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Camera and video special effects (e.g., subtitling, fading, or merging)

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348207990 - CAMERA, SYSTEM AND DETAIL

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20130044240APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING IMAGE DATA - Apparatus comprises at least one processor; at least one memory having computer-readable code stored thereon; a first camera module configured to provide first image data representative of a first image; and a second camera module configured to provide second image data representative of a second image. The first and second camera modules are arranged either side of an axis about which the first camera module is rotatable relative to the second camera module, and are arranged such that, when the first camera module is rotated relative to the second camera module by less than a threshold angle, a region of the first image overlaps a region of the second image. The computer-readable code, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to process the first image data and the second image data; and to generate third image data representative of a third image, the third image representing at least corresponding portions of the overlapping regions of the first and second images.02-21-2013
20100165150DETECTING ORIENTATION OF DIGITAL IMAGES USING FACE DETECTION INFORMATION - A method of automatically establishing the correct orientation of an image using facial information. This method is based on the exploitation of the inherent property of image recognition algorithms in general and face detection in particular, where the recognition is based on criteria that is highly orientation sensitive. By applying a detection algorithm to images in various orientations, or alternatively by rotating the classifiers, and comparing the number of successful faces that are detected in each orientation, one may conclude as to the most likely correct orientation. Such method can be implemented as an automated method or a semi automatic method to guide users in viewing, capturing or printing of images.07-01-2010
20120169902IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image capturing apparatus includes: an optical system that includes a lens group including at least one lens, an optical axis of the optical system being able to be displaced; an image capturing unit that receives light collected by the optical system and generates electronic image data; a display unit that displays an image corresponding to the image data; and a display control unit that changes a display appearance of additional information, which is added to the image, according to a positional relationship between the optical axis and a light receiving surface of the image capturing unit.07-05-2012
20130083221IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS - An AR taking image producer produces an AR taking image of a current frame. A displaying image producer produces a displaying image of the current frame and first to fourth interpolative displaying images. An image pattern reader reads a marker on the AR taking image. CPU retrieves AR moving image that is associated with the marker from an AR image memory. An AR image overlying section produces first to fourth interpolative AR images, and overlies the images on the areas of the marker.04-04-2013
20100118164Switcher control device, switcher control method, and image synthesizing apparatus - A switcher control device includes: a superimposition determining unit that determines whether a superimposition image is superimposed on an image taken by a camera based on angle information and zoom value information about the camera in selecting a camera image when an effects switcher selects the image taken by the camera as a background image; and a switcher instructing unit that instructs the effects switcher to superimpose the superimposition image based on a determined result of the superimposition determining unit.05-13-2010
20130083220IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGING DEVICE, INFORMATION STORAGE DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - The image processing device includes a storage section, an interpolation section, an estimation calculation section, and an image output section. A low-resolution frame image is acquired by reading light-receiving values of light-receiving units. The storage section stores the low-resolution frame image. The interpolation section calculates light-receiving values of virtual light-receiving units by an interpolation process based on the light-receiving values. The estimation calculation section estimates estimated pixel values at a pixel pitch smaller than that of the low-resolution frame image based on the light-receiving value of the light-receiving unit and the light-receiving values of the virtual light-receiving units. The image output section outputs a high-resolution frame image having a resolution higher than that of the low-resolution frame image based on the estimated pixel values.04-04-2013
20130033619IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAPTURE ASSIST MARK USAGE CONTROL METHOD - Multiple capture assist marks (markers for capture assistance) to be synthesized with video captured by a camera unit 10 is generated by an OSD unit 20 through the control of a control unit 100. These capture assist marks are synthesized with the video from the camera unit 10 by synthesis means and displayed. In this case, an operation unit 110 is used to accept input of an instruction about the capture assist mark from a user. Based on this instruction input, the control unit 100 controls the OSD unit 20 and a baseband processing unit 30 to synthesize the capture assist mark corresponding to the instruction with a video signal from the camera unit 10.02-07-2013
20130070121METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CODED ROLLING SHUTTER - Methods and systems for coded rolling shutter are provided. In accordance with some embodiments, methods and system are provided that control the readout timing and exposure length for each row of a pixel array in an image sensor, thereby flexibly sampling the three-dimensional space-time value of a scene and capturing sub-images that effectively encode motion and dynamic range information within a single captured image.03-21-2013
20130070122Camera-Based Scanning - Embodiments of camera-based scanning are described. In various embodiments, one or more quadrangular objects are automatically selected from a captured image for scanning. The automatic selection is determined to be successful based on the selected quadrangular objects having an associated score that exceeds a predefined threshold. One or more scanned documents are created from portions of the captured image corresponding to the selected quadrangular objects, and the created scanned documents include corrections for perspective distortions of the selected quadrangular objects in the captured image.03-21-2013
20130050531SHOOTING APPARATUS - A shooting apparatus includes: an image-pickup section outputting a picked-up image obtained by picking up an image of a subject; and a control section performing acceptance of a still image shooting operation and acceptance of a part specification operation of specifying a partial area of the picked-up image during video image pickup by the image-pickup section.02-28-2013
20130050532COMPOUND-EYE IMAGING DEVICE - The multi-eye imaging device includes a first imaging element, a second imaging element, a moving pictures release button, a still picture release button, an image processor, a monitor and an image display component. The first imaging element outputs first image data. The second imaging element outputs second image data. The moving pictures release button receives a capturing instruction of moving pictures. The still picture release button receives a capturing instruction of a still picture and an AF controlling instruction on the second imaging element. The image processor captures moving pictures based on the first image data. The image display component displays a still picture mark with the first through image and the second through image on the monitor when the still picture release button has received the AF controlling instruction while the image processor is capturing the moving pictures.02-28-2013
20130088618IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - Provided is an imaging device including an image processing unit that executes artistic effect processing of applying an artistic effect causing a visual effect to image data by a combination of a plurality of image processing, and executes moving image special effect processing of applying a moving image special effect causing a visual effect over frames, a moving image special effect start signal input unit that receives an input of a moving image special effect start signal instructing a start of the moving image special effect processing in the image processing unit, and an image processing control unit that switches artistic effect processing to be executed by the image processing unit in response to the input of the moving image special effect start signal when plural kinds of processing remain set as artistic effect processing performed by the image processing unit.04-11-2013
20130088619IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND GAME APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus comprises position information obtaining means, decoration image selection means, and composite image generation means. The position information obtaining means obtains position information indicative of a position where the imaging apparatus is present. The decoration image selection means selects a predetermined decoration image from predetermined storage means based on the position information. The composite image generation means composites the predetermined decoration image selected by the decoration image selection means and a taken image to generate a composite image.04-11-2013
20090091640Digital camera with special effect viewfinder, image displaying method on the viewfinder, and photographing method with the digital camera - A digital camera with a viewfinder, an image displaying method on the viewfinder, and a photographing method with the digital camera are provided. The digital camera includes: a lens unit receiving the image light of an object and forming an image; a photoelectric conversion device converting the formed image into an electrical signal; a viewfinder changing the path of the light passing through the lens unit so that a user can observe the object; a special effect unit disposed in the path of light of the viewfinder and producing a special effect on an image to be displayed on the viewfinder; and a control unit connected to the photoelectric conversion device and the special effect unit and driving the special effect unit according to a selected special effect mode.04-09-2009
20090278959Camera - A camera includes an imaging unit that generates image data, an inserting-image setting unit that sets an inserting image to be inserted into an image of the image data, a first detecting unit that detects a main subject area in a subject image, a second detecting unit that detects a background area in the subject image based on the main subject area, an inserting-area selecting unit that selects an inserting area into which an inserting image is inserted from the background area, and a magnification determining unit that determines a magnification for enlargement or reduction of the inserting image in accordance with a size of the inserting area and a size of the inserting image, and thereby inserts an inserting image of an appropriate size.11-12-2009
20120224085MODEL-INDEPENDENT GENERATION OF AN ENHANCED RESOLUTION IMAGE FROM A NUMBER OF LOW RESOLUTION IMAGES - A method, an apparatus and/or a system of model-independent generation of an enhanced resolution of image from a number of low resolution images is disclosed. A method includes capturing a number of low resolution images through a first sensor (e.g., first plurality of low resolution images) and a number of low resolution images through a second sensor (e.g., second plurality of low resolution images). The first sensor has a higher resolution than the second sensor. The method also includes estimating expansion coefficients of polyphase components of an enhanced resolution image based on the number of low resolution images through a second sensor (e.g., second plurality of low resolution images) through a processor. The expansion coefficients are expressed in terms of the number of low resolution images through a first sensor (e.g., first plurality of low resolution images).09-06-2012
20130063625IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a size reducing unit that reduces sizes of a plurality of continuous images, which are still images obtained by continuously capturing images of a moving object, to thereby generate reduced continuous images; a mask generating unit that extracts moving object regions from the reduced continuous images, to thereby generate reduced moving object extraction mask images; a size restoring unit that enlarges the reduced moving object extraction mask images to the same size as original sizes of the continuous images that are not reduced by the size reducing unit, to thereby generate moving object extraction mask images; and a combining unit that extracts the moving object regions from the continuous images by using the moving object extraction mask images to thereby obtain moving object images, and combines the moving object images in a predetermined one of the continuous images.03-14-2013
20130162867METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ROBUST SCENE MODELLING IN AN IMAGE SEQUENCE - Disclosed is a method of storing a scene model (06-27-2013
20120229678IMAGE REPRODUCING CONTROL APPARATUS - An image reproducing control apparatus includes an acquirer. An acquirer acquires a plurality of images including one or at least two images respectively focused on one or at least two objects, corresponding to a common viewing field. A reproducer reproduces any one of the plurality of images acquired by the acquirer. An acceptor accepts a designating operation of designating any one of one or at least two objects appeared in the image reproduced by the reproducer. A searcher searches for an image focused on the object designated by the designating operation from among the plurality of images acquired by the acquirer. An updater updates an image to be reproduced by the reproducer to an image different depending on a searched result of the searcher.09-13-2012
20120236180IMAGE ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND ELECTRONICS SYSTEM USING THE SAME - An image adjustment method is provided in the invention. The image adjustment method has the following steps: receiving at least one first image in front of a display captured by a camera device, wherein the display has a screen center; detecting the first image to generate a facial image, wherein the facial image has a face position and a face center; capturing a second image with the face center from the facial image according to the face position; shifting the second image to overlap the face center with the screen center to generate a third image; and scaling the third image to generate an output image in accordance with a predetermined resolution.09-20-2012
20110043661Camera Adapter Based Optical Imaging Apparatus - The invention describes several embodiments of an adapter which can make use of the devices in any commercially available digital cameras to accomplish different functions, such as a fundus camera, as a microscope or as an en-face optical coherence tomography (OCT) to produce constant depth OCT images or as a Fourier domain (channelled spectrum) optical coherence tomography to produce a reflectivity profile in the depth of an object or cross section OCT images, or depth resolved volumes. The invention admits addition of confocal detection and provides simultaneous measurements or imaging in at least two channels, confocal and OCT, where the confocal channel provides an en-face image simultaneous with the acquisition of OCT cross sections, to guide the acquisition as well as to be used subsequently in the visualisation of OCT images. Different technical solutions are provided for the assembly of one or two digital cameras which together with such adapters lead to modular and portable high resolution imaging systems which can accomplish various functions with a minimum of extra components while adapting the elements in the digital camera. The cost of such adapters is comparable with that of commercial digital cameras, i.e. the total cost of such assemblies of commercially digital cameras and dedicated adapters to accomplish high resolution imaging are at a fraction of the cost of dedicated stand alone instruments. Embodiments and methods are presented to employ colour cameras and their associated optical sources to deliver simultaneous signals using their colour sensor parts to provide spectroscopic information, phase shifting inferometry in one step, depth range extension, polarisation, angular measurements and spectroscopic Fourier domain (channelled spectrum) optical coherence tomography in as many spectral bands simultaneously as the number of colour parts of the photodetector sensor in the digital camera. In conjunction with simultaneous acquistion of a confocal image, at least 4 channels can simultaneously be provided using the three color parts of conventional color cameras to deliver three OCT images in addition to the confocal image.02-24-2011
20100171848SYSTEM, APPARATUS, SOFTWARE AND PROCESS FOR INTEGRATING VIDEO IMAGES - A process for integrating video images includes generating a dancer video with a dancer and identifying a dancer head position of the dancer in the dancer video. A participant head location is identified and a cropped area is generated based on the participant head location. A participant video is generated of cropped area contents and a composite video is generated by overlaying the cropped area contents onto the dancer head position. A video image integration system includes a video camera for capturing participant videos and a processor. The processor has a processor database module storing pre-recorded dancer videos, a face recognition module configured to identify participant head locations from the video camera and generated cropped areas based thereon, and a blender module configured to overlay the cropped areas onto the dancer videos to generate composite videos.07-08-2010
20110279712IMAGING APPARATUS, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An imaging apparatus comprises an imaging element, an image selection unit, and an image compositing unit. The image selection unit selects, from among a plurality of image data pieces of the image data generated by the imaging element, a first image data piece and a second image data piece. The image selection unit selects, as the second image data piece, an image data piece generated with light from an object that is received via first pixels of the imaging element and received via second pixels of the imaging element for generating the first image data piece. The image compositing unit generates composited image data by compositing the first image data piece and the second image data piece.11-17-2011
20100026852VARIABLE IMAGING ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS THEREFOR - Various approaches to imaging involve selecting directional and spatial resolution. According to an example embodiment, images are computed using an imaging arrangement to facilitate selective directional and spatial aspects of the detection and processing of light data. Light passed through a main lens is directed to photosensors via a plurality of microlenses. The separation between the microlenses and photosensors is set to facilitate directional and/or spatial resolution in recorded light data, and facilitating refocusing power and/or image resolution in images computed from the recorded light data. In one implementation, the separation is varied between zero and one focal length of the microlenses to respectively facilitate spatial and directional resolution (with increasing directional resolution, hence refocusing power, as the separation approaches one focal length).02-04-2010
20110292250IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus controls such that a plurality of additional information of image data are classified into a plurality of objects in accordance with update periods thereof and data of the additional ingenerateation corresponding to each of the classified objects is generated and output in accordance with the corresponding update period of each object, thereby multiplexing the data of the additional information corresponding to each object which is generated and output in accordance with update period thereof, to the input image data. The image processing apparatus demultiplexes the multiplexed data into the image data and the additional information, generates updated image data of the object to be updated from the demultiplexed additional information, and superimposes it to the video image corresponding to the image data.12-01-2011
20100007773Video Processing and Telepresence System and Method - A codec having a video input for receiving a continuous video stream, an encoder for encoding the continuous video stream to result in an encoded video stream, a video output for transmitting the encoded video stream, and switching means for switching the encoder during encoding between a first mode, in which the continuous video stream is encoded in accordance with a first encoding format, to a second mode, in which the continuous video stream is encoded in accordance with a second encoding format.01-14-2010
20110279713Photo Sensor Array Using Controlled Motion - A movable sensor including a plurality of photo pixel sites arranged in an array comprising a photo sensor and a neutral density filter filtering the photo sensor. Each of the neutral density filters have a density value that are graduated over a range of densities. The sensor is linearly movable across an image. Each point in the image is exposed to at least one pixel site with the graduated density values and each of the photo pixel sites of the array is exposed to a same light input during a time span of exposure, such that the image is captured at a defined range of exposure values and can be combined into a single high dynamic range image.11-17-2011
20120229679Methods and Apparatus for Full-Resolution Light-Field Capture and Rendering - Method and apparatus for full-resolution light-field capture and rendering. A radiance camera is described in which the microlenses in a microlens array are focused on the image plane of the main lens instead of on the main lens, as in conventional plenoptic cameras. The microlens array may be located at distances greater than f from the photosensor, where f is the focal length of the microlenses. Radiance cameras in which the distance of the microlens array from the photosensor is adjustable, and in which other characteristics of the camera are adjustable, are described. Digital and film embodiments of the radiance camera are described. A full-resolution light-field rendering method may be applied to flats captured by a radiance camera to render higher-resolution output images than are possible with conventional plenoptic cameras and rendering methods.09-13-2012
20100020201SENSOR ARRAY MODULE WITH WIDE ANGLE, AND IMAGE CALIBRATION METHOD, OPERATION METHOD AND APPLICATION FOR THE SAME - A sensor array module with wide angle for creating a composite image includes a first image sensor, a second image sensor, a storage unit and a processor. The first image sensor is for capturing a first image. The second image sensor is for capturing a second image and has a relative spatial relationship with respective to the first image sensor. The storage unit stores at least one transformation matrix obtained according to the relative spatial relationship between the first and the second image sensors. The processor combines the first image and the second image by using the transformation matrix to create the composite image. The present invention also provides an image calibration method, an operation method and an application for a sensor array module with wide angle.01-28-2010
20110292251CAMERA AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING IMAGE THEREON - A camera includes light sources that illuminate a subject, a lens unit that receives image information of the subject, a controller that determines a shadow representation of the subject according to information regarding the light sources, and a display unit that displays the determined shadow representation. A method of displaying an image on a camera includes determining a shadow representation of a subject according to information regarding light sources that illuminate the subject, and displaying the determined shadow representation.12-01-2011
20100091142IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - In a period of time during which an image effect is being selected, a synthesized image in which the selected image effect is synthesized to an input image is generated and the operation of the image effect of the synthesized image is automatically and repeatedly displayed, thereby allowing the user to check what kind of operation the currently-selected fade function is before recording.04-15-2010
20090190003Vision-based augmented reality system using invisible marker - A vision-based augmented reality system using an invisible marker indicates an invisible marker on a target object to be tracked, such that it can rapidly and correctly track the target object by detecting the invisible marker. The augmented reality system includes a target object including an infrared marker drawn by an invisible infrared light-emitting material; a visible-ray camera for capturing an image of the TO; an infrared-ray camera for capturing an image of the IM included in the TO image; an optical axis converter for allowing the infrared-ray camera and the visible-ray camera to have the same viewing point; an image processing system for rendering a prepared virtual image to the TO image to generate a new image.07-30-2009
20090219415IMAGING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH PANNING MODE FOR TAKING PANNED IMAGE - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging section configured to acquire a plurality of images that are consecutively taken in time series by an imaging device; a reference region setting section configured to employ one of the images acquired by the imaging section as a reference image and to set a region of the reference image as reference region, the region having high-frequency components; and an image processing section configured to combine the images including the reference image by positioning the images so as to overlap subject portions in each images, the subject portions being defined in the reference region set by the reference region setting section.09-03-2009
20120140094Pattern projection and imaging using lens arrays - A method for projection includes generating a pattern of illumination, and positioning an array of lenses so as to project different, respective parts of the pattern onto a scene.06-07-2012
20090153703Method and device for processing digital photographs - A method for processing digital photographs is provided. It includes the steps of: selecting a digital photograph; selecting a template, which defines plural grid cells arranged in a checkered pattern; dividing the digital photograph into non-overlapping image cells; processing each image cell of the digital photograph in a mosaic way; and respectively filling the average color of each image cell of the digital photograph to the corresponding grid cell of the template. Digital photographs can provide attraction and amusement by applying this method.06-18-2009
20100085446SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANIPULATION OF A DIGITAL IMAGE - A system for rendering a digital image includes a rendering device for rendering a digital image and a camera for capturing a sequence of images of a user. A conversion module converts the sequence of images into a manipulation command for altering the rendering of the digital image. In one embodiment, the conversion module is a lip reading module that converts a sequence of images depicting the motion of the user's facial features into text tag or visual effects command. The text tag or command may then be applied to the digital image. The digital image may be divided into portions containing principle subject matter, and a text tag or visual effects command may be generated for one or more of the image portions. A facial detection module may be employed to detect changes in the user's facial features to navigate among the image portions.04-08-2010
20110199515IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - There is provided an image processing apparatus. The apparatus includes a moving image data acquisition unit configured to acquire moving image data representing a moving image, a notable-region specification unit configured to specify, as a notable region, a motion region among a plurality of still images forming the moving image represented by the moving image data acquired by the moving image data acquisition unit, for each still image, and an image processing unit configured to perform image processing of changing a style of each still image, in which the notable region is specified by the notable-region specification unit, into a pictorial image, by using different processes between the notable region in the still image specified by the notable-region specification unit and the rest of the still image.08-18-2011
20100123804EMOTION-BASED IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An emotion-based image processing apparatus includes a shutter button for producing a first and a second control signal respectively according to different pressed stages, an image capturing unit for sensing an image data and sending an expression analysis instruction when it receives the first control signal and capturing the image data when it receives the second control signal, an expression database for storing expression feature information and corresponding image processing procedures, an expression analysis unit for receiving an expression analysis instruction to recognize face features in the image data and determine the expression feature information corresponding to the face features, and an image processing unit for performing the image processing procedures according to the determined expression feature information to process the image data captured by the image capturing unit.05-20-2010
20090295948Imaging apparatus, imaging method, reproducing apparatus and reproducing method, and recording medium - A sound is recorded when shooting a still image, an effect is applied on the still image in accordance with an analytical result of the recorded sound, and the sound and the effect-applied still image are recorded in association with each other, thereby allowing recording of the image having reality in addition to the sound. The still image and the sound are reproduced in association with each other, thereby allowing a viewer to feel an ambience and reality close to a memory that the photographer felt. Thus, image which easily reminds the situation and feeling during shooting can be recorded with a sound.12-03-2009
20090262219Digital Camera - There are provided a framing assisting means for displaying as a moving picture object data as well as a profile of an area that is synthesized with a foreground of selected background data on an LCD 10-22-2009
20090262218Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program - An image processing apparatus includes an image obtaining unit configured to perform an image obtaining operation to obtain a plurality of frames of image data having continuity in time, a storage unit configured to temporarily store each of the plurality of frames of image data obtained by the image obtaining unit during the image obtaining operation, and an arithmetic operation control unit configured to perform an image combination process using the plurality of frames of image data sequentially stored in the storage unit during the image obtaining operation to generate combined-image data, the combined-image data being used as data used for display.10-22-2009
20090262217METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN AUTOMATED BACKGROUND LIGHTING COMPENSATION SYSTEM - A system and method for removing background lighting variations from an image. The method includes capturing at least one first image including a first background and a subject wherein the at least one first image includes at least one background lighting variation, creating a virtual background model of the first background, creating a virtual background image that is substantially similar to the first background, and generating an output comprising at least one first image with at least one background lighting variation removed therefrom.10-22-2009
20120293690Method of Simulating Short Depth of Field and Digital Camera Using the Same - A method of simulating short depth of field for a digital camera is disclosed. The method includes steps of detecting an object distance corresponding to a focus pixel, generating an original image according to the focus distance, and blurring a plurality of pixels of the original image to different extents according to a plurality of contrast values of the plurality of pixels, to generate an image with short depth of field.11-22-2012
20100103290IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes: a transformation information calculating unit configured to calculate, based on the motion information of an imaged image making up an imaged moving picture, transformation information relating to a plurality of compositing target images serving as compositing targets of an imaged image making up the imaged moving picture; and a decoration image determining unit configured to calculate a shift quantity between a first compositing target image that is the compositing target image, and a second compositing target image that is the compositing target image after transformation according to the transformation information to determine a decoration image to be added to the periphery of the second compositing target image based on the shift quantity.04-29-2010
20120287309IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image capturing apparatus, comprises an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of an object; a switching unit configured to switch a display unit so that either a first image captured in a first exposure time or a composite image composed of a second image captured in a second exposure time shorter than the first exposure time is displayed; a detection unit configured to detect motion of the apparatus; and a control unit configured to control the switching unit so that the first image is displayed in a case where a predetermined motion has been detected by the detection unit and the composite image is displayed in a case where the predetermined motion is not detected.11-15-2012
20120287308ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Aan electronic device includes: a focus degree map generation portion that generates a focus degree map indicating a focus degree in each position on an input image; an output image generation portion that performs image processing corresponding to the focus degree map on the input image to generate an output image; and a record control portion that sets the input image or the output image at a record target image and that records the record target image and the focus degree map in a recording medium such that the record target image and the focus degree map are associated with each other or that records the record target image in the recording medium such that the focus degree map is embedded in the record target image.11-15-2012
20120287310IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - An image capturing device which continuously captures images having high sensitivity and high resolution and synthesizes the continuously-captures images when lighting is very dark or when a luminance value of an object is small, the image capturing device including: an image capturing unit which receives light from the object and generates an image in which the object is captured; a continuously-captured-image synthesizing unit which generates a synthesized continuously-captured image in which the object is captured, by synthesizing two or more images temporally continuously captured by the image capturing unit; and a parameter setting unit which sets a shutter speed at which each of the two or more images is captured, according to the luminance value of the object and a speed of the object.11-15-2012
20080309797Spectral Band Separation (Sbs) Modules, and Color Camera Modules with Non-Overlap Spectral Band Color Filter Arrays (Cfas) - Spectral Band Separation (SBS) modules including at least one dichroic element for imaging at least two different still or video images along non co-directional lines of sight for imaging purposes including inter alia displaying multiple 2D images, displaying Extended Field Of View (EFOV) images, stereoscopic imaging, 3D image rendering, and the like. The SBS modules can be implemented as discrete optical attachments for mounting on a color camera module or alternatively can be integrally formed therewith.12-18-2008
20120033105IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes an image acquisition section that acquires a plurality of images that differ in in-focus state, a reference point setting section that performs a reference point setting process on each of the plurality of images, the reference point setting process setting a reference point that is set to an attention area, a distance estimation section that estimates distance information about a distance to a corresponding point based on a pixel value corresponding to the reference point, the corresponding point being a point in real space that corresponds to the reference point, and an additional information generation section that generates additional information based on the estimated distance information, the additional information being information that is added to the attention area to which the reference point is set.02-09-2012
20110007187Imaging Device And Image Playback Device - An imaging device includes: an imaging element which outputs a signal based on an optical image projected to the imaging element by imaging; a correction lens which moves the optical image on the imaging element; a face detection unit which detects a person's face as an object from a judgment image based on the output signal from the imaging element and detects the position and the direction of the face in the judgment image; and an imaging control unit which controls the position of the correction lens in accordance with the position and the direction of the detected face. A layout-adjusted image is generated from the output signal from the imaging element after the control. More specifically, the position of the correction lens is controlled so as to obtain a layout-adjusted image of the golden cut when an attention is paid on the face position. Moreover, the position of the correction lens is controlled so as to increase the space in the direction in which the face is directed.01-13-2011
20110007185IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING THEREIN PROGRAM - The present invention provides a video in which a subject image looks clear while reducing the amount of transmitted data. An image capturing apparatus includes: an image capturing section that successively captures a plurality of images under a plurality of image capturing conditions different from each other; an image generating section that generates an output image by overlapping the plurality of captured images captured under the plurality of image capturing conditions; and an output section that outputs the output image generated by the image generating section. The image capturing section may successively capture the plurality of images by means of exposure in different exposure time lengths from each other. The image capturing section may successively capture the plurality of images also by means of exposure in different aperture openings from each other.01-13-2011
20110007186IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING THEREIN PROGRAM - The present invention provides a video in which a subject image looks clear while reducing the amount of transmitted data. An image capturing system includes: an image capturing section that successively captures a plurality of images under a plurality of image capturing conditions different from each other; and an output section that outputs a moving image for successively displaying the plurality of captured images. The image capturing section may successively capture the plurality of images by means of exposure in different exposure time lengths from each other. The image capturing section may successively capture the plurality of images also by means of exposure in different aperture openings from each other.01-13-2011
20100271512MULTIPLE EXPOSURE HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE CAPTURE - Techniques for creating a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image within a consumer grade digital camera from a series of images of a scene captured at different exposure levels, and displaying the HDR image on the camera's built-in display, are provided. The approach employs mixing images of the series to incorporate both scene shadow and highlight details, and the removing of “ghost” image artifacts appearing in the mixed HDR image resulting from movement in the scene over the time the series images are captured. The low computational resource utilization of the present invention's image mixing and ghost removal processing operations, along with the present invention's ability to commence image mixing and ghost removal prior to the acquisition of all series images, can significantly reduce the time required to generate and display a tone mapped HDR image.10-28-2010
20130120616IMAGE SYNTHESIZING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image capturing unit 05-16-2013
20130215292SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMBINING COMPUTER-BASED EDUCATIONAL CONTENT RECORDING AND VIDEO-BASED EDUCATIONAL CONTENT RECORDING - An interactive learning tool that combines computer-based educational content recordings and video-based educational content recordings.08-22-2013
20110205401Masking Tool - A system for controlling effects performed on an image includes a digital camera having a display that displays the image. Masking tools position graphical representations on the display to define a portion of the image that is altered when the effects are subsequently applied to the image. The several masking tools may be combined to form a single masking tool.08-25-2011
20110141317METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR) PICTURES, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUSES FOR USE THEREIN - The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for producing dynamic range increase (DRI) or a high dynamic range (HDR) pictures, in which differently exposed individual images are combined by image processing to form an HDR or DRI picture. In order to also allow moving objects to be recorded more easily, and to overcome the restrictions relating to lack of mobility of a recording device, the exposure can be carried out by laser radiation containing wavelengths at different intensities.06-16-2011
20110228139METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM AND DIGITAL CAMERA - A method of controlling an image capturing system comprising an interface for receiving an external trigger to capture an image, and an image capturing device provided with a photosensitive area and an array of pixel cells, each pixel cell including a device for generating a signal indicative of the intensity of light falling on an associated part of the photosensitive area, which image capturing device is further provided with readout circuitry for generating an array of pixel values to capture an image frame at a set spatial resolution, such that each pixel value represents an integral of the signal or signals generated in at least one of the pixel cells in an associated one of a number of areas over an exposure time interval, the number of areas being determined by the set spatial resolution, the areas together covering a region of the photosensitive area corresponding to a region in the image, comprises receiving an external trigger to capture an image, and, in response to the external trigger, directing the image capturing device to capture at least two image frames by generating respective arrays of pixel values representing integrals over respective consecutive exposure time intervals. The spatial resolutions of at least two of the captured image frames are set to different values.09-22-2011
20090231470IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - When various kinds of information and various frames are superimposed on a displayed image of a subject during live view shooting, an object to be preferentially displayed is switched between the various kinds of information and the various frames in accordance with an overlapping state of the various kinds of information and the various frames if the various kinds of information overlap the various frames.09-17-2009
20120105682IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS GENERATING COMPOSITE IMAGE - Provided is an image pickup apparatus wherein an image pickup unit executes image pickup processing a plurality of times in relation to movement of the image pickup surface to generate a composite image. In the image pickup apparatus, first information for guiding a direction in which the image pickup surface should be moved and second information for indicating the direction and amount that the image pickup surface has been moved during processing for generating a composite image are displayed on a display unit.05-03-2012
20120105681METHOD FOR PRODUCING HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGES - A method for producing a high-dynamic-range image, comprising: receiving a low-resolution image of a scene having a first resolution and captured at a first exposure level; receiving a first high-resolution image of the scene having a second resolution and captured at a second exposure level different from the first exposure level, the second resolution being greater than the first resolution; forming a residual image corresponding to high spatial frequency content in the first high-resolution image; forming a second high-resolution image having the second resolution and the first exposure level by combining the low-resolution image and the residual image; producing the high-dynamic-range image by combining the first high-resolution image and the second high-resolution image; and storing the high-dynamic-range image in a processor accessible memory.05-03-2012
20090244327CAMERA SYSTEM - A camera system includes a camera, a shooting field shifting mechanism, a shift amount acquiring unit, and a masking processor that masks a masking target within a captured image flame. The masking processor includes first and second position computing units, and mask area establishing unit. The first and second position computing units compute, based on the shift settings of the shooting field shifting mechanism, first and second relative positions of the masking target relative to the shooting field. The mask area establishing unit establishes a mask area to mask the masking target on the captured image flame, based on the first and second relative positions.10-01-2009
20120194706TERMINAL AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - A terminal and method for processing video data of an augmented reality image produced by adding information about objects in the image taken by the camera of the terminal in real time are provided. The method includes displaying an image in augmented reality mode, requesting augmented reality information of objects constituting the image, presenting, when the augmented reality information is received, the augmented reality information in relation to the respective objects, merging, when a message transmission is requested, the image and the augmented reality information; and transmitting the merged image as an augmented reality image. The image processing method of the present invention is advantageous for the terminal to provide the user with information related to the objects presented in an image produced using the augmented reality function.08-02-2012
20100157101IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present invention includes first setting means for setting, for an original image, a first image region including a reference point and a second image region other than the first image region; reducing means for reducing the original image; second setting means for setting, for a reduced image obtained, a reference point of the reduced image corresponding to the reference point of the original image, a first reduced image region corresponding to the first image region, and a second reduced image region corresponding to the second image region; modifying means for modifying, within the reduced image, an image in the second reduced image region so that the degree of modification increases with increasing distance from the reference point of the reduced image; expanding means for expanding image data of the modified second reduced image region into the second image region; and combining means for combining the image data expanded into the second image region with image data of the original image constituting the first image region, and outputting image data of an image that is modified so that the degree of modification increases with increasing distance from the reference point of the original image.06-24-2010
20100182458DIGITAL IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM WITH PORTRAIT MODE - A digital image acquisition system having no photographic film comprises an apparatus for capturing digital images and a flash unit for providing illumination during image capture. The system has a portrait mode for generating an image of a foreground object against a blurred background, the portrait mode being operable to capture first, second and third images (A, B and C) of nominally the same scene. One of the first and second images (A, B) is taken with flash and the other is taken without flash, and the third image (C) is blurred compared to the first and second images. The portrait mode is further operable to determine foreground and background regions of the scene using the first and second images (A, B), and to substitute the blurred background of the third image (C) for the background of an in-focus image of the scene. In one embodiment the in-focus image is one of the first and second images. In another embodiment the in-focus image is a fourth image.07-22-2010
20130215293APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING IMAGE INCLUDING MULTIPLE PEOPLE - Provided is an apparatus and a method for generating an image including multiple people, in which images are photographed, face images are detected from each of the photographed images, a face score for each of the face images detected from the photographed images is calculated, it is determined whether each of the face scores calculated for each of the face images is at least equal to a predetermined threshold, and each of face images having a highest face score for each of the face images is synthesized, to output the synthesized image as a final image, in order to generate a most satisfactory photographed image for a user.08-22-2013
20100259647PHOTOGRAPHIC EFFECT FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS - Systems and methods are disclosed for applying a photographic effect to a displayed image. An exemplary method may include detecting the presence of at least one face in the displayed image. The method may also include determining the region within which the at least one face is located in the displayed image. The method may also include applying a photographic effect based on the region within which the at least one face is located.10-14-2010
20100225786Method for creation of an animated series of photographs, and device to implement the method - The present invention relates to a method for creation of an animated series of photographs. A photograph acquisition device analyzes the images in order to detect an absence of movement. The detection of an absence of movement during a determined period triggers a photograph to be taken and the memorization of image data in the series of photographs. The user introduces a command to end the acquisition of the series of photographs. The data of different to photographs taken are assembled to form an animated series. During the reproduction, the series is reproduced by displaying successively each photograph, the time between each photograph reproduction can possibly be introduced by the user. The invention also relates to a photograph acquisition device designed acquire said animated series of photographs.09-09-2010
20100225787IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXTRACTING SUBJECT REGION FROM CAPTURED IMAGE - An image capturing apparatus includes: a first image capturing unit that captures a subject existing image; a first nonflatness calculating unit that calculates nonflatness of a peripheral portion of the subject existing image; a first determination unit that determines whether the nonflatness of the peripheral portion of the subject existing image is higher than a threshold value; a background generating unit that generates an extracting background image from the peripheral portion of the subject existing image when the first determination unit determines that the nonflatness is not higher than the threshold value, the extracting background image serving to extract a subject region containing the subject in the subject existing image; and a subject extracting unit that extracts the subject region from the subject existing image based on difference information of each corresponding pixel between the extracting background image and the subject existing image.09-09-2010
20100238323VOICE-CONTROLLED IMAGE EDITING - A device captures an image of an object, records audio associated with the object, and determines, when the object is a person, a location of the person's head in the captured image. The device also translates the audio into text, creates a speech balloon that includes the text, and positions the speech balloon adjacent to the location of the person's head in the captured image to create a final image.09-23-2010
20100238325IMAGE PROCESSOR AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A camera device 09-23-2010
20100277618Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program - An image processing apparatus includes an image-effect determination unit configured to determine, on the basis of an environmental information item at a time of capture of an image data item, the environmental information item being associated with the image data item, a dynamic image effect in which, when the image data item is displayed, a visual change is generated for the displayed image data item; and a display control unit configured to control, for display of the image data item, a display operation so that the dynamic image effect which has been determined by the image-effect determination unit is applied.11-04-2010
20130135498METHOD AND SYSTEM OF CREATING A VIDEO SEQUENCE - A method of creating a video sequence. The method comprises setting at least one repetitive reminder in a schedule managed by a handheld device having an image sensor, alarming a user according to the at least one repetitive reminder, capturing a sequence of images using the image sensor, automatically identifying a facial image depicting a face in a preset area in the sequence of images, automatically selecting the facial image, in response to the identification, and adding the facial image to a facial video sequence.05-30-2013
20100315536METHOD UTILIZING DIGITAL PICTURE TAKING OPTICAL READER HAVING HYBRID MONOCHROME AND COLOR IMAGE SENSOR - A portable hand held optical reader having a specially constructed two-dimensional image sensor array is operational in a bar code decoding mode and in a picture taking mode. The specially constructed image sensor array, in one embodiment, is a hybrid monochrome and color image sensor pixel array, wherein a first subset of the pixels are monochrome pixels devoid of wavelength selective color filter elements and a second subset of the pixels are color sensitive pixels including wavelength selective color filter elements.12-16-2010
20090066817IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image capture apparatus comprises an image capture unit, a storage unit configured to store a pattern and an associated synthesizing-object image corresponding to a shape of the pattern, a display unit configured to display a capture image captured by the image capture unit and to superpose the pattern on the capture image, a first detector configured to detect a first control signal when the display unit displays the capture image, a reading unit configured to read from the storage unit the synthesizing-object image when the first detector detects the first signal, and a first display controller configured to control the display unit to superpose the synthesizing-object image on an area where the pattern is superposed.03-12-2009
20110025886Perfecting the Effect of Flash within an Image Acquisition Devices Using Face Detection - Within a digital acquisition device with a built in flash unit, the exposure of an acquired digital image is perfected using face detection in the acquired image is provided. Groups of pixels that correspond to plural images of faces are identified within a digitally acquired image, and corresponding image attributes to the group of pixels are determined. An analysis is performed of the corresponding attributes of the groups of pixels. It is then determined to activate the built-in flash unit based on the analysis. An intensity of the built-in flash unit is determined based on the analysis. Alternatively based on similar analysis, a digital simulation of the fill flash is performed on the image.02-03-2011
20100141799IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes: an optical system having an optical axis changing element; an imaging device that images an object image through the optical system; an image signal processing section having a function of combining a plurality of imaged images into a combined image piece, the imaged images being obtained while the imaging apparatus is moved; and a controller that controls the optical axis changing element so that the optical axis is changed in a direction for negating the movement of the imaging apparatus, at least during periods when an electronic shutter of the imaging device is open, and that the optical axis returns to the vicinity of approximately the center of the movement of the imaging apparatus during periods when the electronic shutter is closed, wherein the controller performs the control of the optical axis with respect to a partial line in the central direction of the imaging device.06-10-2010
20110128415IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE-SHOOTING DEVICE - The image processing device comprises a background/subject identification portion which identifies respectively, for each of a plurality of burst-shot images shot successively over time, a background area which is an area representing a background, and a subject area which is an area representing a subject; a background image generation portion which generates a background image which is an image representing a background, on the basis of the background area identified by the background/subject identification portion; a subject image generation portion which generates a subject image which is an image representing a subject, on the basis of the subject area identified by the background/subject identification portion; a correction portion which derives a direction of motion of a subject on the basis of the subject area identified by the background/subject identification portion, and which performs correction of the background image to create blur along the direction of motion of the subject; and a synthesis portion which synthesizes the subject image with the background image corrected by the correction portion.06-02-2011
20080316341DETECTING RED EYE FILTER AND APPARATUS USING META-DATA - A method of filtering a red-eye phenomenon from an acquired digital image including a multiplicity of pixels indicative of color, the pixels forming various shapes of the image, includes analyzing meta-data information, determining one or more regions within the digital image suspected as including red eye artifact, and determining, based at least in part on the meta-data analysis, whether the regions are actual red eye artifact. The meta-data information may include information describing conditions under which the image was acquired, captured and/or digitized, acquisition device-specific information, and/film information.12-25-2008
20090322909SIMULATED REFLECTIVE DISPLAY - A method may be performed by a device having a camera and a display. The method may include identifying a graphical element to be presented on the display, capturing an image of an area in front of the display, determining information for distorting the captured image based on the graphical element, distorting the captured image based on the determined information. The distorted image may be combined with the graphical element on the display.12-31-2009
20120242866DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - According to an aspect, a device includes a photographing unit, a display unit, and a control unit. The photographing unit captures an image. The display unit displays the image captured by the photographing unit. The control unit causes the display unit to display an object related to the image captured by the photographing unit so as to be superimposed on the image, and performs a selection process of the object when a body overlaps the object.09-27-2012
20100238324IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus for displaying a live view image obtained by implementing special effect processing on an image data on a monitor comprises an image processing unit that implements a plurality of types of special effect processing on the image data to generate a plurality of sets of special effect image data corresponding respectively to the plurality of types of special effect processing, and a control unit that displays the plurality of sets of special effect image data on the monitor while switching the plurality of sets of special effect image data automatically in time series.09-23-2010
20110096202METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REALIZING DYNAMIC IMAGE EFFECT - A method and apparatus for realizing a dynamic image effect by which a user can have fun by setting a moving direction and speed of an object (e.g., snow, flowers and autumn leaves) and displaying the object together with an image. The apparatus for realizing the dynamic image effect includes a digital image processing apparatus, and includes a digital signal processor (DSP) for adjusting direction and speed of the object displayed together with the image.04-28-2011
20110085060METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMBINING IMAGES IN CAMERA DEVICE - A method for combining images in a camera device, includes following steps. The camera device takes a first image. A first inclination angle of the camera device at the time of taking the first image is saved. A view finder of the camera device finds a next view, and compares the current inclination angle of the camera device with the first inclination angle. If the angles are not the same, the view finder inclines to adjust the current inclination angle of the camera device until the angles are the same. The camera device takes a second image. The first image and the second image are combined to generate a new image.04-14-2011
20110074977COMPOSITE IMAGE CREATING METHOD AS WELL AS PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR THE METHOD - In an aspect of the composite image creating method according to the present invention, an information processing apparatus executes the steps of: inputting material candidate images which are images composed of frames of a moving image and/or a plurality of still images that were taken by an image-taking apparatus; detecting a movement of the image-taking apparatus at image-taking time points of all or some of the material candidate images or analysis time points that are time points in a neighborhood of the image-taking time points; determining a condition for generating a composite image from among the material candidate images based on the movement of the image-taking apparatus detected; and creating a composite image based on the material candidate images and on the condition determined.03-31-2011
20110249149IMAGING DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus that includes an image acquiring unit that acquires a plurality of images, a processing unit that creates a plurality of composite images having a sequential relationship based on a predetermined rule using at least a portion of each of the acquired images, and selects a representative image corresponding to the plurality of composite images.10-13-2011
20110069205IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Provided is an image processing apparatus including: an image combination unit which generates combined images by combining photographed images having different exposure times; and a motion area detection unit which performs a comparison process on a plurality of the combined images generated by the image combination unit to acquire a pixel value difference and which performs a motion area detection process of comparing the pixel value difference with a predetermined threshold value and determining a pixel area, of which the pixel value difference is equal to or larger than the threshold value, to be a motion area where motion of a subject is estimated to have occurred.03-24-2011
20120200744IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A first image captured using a first exposure and a second image captured using a second exposure higher than the first exposure are obtained. A third image used as a reference for combining processing is created from the first image. An image, a dynamic range of which is extended, is created by weighted-combining the first and second images using adding coefficients, which are associated with pixel values of the third image in advance.08-09-2012
20120200743SYSTEM TO AUGMENT A VISUAL DATA STREAM BASED ON A COMBINATION OF GEOGRAPHICAL AND VISUAL INFORMATION - An mobile computing device includes a video capturing module to capture a video stream, a global positioning system (GPS) module to generate geographical information associated with frames of the video stream to be captured by the video capturing device, and a video processing module to analyze the frames of the video stream and extract features of points of interest included in the frames. The video processing is configured to transmit the features of the points of interest and the geographical information to a server and to receive augment information from the server computer using wireless communication. The video processing module uses the augment information to overlay the frames of the video stream to generate an augmented video stream.08-09-2012
20110211094CUSTOMIZED PROGRAM INSERTION SYSTEM - An object insertion system is provided for inserting a portion of a model image into an image signal. The object insertion system includes a camera that obtains the model image. An image processor determines the portion of the model image to be inserted into the image signal from the model image obtained by the camera. The image processor extracts the portion of the model image from the model image. An image extractor determines an image component of the image signal, and the image processor inserts the portion of the model image into the image signal as the image component. The image processor determines the portion of the model image from the model image obtained by the camera based on the image component of the image signal determined by the image extractor.09-01-2011
20100321534METHOD FOR CREATING CONTENT USING A CAMERA OF A PORTABLE TERMINAL AND A PORTABLE TERMINAL ADAPTED THEREFOR - A method for creating content and a portable terminal adapted therefor. An image is selected. The camera captures an image of at least one object from within an image currently being received by the camera. New content is created by combining the captured image of the at least one object with the selected image.12-23-2010
20100321533IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image photographing apparatus simultaneously photographs a moving image and a still image in a simultaneous photographing mode, recognizes a still image photographed at a time point closest to a photographing time point of the moving image output at a time point when the specific region is specified when a user specifies the specific region of the moving image screen while reproducing the moving image photographed in the simultaneous photographing mode, and magnifies and displays a region corresponding to the specific region on the recognized still image.12-23-2010
20080252754CARD BASED IMAGE MANIPULATION METHOD WITH CARD SKEW CORRECTION - A method of operating a handheld camera comprises sensing an image via an image sensor, controlling the sensing of the image via a camera manager, receiving predetermined data in the form of a card image, the card image read from a card by a card reader, rotating the card image in accordance with a skew of the card with respect to the card reader, manipulating the image via an image processing manager, and controlling printing of the manipulated image via a print manager.10-16-2008
20110164151IMAGE SENSOR WITH INTERLEAVED IMAGE OUTPUT - An image sensor with a light reader circuit coupled to a pixel array. The light reader circuit retrieves a first image and a second image generated by the pixel array. The image sensor may also include a memory controller and/or data interface that transfers the first and second images to an external device in an interleaving manner.07-07-2011
20110261231DISPLACEMENT DETECTION DEVICE AND DISPLACEMENT DETECTION METHOD THEREOF - A displacement detection method includes the steps of: acquiring an image frame; calculating a characteristic index of the image frame; maintaining the image frame when the characteristic index is larger than a threshold value; and adding a fixed pattern to the image frame when the characteristic index is smaller than the threshold value. The present invention further provides a displacement detection device.10-27-2011
20110176033CAMERA AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING AND PROCESSING PHOTOS IN CAMERA - A camera includes a light detecting module, an exposure value analyzing module, a capture module and a photo compositing module. The light detecting module is capable of calculating a plurality of exposure values by measuring brightness of light in a plurality of detecting areas defined in a capture view. The exposure value analyzing module is capable of selecting a maximum exposure value and a minimum exposure value from the plurality of exposure values. The capture module is capable of capturing an over exposure value photo from the capture view according to the maximum exposure value, and capturing an under exposure value photo from the capture view according to the minimum exposure value. The photo compositing module is capable of merging the over exposure value photo and the under exposure value photo to a final photo. A method for capturing and processing photos in the camera is also disclosed.07-21-2011
20100194926APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING LIGHT FIELD DATA USING VARIABLE MODULATOR - Disclosed are an apparatus and method for acquiring light field data using a variable modulator. The apparatus varies a modulator located between an optical system and a sensor adaptively according to objects to be captured or a peripheral environment. Accordingly, 4-dimensional (4D) light field data optimized according to objects to be captured or according to changes in focal distance may be acquired.08-05-2010
20110187901IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS - An image sensing apparatus including an image sensing unit that converts light into an electric signal corresponding to a quantity of incident light, and periodically outputs an image signal obtained by the conversion at intervals of a predetermined period, a mode switch that switches among a plurality of image sensing modes including at least a special image sensing mode and a normal image sensing mode, a delay unit that delays an image signal by the predetermined period, an adder that adds the image signal output from the image sensing unit and the image signal output from the delay unit in set proportions, and outputs an image signal obtained by the addition, and a setting unit that sets the proportions used by the adder, according to the image sensing mode selected by the mode switch.08-04-2011
20110187900DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AN IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND A RECORDING MEDIUM STORING THE IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A digital image processing apparatus performs an image processing method which includes capturing a first image, a second image, and a third image, which are captured with different focuses for the same subject and background; setting a subject portion and a background portion by using the first and second images; and combining the first image for the subject portion and the third image for the background portion with each other to obtain an out-of-focus image.08-04-2011
20110149117METHOD OF FOREGROUND/BACKGROUND SEPARATION - Disclosed herein are a method, system, and computer program product for creating a scene model of a scene, for separating a background and a foreground of at least one frame in an image sequence depicting the scene. The method includes the following steps, dependent upon a stability measure associated with the scene model being less than a stability threshold: (i) capturing a frame in the image sequence (06-23-2011
20110050961IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD USING SENSED EYE POSITION - A method for processing an image previously captured by a camera and stored in a memory of the camera, includes the steps of sensing the position of an eye in the captured image; generating eye position information; and processing said captured image using the eye position information. The step of processing involves detecting a face within the capture image, and applying a morph to the detected face to modify the captured image. The step of processing further involves a step of applying a graphical object at a location within the image and relative to the detected face.03-03-2011
20110050960Method in relation to acquiring digital images - A method for acquiring at least two digital images by means of a digital camera, wherein the digital images are to be stitched into a panoramic image, comprises capturing a first digital image, wherein a first scenery is imaged, determining a relation between the first scenery and a second scenery being viewed by the digital camera, while said second scenery being viewed by the digital camera is changed, analysing the relation between the first scenery and the second scenery being viewed by the digital camera in order to identify an appropriate view to be captured by the digital camera in a second digital image, and indicating to a user that the camera is directed towards an appropriate view for capturing a second digital image.03-03-2011
20120099002FACE IMAGE REPLACEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD IMPLEMENTED BY PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A face image replacement system and method is implemented by an portable electronic device. The portable electronic device includes an image capturing device, a display screen, and a storage device. A person image of a user is captured by the image capturing device, and a face area of the person image is determined according to face character data stored in the storage system. The system marks the face area with a rectangle area and calculates a size of the rectangle area, obtains a special image from the storage system, and adjusts a size of the special image according to the size of the rectangle area. The face area of the person image is replaced with the special image to generate a face replacement image, and the face replacement image is displayed on the display screen of the portable electronic device.04-26-2012
20110164152IMAGE SEGMENTATION FROM FOCUS VARIED IMAGES USING GRAPH CUTS - A system for providing an adjusted image of a scene includes an optical assembly, a capturing system coupled to the optical assembly, and a control system. The optical assembly is adjustable to alternatively be focused on a first focal area and a second focal area that is different than the first focal area. The capturing system captures a first frame of the scene when the optical assembly is focused at the first focal area, and a second frame of the scene when the optical assembly is focused at the second focal area. The first frame includes a plurality of first pixels and the second frame includes a plurality of second pixels. The control system analyzes the first frame and the second frame and utilizes graph cuts techniques to assign a depth label to at least a portion of the first frame.07-07-2011
20110157426VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - A video processing apparatus and a video processing method are used to capture a view region as a video result. The video processing apparatus includes a video sensor, a temporary memory, and a video pipeline. The video sensor captures the view region at a sensor frame rate and generates a video having a plurality of frames. The video pipeline receives one of the frames directly from the video sensor to serve as a first frame. The video pipeline processes the first frame to generate a temporary result frame, and then generates a video result at a video frame rate according to the temporary result frame and a second frame directly received from the video sensor, wherein the video frame rate is smaller than the sensor frame rate. The video processing method captures the view region as the video result by using the video processing apparatus.06-30-2011
20120044386APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MULTI-SPECTRAL CLIP-ON ARCHITECTURE - An apparatus and method improve sight. The apparatus includes a first sight configured to view a scene. A second sight is configured to alter content representative of the scene in a first manner to form first altered content. A third sight is configured to alter content representative of the scene in a second manner to form second altered content. An image combiner is configured to combine the second altered content with the first altered content to form combined altered scene content.02-23-2012
20120044385IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADDING SOFT FOCUS EFFECTS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which is capable of adding the same soft focus effects to images different in image size irrespective of the types of image scenes. A soft focus processing section acquires an input image. Then, the soft focus processing section acquires a shooting condition for the input image. Further, the soft focus processing section generates a plurality of blurred images different in degree of blur from the input image. The input image and at least one of the blurred images are synthesized. In doing this, a synthesis ratio between the images to be synthesized is set based on the shooting condition for the input image.02-23-2012
20120057051IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit that captures a subject to generate image data of the subject; a display unit that displays the image; an image separating unit that separates a subject image and a background image from the image displayed; a special effect input unit that receives information related to special effects respectively applied to the subject image and the background image; a special effect image generating unit that generates a special effect image of each of the subject and background images by applying special effects corresponding to information received by the special effect input unit; a storing unit that stores special effect information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of special effects which the special effect image generating unit applies to the subject image and the background image; and a synthetic image generating unit that generates a synthetic image using the generated special effect image.03-08-2012
20120002083IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of partial images obtained by shooting each of a plurality of shooting ranges which a shooting region of an object are divided into, a feature amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a feature amount of at least one of the partial images, a characteristic acquisition unit configured to acquire a gradation conversion processing characteristic based on the feature amount and the shooting region, and a conversion unit configured to convert, based on the processing characteristic, a gradation of an image of the shooting region of the object obtained by joining the partial images.01-05-2012
20120206624IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An image processing method of the present invention includes a detection step detecting a characteristic area from each of three or more shot images having a common graphic pattern in part thereof, the characteristic area having an image significantly different from the other shot images, and a combining step extracting a partial image located in the characteristic area from each of the three or more shot images and combining these partial images into one image.08-16-2012
20110090372IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing synthesizing a plurality of pieces of images photographing an identical scene and having different exposure amounts to generate a high-contrast image expanding a dynamic range and having a wide tonal range, includes a selecting unit selecting a reference image based on information of brightness components of the pieces of images, a gain calculating unit calculating brightness ratios of remaining images among the pieces of images to the reference images excluding the reference image as gains based on the information of the brightness components of the pieces of images, a weight calculating unit calculating weights to be applied to the remaining images based on the gains and information of a brightness component of the reference image, and a generating unit performing weighting synthesis between the reference image and the remaining images by using the weights, to obtain a high-contrast image with fine image quality.04-21-2011
20120013770OVERLAY VIDEO CONTENT ON A MOBILE DEVICE - Methods, systems, and devices are described for providing overlay content to be placed over captured video content for display on a mobile device. In one embodiment, a system includes a video display, such as a TV, that displays video content. A mobile device with an integrated video camera and display may capture video data which includes the video content from the video display. The location of the video content within the captured video data may be tracked. The mobile device may access overlay content, and display the accessed overlay content over the tracked video content.01-19-2012
20120013771IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READBALE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR PERFORMING IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - An image pickup system causes a first illumination unit to emit light toward a subject at a first angle without causing a second illumination unit for emitting light toward the subject at a second angle different from the first angle, and causes an image pickup unit to capture the image of the subject so as to obtain a first captured image. The image pickup system causes the second illumination unit to emit light without causing the first illumination unit to emit light, and causes the image pickup unit to capture the image of the subject so as to obtain a second captured image. The image pickup system associates the first captured image with the second captured image.01-19-2012
20120307113METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEQUENTIAL VIEWING OF TWO VIDEO STREAMS - An apparatus for facilitating sequential viewing of streams of images of a common scene. The images are captured by an image sensor system having different viewing configurations generating visually dissimilar views. The electronic circuitry is configured, on transition between a first and a second viewing configurations, to input images captured using the first or second viewing configurations, and to generate a signal, derived from the input images. The signal corresponds to a gradual graphic transition between images captured using the first and the second viewing configurations, thus simulating a continuous viewing of the common scene. The gradual graphic transition includes transition due to a change of viewing direction, a change of aspect ratio, a change of sensor technology, a change of spectral sensitivity, a change of sensor sensitivity, a change of spatial resolution a change of sensor location, a change of binning level a change of displayed region of interest.12-06-2012
20120307112IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus including a shooting unit consecutively generating electronic image data by imaging a subject and photoelectrically converting the imaged subject; a display unit displaying images corresponding to the image data in a generation sequence; an image processing unit generating processed image data by performing special effect processing of generating a visual effect by combining plural image processing operations with respect to the image data; an image processing controller generating plural processed image data by allowing the image processing unit to perform plural special effect processing operations with respect to the image data when there are plural special effect processing operations to be performed by the image processing unit; and a display controller collectively displaying one or more processed images corresponding to at least some of the processed image data generated by the image processing unit and an image corresponding to the image data on the display unit.12-06-2012
20120307111IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes: first and second image sensors for respectively outputting first and second image data having respectively first and second pixel counts; a pixel-count conversion section for generating third image data having a third pixel count on the basis of the first image data and generating fourth image data having a pixel count equal to the third pixel count on the basis of the second image data; a similarity-degree computation section for finding a similarity degree between an image based on the first image data and an image based on the second image data on the basis of the first image data and the second image data; and a weighted-addition section for generating fifth image data by carrying out a weighted-addition operation to add image data of a similar area of the fourth image data to the third image data in accordance with the similarity degree.12-06-2012
20120069222Foreground/Background Separation Using Reference Images - A technique involves distinguishing between foreground and background regions of a digital image of a scene. First and second images are captured of nominally a same scene. The first image is a relatively high resolution image taken with the foreground more in focus than the background, while the second image is a relatively low resolution reference image taken with the background more in focus than the foreground. Regions of the captured images are assigned as foreground or background. In accordance with the assigning, one or more processed images are rendered based on the first image or the second image, or both.03-22-2012
20120154637IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes an estimation unit configured to estimate an image generation pixel value corresponding to a position of a phase difference detection pixel of an image element, based on a determination pixel value of image data including the determination pixel value and the image generation pixel value as image data generated by the imaging device including the phase difference detection pixel for generating the determination pixel value for making a focus determination and an image generation pixel for generating the image generation pixel value for generating an image, and an interpolation unit configured to interpolate image generation pixel values of pixels configuring the image data based on the estimated image generation pixel value and the image generation pixel value generated by the image generation pixel.06-21-2012
20120154639System And Method For Creating Composite Images By Utilizing An Imaging Device - A system and method for creating composite images by utilizing a camera comprises a cradle device that transports the camera across a target area during a scanning procedure that captures and stores image data. During the scanning procedure, a motion detector captures and provides scan motion data to a scanning manager from the camera. The scanning manager may then responsively utilize the scan motion data to accurately extract still frames corresponding to the target area from the captured image data at pre-determined time intervals. A stitching software program may then access and combine the still frames generated by the scanning manager to thereby create composite images.06-21-2012
20120154638Systems and Methods for Implementing Augmented Reality - A method implemented in a video playback system is described for incorporating augmented reality (AR) into a video stream. The method comprises determining a target pattern, determining an inner pattern in the target pattern, determining a relationship between the target pattern and the inner pattern, and receiving, by the video playback system, frames of the video stream. For each frame within the frame sequence, binarization is performed according to a predetermined threshold. Based on whether a location of the target pattern can be determined, a location of the inner pattern is determined. Based on the location of the inner pattern on received frames and the determined relationship between the target pattern and the inner pattern, a location of the target pattern is determined. The method further comprises displaying a virtual object with the target pattern on an output device based on the location of the target pattern.06-21-2012
20120062768IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - An image capturing apparatus that captures an image, detects a subject from the captured image, and generates a plurality of pieces of composition candidate data by trimming the captured image based on a size and position of the detected subject.03-15-2012
20110102637TRAVEL VIDEOS - A device may include a processor. The processor may associate a trip with a video clip, modify a rate at which images for frames of the video clip are captured, create the frames of the video clip based on the images, tag each of the frames with location information, the location information designating a point on a path of the trip, and store the video clip.05-05-2011
20120120282Reducing Temporal Aliasing - Camera systems and methods to reduce temporal aliasing are disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment the method may include selecting exposure times for each frame based on lighting conditions and a frame rate for frame capture. The method may also include capturing a plurality of exposures for each frame based on the selected exposure times. The method may also include integrating the plurality of exposures for each frame.05-17-2012
20120218441FAUX GROUP IMAGE AND METHOD - A method to create a faux group by using at least one digital image combined with at least one other digital image is provided. Associated with each digital image is data that is linked, which identifies the image and biographical data elements associated with the subject appearing in the image. From the digital images and linked data, a faux group image is created. On the faux group image, biographical data elements such as names or other identifiers are optionally displayed. If displayed, each biographical data element is linked to the associated individual digital image in the order it appears. Any rearrangement, movement or adjustment to either the digital image or associated biographical data element in the faux group image causes the digital image and biographical data element to be updated relative to all of the other digital images and biographical data element in the order that the subject of each individual digital image appears. The faux group is arranged by a matrix that establishes the rows and columns of images, or arranges the digital images. The digital images are automatically and proportionally sized relative to the digital images around them within the faux group image. This creates a natural appearance.08-30-2012
20100289925IMAGER THAT ADDS VISUAL EFFECTS TO AN IMAGE - An imager is provided having an imaging sensor, an image processor, and a recorder. The imaging sensor creates an image signal by photographing a subject. The image processor processes the image signal with visual effects processing so as to create image data, and adds metadata to the image data so as to create an image file. The metadata contains post-processing information includes information based on the visual effects process. The recorder stores the image file. The visual effects process is used in processing the image data. The image processor conducting a post process in which more than one visual effects process is carried out, a new image file is created, and the new image file is stored in the recorder. The post-processing information has a post-processing counter and pre-processing information. The post-processing counter indicates the number of times the post process is carried out. The pre-processing information represents the state of a preprocessed image file prior to post processing.11-18-2010
20100289924IMAGER THAT ADDS VISUAL EFFECTS TO AN IMAGE - An imager is provided having an imaging sensor and an image processor. The imaging sensor creates an image signal by photographing a subject. The image processor creates image data by processing the image signal, conducts a visual effects process, and stores post-processing information that includes information based on the visual effects process in the image data, so that an image file is created.11-18-2010
20100289923MULTI-DISPLAY DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS USING EXTERNAL DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD OF OPERATING THE DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREON PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD - A digital image processing apparatus that supports multi-display to reproduce images on an external display apparatus connectable to the digital image processing apparatus, a method of operating the digital image processing apparatus, and a computer readable recording medium recorded thereon a program for executing the method. The digital image processing apparatus includes: a digital signal processor which, when a signal of a first display command is input to the digital image processing apparatus, displays a screen obtained by performing the first display command on the digital image processing apparatus, and when a signal of a second display command corresponding to the signal of the first display command is input to the digital image processing apparatus, displays a screen obtained by performing the second display command on the external display apparatus.11-18-2010
20120249837Methods and Systems for Real-Time Image-Capture Feedback - Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for providing real-time feed-back cues in an image acquisition process. An overlaid preview-frame image may be rendered comprising cues associated with acquisition factors. A cue may indicate whether, or not, an acquisition-factor value falls within a range of acceptable values. Image features may be extracted, from a preview-frame image, and interpreted to determine acquisition-factor values and their acceptability.10-04-2012
20120249839NON-REAL TIME IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS APPLYING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image processing method, an image capturing apparatus applying the same, and an image processing system. The image processing method includes capturing an image, generating intermediate data by primarily processing the captured image, generating final processing data including instructions to initiate a final process to convert the intermediate data into final data, and transmitting the intermediate data and the final processing data to an external image processing apparatus to perform the final process. Accordingly, an image quality of the image is improved as compared to an image quality of a final image processed in real time by a conventional image capturing apparatus, and a variety of functions can be provided.10-04-2012
20120127348IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND IMAGE SYNTHESIS METHOD THEREOF - An image capturing device and an image synthesis method thereof are disclosed. The image capturing device includes an image capturing module, an exposure module, and a processing module. The image capturing module captures a scene image corresponding to a scene. The exposure module meters the light of scene to generate a plurality of histograms. The processing module calculates a plurality of discrete values of the scene image in different exposure conditions according to the histograms. Further, based upon at least two highest discrete values, the processing module processes the scene image to generate at least two temporary images in at least two different brightness conditions, and synthesizes the temporary images to generate a high dynamic range image.05-24-2012
20110181757Multi-spectral camera - This disclosure describes an apparatus and method of multi-spectral imaging to obtain and analyze information contained in the spectral distribution (reflection, absorption, or emission) of components within the image. The spectral information is captured in a series of images from differing spectral regions. This series of images are then combined into a composite image using re-colorization and image stabilization algorithms for display in real time. The process can be repeated continuously allowing spectral changes over time to be captured and analyzed. In the alternative one sequence of images can be captured for use as a still image.07-28-2011
20120133798ELECTRONIC CAMERA AND OBJECT SCENE IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS - An electronic camera is provided with: an imager, having an imaging surface for capturing an object scene, for generating an object scene image; a designator for designating a specific position within the object scene image generated by the imager; a recorder for recording, together with position information of the specific position designated by the designator, the object scene image generated by the imager; and a reproducer for reproducing the object scene image recorded by the recorder, using the position information recorded by the recorder.05-31-2012
20120133797IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - The present invention provides an imaging apparatus, an imaging method and a computer program which can automatically select an imaging method matching a scene and capture higher quality images. The imaging apparatus analyzes a preview image acquired from the image sensor before a shutter button is operated to classify the scene on which the preview image is obtained and, when the scene classified by the scene classifying unit is a night scene including a night view, controls the image sensor to continuously capture a plurality of images when the shutter button is operated.05-31-2012
20120162480IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - When various kinds of information and various frames are superimposed on a displayed image of a subject during live view shooting, an object to be preferentially displayed is switched between the various kinds of information and the various frames in accordance with an overlapping state of the various kinds of information and the various frames if the various kinds of information overlap the various frames.06-28-2012
20120162479IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - Grain noise and scratches are applied to an input image as random noise to generate a combined image. When applying grain noise clipped from two-dimensional noise data to the input image, each time clipping is performed, a positional difference from a last clipping position is evaluated. When the positional difference is determined to be small, a current clipping position is changed. When applying scratches clipped from noise data of a plurality of patterns to an input image, when a condition for successively applying scratches for a predetermined time period is selected, a positional difference from a last pasting position is evaluated. When the positional difference is determined to be large, the application of scratches is invalidated.06-28-2012
20120218442GLOBAL ALIGNMENT FOR HIGH-DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE GENERATION - Techniques and tools for high dynamic range (“HDR”) image generation and rendering are described herein. In several described embodiments, images having distinct exposure levels are aligned. In particular embodiments, the alignment of a reference image to a non-reference image is based at least in part on motion vectors that are determined using covariance computations. Furthermore, in certain embodiments, saturated areas, underexposed areas, and/or moving objects are ignored or substantially ignored during the image alignment process. Moreover, in certain embodiments, a hierarchical pyramid block-based scheme is used to perform local motion estimation between the reference image and the non-reference image.08-30-2012
20100271513Selection of decorative picture suitable for input picture - A system and method for adding decorative images to a plurality of input images allows the decorative images to be easily selected. An image processing device includes a decorative image storage unit configured to store a plurality of decorative images, and a representative color acquisition unit configured to acquire a representative color for each of the input images by analyzing the input images. A decorative image selecting unit selects a decorative image to be added to each of the input images based on the representative color of the input image. An output image generating unit generates an output image by individually synthesizing the decorative images with a same pattern and the input images.10-28-2010
20100271511PROCESSING MULTI-VIEW DIGITAL IMAGES - Methods, apparatuses (10-28-2010
20120176515VIRTUAL REALITY CAMERA - A camera including a camera lens, acquisition circuitry receiving images via the camera lens, for acquiring a first field of view when the camera lens is in a first orientation and for acquiring a second field of view when the camera lens is in a second orientation, and a viewfinder displaying the second field of view when the camera lens is in the second orientation and displaying at least a portion of the first field of view at least partially composited with the second field of view.07-12-2012
20120314103GLARE AND SHADOW MITIGATION BY FUSING MULTIPLE FRAMES - In one example, a method for glare and shadow mitigation by fusing multiple frames includes illuminating the target with light from a first illumination direction and capturing a first frame of the target with a camera while the target is illuminated in the first illumination direction. The method also includes illuminating the target with light from a second illumination direction and capturing a second frame of the target with the camera while the target is illuminated in the second illumination direction. The first frame and second frame are fused together to form a composite image that simultaneously mitigates glare and shadow areas.12-13-2012
20120176516AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM - The present invention is directed to a video display and user control for the video display. In the preferred embodiment, multiple video feeds are combined into a single video display, where one feed, preferably live, includes an encoded marker which is used by a computer to select a second and display a second feed, wherein the location and orientation of the second feed changes based on the location and orientation of the encoded marker in the first feed. At least a portion of the display gives the appearance of depth, such as through use of superimposed animation. The live image is controlled by the user's movement, causing at least a part of the display to move in concert with the user's motion, thereby creating an enhanced three dimensional effect for a superimposed display.07-12-2012
20110102638RGBW SENSOR ARRAY - A color filter enhancement method for a portable digital image acquisition device includes digitally exposing color pixels of a color sensor array for a first digital exposure duration and digitally exposing white pixels of a color sensor array for a second digital exposure time shorter than the first digital exposure duration. A color filter enhanced digital image is generated using data from both the color pixels exposed for the first digital exposure duration and the white pixels exposed for the second digital exposure duration.05-05-2011
20100007774IMAGE PROCESSOR - From a moving image selected by a user, moving image information including a time length of the moving image and the number of change points of clips in the moving image is acquired. Layout data showing a design (the number, size, layout and the like of plural frame images configuring moving image) of a still image to be generated is selectively read from a memory based on the acquired moving image information. A still image in which predetermined frame images are arranged based on the layout data is generated and output. The predetermined frame images are automatically set in accordance with setting rules that are different depending on whether or not there is data concerning a highlight frame whose size is larger than that of other frame images in the layout data. The highlight frame may be also designated.01-14-2010
20120281118IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A composite image is generated by a method including: detecting at least one in a captured image; judging arrangement of the at least one subject by an arithmetic operation; selecting at least one composition-purpose image at random in accordance with the arrangement of the at least one subject; determining arrangement of the selected at least one composition-purpose image at random so that the at least one composition-purpose image does not overlap with one another and does not overlap with the detected at least one subject; and generating a composite image by combining the captured image with the at least one composition-purpose image.11-08-2012
20120257086IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGING PROGRAM - An object of the present invention is to achieve segmented image taking and merging processing of segmented images with logical consistency with high efficiency at low cost and thereby to enable easy formation of a high-definition merged image. An imaging system 10-11-2012
20120188410IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device is provided that includes an imaging unit, an imaging condition mode setting unit, a crop region decision unit, a cropping unit, a display image data production unit, and a display unit. The imaging unit captures an image of a subject and generates image data. The imaging condition mode setting unit automatically sets any one of a plurality of imaging modes based on the image data. The crop region decision unit decides a region of the image data to be cropped according to the mode set by the setting unit. The cropping unit removes the image data from the region to be cropped and characterizes this region as cropped image data. The display image data production unit generates display image data of the cropped image data and sets the display image to a specific size. The display unit displays an image based on the display image data.07-26-2012
20120188411METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING IMAGE - An image processing apparatus, in which mapping information between preset sound patterns and preset visual effects is stored in a memory unit, a sound is obtained, and a sound pattern of the obtained sound is determined. Then, an image is captured or adjusted by applying preset setting data thereto to apply a preset visual effect corresponding to the sound pattern to the captured image.07-26-2012
20120188409CAMERA WITH MULTIPLE COLOR SENSORS - An image capture device for an enhanced digital image of a scene including a first digital image sensor for producing a first image and a second digital image sensor for producing a second digital image; wherein the image sensors have multiple photosites, each associated with a color filter; a device for capturing a first and second digital image from the first and second digital image sensors at substantially the same time, wherein the digital images contain pixel locations having values associated to the response of a photosite from the respective image sensor; a processor for aligning the first and second digital images; and the processor producing an enhanced first digital image containing at each pixel location, a pixel value for each of at least three color primaries by using pixel values from the first and second digital images, based on the alignment between the first and second images.07-26-2012
20090033772METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR IMPLEMENTING A PERSONALIZED, IMAGE CAPTURE AND DISPLAY SYSTEM - A method, system, and computer program product for implementing image capture and display services are provided. The system includes an enclosure having an opening through which a subject enters, an imaging system encircling the enclosure, a computer processor device communicatively coupled to the imaging system, and an application executing on the computer processor device. The system also includes an image capture activation component in communication with the computer processor device and a display device in communication with the computer processor device. In response to activating the image capture activation component, the application issues a first command to the imaging system, the first command causing the imaging system to capture images of the subject in the enclosure.02-05-2009
20120081582CONTENT PROCESSING APPARATUS - A content processing apparatus includes a plurality of first outputters. A plurality of first outputters respectively output a plurality of first contents. Each of a plurality of selectors selects any one of the plurality of first contents respectively outputted from the plurality of first outputters. A composer composes the plurality of first contents respectively outputted from the plurality of selectors. A controller controls a selection manner of each of the plurality of selectors so as to be different depending on a mode.04-05-2012
20120262606IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP UNIT - An image pickup device includes a first pixel and a second pixel. The first pixel includes a first light-shielding portion and a first light-receiving portion in order from an object. The first pixel outputs a first image signal, and the first light-shielding portion includes a first opening. The second pixel includes a second light-shielding portion and a second light-receiving portion in order from the object. The second pixel outputs a second image signal, and the second light-shielding portion includes a second opening that has area smaller than area of the first opening.10-18-2012
20120262607MULTOCULAR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND MULTOCULAR IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - A multocular image pickup apparatus includes: a distance calculation unit that calculates information regarding the distance to a captured object from an output video of a first image pickup unit, which is to be the reference unit of a plurality of image pickup units that pick up images, and from an output video of an image pickup unit that is different from the first image pickup unit; a multocular video synthesizing unit that generates synthesized video from the output video of the plurality of image pickup units based on the distance information for regions where the distance information could be calculated; and a monocular video synthesizing unit that generates synthesized video from the output video of the first image pickup unit for regions where the distance information could not be calculated. The distance calculation unit calculates a first distance information that is the distance to the captured object from the output video of the first image pickup unit and the output video of a second image pickup unit that is different from the first image pickup unit, and in case that there is a region where the first distance information could not be calculated, for the region where the first distance information could not be calculated, the distance calculation unit recalculates information regarding the distance to the captured object from the output video of an image pickup unit that was not used for calculating the distance among the plurality of image pickup units, and from the output video of the first image pickup unit.10-18-2012
20120257085IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR GENERATING COMPOSITE IMAGE HAVING PREDETERMINED ASPECT RATIO - A digital camera according to the present invention includes a CCD, a CPU and an image processing section. The CPU sets an arbitrary aspect ratio, and acquires a composite image having a predetermined aspect ratio which has been generated by a plurality of images consecutively captured by the CCD being combined. The image processing section trims the composite image acquired by the CPU to be an image having the set arbitrary aspect ratio.10-11-2012
20100328499Dual-Swath Imaging System - A portable, aerial, dual-swath photogrammetric imaging system comprising twin nadir pointing CCD cameras for simultaneously acquiring twin adjacent digital images for merging into a large panorama. A pair of lens shifters symmetrically shift twin images to the left and right sides of the focal points of two parallel lenses to extend imaging swathwidth. The twin adjacent images of the imaging system have a strip of narrow overlap at the center of the whole scene that are reserved for photogrammetric processing and stitching twin images into a seamless panorama. Each camera is connected to an embedded computer which controls imaging data acquisition, attaches GPS/IMU measurements, generates KML metadata files for its snapshots, and stores acquired images and metadata into removable SSDs. Direct geo-referenced panoramic digital stills are immediately registered on to Google™ Earth precisely. Its images can be further processed for advanced mapping, change detection and GIS applications.12-30-2010
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20120320237Camera with function of removing unwanted object and method thereof - The present invention discloses a photo processing method of a digital camera, including capturing a plurality of photos of a scene; comparing the photos to identify a moving part of the photos; choosing one of the plurality of photos as a source photo, replacing the moving part of the source photo according to a non-moving part of at least one of the photos; and outputting the modified source photo.12-20-2012
20120320239IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device is provided that includes a subject image designator and an image processor. The subject image designator designates a main subject in an image. The image processor subjects an image to image processing that depends on the distance to the main subject.12-20-2012
20120320238IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, CAMERA SYSTEM AND IMAGE CAPTURE AND SYNTHESIS METHOD THEREOF - An image processing system, a camera system and an image capture and synthesis method thereof are provided. Illumination areas of a light source are controlled according to a predetermined sequence, and a target object is photographed during the illumination period corresponding to each of the illumination areas, so as to obtain a plurality of reference images. An image processing operation is performed on the reference images to obtain a synthetic image.12-20-2012
20110037877IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - In the present invention, an image processing method includes a dividing process, a performing process, and a superimposing process. In the dividing process, an image is divided into plural local portions. In the performing process, the blurring processing is performed on at least one of the plural local portions. In the superimposing process, the artificial noise is superimposed on the at least one local portion.02-17-2011
20120086834TERMINAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADDING AN EFFECT TO AN IMAGE - A terminal apparatus including: an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject; a storage unit configured to store a table that associates information related to an image with at least one effect to be applied to an image; a control unit configured to detect or receive information related to the image captured by the image capturing unit, and select an effect from the table stored in the storage unit based on the detected or received information related to the image; and an image processing unit configured to apply the selected effect to the captured image.04-12-2012
20120327271DUAL TRANSMITTER TRACKER - A tracker unit for a measuring instrument and a method for operating a tracker unit are disclosed, to distinguish a specific target, such as at least one retroreflector, from other reflective objects in the vicinity of the measuring instrument. The tracker unit includes a plurality of photosensors and first and second optical radiation sources. Each photosensor adapted to generate at least one first set of signals during a period when the first optical radiation source is activated and the second optical radiation source is deactivated, and generate at least one second set of signals during a period when the second optical radiation source is activated and the first optical radiation source is deactivated. On basis of comparison between information extracted on basis of the first set of signals and the second set of signals, respectively, at least one specific target is distinguished from other reflective objects.12-27-2012
20120327270IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Based on pixel value conversion coefficients, a pixel value converter converts pixel values of image signals obtained by imaging a same subject a plurality of times while mutually differentiating an exposure value. A synthesizing/weighting coefficient creation unit creates a synthesizing/weighting coefficient. A difference creation unit creates short-time exposure image data and long-time exposure image data. A weighting/synthesizing unit synthesizes the short-time exposure image data and the long-time exposure image data by using the synthesizing/weighting coefficient. A controller evaluates the difference, and updates the pixel value conversion coefficient so that the difference becomes smaller.12-27-2012
20120092529METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE AND AN IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS APPLYING THE SAME - A method of processing an image and an image photographing apparatus applying the same. The image processing method includes obtaining a main image and a sub image from the first lens and the second lens respectively, detecting a main object of the main image, moving the sub image to a first area of the main image so as not to be overlapped with the main object of the main image, and displaying the main image and the sub image therein simultaneously. Accordingly, a user may view the main image without any interference of the sub image displayed on a display unit.04-19-2012
20120092528USER EQUIPMENT AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AUGMENTED REALITY (AR) SERVICE - An augmented reality (AR) service including a photographing unit to capture an image of a target object, an information collecting unit to collect contextual information of the captured image of the target object, a tag generating unit to generate an AR tag of a first direction, the AR tag corresponding to the contextual information, and a display unit to display the image of the target object and the AR tag. A method for providing an AR service including capturing an image of a target object with a camera, collecting contextual information including location information of the captured image of the target object and a first azimuth information between the target object and the camera, generating an AR tag corresponding to the contextual information, and displaying the captured image of the target object and the generated AR tag.04-19-2012
20120092527Method for Multiple Image Parameter Adjustment Based on Single User Input - Systems and methods for determining scan parameters to be used during image acquisition are provided. Values of imaging effects can be input using user controls accessible from a user interface. A processor can determine scan parameters to be used during image acquisition based on the input imaging effect values. The determined scan parameters can be displayed using the user interface. Values of imaging effects and potential ranges of values of imaging effects can be constrained based on selected values of other imaging effects. Imaging effects can include image resolution, image penetration, frame rate and/or color flow sensitivity. Scan parameters can include: line density, number of focal zones, frequency, dynamic range, pulse repetition frequency, and/or number of compounding angles. An ultrasound imaging system can be used to acquire images using the determined scan parameters.04-19-2012
20130016254Multi-Channel Imaging Devices - A multi-channel imaging device is provided. The multi-channel imaging device comprises a focal plane array comprising an array of pixels configured to detect radiation in a predetermined wavelength band. Subsets of the array of pixels are arranged to define a plurality of unit cell image areas. The multi-channel imaging device also comprises a lens array comprising a plurality of lens elements configured to image a scene onto the plurality of unit cell image areas. The lens elements and the unit cell image areas define a plurality of unit cells comprising at least one lens element and at least one unit cell image area. Each of the plurality of unit cells is configured to create a complete image of the scene. Additionally, a plurality of unit cell filters corresponding to the plurality of unit cells is configured to filter radiation such that each unit cell is dedicated to an image channel is also provided.01-17-2013
20130016253IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHODAANM Kobayashi; SatoruAACI TokyoAACO JPAAGP Kobayashi; Satoru Tokyo JP - An image processing apparatus that, when combining a plurality of images, improves image quality by reducing noise in a region in which movement is detected, wherein a noise in the moving region is reduced by replacing the region in which movement is detected, with a low-noise image.01-17-2013
20130016252IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUSAANM Yoshida; AkimitsuAACI TokyoAACO JPAAGP Yoshida; Akimitsu Tokyo JP - An image capture apparatus includes an image capture unit, a first correction unit configured to correct a black level of an image signal output from the image capture unit, a combining unit configured to select pixels to be used from among a plurality of image signals, the black level of which has been corrected by the first correction unit, to generate a combined image signal, and a second correction unit configured to correct the black level of the combined image signal generated by the combining unit.01-17-2013
20110157427PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD OF GENERATING IMAGE OF TRACED MOVING PATH AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS USING THE PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD - A photographing method of generating an image of a traced moving path and a photographing apparatus using the photographing method are provided. The photographing apparatus includes an image processing unit which captures a plurality of still images regarding an object, obtains state information about a state of the photographing apparatus at time points corresponding to the plurality of still images, respectively, and synthesizes the plurality of still images into an image based on the state information.06-30-2011
20120242865APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AUGMENTED REALITY BASED ON OTHER USER OR THIRD PARTY PROFILE INFORMATION - An apparatus and method for providing augmented or mixed reality environments based on other user or third party information, such as from a profile, is disclosed. Also, an apparatus and method for providing a transparent display device with adaptive transparency is disclosed. The transparent display device with adaptive transparency may be used to generate the augmented reality environment.09-27-2012
20130169844Image Enhancement Based on Combining Images from Multiple Cameras - Provided are systems and methods for image enhancement based on combining multiple related images, such as images of the same object taken from different imaging angles. This approach allows simulating images captured from longer distances using telephoto lenses. Initial images may be captured using simple cameras equipped with shorter focal length lenses, typically used on camera phones, tablets, and laptops. The initial images may be taken using two different cameras positioned a certain distance from each other. An object or, more specifically, a center line of the object is identified in each image. The object is typically present in the foreground portion of the initial images. The initial images may be cross-faded along the object center line to yield a combined image. Separating of the foreground and background portions of each image may be separated and separately processed, such as blurring the background portion and sharpening the foreground portion.07-04-2013
20130169845PROCESSING IMAGES HAVING DIFFERENT FOCUS - Processing images of a scene taken with different focus includes, for each of at least some of the images, determining at least one portion of the image having a predetermined characteristic. A representation of the scene is generated that includes an array of elements, where each of at least some of the elements corresponds to a determined portion of at least one of the images. An element of the array is based on a correspondence between a distance associated with a determined portion of at least one image and a focused distance associated with at least one image. The generated representation is stored or provided as output.07-04-2013
20130141615System And Method For Utilizing Scene Detection In A Depth Estimation Procedure - A system and method for performing a depth estimation procedure includes a camera device with a sensor device for capturing blur images of a photographic target. Each of the captured blur images has a corresponding scene type that includes either a Gaussian scene type or a pillbox scene type. A depth generator performs a scene recognition procedure to identify the appropriate scene type for the respective blur images. The depth generator then selects an effective depth estimation procedure depending upon the detected scene type.06-06-2013
20120249840ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager captures a scene. A positioner measures a current position. A first creator creates a first image representing the scene captured by the imager in response to a first instruction. A second creator creates a second image including a first partial image associated with the position measured by the positioner, in response to a second instruction. An assigner assigns position information indicating the position measured by the positioner to each of the first image created by the first creator and the second image created by the second creator.10-04-2012
20120249838IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus generates a main image as an image satisfying a main composition condition indicating a condition regarding a predetermined composition. The image processing apparatus includes: a condition determining unit that determines whether a captured image obtained through imaging of an imaging unit satisfies a preliminary composition condition which is based on the main composition condition; a processing unit that executes a process of obtaining a preliminary image as an image satisfying the preliminary composition condition in accordance with the determination result of the condition determining unit; and an image processing unit that generates the main image by processing the preliminary image obtained through the process based on the main composition condition.10-04-2012
20120249836METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING USER INSPIRED VISUAL EFFECTS RENDERING ON AN IMAGE - Method and apparatus for performing visual effects rendering on an image are described. User specifications are processed for at least one visual effect for the image. Scene analysis information associated with the image may be accessed, wherein the scene analysis information is based on the user specifications and indicates at least one pixel of the image for coupling with the at least one visual effect. The at least one pixel is accentuated using depth map information, wherein dimensions for the at least one pixel are determined in response to corresponding depth values of the at least one pixel. An output image is generated having at least one visual effect.10-04-2012
20130093925IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus that enables a demosaicing process to be accurately carried out on a color image signal. With respect to a color mosaic image signal related to each pixel generated by photoelectrical conversion of an optical image reflecting a subject image, an interpolation process is carried out in which signals of missing colors in the each pixel are interpolated using image signals related to pixels in predetermined directions around the each pixel. The interpolation process is carried out in each of a plurality of predetermined directions. Color image signals in the predetermined directions subjected to the interpolation process are evaluated, and based on an evaluation result, a color image signal to be outputted as an interpolation process result is generated. The color image signals in the respective predetermined directions subjected to the interpolation process are evaluated with respect to homogeneity and signal intensity.04-18-2013
20130093922SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR INCREASING QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY OF FILM CAPTURE AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF - A system, apparatus, or method is provided for imaging and for capturing visuals to provide image manipulation options for increasing resolution of subject images. A system, apparatus or method for increasing resolution of subject images using a camera to deliver unexposed photographic emulsion or a digital image and to generate images of greater resolution by modifying digital images or modifying digital and emulsion images.04-18-2013
20130093924IMAGING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECOVERING OBJECT VISIBILITY - A system and method are provided for imaging in scattering media such as fog, water and biological tissues. Normally, such images suffer from poor visibility due to backscattering and signal attenuation. At least two images are taken of the scene using active widefield polarized illumination, with different states of a camera-mounted polarizer. The degree of polarization of backscatter is estimated in every point of the scene, leading to an estimation of the backscatter in every point of the scene. A portion or all of the value of backscatter can be deducted in each point of the scene resulting in an enhanced image with improved contrast and brightness range across the field of view.04-18-2013
20130093923IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE AND IMAGE GENERATION SYSTEM, METHOD AND PROGRAM - The image generation device generates a new moving picture of a subject based on first and second moving pictures shot with a single-chip color image sensor, which detects two light rays including first and second color components, respectively, to represent the first and second color components of the subject. As the first moving picture has been shot in a longer exposure time than the second moving picture, the first picture has a lower frame rate than the second picture. The image generation device includes: a getting section which gets video signals representing the first and second moving pictures, respectively; a processing section which generates a new moving picture with as high a frame rate as the second moving picture based on the respective video signals representing the first and second moving pictures gotten; and an output section which outputs the new moving picture.04-18-2013
20110273592IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing device includes a clothing extractor extracting a face or head portion from an input image, the face or head portion being a region estimated to be a face or head image, and extracting a clothing region from a region immediately below the face or head portion, the clothing region being a region estimated to be a clothing image, and a clothing converter changing clothing in the input image by performing predetermined image processing on an image in the clothing region in the input image.11-10-2011
20110273591IMAGING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL FLASH CORRECTION METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - In the case where a subject is captured by an imaging apparatus that employs a CMOS image sensor, white band interference appears in the captured signal due to the influence of rolling shutter operations when an external flash such as a camera flash has occurred; the present technique obtains an image in which that interference has been corrected even during electronic shutter imaging.11-10-2011
20130147991SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes an image processing unit that calculates two types of image data from one image data and outputs the calculated image data, a data combination unit that combines the two type of data supplied from the image processing unit and outputs the combined data to one terminal, an output buffer that adjusts an output timing of the combined data according to an instruction supplied from bus arbitration means for arbitrating a bus, and a data distribution unit that outputs the combined data output from the output buffer to the bus in a form of the combined data, or distributes the combined data and outputs the distributed data to the bus according to an external combination distribution instruction.06-13-2013
20120274814METHOD OF FORMING AN IMAGE BASED ON A PLURALITY OF IMAGE FRAMES, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND DIGITAL CAMERA - Image fusion based on a modified method of frame averaging for noise removal by partly averaging over images having a smaller resolution than the desired resolution of the de-noised image. The set of images which are summed for averaging out noise consists of two subsets. The first set of images has a resolution (in terms of number of pixels) being smaller than the resolution of the images in the second set. The resolution of the images in the second set is the resolution of the ‘high-definition’ de-noised output image. The lower resolution images are up-sampled by scaling their pixel numbers to that desired output image. The gradation of the first set images is also adapted to avoid intensity saturation (flare) due to sommation. Image fusing is also done in fourier space using the high frequency components from the higher resolution images and the lower ones from the lower resolution images.11-01-2012
20120274813IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides an imaging apparatus capable of performing a live view display showing a multiple image combination result image generated by combining a through-the-lens image with an already captured image at a more suitable combination ratio according to a user's intended operation during multiple exposure shooting. The imaging apparatus switches a multiple image combination result image displayed as a live view from a multiple image combination result image combined at a first combination ratio to a multiple image combination result image combined at a second combination ratio allowing a user to preliminarily check a combination ratio for generating a multiple image combination result image to be recorded into a recording medium, according to a user's operation.11-01-2012
20120274812IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides an imaging apparatus capable of facilitating a user's check of a focus adjustment state at the time of multiple exposure shooting, and also allowing a user to easily check in what kind of composition an image to be shot now will be combined with an already captured image immediately before shooting. The imaging apparatus includes a display control unit configured to perform control to display a through-the-lens image captured by an imaging unit on a display unit while sequentially updating the through-the-lens image during a focus adjustment, and display a multiple image combination result image generated by combining the through-the-lens image captured by the imaging unit and at least one already captured image on the display unit while sequentially updating the multiple image combination result image after completion of the focus adjustment.11-01-2012
20120274811IMAGING DEVICES HAVING ARRAYS OF IMAGE SENSORS AND PRECISION OFFSET LENSES - Electronic devices may include array cameras having lens arrays, an corresponding color filter arrays, and corresponding image sensor arrays. Lenses in lens arrays may be aligned with positions on associated image sensors other than the centers of the associated image sensors. Lens arrays may include one or more layers of lenses formed by compression molding of transparent materials such as plastic. Lens arrays may be mounted directly onto integrated circuit dies on which the image sensor arrays are formed. Color filter arrays may include one or more red filters, one or more green filters and one or more blue filters. Offsetting the centers of lenses with respect to the centers of associated image sensors may allow capture of spatially offset single-color images by the image sensors. Spatially offset single-color images may be combined into super-resolution images using the processing circuitry.11-01-2012
20120274810INVERSE STAR TRACKER USING PSUEDO-RANDOM OVERLAPPING CIRCLES - A system comprises a rotatable object having a pseudo-random pattern of overlapping rounded shapes on an outer surface of the rotatable object and an image sensor configured to capture an image of a portion of the pseudo-random pattern on the outer surface. The system also comprises a memory configured to store a pattern map corresponding to the pseudo-random pattern on the outer surface of the rotatable object; and a processing unit configured to correlate the portion of the pseudo-random pattern in the captured image with a corresponding portion of the pattern map stored on the memory.11-01-2012
20100309337METHODS FOR PROCESSING A COMPOSITE VIDEO IMAGE WITH FEATURE INDICATION - There is provided a first and second method for processing a composite video image. The methods generally include obtaining a first image of a scene through a first image capturing device with the composite image including a visual representation for directing a receiver's attention to at least one portion of the first image. Preferably, the visual representation may be an arm, a hand, a finger, or an object used for pointing.12-09-2010
20110242368IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - This invention provides an image pickup apparatus that performs an image pickup operation that alternately repeats a long exposure LE and a short exposure SE. The image pickup apparatus drives an image pickup device in a first driving mode that makes a first time interval between an exposure end time of a pixel in an SE and an exposure start time of the pixel in an LE immediately thereafter and a second time interval between the exposure end time of the pixel in the LE and the exposure start time of the pixel in the SE immediately thereafter equal.10-06-2011
20110242367IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An image processing method and a photography apparatus using the same are provided. The image processing method includes inputting at least one image; selecting a specific region of the at least one image input; extracting a luminance value of the selected specific region; and determining a blurring degree based on the extracted luminance value and performing image processing by blurring the selected specific region using the determined blurring degree.10-06-2011
20120281117INFORMATION DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE TAKING APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAYING INFORMATION - An information display apparatus includes an input device adapted to input user operation information, a touch sensor adapted to detect the state of the input device in terms of whether the input device is touched by a user, a display adapted to display information, and a control unit adapted to receive user operation information from the input device and sensor detection information from the touch sensor, and control displaying of the information on the display in accordance with the received user operation information and the sensor detection information. If the touch information indicating that the input device is touched by the user is received from the touch sensor, the control unit displays first information associated with the input device on the display. If the input device is maintained in the touched state longer than a predetermined period, the control unit switches the displayed information into second information.11-08-2012
20130155288IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus and method are provided. A plurality of images is sequentially captured. It is determined whether one of the plurality of images includes a difference from a first reference image of the plurality of images. The one of the plurality of images is determined to be an initial image, when it is determined that the one of the plurality of images includes the difference from the first reference image. A portion of images from the plurality of images, which are captured after the initial image is captured, are extracted as an extracted image group. The extracted image group is combined.06-20-2013
20130155289IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF CUTTING OUT SPECIFIC AREA IN IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus that is capable of using frame information associated with image data effectively for an image that is formed by trimming the image shown by the image data. The image processing apparatus processes image data with which frame information about a partial area in an image is associated. A trimming unit cuts out a selection area as a trimming image from an image represented by the image data. A determination unit determines whether frame information updated according to the area cut out by the trimming unit is added to the trimming image or not based on a determination of whether a specific frame effective area in the area shown by the frame information is included in the trimming image or not.06-20-2013
20130120615IMAGING DEVICE - In an imaging device with a wide dynamic range function by combining images, focus is controlled to establish an in-focus state for each image to enlarge the dynamic range with reducing blur, thereby improving visibility. The device includes an imaging unit with a variable focal distance focus lens, an exposure controller for controlling the imaging unit's exposure to implement several shooting operations for a subject with different sensitivity, a processing unit for processing a signal outputted from the imaging unit to generate an image signal and a focus evaluation value indicating focus degree, an image combining unit for combining signals generated by the processing unit and outputting the combined signal, the processing unit generates a focus evaluation value for each outputted signal and the focus controller controls the focus lens for shooting operations of the imaging unit with mutually different sensitivity values, based on focus evaluation values respectively associated therewith.05-16-2013
20130188076IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image processing apparatus generates an image by adding a plurality of different film-tone image effects to an input image. When the plurality of different film-tone image effects is added to an input image, if the effects include image slurring or blinking, an addition order is determined so that such effects can be added after the other effects.07-25-2013
20120019688METHOD FOR DECREASING DEPTH OF FIELD OF A CAMERA HAVING FIXED APERTURE - A method and apparatus for decreasing the depth of field of images taken by a camera having a fixed aperture, comprising capturing a plurality of images; generating a depth map from the captured images; isolating a plurality of gray zones within the depth map; generating a plurality of image layers having respective depths of field corresponding to respective ones of the plurality of gray zones; selecting one of the image layers as a focus plane; blurring all other image layers; and superimposing the image layers to create a composite image wherein objects located at the focus plane are in focus and objects at all other depths of field are out of focus.01-26-2012
20130194456IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device comprises a combination imaging mode. In combination imaging mode, recording-use image data is produced by capturing and combining a plurality of sets of image data. The imaging device further comprises a controller. The controller selects at least one set of image data from the plurality of sets of image data when it is determined in the combination imaging mode that the plurality of sets of image data are image data that do not satisfy a specific condition. The controller also produces the recording-use image data based on the one or more sets of image data.08-01-2013
20130194457IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - The device control section 08-01-2013
20130194455Face Recognition Training Method and Apparatus - A device is trained for face recognition. A first acquired digital image of a scene includes a face. Face image data is extracted and stored in a face image library along with an unique identifier. A second acquired digital image may or may not include the face of the same person as the face in the first acquired digital image. Face recognition is applied to extracted face data of the second digital image, and the face of the first digital image is displayed as a match to the face of the second digital image when the first and second images are determined to match or the second digital image or a face therein is identified with biometric data stored along with the first digital image when the faces in the first and second images are determined to match.08-01-2013
20130194454METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE DATA TRANSFER IN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING - An apparatus and method are described in which image information is received from an image sensor relating to one image frame, one or more sub-images are produced from the received image information according to given cropping data; and the produced one or more sub-images are forwarded through an output.08-01-2013
20130208146METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SEPARATE SPECTRAL IMAGING AND SENSING - An optical device that creates separate images for different wavelength bands of light. The device comprises a light sensor, a first dichroic filter, and a first mirror. The light sensor comprises a first light sensing portion and a second light sensing portion. The first dichroic filter reflects a first portion of incident light of a first wavelength band from a source through an imaging lens with the imaging lens projecting a first image of the source onto the first light sensing portion of the light sensor; and the first dichroic filter transmits a second portion of incident light of a second wavelength band from the scene different from the first wavelength range. The first mirror is positioned to reflect the transmitted second portion of incident light through the imaging lens, the imaging lens projecting a second image of the source onto the second light sensing portion of the light sensor.08-15-2013
20130208147IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes: a device control unit that performs a driving in which a first captured image signal during a first exposure period and a second captured image signal during each of second exposure periods are read by sequentially exposing second photoelectric conversion elements for the second exposure periods while exposing first photoelectric conversion elements for the first exposure period, and an image processing unit that performs a processing in which a captured image signal with a dynamic range is generated by using the first captured image signal and at least one of the second captured image signals, and the processing includes plural types of processings where numbers of the second captured image signals to be used are different.08-15-2013
20130208145ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes a flash unit, an image sensor and a computing unit. The image sensor captures at least one first image and a second image, and captures a third image with the flash unit. The computing unit mixes the first images and the second image to form a mixed image. Besides, the computing unit integrates the mixed image and the third image to form an integrated image.08-15-2013

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