit capable of displaying information on an image-capture state of the image based on the factor extracted by the extraction unit and capable of displaying information on a solution for allowing the factor to satisfy the predetermined condition.11-10-2011
20080198243DIGITAL CAMERA AND TIME LAG SETTING METHOD - A digital camera records, as image data for storage in storage memory, image data captured a preset time lag period before image data captured at the time of receipt of a capture instruction among a plurality of frames of image data consecutively output by an image sensor until receipt of the capture instruction. A time lag period setting section displays at least one frame of image data stored in a ring buffer to thus receive, from the user, an instruction for selecting image data captured at a user's intended capture timing; computes a period from which the image data specified by the selection instruction are recorded in the temporary storage memory until when image data captured at the time of receipt of the capture instruction are recorded in the temporary storage memory; and registers the computed period as the time lag period in the time lag period storage section.08-21-2008
20110228135Two Stage Detection For Photographic Eye Artifacts - A digital image acquisition device is for acquiring digital images including one or more preview images. A face detector analyzes the one or more preview images to ascertain information relating to candidate face regions therein. A speed-optimized filter produces a first set of candidate red-eye regions based on the candidate face region information provided by the face detector.09-22-2011
20130147990IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image processing apparatus that records image data on a detachable storage medium in a previously set recording format is provided. The apparatus sets the recording format of image data, and determines whether or not a storage medium attached to an attachment unit has a communication function that communicates with a different apparatus than the image processing apparatus. If it is determined that the storage medium has a communication function, and that the recording format of image data that can be transferred by the communication function does not match the recording format that has been set, the apparatus issues a warning.06-13-2013
20130147989CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD FOR INSPECTING HORIZONTALITY OF OBJECT AND THE CAMERA MODULE - Exemplary embodiments of a camera module are proposed, the camera module including an image sensor photographing a object image, a memory unit stored with a look-up table recorded with pixel number of the object image corresponding to a length of the object, and an image signal processor detecting a pixel number of the object image photographed by the image sensor, reading out a length of a object corresponding to the detected pixel number from the memory unit and inspecting horizontality of the image sensor and the object.06-13-2013
20110254980IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method to process an image acquired through an optical-fiber guide includes acquiring a first reference image through the optical-fiber guide, acquiring a second calibration image through the optical-fiber guide, spatially identifying each fiber of the optical-fiber guide of the second calibration image in a first detection map, acquiring a recalibration image through the optical-fiber guide, determining a geometrical transformation to make the recalibration image coincide with the first reference image, deriving a new detection map spatially identifying each fiber of the optical-fiber guide of the recalibration image, wherein the new detection map is derived using the geometrical transformation and the first detection map, and individually processing zones of an acquired image corresponding to each fiber of the optical-fiber guide using the new detection map.10-20-2011
20110242362TERMINAL DEVICE - In the case where a plurality of types of attribute information and a plurality of types of menu screen information of different formats are recorded on a nonvolatile recording medium by a plurality of types of terminal devices, the display device cannot determine which information is to be processed. This makes it difficult for the user to view images or the like. A terminal device 10-06-2011
20110242364IMAGE QUALITY SELECTING METHOD AND DIGITAL CAMERA - Selection candidates for number of imaging pixels and for an image compression rate are displayed in a two-dimensional arrangement on a setting screen for setting an image quality, and combinations of selectable number of image pixels and a compression rate can be presented to a user. An instruction for moving a cursor which displays a selected position on the screen is received, and a setting can be changed to a number of pixels and a compression rate which are pointed by the cursor after a position of the cursor is designated. More specifically, numbers of pixels to be selected are 2400×1800, 1280×960, and 640×480, and compression rates to be selected are Fine, Normal, and Basic. When the user selects the number of pixels, candidates of the selectable compression rate for the number of pixels are displayed. A number of photographable images and remaining time for recording a moving image which are calculated from a capacity of a storage medium are preferably displayed in combination in accordance with combinations of the number of pixels and the compression rate.10-06-2011
20110234852Imaging apparatus, image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program - An imaging apparatus includes: an image generation section that generates at least one of a first captured image having a predetermined size and a second captured image having an aspect ratio different from that of the first captured image; a recording control section that, when an instruction operation to record the generated captured image is received, records the generated captured image based on the instruction operation; and a display control section that, when a captured image to be displayed at the time of displaying the recorded captured image on a display section is the second captured image, displays the second captured image and an enlarged image of a specific region in the second captured image are displayed on the display section in a correlated manner.09-29-2011
20110234857INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM RECORDING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus capable of being opened and closed includes storage means, display means, and taken image display control means. The storage means stores a taken image therein. The display means has a display screen provided in a surface which is located inside when the information processing apparatus is closed and which is located outside when the information processing apparatus is opened. The taken image display control means displays a taken image on the display screen, and changes a taken image to be displayed between before and after closing and opening the information processing apparatus when the information processing apparatus is closed and opened again.09-29-2011
20110234856SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME - The present invention is a semiconductor device including: a resistor R09-29-2011
20110234855IMAGING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM WITH PROGRAM RECORDED THEREIN - An imaging apparatus including a capturing section which captures an image at a first viewing angle, a capturing control section which performs consecutive image capturing by the capturing section, a setting section which sets areas to be captured at the first viewing angle to generate a composite image reproducing a captured image at a second viewing angle by combining captured images, a judgment section which judges whether a captured image is suitable for any one of the set areas, and a recording control section which corresponds the captured image with an area and records the capture image in a recording section when the captured image is suitable, wherein the judgment section further judges whether the captured image is more suitable for an area than previously recorded by corresponding a recorded image in comparison with a previously recorded image, when an image that was previously recorded in the record means exists.09-29-2011
20110234854INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes an image pickup unit, an extracting unit, an estimating unit, a categorizing unit, and a recording control unit. The image pickup unit captures an image of a subject. The extracting unit extracts a human figure from the captured image of the subject captured by the image pickup unit. The estimating unit estimates a posture of the human figure extracted by the extracting unit. The categorizing unit categorizes the posture of the human figure estimated by the estimating unit into a previously prepared pose. The recording control unit controls recording of the captured image on the basis of the pose that the posture of the human figure is categorized into by the categorizing unit.09-29-2011
20110234853IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS - Provided are an imaging apparatus and a display apparatus capable of taking a plurality of plane images in different photographing ranges and storing a display method of the plane images along with the taken plane images to arrange a reproduction method during imaging. When moving images are taken by a tele/wide simultaneous imaging mode, the moving images are displayed, and the moving images are recorded every certain time (for example, one second). In parallel with recording of the images, information associating a display method displayed on a monitor with an elapsed time from the start of imaging is stored in ancillary information. When a change in the display method is instructed, a CPU 110 switches the display of a monitor 16 to set the designated display method and stores information on designation of display method in the ancillary information in the next recording.09-29-2011
20120281114SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AN ADAPTIVE MEDIA EXPERIENCE - A system, method, and apparatus for providing an adaptive interactive media experience are described. Aspects of the invention provide instruction for an actor performing in a virtual studio. The actor and a video capture device are directed using one or more specified video templates. The templates may be associated with a particular clip, such that the actor is inserted into the particular clip upon completion of the performance. Additional aspects of the invention provide for an adaptive media device for capturing the video and providing instructions, and a method for generating one or more templates.11-08-2012
20130155279APPARATUS, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RANDOMLY ACCESSING PIXEL DATA FROM STREAMING IMAGE SENSOR DATA - Apparatus, methods and systems for bridging between commercially available, high-speed image sensors and low cost, low power microcontrollers. An image sensor interface processor is provided for controlling an image sensor, and receiving and storing image data. A microcontroller (or other general purpose or image processor) can communicate with the image sensor interface processor, to access pixel data in a random access fashion through a parallel memory access interface at any speed desired by the microcontroller. Moreover, automatic power management of the image sensor can be provided by the image sensor interface processor. In some alternative embodiments, the described image sensor interface processor may be integrated into the image sensor itself, or a microcontroller, or some other intermediate device.06-20-2013
20130155280PRE-SETTING THE FOREGROUND VIEW OF A PHOTOGRAPH - A method, computer program product, and computer system for pre-setting the foreground view of a photograph. A reference image is captured by a camera. The reference image is compared to a current a current image displayed within a viewing field of the camera. One or more alignment guides are displayed within the viewing field of the camera to aid in aligning the reference image and the current image. If it is determined that the reference image and the current image are aligned, the capture of a preferred photograph is enabled.06-20-2013
20130155281METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ROBUST IMAGE PROCESSING - A method is provided for taking a digital picture of an image. The method can include: recording a first plurality of pixel values representing the image; generating a first compressed image data file based on the first plurality of pixel values; recording a second plurality of pixel values representing the image; generating a second compressed image data file based on the first plurality of pixel values; and processing the first and second plurality of pixel values in a compressed domain to generate a third plurality of pixel values, wherein processing includes combining the first and second compressed image data files by replacing portions of the second compressed image data file with corresponding portions of the first compressed image data file.06-20-2013
20130155282IMAGE SENSOR READOUT METHOD AND APPARATUS - A pixel readout circuit including at least first, second and third memory locations. During an integration period of a pixel, the pixel readout circuit repeatedly samples the pixel output level during the integration period, stores the first sample in the first memory location, and stores each subsequent sample in memory locations other than the first memory location. Each sample is stored with a time corresponding to when that sample was taken, such that at any one time subsequent to the first three samples having been stored, at least the first sample and the two most recent samples are stored. Also disclosed is a corresponding method of reading out of a pixel output over an undefined integration period.06-20-2013
20130155283HARDENED PHOTODIODE IMAGE SENSOR - An image sensor including a pixel array, each pixel including, in a substrate of a doped semiconductor material of a first conductivity type, a first doped region of a second conductivity type at the surface of the substrate; an insulating trench surrounding the first region; a second doped region of the first conductivity type, more heavily doped than the substrate, at the surface of the substrate and surrounding the trench; a third doped region of the second conductivity type, forming with the substrate a photodiode junction, extending in depth into the substrate under the first and second regions and being connected to the first region; and a fourth region, more lightly doped than the second and third regions, interposed between the second and third regions and in contact with the first region and/or with the third region.06-20-2013
20130155284IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Disclosed is an imaging apparatus which performs efficient JPEG compression encoding by dividing an image after an image processing into a plurality of blocks and then performing JPEG compression, and also generates a natural compressed image. The imaging apparatus includes an image processor for generating image data from a light input into an imaging device, an encoder for encoding the image data to generate encoded image data, and a storage unit for storing the encoded image data.06-20-2013
20130155285Interactive Electronic Device - An interactive electronic device includes an image capture module, a response module and a processing module. The image capture module is configured to capture an image. The response module is configured to output a control signal according to a pattern contained in the image. The processing module is electrically connected to the image capture module and the response module and configured to drive the interactive electronic device according to the control signal.06-20-2013
20130155286ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager repeatedly outputs an electronic image corresponding to an optical image captured on an imaging surface. A displayer displays the electronic image outputted from the imager, in parallel with a process of the imager. An adjuster adjusts an imaging condition based on the electronic image outputted from the imager when a specific key is transitioned to a first operation state. A recorder records the electronic image outputted from the imager under the imaging condition adjusted by the adjuster, in response to transition of the specific key to a second operation state. A stopper stops the imager and/or the displayer during a period of non-operation of the specific key when a battery voltage falls below a first reference value.06-20-2013
20110292248CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS THAT CORRESPOND TO USER PREFERENCES - A database of user preferences for a high quality picture is maintained. Preferences may be generated over time by tracking attributes of pictures that the user has deleted or failed to select for storage. When the camera is in preview mode, the camera may automatically capture image data for one or more pictures as a background operation. When the user commands the taking of a picture, the camera will capture image data for a user photo. A comparison may be made to determine which one of the automatically taken picture or the user photo has a higher correlation to user preferences for a quality photo. If the user photo has higher correlation, it may be retained in the customary manner for digital pictures. If the automatically taken photo has higher correlation, the user may be given the option to select the user photo or the automatically taken photo for retention.12-01-2011
20110310274IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE, IMAGE REPRODUCTION DEVICE, AND IMAGE REPRODUCTION METHOD - An image-capturing device includes: an image sensor that captures an image of a photographic subject and outputs the image; an image size conversion unit that converts a whole of the image outputted from the image sensor to an entire region image having a lesser number of pixels than a number of pixels of the whole of the image; a cutting out region setting unit that sets a cutting out region for a partial region image to be cut out from the image outputted from the image sensor; an image cutting out unit that cuts out the partial region image corresponding to the cutting out region from the image outputted from the image sensor; and a recording control unit that records the entire region image converted by the image size conversion unit and the partial region image cut out by the image cutting out unit in an image recording unit, while establishing a relation to each other.12-22-2011
20110310273RESOLUTION ADJUSTING METHOD - A method for adjusting resolution is applicable to an image capturing device, such that the image capturing device can analyze an amount of objects in the image captured thereby and determine a resolution for storing the image according to the amount of objects in the image, thereby making use of storage resources effectively. It is determined whether to zoom in/out the captured image or to lower the resolution of the image capturing device by analyzing the amount of the objects in the captured image and comparing the analyzed amount of the objects with one or more threshold values.12-22-2011
20130194453METHOD FOR CODING IMAGES WITH SHAPE AND DETAIL INFORMATION - A method for coding image data together with its shape and other details as a two dimensional barcode is disclosed. The method stores the shape details together with the color information of a product which is very useful for representing to a user. The method enables the encoding of an image with its shape, size, name and other details of the product in a most compact way. Also, the method enables decoding of the information to get the detailed information without using internet.08-01-2013
20120026365IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGE SYNTHESIS PROGRAM - An imaging device includes an imaging element, a RAM, an adding synthesizing unit, and a high dynamic range synthesizing means. The imaging element captures an image of a subject and generates image data. The RAM temporarily stores plural pieces of image data that have been consecutively captured by the imaging element. The adding synthesizing means adds and synthesizes the plural pieces of image data stored in the RAM to generate synthesized image data. The high dynamic range synthesizing means synthesizes one of the plural pieces of image data with the synthesized image data to generate high dynamic range image data and outputs the generated high dynamic range image data.02-02-2012
20130201367IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD - Prediction image data corresponding to each of a plurality of different prediction methods is generated, an evaluation value of the prediction method is calculated, the prediction method corresponding to the evaluation value is evaluated on the basis of the calculated evaluation value, whether or not a corresponding prediction method is selected is determined on the basis of the evaluation result, and when the selection of the prediction method is determined, the decision of the selection based on the evaluation by an evaluating unit is not performed but the input image data is intra-picture encoded in accordance with the prediction method whose selection has been determined.08-08-2013
20130201366IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an image processing apparatus including an extraction unit for extracting a first still portion in an image based on a plurality of still images, and for extracting at least a part of a second still portion corresponding to a portion that is not extracted as the first still portion in an image based on the plurality of still images and a combining unit for combining the first still portion and the second still portion to generate a combined image.08-08-2013
20120075501STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM THEREIN, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - A storage medium having stored an information processing program therein, an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and an information processing system, which enable highly entertaining display in accordance with a user which performs an operation input, are provided. A characteristic of the face of a user currently using a game apparatus 03-29-2012
20130208143Image Capture Method and Image Capture System thereof - With the aid of separating data paths for generating preview frames, for generating video frames, and for generating encoded camera frames of an image fetching system in a concurrent and mutually-independent manner, the image fetching system is free from introducing unnecessary shutter lags.08-15-2013

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