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348345000 Focus control 716
348340000 With optics peculiar to solid-state sensor 306
348362000 Exposure control 138
348360000 Lens or filter substitution 117
348336000 Color separating optics 19
348342000 With frequency selective filter (e.g., IR cut, optical LPF, etc.) 18
348369000 Changing viewing angle via optics 17
348341000 Optical viewfinder 11
348344000 Optical path switching 9
348343000 Optical multiplexing 1
20090059057Method and Apparatus for Providing a Video Image Having Multiple Focal Lengths - A method and apparatus for providing a video image having multiple focal lengths includes a multi-focal lens system and a drive mechanism capable of moving the multi-focal lens system through a cyclic path. A plurality of optical images are formed as the multi-focal lens system moves through the cyclic path. An image pickup device is capable of converting each of the plurality of optical images into a corresponding image signal. An image processor is operative to preferably form a composite image signal wherein individual elements of the optical images are selected to provide preferred focus characteristics.03-05-2009
348359000 Fiber optics 1
20090268081OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR CAPTURING IMAGES - An optical system includes a first set of cameras and a second set of cameras, and an optical assembly. The first set of cameras receive first light originating from each of a set of first portions of a printed circuit board. The first light transmits along a first optical path defined between each of the set of first portions and each of the first set of cameras. The second set of cameras receive second light originating from each of a set of second portions of the printed circuit board. The second light travels along a second optical path defined between each of the set of second portions and each of the second set of cameras. The optical assembly is capable of directing the first light and the second light toward the first set of cameras and the second between the printed circuit board respectively.10-29-2009
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20130044252Lens Cap with Storage Device - A multi-purpose lens cap 02-21-2013
20090303376LENS MODULE WITH GAS PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE AND CAMERA MODULE HAVING SAME - An exemplary lens module includes a barrel, a first lens fixedly disposed in the barrel, a second lens movably received in the barrel, and a pressure control device. The barrel includes a peripheral side wall. A hole is defined in the peripheral side wall. The first lens, the second lens, and the barrel together define a chamber. The chamber communicates with the hole. The pressure control device communicates with the hole so as to change the gas pressure of the chamber, thereby moving the second lens relative to the first lens.12-10-2009
20110194012Camera - To provide a camera having improved efficiency. A camera is provided with a fitting portion to which a lens barrel is detachably fitted, and a first driving portion capable of driving an aperture portion included in the lens barrel. The first driving portion can be switched between an actuable state in which it is actuated in response to an input and drive the aperture portion and an actuation-restricted state to restrict the actuation. The first driving portion is brought into the actuation-restricted state when the lens barrel fitted to the fitting portion is equipped with a second driving portion capable of driving the aperture portion.08-11-2011
20090122175Imaging device and lens array used therein - An object of the present invention is to provide: a thin imaging device in which a high image resolution is obtained and in which the resolution does not uniformly vary even when the shooting distance is changed; and a lens array used therein. The present invention relates to an imaging device comprising: a lens array 05-14-2009
20130033635CATADIOPTRIC SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - The catadioptric system includes a first imaging optical system collecting light from an object and a second imaging optical system causing the light from the first imaging optical system to form an intermediate image and to cause the light from the intermediate image to form an optical image. The first imaging optical system includes a first optical element including a first light transmissive portion and a first back reflective portion, and a second optical element including a second light transmissive portion and a second back reflective portion. The first light transmissive portion, the second back reflective portion, the first back reflective portion and the second light transmissive portion introduce the light from the object to the second imaging optical system. The second imaging optical system includes an aspheric lens having a negative refractive power on and around the optical axis and a positive refractive index in its peripheral portion.02-07-2013
20100033616CAMERA MODULE HAVING VOICE-COIL MOTOR - A camera module includes an image sensor, a substrate, a lens part, a lens holder, and a voice-coil motor (VCM). The image sensor is supported on and electrically connected to the substrate. The lens holder has a bottom end and an upper end opposite to the bottom end. The image sensor is accommodated within the lens holder. The lens part includes a lens barrel which has an upper portion and a bottom portion and is disposed on the lens holder. The VCM includes a winding coiling around the upper portion and a set of permanent magnetic members fixedly fixed and surrounding the winding. The outer diameter of the upper portion is smaller than that of the bottom portion. The VCM is configured for driving the lens part to move toward to or away from the image sensor.02-11-2010
20130088631LENS ASSEMBLY WITH AN IMAGE SENSOR BACKOFF MECHANISM - A lens assembly includes a base frame, an image sensor, a lens barrel, a lens and a backoff mechanism. By means of the backoff mechanism, the image sensor is mounted at the base frame and movable between an operative position and a non-operative backoff position. When the image sensor is in the operative position, the lens barrel is in a first position far frame the base frame, and the optical axis of the lens intersects the image sensor. When the lens barrel is moved to a second position close to the base frame, the image sensor is moved to the non-operative backoff position, and the optical axis of the lens is not intersected with the image sensor.04-11-2013
20130027603CATADIOPTRIC OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A catadioptric optical system of the present invention includes a first imaging optical system that collects a light beam from an object, and a second imaging optical system including a refractive portion that forms an intermediate image by receiving a light beam from the first imaging optical system and to form an image of the intermediate image on an image plane, the first imaging optical system includes a first optical element and a second optical element, a reflection surface of the reflective portion of the first optical element and a reflection surface of the reflective portion of the second optical element are disposed so as to face each other, and an aperture stop is disposed between the first optical element and the second optical element.01-31-2013
20130027600CAMERA MODULE WITH PARTICLE TRAP - A camera module including a particle trap. The particle trap may be disposed in the camera module and may be operable to prevent particles from obstructing an optical path defined between a lens assembly and an image sensor. The particle trap may include a particle getter to retain particles in contact with the particle trap. The camera module may be operative to move the lens assembly so as to provide focus on the image sensor for objects at various distances from the camera module. The movement of the lens assembly may be a source of particles retained by the particle trap.01-31-2013
20130027602CAMERA MODULE - In a camera module (01-31-2013
20130027601IMAGING DEVICE, FILTER HOLDING MEMBER, AND FILTER MOUNTING METHOD FOR IMAGING DEVICE - Provided is an imaging device including an image sensor, and an engagement member which is an annular or cylindrical member provided between a lens mount unit and a first optical filter fixedly installed on a subject side of the image sensor, and has a second uneven portion formed in an inner circumferential direction, the second uneven portion having a shape corresponding to a first uneven portion formed on an outer periphery of a filter holding member for holding a second optical filter, and being for engaging the filter holding member in an attachable/detachable manner.01-31-2013
20100328516IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes a lens actuator which displaces a lens so as to slidingly move along a guide member, and a control circuit which controls the lens actuator. The control circuit supplies a driving signal for vibrating the lens in a second direction opposite to a first direction to the lens actuator before the lens is displaced in the first direction along the guide member.12-30-2010
20120182457IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus with an image sensor converting the image of a subject and an optical member in front of the image sensor. First and second piezoelectric elements at respective ends of the optical member are independently driven by respective first and second driving units. A detection unit has first and second detecting piezoelectric elements adjacent to the respective first and second piezoelectric elements for detecting vibration of the optical member. A first control unit controls the first and second driving units and the detection unit to vibrate the optical member by vibrating the first piezoelectric element and detect vibration of the optical member using the second detecting piezoelectric element, or vibrate the optical member by vibrating the second piezoelectric element and detect vibration of the optical member using the first detecting piezoelectric element.07-19-2012
20130070146IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND RANGEFINDER DEVICE - An imaging apparatus according to the present invention includes a lens optical system L, an imaging device N at least having a plurality of first and second pixels P03-21-2013
20130050560ELECTRONIC SELECTION OF A FIELD OF VIEW FROM A LARGER FIELD OF REGARD - An electronic vertical adjustment focal plane assembly for electronic selection of a field of view from a larger field of regard is disclosed. In one embodiment, the electronic vertical adjustment focal plane assembly includes a lens assembly configured to focus radiation coming from an external field of view on to the focal plane assembly. Further, the electronic vertical adjustment focal plane assembly includes a fixed focal plane assembly that is oversized to substantially cover an entire field of regard and configured to receive the focused radiation from the lens assembly and to output a signal. Furthermore, the electronic vertical adjustment focal plane assembly includes a video controller electronically coupled to the signal from the fixed focal plane assembly and to generate an image based on an electronically selected desired elevational field of view.02-28-2013
20130050559OPTICAL IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING PROCESSING METHOD FOR OPTICAL IMAGING DEVICE - An optical imaging device includes a display panel whereon a coordinate detecting area is formed, at least one light source disposed outside the display panel for emitting light to illuminate an object, and a depth sensor installed on a side of the display panel for sensing image data of the object. The image data include a width information corresponding to a distance between the object and the depth sensor in a first direction, and a depth information corresponding to a distance between the object and the depth sensor in a second direction. The optical imaging device further includes a control module coupled to the depth sensor for receiving the image data sensed by the depth sensor and for determining whether to calculate a coordinate value of the object according to the width information and the depth information.02-28-2013
20130088632INTERCHANGEABLE LENS AND CAMERA BODY TO WHICH INTERCHANGEABLE LENS IS MOUNTABLE - There is provided an interchangeable lens mountable to a camera body. The interchangeable lens includes a zoom lens which can change a field angle of a subject image, a receiving unit for receiving sound pickup property information from the camera body, the sound pickup property information indicating sound pickup property of the camera body, and a lens controller for controlling drive of the zoom lens. The lens controller decides an available driving speed based on the sound collecting property information, the available driving speed being a driving speed settable to the zoom lens.04-11-2013
20130208169HOUSING CAMERA LENS COVER USING GRIN TECHNOLOGY - A mobile device having an external housing that includes a housing camera lens cover made of graded index (GRIN) material is described herein. The housing camera lens cover has one face that faces a camera lens of a camera module included in the mobile device and another face that is exposed to the exterior of the mobile device. By using the GRIN material in the housing camera lens cover, the light rays are bent by the GRIN material before the light rays reach the camera lens. This bending of the light rays reduces the optical total track length (TTL) of the camera module and also reduces high Chief Ray Angle (CRA) such that the z-height of the camera module may be reduced while maintaining the camera's imaging performance.08-15-2013
20100103307LENS BARREL, IMAGING DEVICE AND INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE - The invention provides a lens barrel, an imaging device and an information terminal device using the lens barrel. The lens barrel includes: at least one lens group which constitutes an imaging optical system; a lens frame which retains the at least one lens group; and a retaining frame which retains the lens frame, the at least one lens group being capable of moving from a collapse position to a photographable position, at least one cam member being arranged between the lens frame and the retaining frame, and tilt of the lens frame relative to the retaining frame being changed by moving the at least one cam member.04-29-2010
20130135513SHORT DISTANCE IRIS RECOGNITION CAMERA - The short distance iris recognition camera of the present invention has a prism, installed on top of a guide for an infrared LED light, which has an inclined surface and a protrusion part, thereby enhancing the degree of uniformity in brightness around an iris, and thus enhancing iris recognition, and also effectively preventing static electricity from being delivered to internal devices. To accomplish this, the camera for iris recognition according to the present invention comprises a sensor and accessory circuits, a lens, and a lighting source including a white light and an infrared LED light. The lighting source is spaced apart from the lens centerline by a set length. The object plane of the lens is located where the iris is located, and is spaced apart by a set length L from the end of the lens. In practice, the object plane comprises the area around the lens centerline. The phase surface of the lens is an image sensor surface. The lighting source is disposed exactly or nearly parallel to the lens centerline such that the lighting centerline directs the object plane of the lens and has a lighting inclination angle of at least the arctangent of D/L with respect to the centerline of the lens. And also, the lighting centerline is separated from the centerline of the lens and inclined with respect to the object plane.05-30-2013
20130135512MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND DOCKING STATION THEREOF - A mobile electronic device including: a body including an accommodation space; and an aroma capsule that is accommodated in the accommodation space, is removable from the accommodation space, and includes an aroma to diffuse a fragrance.05-30-2013
20110013069Imaging lens system - This invention provides an imaging lens system including, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface; a second lens with negative refractive power; a third lens having a concave image-side surface; a fourth lens with positive refractive power; a fifth lens with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface, at least one surface thereof having at least one inflection point; and an aperture stop disposed between an imaged object and the third lens. The on-axis spacing between the first lens and second lens is T01-20-2011
20120224093OPTICAL IMAGING DEVICE - An optical imaging device includes a display panel whereon a coordinate detecting area is formed, at least one first reflective optical unit installed on an outside corner of the display panel for reflecting light transmitted from an object moving within the coordinate detecting area, at least one second reflective optical unit installed outside the display panel for reflecting the light reflected from the at least one first reflective optical unit, an image capturing module for capturing the light reflected from the at least one second reflective optical unit so as to capture image of the object, and a control module coupled to the image capturing module for receiving the image captured by the image capturing module and for calculating a coordinate value of the object within the coordinate area according to the image.09-06-2012
20120113309IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image-capturing apparatus including an imaging device to convert light into an electrical signal; a vibration plate disposed in front of the imaging device to transmit the light to the imaging device; a vibration generating unit mounted on the vibration plate and to generate a vibration when a driving signal is input to the vibration generating unit; and a vibration partitioning unit mounted on at least one of the vibration plate or the vibration generating unit to asymmetrically deliver the generated vibration to the vibration plate.05-10-2012
20120026382WIDE FIELD OF VIEW LWIR HIGH SPEED IMAGER - Various embodiments provide an optical system including a first lens group having a plurality of lenses, the first lens group being configured to correct for an axial chromatic aberration; a second lens group having a least one lens, the second lens group being disposed adjacent the first lens group; and a third lens group having a plurality of lenses, the third lens group being configured to correct for a lateral chromatic aberration and field curvature, the third lens group being disposed adjacent the second lens group. The first, second and third lens groups are configured to provide a wide field of view greater than approximately 20 deg., and an f-number of less than approximately F/2 in a wavelength range between approximately 8 μm and approximately 12 μm.02-02-2012
20100171864OPTICAL ELEMENT DRIVING DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A lens driving device includes a lens, a moving member that supports the lens, a stationary member that movably supports the moving member, a pitch drive mechanism that drives the moving member in the pitch correction direction, and a yaw drive mechanism that drives in the yaw correction direction. The pitch drive mechanism has first and second magnets provided to the stationary member, and first and second coils provided to the moving member. The yaw drive mechanism has a third magnet provided to the stationary member, and a third coil provided to the moving member. The first and second coils are arranged on opposite sides of the lens when viewed in a third direction that is perpendicular to the pitch and yaw correction directions, and the third coil is arranged on the same side as the first coil with respect to the lens when viewed in the third direction.07-08-2010
20100259667CAMERA MODULE FOR TAKING WIDE ANGLE IMAGES AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING SAME - An exemplary camera module for mounting to a base and capturing an image of a top surface of the base is provided. The camera module includes a reflective mirror having a curved reflective surface, a lens, and an image sensor in optical alignment with the lens. The curved reflective surface is configured for reflecting light from the top surface of the base to the lens.10-14-2010
20090201408Method and Apparatus for Detecting Camera Sensor Intensity Saturation - A method for detecting intensity saturation of a light sensor includes monitoring an electrical signal from a light sensor for detecting an intensity saturation condition of at least one pixel of the light sensor, converting the electrical signal to a digital signal, imposing a reserved bit combination on the digital signal indicating the intensity saturation condition of the pixel, and transmitting a control signal in response to the digital signal to compensate for the intensity saturation condition of the pixel. Alternatively stated, the method includes monitoring pixel data from an output of a light sensor to determine a number of pixels at saturation and a number of pixels near saturation, comparing the number of pixels at saturation to a predetermined first threshold number, comparing the number of pixels near saturation to a predetermined second threshold number, reprogramming the light sensor to adapt to more brightness if the number of pixels at saturation is above the first threshold number, and reprogramming the light sensor to adapt to less brightness if the number of pixels near saturation is below the second threshold number. An apparatus for detecting intensity saturation of a light sensor includes a saturation detector for detecting and measuring an intensity saturation condition of at least one pixel of a light sensor, the intensity saturation condition of the pixel being at saturation upon receiving light with an intensity above a predetermined level, the saturation detector emitting a digital signal with a reserved bit combination indicating the intensity saturation condition of the pixel, and a processor receiving and processing the digital signal from the saturation detector and transmitting a control signal in response to the digital signal to compensate for the intensity saturation condition of the pixel.08-13-2009
20110292270INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND PROGRAM - An interchangeable lens includes an acquiring section that acquires an amount of supply power from an imaging apparatus to which the interchangeable lens is attached, and operation information related to an operation of the imaging apparatus in a period during which the supply power is supplied, and a determining section that determines power to be distributed to a plurality of driving sections that drive a plurality of optical members, for each of the driving sections, on the basis of the acquired amount of supply power and the acquired operation information.12-01-2011
20100265381IMAGING DEVICE - Disclosed herein is an imaging device, including: an imaging lens having an aperture stop; an imaging element adapted to obtain image data based on received light; and a microlens array provided in the focal plane of the imaging lens between the imaging lens and imaging element, the microlens array including a plurality of microlenses arranged in such a manner that each microlens is associated with a plurality of imaging pixels of the imaging element, wherein the arrangement of the microlenses of the microlens array is corrected from an equidistant arrangement to a non-linear arrangement according to the height of the image from the imaging lens on the imaging element.10-21-2010
20090251588Imaging Apparatus and Imaging Method - An imaging apparatus able to design lenses without regard as to a zoom position or zoom amount and able to restore an image by high precision operation and a method of same, including an optical unit 10-08-2009
20090180019HIGH MAGNIFICATION LENS MODULE AND DIGITAL IMAGING APPARATUS - A high magnification lens module is coupled to a digital camera. The digital camera has an imaging lens. The high magnification lens module comprises an adapter ring, an optical magnifying unit connected to the adapter ring, and a focusing unit connected to the optical magnifying unit. The optical magnifying unit has a fiber optic taper. The fiber optic taper has a first facet facing the imaging lens and a second facet opposite to the first facet. The area of the first facet is larger than that of the second facet. The focusing unit has at least one lens facing the second facet.07-16-2009
20100253826COMPONENTS OF A PORTABLE DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA - An integrated hands-free, point of view, action-sports, digital video camera (or camcorder) (10-07-2010
20090147124IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGING APPARATUS, PORTABLE TERMINAL APPARATUS, ONBOARD APPARATUS, MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging system is provided and includes an imaging lens and an imaging device such that the maximum diameter of an effective region of a point image covers three or more pixels of light receiving pixels, the point image being projected onto a light receiving surface through the imaging lens from an intended position. A signal processing unit executes restoration processing on first image data output from the imaging device, and the restoration processing is executed to generate second image data equivalent to the first image data output from the imaging device when the resolving power of the imaging lens is higher. The imaging lens has a first lens group having a positive power, and a second lens group having a positive power, in order from the object side.06-11-2009
20120033124OPTICAL PHOTOGRAPHING LENS ASSEMBLY - This invention provides an optical photographing lens assembly comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface, at least one of the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; a second lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface; a third lens element with positive refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface; and a fourth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface on which at least one inflection point is formed, the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; wherein a stop is disposed between an imaged object and the first lens element and an electronic sensor is disposed at an image plane for forming images of the imaged object; and wherein the optical photographing lens assembly further comprises another stop disposed between the second and fourth lens elements.02-09-2012
20100123817OPTICAL ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURE METHOD THEREOF - An optical element and image capture lens structure. The optical element includes a substrate and an optical component with at least one effective area and non-effective area, formed on the substrate, wherein the non-effective area has a rough surface. The image capture lens structure includes a substrate, an optical component formed on the substrate, and a spacer with a micro structure, attached to the substrate by an adhesive, wherein the micro structure is located between the adhesive and the optical component to prevent the overflow of the adhesive.05-20-2010
20090278976Drive control unit, drive control method and program thereof - A drive control unit of the present invention includes: a first external force detecting section for detecting that an external force is applied to a first moving object body movable back and forth in a single direction; and a second initialization processing section which when it is detected that the external force is applied to the first moving object body by the first external force detecting section, moves at least one of second moving object bodies movable back and forth in the single direction to a predetermined second initial position and when it is not detected that the external force is applied to the first moving object body, does not move the second moving object body.11-12-2009
20090284638CAMERA MODULE SPACER AND CAMERA MODULE USING SAME - A camera module includes a barrel, at least two optical elements received in the barrel, a spacer disposed between the two optical elements, a holder connected to the barrel, an image sensor module, and a circuit board. The spacer has an inner side with a curvature at each point on a contour of an axial section thereof greater than 0. The image sensor module is disposed at the image side of the optical elements. The circuit board is electrically connected to the image sensor module and fixed on the holder. Because the stray light is scattered utilizing the spacer, a brightness of the light spot formed by the stray light on the image sensor module 11-19-2009
20090262231DISTORTION CORRECTING METHOD, DISTORTION CORRECTING DEVICE, PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM AND ELECTRONIC CAMERA - In a preparation operation of a distortion correcting method, actual measured lens position information obtained by an optical system at a time of shooting an image, an error range in the lens position information, and a relational expression between a distortion pattern and the lens position information, are respectively obtained. In a correcting operation, actual measured data of the lens position information is fit to the relational expression to estimate the distortion pattern of the image shot by the optical system, and a temporary corrected image is obtained. In a selection operation, a distortion correcting pattern to be applied in main correcting performed on the image is selected based on the temporary corrected image. In a repeating operation, when the distortion correcting pattern is not selected, a value of the actual measured data is adjusted within the error range and the correcting operation is repeated.10-22-2009
20090102958LENS BARREL AND CAMERA - A lens barrel has a drive frame, a first lens frame, a zoom motor, and a control device. The drive frame has three first cam grooves. The first lens frame has cam pins inserted into the first cam grooves. The zoom motor rotationally drives the drive frame. The control device limits the drive range of the zoom motor so that the cam pins do not stop near the wide-angle position of the imaging region.04-23-2009
20090295979SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CAMERA MODULE - A solid-state image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion element and a field-effect transistor are arranged on a semiconductor substrate so that a light-receiving surface is disposed at a first surface side of the semiconductor substrate; a peripheral circuit unit provided at a periphery of the image pickup pixel unit of the semiconductor substrate; and a multilayered wiring layer in which a plurality of wiring layers for driving the field-effect transistor of the image pickup pixel unit are laminated at a second surface side of the semiconductor substrate, wherein a wiring in each of the wiring layers constituting the multilayered wiring layer is disposed so that a coverage of the wiring located at least in the image pickup pixel unit of the semiconductor substrate reaches 100%, viewed from the second surface side.12-03-2009
20090295978Apparatus for processing digital image and method of controlling the same - An apparatus for processing a digital image capable of recognizing user input by motion of a user through a voice coil motor (VCM) is provided. Also, a method of controlling the apparatus is provided. The apparatus for processing a digital image includes: a body; a VCM installed to the body generating motion signals according to motion of the body; an operation recognition interface processing the motion signals and generating motion data of a digital signal; and a controller recognizing motion of the body from the motion data and recognizing user input according to the motion.12-03-2009
20110205420IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - The image pickup apparatus includes an image taking optical system, an optical filter into which the light from the image taking optical system enters, an image pickup element electrically converting the optical image formed by the light that has passed through the optical filter, an image pickup element holding member holding the image pickup element together with the optical filter, and a lens holding member holding an image surface side lens unit disposed closest to the optical filter. The lens and image pickup element holding members are moved relatively to each other in an optical axis direction, and include dust-proof walls that surround a space between the image surface side lens unit and the optical filter and mutually overlap in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction in an entire range where the lens and image pickup element holding members are relatively moved.08-25-2011
20100060773APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTICALLY CONVERTING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT INTO A TWO-DIMENSIONAL PLANAR IMAGE - A device and method for optically converting a three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional planar image includes a camera, a lighting source and a concentric-shaped mirror positioned about a concentric inspection surface of an object to be inspected. A planar image of the object inspection surface about 360 degrees is generated and inspected for defects, marking indicia or other qualities of interest without having to rotate the camera or object.03-11-2010
20100060774LENS DRIVE DEVICE - A lens drive device may include a movable lens body provided with a lens and a drive mechanism for moving the movable lens body in an optical axis direction of the lens. The drive mechanism may include a drive coil, a magnet comprised of a plurality of magnet pieces, and a holder body which holds the magnet. The magnet may be disposed so that predetermined gap spaces are formed between opposite end faces of the plurality of magnet pieces, and the respective magnet pieces may be adhesively bonded and fixed to the holder body by using a first adhesive means, and a second adhesive means may be disposed in the gap spaces and between the end faces of the magnet pieces.03-11-2010
20110199529INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus prevents the physical switch operation from being wrongly detected as the tapping operation to thereby cause the intended process to be surely performed. The information processing apparatus has an operation member. The vibration of the information processing apparatus is detected and an operation of the operation member is detected. If the operation of the operation member is not detected by the member operation detecting unit within a predetermined period after the vibration detecting unit has been detected the vibration, a function assigned to the detected vibration is executed, and if the operation of the operation member is detected by the member operation detecting unit within the predetermined period after the vibration detecting unit has detected the vibration, a function corresponding to the operation of the operation member without executing the function assigned to the detected vibration is executed.08-18-2011
20080303936CAMERA SYSTEM - An image display control component 12-11-2008
20080198254Voice coil motor - A voice coil motor lens module has a two part casing accommodating a magnet housing of annular form with an outer wall and an inner wall joined by a top wall. One or more magnets producing a magnetic field, are fitted to the inner surface of the outer wall. A lens holder, for supporting a lens, has a coil fitted to an outer surface thereof and is suspended by a pair of springs such that the coil is disposed within the magnetic field. The lens holder has an inner bore and an axially upper end. The inner wall extends into the inner bore of the lens holder and the upper end of the lens holder rests, in a park position, against an upper cushion fixed to an inner surface of the top wall. In use, current passing through the coil moves the lens holder downwardly to focus an image on an image sensor below the lens holder. At a fully extended position, the lower end of the lens holder rests against a lower cushion fixed to the casing.08-21-2008
20080239135MULTI-EYE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - A stereo camera comprises a camera body, a lens barrel rotatably attached to the camera body, and a converter lens barrel 10-02-2008
20080284896Joint Optics and Image Processing Adjustment of Electro-Optic Imaging Systems - Adjustments to the optical subsystem of an electro-optic imaging system take into account different subsystems within the overall electro-optic imaging system. In one implementation, end-to-end imaging performance is predicted based on determining propagation of a source through the optical subsystem, the detector subsystem and the digital image processing subsystem. The optical subsystem is then adjusted after taking into account these other subsystems. For example, the compensators for the optical subsystem and the digital image processing subsystem may be jointly adjusted based on a post-processing performance metric that takes into account the effects of the image processing. Unlike in conventional approaches, the intermediate optical image produced by the optical subsystem is not required to be high image quality since, for example, the image may be subsequently improved by other adjustments in the digital image processing subsystem.11-20-2008
20110007200IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device according to the present invention comprises a lens unit having a frame to which a lens is attached, an image sensor which ray of light that has passed the lens should enter, and a board member fixed to the frame of the lens unit, the board member being provided with an aperture for accommodating the image sensor, and the image sensor being adhered and fixed to the board member. Here, a protrusion which extends along an edge of the aperture is formed on a lens-side surface or a rear surface of the board member in at least a part of an area surrounding the aperture, and an adhesive is filled between the protrusion and the image sensor to fix the image sensor to the board member.01-13-2011
20090128681Camera Module - Provided are a camera modules. The camera module includes a lens unit including a lens unit; a holder coupled to the lens unit; an image sensor for converting a light through the lens into an electric signal; and a ceramic board coupled to the holder, the ceramic board having a concave portion where the image sensor is inserted. Another camera module includes a lens unit including a lens barrel; a holder including an infrared ray (IR) cut off filter, the holder being coupled to the lens unit; an image sensor for converting a light through the lens into an electric signal; a ceramic board coupled to the holder, one surface of the ceramic board having a first concave portion; and an image signal processor (ISP) inserted into the first concave portion. Another camera module includes a lens unit including at least one lens; and a ceramic board coupled to the lens unit; the ceramic board including an image sensor and an IR cut off filter; wherein the image sensor is inserted into the ceramic board.05-21-2009
20120140103IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - A controller controls a first changing unit to intermittently drive an optical unit of an image pick-up unit, and while the image pick-up parameter is being changed, reduces the noise based on an audio signal obtained by a microphone unit in a period before or after a period the optical unit is being driven.06-07-2012
20120069236CAMERA DEVICE, LIQUID LENS, AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - A camera device is provided which has a compound eye structure only by a liquid lens unit and a control unit without requiring a plurality of lenses to be mounted in advance and is capable of taking a three-dimensional stereoscopic video image. In addition, a compact and lightweight three-dimensional stereoscopic camera is provided which can be switched to take a two-dimensional planar image or to take a three-dimensional stereoscopic image only by an electronic control with no need for a movable mechanism and can reduce the power consumption and improve the reliability. A camera device comprises a liquid lens (03-22-2012
20090040358IMAGE-RECORDING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPENING AND CLOSING OF LENS BARRIER OF SAME - An object of the present invention is to reduce the time an image-recording device takes for switching from power-saving mode to recording-mode.02-12-2009
20110221950CAMERA DEVICE, WAFER SCALE PACKAGE - A camera device comprising an image capturing element, one or more lens elements for projecting an object on the image capturing element, one or more spacer means for maintaining a predetermined distance between the lens and the image capturing element, and one or more lens substrates for carrying the lens, wherein the camera device further comprises an electrically variable focus polymer-stabilized liquid crystal lens.09-15-2011
20130215316CAM FRAME STRUCTURE, LENS BARREL STRUCTURE, SHAKE COMPENSATION DEVICE AND IMAGING ELEMENT UNIT - The lens barrel includes a lens frame and a cam frame. The lens frame has a body supporting a lens element in the optical system, at least three through-holes formed in the lens frame body, at least three cam members arranged on the lens frame body and at least one protruding member that protrude from the lens frame body. The cam frame has a body, at least three projection members extending from the cam frame body and inserted through the through-holes, at least three cam grooves formed in the cam frame body and the projection members to guide the cam members and to movably support the lens frame with respect to the cam frame body. The cam frame also has at least one auxiliary groove to guide the protruding member. One end of the auxiliary groove is disposed in the circumferential direction between two adjacent projection members.08-22-2013
20090086082TELEVISION CAMERA SYSTEM - An EFP lens 04-02-2009
20110141335LENS MODULE OF AN IMAGING DEVICE AND A METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A lens module of an imaging device includes a lens-barrel plate, a shutter plate and at least one elastic device. The lens-barrel plate includes at least one guide post, which is vertically arranged on the surface of the lens-barrel plate. The shutter plate includes at least one groove, which facilitates movement of the guide post in the groove. Each elastic device corresponds to an associated guide post and groove. Accordingly, the elastic device is compressed when external force is exerted on the lens-barrel plate and the shutter plate, and the elastic device recovers to separate the shutter plate from the lens-barrel plate when the external force is removed.06-16-2011
20100149404Image forming optical system and electronic image pickup apparatus equipped with same - An image forming optical system characterized by comprising a positive first lens group, a negative second lens group, and third and subsequent lens groups having a positive composite refracting power, wherein the first lens group is composed of a cemented lens made up of one positive lens and one negative lens arranged in order from the object side, and the image forming optical system satisfies the following conditional expressions (1-1) and (2-1):06-17-2010
20100265380VARIABLE POWER OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGING DEVICE, AND DIGITAL DEVICE - A variable power optical system (10-21-2010
20100149403AUTOMATIC WHITE BALANCING USING METER SENSORS - An image sensor system includes an image sensor that can be exposed with light from an illuminated scene to produce a secondary image, a meter sensor that can be exposed with light from the illuminated scene to produce a meter secondary image, and an image processor. The image processor can be configured to determine an average pixel color in the secondary image. The image processor can also be configured to determine a white balancing point in response to the secondary image average pixel color, the meter secondary image, meter calibration information for the meter sensor, and the image calibration information for the image sensor.06-17-2010
20100188551LENS BARREL, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, LENS BARREL INSPECTING METHOD, AND LENS BARREL MANUFACTURING METHOD - A lens barrel includes a fourth lens, a prism, and a sixth lens. The fourth lens receives a light flux incident along a first optical axis. The prism includes a reflecting surface reflecting the light flux passing through the fourth lens to a direction along a second optical axis intersecting with the first optical axis. The sixth lens receives the light flux reflected by the prism. A second group frame includes an opening portion, a prism retaining frame that is arranged in a more inner position than the opening portion and in which the prism is contained, and a plurality of adhesive pockets arranged on an area around the prism retaining frame and being open to the side of the opening portion. Adhesive agent is filled in the adhesive pockets.07-29-2010
20130215317ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - Disposing from an object side in the order of a positive first lens group which is fixed at the time of zooming, a negative second lens group which is moved at the time of zooming, an aperture stop, a positive third lens group which is fixed at the time of zooming, and a fourth lens group which is moved along the optical axis at the time of zooming to correct a change in image plane position arising from the zooming for focusing. The zoom lens is configured to simultaneously satisfy, when a focal length of the overall lens system at the telephoto end, an overall optical length, and an Abbe number of the second group first lens with respect to d-line are taken as ft, TL, and νd21 respectively, conditional expressions (1): 0.6208-22-2013
20130215318IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image pickup apparatus capable of highly efficiently realizing optical corrections of various aberrations while reducing the load imposed on a central processing unit (CPU). A plurality of optical correction units apply optical correction processes to a plurality of aberrations in an optical system. A time period assigned for the optical correction processes and a time period required for the optical correction processes are acquired. Priorities of the plurality of optical correction units are decided if the time period required for the optical correction processes is longer than the time period assigned for the optical correction processes.08-22-2013
20090002541IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING UNIT FOR REMOVING FOREIGN SUBSTANCE - An imaging apparatus includes an image sensor configured to convert an optical image of a subject into an electric signal, an optical member provided on an imaging optical axis in front of the image sensor, a vibrating device configured to vibrate the optical member, a status acquiring unit configured to acquire a status inside the imaging apparatus, and a control unit configured to control the vibrating device to vibrate the optical member at each of frequency steps into which a predetermined frequency band is divided and to change at least one of the frequency band, a number of frequency steps into which the frequency band is divided, and a time per frequency step based on the status acquired by the status acquiring unit.01-01-2009
20110058088IMAGE-CAPTURING MODULE WITH A FLEXIBLE TYPE SUBSTRATE STRUCTURE - An image-capturing module with a flexible type substrate structure includes a substrate unit, an image-capturing unit, an optical imaging unit, a light-emitting unit and a light-transmitting unit. The substrate unit has a bottom substrate, a middle substrate extended upwards from one end of the bottom substrate, and a top substrate extended outwards from one end of the middle substrate and corresponding to the bottom substrate. The top substrate has a light-transmitting region. The image-capturing unit has at least one image-capturing element electrically disposed on the bottom substrate. The optical imaging unit is disposed on the bottom substrate and covers the image-capturing unit. The light-emitting unit has at least one light-emitting element electrically disposed on the top substrate and above the optical imaging unit. The light-transmitting unit has a light-transmitting element disposed on the top substrate and adjacent to the light-emitting unit, and an object is disposed on the light-transmitting element.03-10-2011
20090040360IMAGING DEVICE AND PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE - In a camera module (02-12-2009
20090040359MOVEMENT SIGNAL GENERATION APPARATUS, OPTICAL DEVICE, OPTICAL DEVICE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND VIDEO PRODUCTION SYSTEM - A movement signal generation apparatus is disclosed which can convert an analog position signal of an optical adjustment unit into digital signals representing a movement amount and a movement direction of the optical adjustment unit and output the digital signals. The movement signal generation apparatus includes an analog signal output section which outputs an analog signal in accordance with the position of the optical adjustment unit, and a digital signal generation section which generates two digital signals in accordance with a movement amount and a movement direction of the optical adjustment unit based on the analog signal.02-12-2009
20130128092CAMERA MODULE - According to one embodiment, a camera module includes an image sensor, a main lens system and a sublens group. The sublens group is provided in an optical path between the main lens system and the image sensor. The sublens group forms an image piece for every pixel block. The image piece corresponds to a part of a subject image. The sublens group is integrated with a support structure. The support structure serves to support the sublens group above the image sensor.05-23-2013
20100231780VIBRATING DEVICE AND IMAGE EQUIPMENT HAVING THE SAME - A vibrating device includes a dust-screening member shaped like a plate as a whole, a vibrating member arranged outside the dust-screening member and configured to produce, at the dust-screening member, vibration having a vibrational amplitude perpendicular to a surface of the dust-screening member, a counter member spaced apart from that surface of the dust-screening member, on which the vibrating member is arranged, a pushing member configured to push the dust-screening member onto the counter member, and a first support member arranged between the counter member and the dust-screening member, surrounding a center of the dust-screening member, and configured to support the dust-screening member when pushed by the pushing member. The first support member is pushed with a pressure of 2 N or less when the pushing member pushes the first support member.09-16-2010
20100231779CAMERA MODULE WITH DUAL LENS MODULES AND IMAGE SENSORS - A camera module includes first and second lens modules, a first holder receiving the first lens module therein, a second holder receiving the second lens modules therein, a circuit board arranged between the first and second holders, first and second image sensors arranged on opposite surfaces of the circuit board, and first and second reflecting members. The first image sensor is received in the first holder. The second image sensor is received in the second holder. The first reflecting member is arranged in the first holder and has a first reflecting surface for reflecting and directing the light converged by the first lens module to the first image sensor. The second reflecting member is arranged in the second holder and has a second reflecting surface for reflecting and directing the light converged by the second lens module to the second image sensor.09-16-2010
20110001865IMAGING LENS, IMAGING DEVICE, PORTABLE TERMINAL, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGING LENS - An imaging lens (LN) includes at least one lens block (BK), and an aperture stop (ape). The lens block (BK) includes a plane-parallel lens substrate (LS) and a lens (L) formed of different materials. In the imaging lens (LN), a first lens block (BK01-06-2011
20110109787ZOOM LENS SYSTEM, IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA - A zoom lens system, in order from an object side to an image side, comprising a first lens unit having negative optical power, a second lens unit having positive optical power, a third lens unit having positive optical power, and a fourth lens unit having positive optical power, wherein in zooming, the intervals between the respective lens units vary, the third lens unit comprises a plurality of lens elements, and the condition (I-1): 0.47<|f05-12-2011
20110109786IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A manual input via a manual input unit while automatically changing a zoom magnification via a zoom control unit is permitted, and after the manual input, the zoom magnification is automatically changed so that a size of an object output from an object extraction unit becomes a second size in relation to an angle of view.05-12-2011
20110025902SYSTEM FOR ZOOMING AN OBJECT / OBJECTS AND HOLDING THEREOF IN A VISION ZONE - A system for zooming and holding an image of an object/objects in a vision zone is proposed. The vision zone comprises—a first sector having a first zoom factor, first size, first contour, and first position, and—a second sector having a second zoom factor, second size, second contour, and second position. The second zoom factor may differ from the first one. The first sector can be disposed inside of the second sector, the contours may have or may not have a common point. The system is capable of—changing the first and second zoom factors independently, and/or—respectively decreasing/increasing the first size in response to decreasing/increasing the second size and vice-versa, and/or—changing the sectors' positions. In some embodiments, the vision zone comprises multiple sectors. The system can be built employing conventional optical/optoelectronic components/technologies, and associated with optical/electronic or optical-electronic sights, binoculars, video/photo cameras (including digital ones), etc.02-03-2011
20110211104OPTICAL FIBER SCANNING PROBE - The invention relates to optical probes for miniature applications, e.g. medical inspections and procedures or in industrial inspections, in particular a probe applying a confocal scanning-scanning endoscope. The probe comprises an optical guide (09-01-2011
20100165170VIBRATING DEVICE AND IMAGE EQUIPMENT HAVING THE SAME - A vibrating device includes a drive unit configured to drive a vibrating member to produce vibration Z (x, y) at a dust-screening member, the vibration being expressed as follows:07-01-2010
20090322927CAMERA - The present invention has an object in providing a camera with which further miniaturization is realized, in a camera having the bending optical system. A digital camera (12-31-2009
20110176047DRIVING DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE - Provided is a driving device having a rod-like terminal capable of stably fixing an SMA and connecting a conductive member without preventing the size of the driving device from being reduced and affecting the performance of the SMA. Also provided is an imaging device. The driving device is equipped with a string-shaped shape-memory alloy as a driving source and includes: a base member serving as the base of the driving device; and the rod-like terminal made of a metal penetrating the base member and secured to the base member. One end side of the rod-like terminal is caulked to interpose and hold the shape-memory alloy, and the other end side of the rod-like terminal has a crimp portion where the conductive member for supplying current to the shape-memory alloy is crimped and fixed.07-21-2011
20110176046LENS DRIVING APPARATUS - A lens driving apparatus comprises a lens portion having at least one lens (07-21-2011
20090046194Piezoelectric Actuator Element for Micromovement - An actuator element comprises at least two actuator arms. Each of the at least two actuator arms is fixed to a first mount part at a first end of the actuator arm and to a second mount part at a second end of the actuator arm. The at least two actuator arms are configured to cause moving of the first mount part and the second mount part in respect of each other by application of an electric field to the at least two actuator arms. A lens element may comprise the actuator element and a lens mounted on the first mount part. An electronic device may comprise the actuator element or the lens element.02-19-2009
20100013978ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH IMAGE CAPTURING FUNCTION - An electronic device includes a lens body, a rotatable portion, a base, and a main body. The lens body contains a lens module. The rotatable portion is secured to the lens body, and defines a number of grooves on the circumference surface thereof. The base defines a through hole with the rotatable portion received therein. An elastic sheet is disposed at a lateral side of the through hole and has a protrusion projecting into the through hole for engaging with the grooves of the rotatable portion. The main body is secured with the base.01-21-2010
20100039549COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - An exemplary communication terminal includes a housing, a camera module, and a zooming subassembly. The housing defines a guiding slot. The camera module is positioned in the housing. The zooming subassembly includes a convex lens and a controlling member. The controlling member is connected to the convex lens and slidably received in the guiding slot. The convex lens is capable of moving in front of the camera module when the controlling member moves along the guiding slot.02-18-2010
20100053411Control of Adaptive Optics Based on Post-Processing Metrics - Adaptive optics (AO) elements in imaging system allow dynamic and precise control over the optical wavefront to reduce uncontrolled wavefront errors in imaging systems. Traditional control of such devices is based on inverting the wavefront function to minimize the RMS wavefront error. However, this approach is not always optimal, particularly when the wavefront error is near or exceeds the limit of the AO element's correction capability. In the current approach, the AO element is instead controlled based on a performance metric that takes into account image processing, and not just RMS wavefront error.03-04-2010
20100053412Camera module and electronic device including the same - A camera module 03-04-2010
20120120298LENS MODULE, CAMERA MODULE, AND METHOD FOR MAKING LENS MODULE - A lens module includes a lens holder, a liquid crystal lens, wires, and a driving unit. The holder includes an outer surface, a first end portion adjacent to an object side, and a second end portion adjacent to an image side. The first end portion and the second end portion are at opposite sides of the holder. The outer surface connects the first end portion to the second end portion. The holder defines wire grooves in the first end portion and the outer surface. The liquid crystal lens is received in the first end portion. The wires are formed on the first end portion and the outer surface in the grooves. The wires are electrically connected to the liquid crystal lens. The driving unit is electrically connected to the wires and drives the liquid crystal lens to zoom.05-17-2012
20110075013LENS ASSEMBLY AND CAMERA MODULE HAVING SAME - A lens assembly includes a first lens and a second lens. The first lens includes an optical axis, and a first engaging face facing toward the optical axis and a first engaging structure formed on the first engaging face. The second lens is used for engagement with and coaxially alignment with the first lens. The second lens includes a second engaging face facing away from the optical axis and a second engaging structure formed on the second engaging face for engagement with the first engaging structure of the first lens. The second lens is rotatable about the axis but non-movable along the optical axis relative to the first lens when the second lens is engaged with the first lens.03-31-2011
20100265382ULTRA-WIDE ANGLE MEMS SCANNER ARCHITECTURE - An optical microscanner achieves wide rotation angles utilizing a curved reflector. The optical microscanner includes a moveable mirror for receiving an incident beam and reflecting the incident beam to produce a reflected beam and a Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) actuator that causes a linear displacement of the moveable minor. The curved reflector produces an angular rotation of the reflected beam based on the linear displacement of the moveable mirror.10-21-2010
20100245653Endoscope Objective Lens and Method of Assembly - A wide field video endoscope objective and method of assembly the objective including four groups with five lenses, a mechanical housing containing the entire image forming elements, a aperture stop, a centering member and a retainer sleeve. The centering member is at first centered over the photo sensitive area of the chip and bonded to the surface of the cover glass. The retainer sleeve slides over said centering member and is glued to the centering member and the housing of the video chip. The objective housing with the optical elements is screwed on the centering member to adjust for focusing.09-30-2010
20100066892IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup optical system and an image pickup unit configured to receive an image formed by the image pickup optical system. The image pickup optical system includes an optical element having optical incident and optical emergent surfaces disposed between an aperture stop and an object and a fine textured structure having a mean pitch shorter than a wavelength of visible light and formed on at least one of the optical incident and optical emergent surfaces. The conditions 3.503-18-2010
20090180020Method and Apparatus For Recording A Sequence Of Images Using A Moving Optical Element - An imager (07-16-2009
20090141160CONTOURED SURFACE COVER PLATE FOR IMAGE SENSOR ARRAY - A cover for an image sensor array is disclosed. The cover includes a plate formed of substantially transparent material and placed adjacent to the image sensor array. The plate has a plurality of surfaces and forms a lensing structure. At least one of the plurality of surfaces is contoured into a lensing surface capable of performing an imaging improvement or enhancement function.06-04-2009
20080252769Camera Arrangement, Mobile Phone Comprising a Camera Arrangement, Method of Manufacturing a Camera Arrangement - The present invention relates to a camera arrangement as for instance used in a mobile phone that utilizes a liquid crystal based lens for providing an adjustable depth of focus. The camera arrangement comprises a photo sensor (10-16-2008
20110001866Image pickup apparatus - An image pickup apparatus including: an image pickup device for receiving subject light passed through a photographing optical system by an image pickup surface in which a pixel arrangement is formed, and generating an image signal; and an optically transparent film having an optical anisotropy, and disposed in front of the image pickup surface, the subject light entering the optically transparent film; wherein a width of separation between a first ray of light and a second ray of light produced by birefringence in the optically transparent film is 1/2 or more of a pixel pitch in the pixel arrangement.01-06-2011
20080204588Image-Recording System - The present invention relates to an image-recording system having an optical module and a control unit, the optical module including a programmable logic module and the control unit including control means for the configuration of the logic module.08-28-2008
20110019062Optical Element Assembly, Image Pickup Module, and Method for Manufacturing Electronic Apparatus - Provided is an optical element assembly which is composed of two or more optical members and can prevent one optical member from being separated from another even if the optical element assembly is subjected to reflow processing, and also provided are an image pickup module using the optical element assembly, and a method for manufacturing an electronic apparatus including the image pickup module. There is provided an optical element assembly in which a first optical member formed of glass or curable resin and a second optical element formed of curable resin are joined together, and the following expression (1) is satisfied, where α01-27-2011
20100214466IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE AND OPTICAL COMPONENT THEREOF - An optical component of an image acquisition device includes at least two faces each having a first optically active region, the first optically active regions of the at least two faces being assigned to optical functions homologous to each other, but according to different acquisition configurations, the at least two faces defining respective reference planes, the normals to the reference planes being differently oriented.08-26-2010
20100194964ZOOM LENS SYSTEM, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM - Provided is a zoom lens system including a compact focusing lens unit and having a suppressed change in image magnification at the time of movement of the focusing lens unit. The zoom lens system of the present invention, in order from an object side to an image side, includes, a first lens unit G08-05-2010
20110187915Waterproof Camera Sealing Device and Sealing Method Thereof - A waterproof camera sealing method includes steps of: the chamber body of the camera is provided with a charging valve installation hole, a camera lens, a circuit board, a data line and the chamber body of the camera are assembled as a waterproof camera semi-finished product; the charging valve is arranged inside the charging valve installation hole on the camera chamber body; the air is filled into the chamber body of the camera; the waterproof camera semi-finished product is poured into water; whether continuous bubbles burst out or not is observed so as to detect the sealing performance of the camera; the semi-finished product where bubbles continuously burst out is an unqualified product; the air inside the camera chamber body with qualified sealing performances is pumped out till the vacuum exists in the chamber body; the idler gas is filled into the chamber body of the camera; the charging valve installation hole is sealed by waterproof sealing glue; thus obtain the finished waterproof camera with sealing completed.08-04-2011
20100026875INFORMATION REGISTRATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION REGISTRATION METHOD, REGISTRATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A registration apparatus obtains, from an image pickup apparatus, identification information set in a lens apparatus that is attached to the image pickup apparatus. The registration apparatus pre-stores lens information including information that identifies the models of lens apparatuses and corresponding correction information, such that the lens information can be referenced by identification information. The registration apparatus displays a list of the stored lens apparatus models in a confirmation window such that the models of lens apparatuses corresponding to obtained identification information can be distinguished from the models of other lens apparatuses.02-04-2010
20110115962IMAGE-CAPTURING LENS ASSEMBLY - This invention provides an image-capturing lens assembly comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface; a second lens element with negative refractive power; a third lens element with positive refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface, the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; a fourth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface on which at least one inflection point is formed, the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; and a stop disposed between an imaged object and the first lens element; wherein there are four lens elements with refractive power. Such an arrangement of optical elements can effectively reduce the size of the lens assembly, mitigate the sensitivity of the optical system and enable the lens assembly to obtain a higher resolution.05-19-2011
20110050979OPTICAL MODULE, WAFER SCALE PACKAGE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THOSE - An optical module for an electro-optical device with a functional element, in particular for a camera device, and to an electro-optical device with such a module. The optical module includes a lens substrate portion with at least one lens element, and a spacer. The spacer serves to keep the lens substrate at a well defined axial distance from a base substrate portion of the fully assembled electro-optical device. In order to ensure improved performance of the functional element, an EMC shield is provided. The spacer is at least in parts electrically conductive and thus forms the EMC shield or a part thereof. A method of manufacturing a plurality of such modules on a wafer scale is also provided.03-03-2011
20110050978Optical element module and manufacturing method thereof, electronic element module and manufacturing method thereof, and electronic information device - An optical element module according to the present invention is provided, in which: a plurality of optical elements are housed within a light shielding holder; a metal light shielding plate is interposed at least between respective planarized surfaces of a spacer section of an upper optical element and a spacer section of a lower optical element; the light shielding plate includes an opening formed at a position corresponding to an optical surface of the optical element; and the light shielding plate includes a cut section, which is formed by cutting a part of a peripheral edge of the light shielding plate.03-03-2011
20120147247OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - An optical system is provided. The system includes a lens having a negative refractive power to which light is incident from an imaging target object; a compound eye optical element; and an imaging device for receiving the light passing through the lens and the compound eye optical element, wherein the compound eye optical element includes a plurality of optical elements to which the light passing through the lens is incident.06-14-2012
20100026874CCTV Camera Lens Adjustment Structure - The present invention relates to an improved CCTV camera lens adjustment structure comprising a housing with a shell and a cover, wherein the shell has a through hole; an image capturing unit installed in the shell, wherein one end is a lens corresponding to the hole installed on the shell; the lens is installed with a driving ring, said driving ring matches the fixed rod installed on the lens; said fixed rod is partially extended as driving ring; and a movable adjusting mechanism installed in the hole forming interference with fixed rod. Thus the matching of the shell and the adjustment structure is used for the image capturing unit to achieve the effect of ease in installation and waterproof, and the adjustment mechanism can be used to rotate the driving ring of the linked lens for rotating the lens of image capturing unit so as to achieve the convenience in use.02-04-2010
20130010174ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ZOOM LENS - A zoom lens including first to fifth lens units in order from an object side toward an image. The refractive powers of the first to the fifth lens units are positive, negative, positive, negative and positive, respectively. The distance between the first and the second lens units is increased at the time of zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end, and the distance between the second and the third lens unit is decreased at the time of zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end. The first lens unit and the fourth lens unit are fixed for the zooming. When M2 and M3 are the amounts of movement of the second lens unit and the third lens unit at the time of zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end, respectively, the conditional expression; 0.2<|M2/M3|<5.0 is satisfied.01-10-2013
20110063492PCB AND CAMERA MODULE HAVING THE SAME - A print circuit board and a camera module having the same are disclosed. A printed circuit board of the present invention that is thermally coupled to an electronic device includes: a binding part, which has a binding pad coupled to the electronic device; a first ground, which is arrayed in an area heated at the time of thermal binding; and a second ground, which is connected to the first ground and arrayed adjacent to the binding pad. A multi-layered printed circuit board that is thermally coupled can be formed by forming a heat transfer path that is connected from the heating area to the binding pad through a ground.03-17-2011
20090135287CONVERTER LENS ATTACHMENT WITH BUILT-IN LIGHT SOURCE FOR COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERA - A converter lens attachment with a built-in light source for macrophotography by a compact camera is disclosed. The converter lens attachment includes a mounting seat, a printed circuit board (PCB) with light emitting diodes (LEDs) parallelly mounted on the mounting seat, an adapter ring accommodating the mounting seat and the PCB, a light diffuser connecting with the PCB, a sleeve being passed through by the light diffuser and leaning against the adapter ring, and a barrel connecting with the sleeve and accommodating the light diffuser. The adapter ring is removably connected to a base body mounted on the camera. There is a battery in the base body for supplying power to the LEDs.05-28-2009
20090135286DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera of the present invention has: a lens group reflecting photographic object light entering along a first optical axis to a second optical axis direction perpendicular to the first optical axis and forming an image of light flux thereof on an image pickup device located on the second optical axis; and a driving force generating member blocking or allowing entering light flux along the first optical axis by driving a barrier member, and has a camera body having an optical housing, a containing portion containing the optical housing and the barrier member, and having a transmitting member transmitting driving force of the driving force generating member to the barrier member, wherein the coupling relation between the driving force generating member and the driving force transmitting member is maintained.05-28-2009
20110157449Photographing Lens Assembly - This invention provides a photographing lens assembly comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a convex image-side surface; a second lens element with negative refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a concave image-side surface; a third lens element with negative refractive power, the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; a fourth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface on which at least one inflection point is formed; and an aperture stop disposed between an imaged object and the second lens element; wherein there are four lens elements with refractive power. Such an arrangement of optical elements can effectively reduce the size of the lens assembly, attenuate the sensitivity of the optical system and enable the lens assembly to obtain higher resolution.06-30-2011
20120002096IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF IMAGING UNITS - An imaging device with a plurality of imaging units is provided. The imaging device includes a supporting substrate, a flexible substrate and a movable unit. The supporting substrate is formed with a hard material, and the flexible substrate includes a plurality of imaging units positioned at least in a width direction. The flexible substrate is fixed at a first edge portion with the supporting substrate, while an opposite second edge portion of the flexible substrate is connected with the movable unit. The movable unit moves the opposite second edge portion of the flexible substrate in the width direction and bends or flattens the flexible substrate. A degree of curvature at which the flexible substrate is bent may vary based on a distance by which the movable unit moves in the width direction, so that a field of view (FOV) of the plurality of imaging units may be adjusted.01-05-2012
20120002097DUAL-PURPOSE HARDWARE APERTURE - Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system which supports a dual-purpose aperture for an electronic device. This system includes a first component configured to perform an acoustic function through the aperture and a second component configured to perform a non-acoustic function through the aperture.01-05-2012
20100060775CAMERA BODY AND IMAGING DEVICE - A camera body allows the mounting of a lens unit configured to form an optical image of a subject, and includes a body mount, an imaging element, a capacitor, and a housing member. The body mount allows a lens unit to be mounted. The imaging element includes a light receiving face arranged to receive light passing through the lens unit, and converts an optical image of the subject into an electrical signal. The capacitor is disposed above the imaging element and more to the imaging element side than the body mount in a landscape orientation. The housing member accommodates the imaging element and the capacitor.03-11-2010
20120307127GAME CAMERA HAVING AN ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICE FOR SWITCHING AN OPTICAL LENS FILTER - A digital camera for wild game animals includes a camera having automatic flash, focus, aperture and shutter speed and film advance functions. The camera is mounted within a camera housing adapted for outdoor installation and protection from adverse weather conditions. An electronic control circuit mounted within the camera housing is operably connected to the camera and includes a memory device and a microprocessor for storing and performing a set of programmable functions. The camera is activated by a passive infrared sensor detecting body heat of the animal or group of animals. An electromechanical device mounted within the camera housing selectively inserts an optical lens filter, such as day optical filter and a night optical filter, into an optical path of the camera in accordance with light intensity and/or a signal from a user or timer.12-06-2012
20120154665CAMERA BODY AND IMAGE PICKUP UNIT ATTACHABLE TO AND DETACHABLE FROM CAMERA BODY, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A camera body includes a recess to which an image pickup unit is detachably attached to be placed therein. The image pickup unit includes a housing having an optical system, an image pickup device, a first connector section. The recess has three wall sections including a back wall section facing a rear of the housing of the image pickup unit and a side wall section facing a side surface of the housing when the image pickup unit is placed in the recess. The side wall section includes a second connector section to be connected to the first connector section to perform communication. The back wall section is provided with a controlling member. A rear of the image pickup unit has an insertion opening into which the controlling member is to be inserted and an abutting section to allow the controlling member to abut thereon. When the image pickup unit is attached to the recess, the first connector section and the second connector section are connected to each other when the controlling member is inserted into the insertion opening, and the first connector section is not connected to the second connector section when the controlling member abuts on the abutting section.06-21-2012
20120062781Camera System and Method for Adjusting a Camera System - On a camera, the lens board (03-15-2012
20110102661Imaging Lens and Manufacturing Method and Imaging Unit Therefor - Provided is an imaging lens, in which a space holding portion is formed outside the effective aperture of one or both of junction type compound lenses facing each other in order to hold the space between the junction type compound lenses. A mating face formed on the space holding portion which is made of the same material as that of a lens portion is brought in direct contact with a mating face provided on the other among the junction type compound lenses facing each other at the position facing the mating face of the space holding portion, outside the effective aperture of the other junction type compound lens. Alternatively, mating faces which are formed on confronting surfaces of the space holding portions formed on the facing junction type compound lenses are brought in direct contact with each other.05-05-2011
20110102660Lens component, image forming optical system, and electronic image pickup apparatus using the same - A lens component of the present invention is made by cementing a lens LA and a lens LB having a refracting power smaller than a refracting power of the lens LA, and satisfies predetermined conditional expressions. Moreover, in an image forming optical system of the present invention which includes a lens group B having a negative refracting power, a lens group C having a positive refracting power and which moves only toward an object side at the time of zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, and one or two more lens groups additionally, one of the lens components of the present invention is used in the lens group B.05-05-2011
20120120299PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH ADJUSTABLE CAMERA - A portable electronic device includes a main body, a camera electrically connected to the main body, and a holder assembly. The holder assembly includes a first connecting beam, a second connecting beam, and a third connecting beam. The second connecting beam is rotatably connected to an end of the first connecting beam and an end of the third connecting beam. The camera is rotatably assembled on the other end of the first connecting beam, and the other end of the third connecting beam rotatably is connected to the main body.05-17-2012
20120120297ACTUATOR INSIDE OF MOTION CONTROL - A device can comprise an outer frame, a platform, and a motion control mechanism. The motion control mechanism can be adapted to permit movement of the platform in a desired direction with respect to the outer frame and inhibit rotation of the platform with respect to the outer frame. An actuator can be contained at least partially within the motion control mechanism.05-17-2012
20120162491CAMERA MODULE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - The present disclosure relates to a camera module including a PCB (Printed Circuit Board, an image sensor and a lens assembly, wherein the PCB formed with an opening, a staircase sill formed at an edge of the opening to insert a lens assembly, and an accommodation structural unit provided at a lower distal end of the opening to insert the image sensor, and wherein the image sensor is assembled to the accommodation structural unit of the PCB, and the lens assembly is inserted into the staircase sill of the PCB for assembly.06-28-2012
20120300111VOICE COIL MOTOR AND CAMERA MODULE HAVING SAME - A voice coil motor includes an outer shell, a moveable frame, a coil of wire, a number of magnetic members and a first elastic member. The outer shell includes a number of sidewalls connected to each other end-to-end. The moveable frame is moveably received in the outer shell. The coil of wire is wrapped around the moveable frame and is received in the outer shell. Each of the magnetic members is attached to a corner formed by two inner surfaces of two adjacent sidewalls. The magnetic members and the coil of wire are configured for cooperating to drive the movable frame to move in the outer shell. The first elastic member is attached to the moveable frame and received in the outer shell. The first elastic member is configured for providing an elastic restoring force.11-29-2012
20100225799IMAGE PICKUP UNIT, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGE PICKUP UNIT AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH IMAGE PICKUP UNIT - In the image pickup unit according to the present invention, of a lens group, a leg section of a lens at a tail end located closest to an image sensor in an optical axis direction is adhered to the image sensor using a UV adhesive and a light-receiving section of the image sensor is thereby sealed between the lens at the tail end and the light-receiving section via an enclosed space.09-09-2010
20120133818ACTUATOR, DRIVING DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE - The actuator disclosed herein comprises a coil, a magnet and a magnetism detection element. The magnet is configured to move a predetermined distance relative to the coil via a magnetic force generated when current is passed through the coil. The magnet includes a first polarization line perpendicular to the direction in which the magnet moves relative to the coil, and a second polarization line parallel to the first polarization line. The magnetism detection element is configured to detect the position of the magnet. The coil faces the first polarization line and the magnetism detection element faces the second polarization line. The length from the second polarization line to a first end of the magnet is equal to or more than 1.25 times the predetermined distance. The first end of the magnet is closer to the magnetism detection element than to the coil.05-31-2012
20120314118Imaging Device - An imaging device of the present invention includes: an imaging element for taking an optical image of a photographic subject and generating image data therefrom; a main circuit board for conducting signal processing on the image data, an imaging element flexible cable on which the imaging element is mounted and that has a ground potential; a shutter that opens and closes timed on the shooting of images or video of the photographic subject; a shutter flexible cable that transfers a control signal for controlling the shutter and that has a ground potential; a mount for fixing the imaging element and that includes a metallic component; and a metal plate that is connected to the mount and is disposed between the imaging element and the main circuit board. Therein, the ground potential of the imaging element and the shutter flexible cable are connected.12-13-2012
20120169915Image Capturing Apparatus and Electronic Apparatus - An image capturing apparatus and an electronic apparatus are described. The image capturing apparatus comprises a body, a flash lamp, a lens and a fill lamp. The flash lamp is disposed on the body and emits a flash light, and the lens is also disposed on the body. The lens collects and provides lights to an image sensing unit disposed inside the body to generate images. The fill lamp is disposed on the lens and electronically connects to the body. The fill lamp further locates on the direction of the flash lamp facing the lens, and thus provides lights as a filled light when the lens shields the light emitted by the flash lamp.07-05-2012
20120218454OPTICAL DEVICE, SOLID-STATE IMAGE APPARATUS, PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS - An optical element according to an embodiment includes: a lens array including a plurality of convex shaped lenses provided on a first surface thereof and taking a flat shape at a second surface which is opposite from the first surface; a lens holder comprising concave portions formed to correspond to respective lenses in the lens array, at a surface opposed to the lens array, each of the concave portions having a size which makes it possible for one of the convex shaped lenses corresponding to the concave portion to fit therein; and a drive unit configured to drive at least one of the lens array and the lens holder to bring the convex shaped lenses in the lens array and the concave portions in the lens holder into an isolation state or a contact state.08-30-2012
20120212659ILLUMINATION OF AN OBJECT - There is provided an improved solution for illuminating an object by means of an optical component. In use, the optical component is integrated with a hand-held camera unit. The optical component comprises a light-diffusing element. In addition, the optical component may also comprise at least one light source and an end element that directs the light to the object.08-23-2012
20100271533Image Recordation Device with a Plurality of Lenses - Through the use of image recordation devices that have at least two lenses with non-overlapping fields of view, a photographer can better record a memorable event. Additionally, through the inclusion of a timing module, a user can record a plurality of candid images about these events at regular or irregular intervals.10-28-2010
20120176526Camera light - A camera light assembly (07-12-2012
20090278975Method of correcting perspective deformation of a lens system - The present invention relates to a method for the correction of perspective deformation in a lens system (11-12-2009
20120314119Imaging Device - An imaging device of the present invention, which is an imaging device for shooting images or video of a photographic subject, includes: an imaging element for taking an optical image of the photographic subject and generating image data therefrom; a main circuit board for conducting signal processing on the image data generated by the imaging element; an imaging element flexible cable that is connected to the main circuit board and on which the imaging element is mounted; a mount for fixing the imaging element and that includes a metallic component; a metal plate disposed between the imaging element and the main circuit board. The imaging element flexible cable includes an imaging element flexible cable GND which has a ground potential, and the imaging element flexible cable GND is connected to the metal plate.12-13-2012
20100149405ZOOM ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM AND CAMERA - A zoom adjustment system, comprising a touch panel, a course detector, and a first zoom adjuster, is provided. The touch panel has an input surface. The touch panel detects a certain location on the input surface when it is touched. The touch panel detects a touched location. The course detector detects a course traced on the input surface by the touched location when the touched location is moved about on the input surface while maintaining continuous contact with the input surface. The first zoom adjuster adjusts a magnification of a photographic optical system according to the traced course detected by the course detector.06-17-2010
20120262621IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - Enabling an ordinary image-capturing apparatus to achieve all-around image-capturing without having a user to perform particularly difficult setting operation.10-18-2012
20120229689ZOOM LENS SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC IMAGING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH ZOOM LENS SYSTEM - A zoom lens system includes a positive first lens group, a negative second lens group, and positive third and fourth lens groups. Upon zooming from the short to long focal length extremities, the distance between the first and second lens groups increases and the distance between the second and third lens groups decreases. The first lens group includes a positive first sub-lens group which remains at a stationary position during focusing and a positive second sub-lens group which moves during focusing. Condition (1) is satisfied:09-13-2012
20120229688IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus including an image pickup lens, a lens array and an image sensor is capable of reducing brightness unevenness of an image taken by the apparatus by making use of the lens array. In the image pickup apparatus for obtaining an image while separating light rays from each other to propagate in a plurality of viewpoint directions by making use of the image pickup lens, the lens array and the image sensor, the lens array is configured to include a plurality of first lens sections and a plurality of second lens sections. Principal light rays passing through the image pickup lens and the first lens sections can be guided to propagate to the light receiving surfaces of pixels on the image sensor 09-13-2012
20080297643IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA - Provided is an image capturing apparatus, including: an optical system causing a light receiving section to receive, in substantially the same spread, light from positions within a predetermined range of positional relation, and has different optical transfer functions for light from different positions lying within the predetermined range; a storage storing each process parameter for correcting the effect of an optical transfer function on the captured image, in association with a condition regarding a positional relation between a subject and the optical system to be satisfied in performing correction using the process parameter; an obtaining section obtaining positional information indicating a positional relation between a subject and the optical system; and a selecting section selecting a process parameter stored in the process parameter storage in association with a condition that the positional relation indicated by the positional information obtained by the positional information obtaining section satisfies.12-04-2008
20080297642CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes a lens unit; a holder which houses the lens unit therein and is displaceable along an optical axis direction of the lens unit; a coil provided on the holder; a yoke, four main magnets and two flat plate-shaped auxiliary magnets which provide a magnetic field to the coil, in which the yoke has a roughly rectangular and relatively thin box shape of which bottom side is opened so that the yoke is defined by four side wall portions and a top plate portion, and the yoke also has an opening formed in the top plate portion for receiving the holder; upper and lower leaf springs respectively attached to the upper and lower cylindrical end portions of the holder for supporting the holder so as to be displaceable along the optical axis direction; and a base which supports the yoke and the lower leaf spring. In the camera module, the coil is formed into a roughly cylindrical shape having two opposite outer circumferential flat surfaces, each of the four main magnets has a triangle block shape and they are respectively arranged at the four corner portions inside the yoke, and the two auxiliary magnets are respectively arranged on a pair of the opposite side wall portions of the yoke so as to face the corresponding outer circumferential flat surfaces of the coil, respectively.12-04-2008
20080297641OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING DEVICE FOR REMOVING FOREIGN SUBSTANCE - An optical apparatus includes a rectangular optical member provided on an optical axis, a supporting member configured to support the optical member, and a rectangular vibrating device stuck to the optical member close to and in parallel with one of four sides of the optical member and configured to vibrate the optical member in a wave fashion to have a plurality of nodes parallel with the one side. The vibrating device is configured to operate in two or more vibration modes differing from one another at least in number or positions of the plurality of nodes. A support position at which the optical member is supported by the supporting member is a position of a portion of the optical member that corresponds to a node in a vibration mode other than a vibration mode whose amplitude is largest among the two or more vibration modes.12-04-2008
20120268642DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - Provided are a driving apparatus and an imaging device having the driving apparatus mounted thereon, the driving apparatus being capable of performing, with a simple configuration, driving in the Z-axis direction in addition to driving in a direction along the XY plane, reducing friction at the time of driving, and performing precise position holding at the time of stop. A driving apparatus includes: a frame, a contact body supported by the frame; a holder pressed against the contact body to be supported thereby; a VCM for relatively moving the frame in a direction along a support plane formed by the contact body; and a transducer for displacing, relative to the frame, the contact body in the Z-axis direction. When driving, the transducer causes the contact body to vibrate in the Z-axis direction so as to reduce a frictional force between the contact body and the holder.10-25-2012
20120268643IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus of the present invention includes: a lens optical system including a lens and a stop; an imaging device including at least a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels on which light having passed through the lens optical system is incident; and an arrayed optical device arranged between the lens optical system and the imaging device, wherein: the lens optical system includes, in a plane vertical to an optical axis, a first optical area that transmits therethrough light of a first wavelength band and a second optical area that transmits therethrough light of a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band; and the arrayed optical device makes light having passed through the first optical area incident on the plurality of first pixels and light having passed through the second optical area incident on the plurality of second pixels.10-25-2012
20110228156DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera of the present invention has: a lens group reflecting photographic object light entering along a first optical axis to a second optical axis direction perpendicular to the first optical axis and forming an image of light flux thereof on an image pickup device located on the second optical axis; and a driving force generating member blocking or allowing entering light flux along the first optical axis by driving a barrier member, and has a camera body having an optical housing, a containing portion containing the optical housing and the barrier member, and having a transmitting member transmitting driving force of the driving force generating member to the barrier member, wherein the coupling relation between the driving force generating member and the driving force transmitting member is maintained.09-22-2011
20100231778TELEVISION CAMERA SYSTEM AND TELEVISION LENS APPARATUS09-16-2010
20110261246VIBRATING DEVICE AND IMAGE EQUIPMENT HAVING THE SAME - A dust-screening member is shaped like a plate as a whole, and has at least one side that is symmetric with respect to a virtual axis on a surface of the member. A vibrating member is adjacent to one side of the dust-screening member, arranged on the surface along the one side, and configured to produce, at the surface, vibration having a vibrational amplitude perpendicular to the surface. A drive unit is configured to drive the vibrating member to produce the vibration on the surface, such that peak ridges of the vibration form a closed loop and an area including a center of the closed loop is surrounded by a node area having almost no vibrational amplitude.10-27-2011
20110261245VIBRATING DEVICE AND IMAGE EQUIPMENT HAVING THE SAME - A dust-screening member is shaped like a plate as a whole. A vibrating member is adjacent to one side of the dust-screening member and arranged on the surface along the one side. A drive unit is configured to drive the vibrating member to produce a vibration having a vibrational amplitude perpendicular to the surface, on the surface, such that peak ridges of the vibration form a closed loop and an area including a center of the closed loop surrounded by a node area having almost no vibrational amplitude. When a length of a side in a dust-screening member virtual rectangle corresponding to a short side of a vibrating member virtual rectangle is assumed to be LFw, and a length of short side of the vibrating member virtual rectangle is assumed to be WE, WF/LFw has a dimension of 0.095 or greater and 0.105 or less.10-27-2011
20120140104IMAGING LENS, IMAGING DEVICE, AND PORTABLE TERMINAL - The image pickup lens is composed of, in order from the object side, an aperture stop; a first lens with positive refractive power, including a convex surface facing the object side; a second lens with negative refractive power, including a concave surface facing an image side; a third lens with positive refractive power, including a convex surface facing the image side; a fourth lens with positive refractive power, having a meniscus shape including a convex surface facing the image side; and a fifth lens with negative refractive power, including a concave surface facing the image side. The image pickup lens satisfies conditional expressions relating to curvature radiuses of the object-side surface and the image-side surface of the fourth lens, a distance on an optical axis from the aperture stop to a focal point at the image side, and a focal length of the total system of the image pickup lens.06-07-2012
20120327286LIQUID LENS DEVICE AND CAMERA - A liquid lens device includes: a circular tube with a liquid pressurization port formed therein; a first elastic film and a second elastic film each closing off one of two ends of the circular tube, so as to form a lens chamber inside the circular tube; and a pressurization unit that pressurizes the lens chamber via the liquid pressurization port, wherein: the first elastic film and the second elastic film are deformed in states different from each other by pressure inside the lens chamber pressurized by the pressurization unit.12-27-2012
20120327287METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING IMAGE FRAMES USING QUANTUM PROPERTIES - A system and method for generating a series of frames of a subject comprising measuring light reflected from the subject into at least one first receiver at first points in time; receiving spatial information relating to the light source illumination independent of interaction with the subject at second points in time into at least one second receiver, at least some of second points occurring before or after the first points in time; transmitting a measured value from the at least one first receiver to a processor; transmitting the spatial information relating to the light source illumination from a second receiver to a processor; correlating the measured values from the at least one first receiver at the first points in time with the spatial information derived from the at least one second receiver at the corresponding second points in time; and creating frames of a subject.12-27-2012
20120092543Optical Lens Having Fixed Lenses And Embedded Active Optics - An electrically controllable optical lens apparatus makes use of fixed lenses and an active optical element together in a lens enclosure. The enclosure may be a barrel structure that is easily mounted to a camera device having an image sensor. The active optical element, such as a tunable liquid crystal lens, receives an electrical signal from the camera device via electrical conductors integral with the lens enclosure that provide electrical pathways between the active element on the interior of the enclosure and surface contacts on the camera device. The enclosure may be a two-piece structure, and the electrical conductors may be attached to either piece of the structure. The lens enclosure may also be threaded for attachment to the camera device. The electrical conductors may also use spring loaded contact portions or molded interconnect devices.04-19-2012
20130010175METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ANALYZING THE OPTICAL QUALITY OF A TRANSPARENT SUBSTRATE - A device for analyzing a transparent surface of a substrate including a reference pattern facing a surface of the substrate to be measured. The reference pattern is formed on a support of short and long extents. A camera is provided for taking at least one image of the reference pattern distorted by the measured substrate. A reference pattern illumination system and a processor for processing the image and digital analysis are connected to the camera. The support is of oblong shape and the reference pattern is a one-directional pattern that extends along the shortest extent of the support. The pattern is transversely periodic to the short extent, and the camera is a linear camera.01-10-2013
20130016272MIRROR UNIT AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUSAANM ICHIKAWA; YoshikiAACI Kawasaki-shiAACO JPAAGP ICHIKAWA; Yoshiki Kawasaki-shi JP - Provided is a mirror unit comprising a movable mirror that pivots back and forth between an observation position and a withdrawn position; a movable mirror drive section that accumulates bias force using drive force of a drive force source, and causes the movable mirror to pivot from one of the observation position and the withdrawn position to the other by releasing the accumulated bias force; an attachment drive section that accumulates bias force using the drive force of the drive force source, and drives a working section other than the movable mirror by releasing the accumulated bias force; and an interlocking section that interlocks with the movable mirror and the attachment drive section, accumulates bias force in the attachment drive section while the movable mirror drive section releases bias force, and releases bias force from the attachment drive section while the movable mirror drive section accumulates bias force.01-17-2013
20130016273Device Having an Optical Module and a Supporting PlateAANM Mueller; GerhardAACI Bad WaldseeAACO DEAAGP Mueller; Gerhard Bad Waldsee DE - The invention relates to an optical device (01-17-2013
20130016271LIGHT TRANSMITTANCE ADJUSTING DEVICE, IMAGE APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE LIGHT TRANSMITTANCE ADJUSTING DEVICEAANM KWON; Jong-ohAACI Suwon-siAACO KRAAGP KWON; Jong-oh Suwon-si KRAANM KIM; Che-heungAACI Yongin-siAACO KRAAGP KIM; Che-heung Yongin-si KR - A light transmittance adjusting device is provided, including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a first elastomer layer disposed between the first and second electrodes. A light transmittance of the first elastomer layer is variable depending on a voltage applied thereto.01-17-2013
20110157450PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a housing defining a through hole, a barrel positioned in the housing, a lens fixed at an end of the barrel and a light detection unit fixed at the other end of the barrel away from the lens. The lens includes an imaging portion facing the light detection unit and an incidence portion facing the through hole. The incidence portion forms a reflecting surface angled relative to an optical axis of the imaging portion, such that light entering from the through hole through the incidence portion is then reflected by the reflecting surface and refracted by the imaging portion, and is then received by the light detection unit.06-30-2011
20130021513PHOTOGRAPHIC OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME - A photographic optical system includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having positive refractive power, a second lens unit having negative refractive power configured to move in an optical axis direction to perform focusing, and a third lens unit having positive or negative refractive power, wherein the position of an optical element (A) satisfies a predetermined condition.01-24-2013
20130169851OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - An optical system includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit of a positive refractive power, an aperture diaphragm, and a second lens unit of a positive refractive power. The first lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, a cemented lens Lp07-04-2013
20120249858OPTICAL UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An optical unit with a first lens group and a second lens group, the first lens group and the second lens group being sequentially arranged from an object side to an image plane side, the first lens group including a first lens element, a transparent body, and a second lens element, the first lens element, the transparent body, and the second lens element being sequentially arranged from the object side to the image plane side, the second lens group including only a third lens element.10-04-2012
20130113978ADJUSTABLE LENS STRUCTURE - An adjustable lens structure includes a lens housing, a lens module, a rotatable lens seat, and a shifting apparatus. The lens housing has a front housing and a top housing located behind the front housing. The front housing is a hollow cylinder and the rotatable lens seat is placed inside the front housing. The lens module is placed on the rotatable lens seat. The shifting apparatus is engaged with the top housing. The shifting apparatus has a gear assembly engaged with the rotatable lens seat to provide adjustable shooting angle for the lens module.05-09-2013
20130113979IMAGING UNIT - An imaging unit includes an incident-side optical system; an incident-side prism including a first incident surface which is orthogonal to the optical axis of the incident-side optical system, a first reflecting surface and a first exit surface; an exit-side prism including a second incident surface, a second reflecting surface and a second exit surface which is orthogonal to the optical axis and from which light rays reflected by the second reflecting surface emerge; and an image sensor which receives light rays that emerge from the second exit surface. The first incident surface is positioned closer to the photographic object than the second exit surface. A deflection angle of parallel light rays, on the optical axis, at the first reflecting surface is greater than 90°, and a deflection angle of the parallel light rays at the second reflecting surface is smaller than 90°.05-09-2013
20130100333METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POLARIZATION IMAGING - A polarization imaging apparatus includes a laser light source and an image pickup element. Object light and reference light each include a first polarized-light component polarized in a first direction and a second polarized-light component polarized in a second direction that is different from the first direction. The image pickup element simultaneously captures an image of an interference pattern including (i) a first interference figure, (ii) a second interference figure, (iii) a third interference figure, and (iv) a fourth interference figure. The polarization imaging apparatus includes a reconstructing section generating respective reconstructed images of the object in regard to the first and second polarized-light components, from the first to fourth interference figures, and a polarized-light-image-calculating section obtaining polarized-light images from the reconstructed images.04-25-2013
20130100332PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A photographing apparatus includes: a lens unit; a light transmission adjustment unit that adjusts light transmittance of light that passes through the lens unit; a photographing unit that is disposed a reflected light path of the light transmission adjustment unit and that generates an image data according to received light, and a view finder that is disposed on a transmitted light path of the light transmission unit.04-25-2013
20130128094IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging optical system using a zoom lens and a focus lens; an optical system driving unit configured to drive the imaging optical system; and a controller configured to prevent an avoidance operation of avoiding an influence of hysteresis of a position of the zoom lens having the hysteresis with respect to a driving direction of the zoom lens in a first operation mode of recording an moving image and to control the optical system driving unit to perform the avoidance operation at a predetermined timing in a second operation mode different from the first operation mode.05-23-2013
20130128093DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING OPTICAL ELEMENT AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE DEVICE - A device for transporting an optical element so that inclination of the optical element is substantially prevented to more precisely control the position of the optical element, including: a base; a transporting member that supports the optical element and is movably disposed along a predetermined direction with respect to the base; a magnet extending from the base along a movement direction of the transporting member; a coil that is coupled to the transporting member and generates a magnetic field when an electrical signal is applied thereto; and a magnetic substrate that is disposed on the transporting member and applies a force to the transporting member toward the magnet due an action of a magnetic force between the magnet and the magnetic substrate.05-23-2013
20100277637IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - An image pickup device includes a fixedly provided half mirror that separates object light that has passed through a shooting optical system into transmitted light and reflected light, and an image pickup unit that generates an image of an object by receiving the transmitted light. The half mirror includes an optically transmissive film that is optically isotropic.11-04-2010
20080211955Camera Modules With Lens Drive Device - A camera module has a plurality of lenses aligned along an optic axis that receive and transmit light from a scene being imaged by the camera module. At least one lens is mounted on a platform which is movable along the optic axis and is moved by action of a piezoelectric motor. Optionally, at least one lens is mounted on a second platform which is movable along the optic axis. The second platform may be driven by a second piezoelectric motor or moved by action of the first platform.09-04-2008
20130148004ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A zoom lens includes, in order from the object side, a first lens group having a positive refracting power and fixed in position, a second lens group having a negative refracting power and movable in a direction of an optical axis for zooming, a third lens group having a positive refracting power, and a fourth lens group movable in the direction of the optical axis. The first lens group includes three lenses including a negative lens, a positive lens and another positive lens disposed in order from the object side to the image side and satisfies06-13-2013
20100283883IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE DIVISION PROGRAM AND IMAGE SYNTHESISING METHOD - A polarization image capturing section 11-11-2010
20100302431IMAGING LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - Disclosed is an imaging lens capable of improving weatherability, reducing performance degradation, and obtaining an optical performance excellent across a wide wavelength region from the visible wavelength region to the near-infrared wavelength region. An imaging lens for forming an image of visible and near-infrared light includes, in order from the object side: a front group that has a positive power; an aperture stop; and a rear group that has a negative power. In the imaging lens, the rear group includes a negative meniscus lens that is disposed closer to the object side and has a surface convex toward the object side, and a biconvex lens that is disposed closer to the image side. In addition, all the lenses constituting the imaging lens are single lenses.12-02-2010
20100309362LENS APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - A lens control unit transmits the pattern of openings and non-openings of an aperture plate as a pattern image to a digital single-lens reflex camera when an aperture plate driving mechanism places the aperture plate at a specified position on an optical path in accordance with an external instruction.12-09-2010
20130155311CAMERA MODULE HAVING PROTRUDING LENS BARREL - An electronic device and camera module are described. The camera module includes a housing for housing components of the camera module. The housing has a top side which defines an opening. The camera module also includes a lens barrel housed by the housing and having one or more lens elements and an actuator housed by the housing and engaging the lens barrel. The actuator is configured to move the lens barrel to a first position in which at least a portion of the lens barrel extends through the opening. The camera module also includes an image sensor for receiving light which passes through the lens elements of the lens barrel. The image sensor is configured to produce an electronic signal based on the received light. The electronic device also includes a processor electrically connected to the camera module for receiving the electronic signal from the image sensor.06-20-2013
20130182169IMAGING APPARATUS - According to an illustrative embodiment an imaging system is provided. The system includes a lens tube; a first polarizing filter; and a second polarizing filter; wherein the first polarizing filter and the second polarizing filter are adjacent each other, and wherein a polarizing imparted by the first polarizing filter is different from a polarizing imparted by the second polarizing filter.07-18-2013
20130120636ILLUMINATION SYSTEM - A method for capturing an image with an image capture device, such as a camera or mobile electronic device. The method includes initiating a master-slave relationship between the image capture device and at least one secondary device. Once the master-slave relationship is initiated, remotely activating one of an at least one light source of the at least one secondary device. As the light source is activated, capturing a test image of a scene illuminated by the at least one light source by the image capture device. Then, analyzing the test image to determine if an illumination of the scene should be adjusted and if the illumination of the scene is to be adjusted, providing a control signal to the at least one secondary device including at least one of a position instruction, an intensity level, or timing data.05-16-2013
20110304762LENS MODULE HAVING LIQUID CRYSTAL LENS AND IMAGE PICK-UP DEVICE USING SAME - A lens module includes a liquid crystal lens, a lens barrel and two electrically conductive traces. The liquid crystal lens includes a light incident surface, a light output surface facing away from the light incident surface, and a number of side wall surfaces interconnecting the light incident surface and the light output surface. The liquid crystal lens includes at least two electrode layers. Each of the electrode layers comprising a connection terminal exposed at the corresponding side wall surface. The liquid crystal lens is received in the lens barrel. The two electrically conductive traces are embedded in an outer surface of the lens barrel, and includes a first end electrically connected to the corresponding connection terminal, and a second end for electrical connection to an external circuit.12-15-2011
20120019704AUTOMATIC DIGITAL CAMERA PHOTOGRAPHY MODE SELECTION - A digital camera having a plurality of photography modes, comprising: an imaging sensor; an optical system for imaging a scene onto the imaging sensor; an image capture control for initiating an image capture operation; a photography mode user interface for selecting between a plurality of photography modes, the photography modes having associated image capture and image processing settings; a power control for turning the digital camera on or off, wherein when the camera is in an off state and the power control is activated with a first activation pattern the digital camera is turned on and set to operate in a default photography mode and when the power control is activated with a second activation pattern the digital camera is turned on and set to operate in a previously selected photography mode.01-26-2012
20120293703IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup optical system and an image pickup unit configured to receive an image formed by the image pickup optical system. The image pickup optical system includes an optical element having optical incident and optical emergent surfaces disposed between an aperture stop and an object and a fine textured structure having a mean pitch shorter than a wavelength of visible light and formed on at least one of the optical incident and optical emergent surfaces. The conditions 3.511-22-2012
20130208170PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS HAVING HYBRID FOCAL PLANE SHUTTER - A photographing apparatus includes: an image capturing unit; a first blade making a first movement to move to the other side edge of the image capturing unit and a second movement to move to a side edge of the image capturing unit; a second blade moving along with the first blade to the other side edge while being spaced apart from the first blade during the first movement and moving to the side edge of the image capturing unit during the second movement; a third blade moving along with the first blade to the side edge of the image capturing unit to block light from the image capturing unit and then moving to the other side edge to open the image capturing unit; and a controlling unit that resets the plurality of pixels in the rows of the image capturing unit corresponding to the first blade during the first movement.08-15-2013

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