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348207990 - CAMERA, SYSTEM AND DETAIL

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20130044253OPTICAL LENS AND IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS HAVING SAME - A lens includes an optically effective portion and a peripheral portion. The optically effective portion is configured for converging light, and includes a first surface, a second surface, and a third surface interconnecting the first and second surfaces. The first and second surfaces are plane surfaces, and are parallel with each other. The third surface is a convex surface. The peripheral portion is arranged surrounding the optically effective portion. The peripheral portion has a fourth surface substantially perpendicular to the first and second surfaces. The third surface is convex away from the fourth surface. The first surface intersects the fourth surface at a first side. The second surface intersects the fourth surface at a second side. The first and second sides have a same length. The length is greater than a distance between the first side and the second side.02-21-2013
20100165172Imaging Device Manufacturing Method and Imaging Device - Provided are a method for manufacturing an imaging device at low cost while ensuring easiness in manufacturing, and the imaging device. In the imaging device, a diaphragm 07-01-2010
20110199531OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - Provided is an optical apparatus including a filter (08-18-2011
20090219433Solid-state image pickup device and electronic apparatus including same - A camera module 09-03-2009
20100091167SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A solid state image sensor includes a pixel unit and a readout unit that reads out per-pixel pixel signals from the pixel unit. The readout unit includes: a plurality of column-parallel comparators that compare a readout signal potential to a reference voltage and output a determination signal; and a plurality of counters that count the comparing time of a corresponding comparator. Each comparator includes: a first amp containing a differential amplifier that receives the reference voltage at the gate of a transistor, receives the readout signal at the gate of another transistor, and compares the reference voltage to the readout signal potential; a second amp containing an amplifier that increases the gain of the first amp's output; and a capacitor connected between the input and the output of the amplifier in the second amp in order to exhibit the Miller effect.04-15-2010
20090195687TELEVISION CAMERA SYSTEM - A television camera system is provided and includes a television camera body and a lens device. When a power source is turned on, a lens controlling of the lens device recognizes a kind of the camera main body in accordance with a setting state of a camera code switch to decide whether or not an initializing process in the lens device can be carried out as usual. If the initializing process cannot be carried out, the initializing process in the lens device is interrupted for a prescribed time. After the prescribed time elapses, the initializing process in the lens device is started.08-06-2009
20080266440PREDICTIVE AUTOFOCUSING - A method of autofocusing includes capturing first, second and third images of a sample, at respective first, second and third sample distances and respective first, second and third lateral positions determined with respect to an objective; determining a quantitative characteristic for the first, second and third images; determining a primary sample distance based upon at least the quantitative characteristics for the first, second, and third images; and capturing a primary image of the sample at the primary sample distance and at a primary lateral position that is offset from the first, second and third lateral positions.10-30-2008
20110194014Imaging Lens, Imaging Device, and Portable Terminal - The imaging lens includes, in order from the object side, a first lens having positive refractive power, a second lens having positive refractive power, and a third lens having negative refractive power. The first lens is provided with a substrate portion which is a parallel plate, and a lens portion formed of a material having a refractive index different from that of the substrate portion on at least one of the object-side surface or the image-side surface of the substrate portion, and the second lens is a single lens and satisfies the following conditional expression: 108-11-2011
20110194013IMAGING LENS SYSTEM - This invention provides an imaging lens system in order from an object side to an image side including a first lens element having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface, a second lens element with positive refractive power having its object-side and image-side surfaces being aspheric, a third lens element with negative refractive power having its object-side and image-side surfaces being aspheric and at least one inflection point formed on one of the two surfaces, and an aperture stop disposed between the first lens element and the second lens element. There are three lens elements with refractive power in this system.08-11-2011
20090160998IMAGE CAPTURING MODULE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE IMAGE CAPTURING MODULE, AND ELECTRONIC INFORMATION DEVICE - An image capturing module according to the present invention includes a holder member, which accommodates therein a focusing lens for forming an image of a subject light on an image capturing chip attached on a substrate and is attached to the substrate to cover the image capturing chip, where the holder member is directly supported on a surface of the image capturing chip.06-25-2009
20090122179IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device includes a housing including first and second photographing apertures which are open toward opposite directions; an image pickup device provided in the housing; a main optical system forming incident light from the first photographing aperture onto an imaging surface of the image pickup device; and an insertable optical element movable between an insertion position in an optical path of a main optical system and a removed position out of the optical path of the main optical system, the insertable optical element constituting at least a part of a sub-optical system which forms incident light from the second photographing aperture onto the imaging surface when at the insertion position. When the insertable optical element is positioned in the insertion position, the sub-optical axis is offset from the main optical axis toward the removed position of the insertable optical element in the inserting/removing direction.05-14-2009
20090122177IMAGING DEVICE - In the present imaging device, a cassette cover 05-14-2009
20090122176IMAGING MODULE PACKAGE - An exemplary imaging module package includes a lens module and an imaging sensor module. The lens module includes a housing having a hollow top portion and a hollow bottom portion coaxially aligned with the hollow top portion. The imaging sensor module is received in the hollow bottom portion. The imaging sensor module includes an imaging sensor connected to the substrate and secured to the bottom portion, a substrate spaced from the bottom portion and defining at least one recess therein, and a plurality of passive components received in the at least one recess and wholly disposed below the imaging sensor.05-14-2009
20130083230IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - The image sensor 04-04-2013
20100073547IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD AND PROGRAM - There is provided an image capturing apparatus including a light receiving section that receives light from an object, an optical system that passes the light from the object therethrough so as to cause the light receiving section to receive the light from the object, where the optical system includes an optical modulating section which causes an optical transfer function of the light from the object to remain substantially constant at a position where the light receiving section is provided on condition that an object distance of the object falls within a predetermined range in a direction parallel to an optical axis of the optical system, a diaphragm section that blocks at least partially the light from the object to be received by the light receiving section, a light quantity detecting section that detects a quantity of the light from the object, and an image capturing control section that, when the light quantity detected by the light quantity detecting section is smaller than a predetermined light quantity, (i) sets an aperture size of the diaphragm section so as to be larger than a predetermined value and (ii) causes the light receiving section to receive the light from the object at least part of which is modulated by the optical modulating section.03-25-2010
20130076965PARTIALLY LIT SENSOR - An image sensing system for an electronic device. The image sensing system includes a lens and an image sensor. The image sensor includes a indirectly lit area of pixels and a directly lit area of pixels. The lens is in optical communication with the directly lit area of pixels.03-28-2013
20130033636OPTICAL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING PLENOPTIC MICROLENS ARRAY - An optical assembly includes a solid spacing layer between a plenoptic microlens array (MLA) and a pixel-level MLA, avoiding the need for an air gap. Such an assembly, and systems and methods for manufacturing same, can yield improved reliability and efficiency of production, and can avoid many of the problems associated with prior art approaches. In at least one embodiment, the plenoptic MLA, the spacing layer, and the pixel-level MLA are created from optically transmissive polymer(s) deposited on the photosensor array and shaped using photolithographic techniques. Such an approach improves precision in placement and dimensions, and avoids other problems associated with conventional polymer-on-glass architectures. Further variations and techniques are described.02-07-2013
20090256948LENS MODULE WITH ZOOM AND AUTO-FOCUS FUNCTIONS - A lens module includes a case, one and more lens units positioned in the case and having at least one lens, a carrying member, a piezoelectric driving unit, and at least a fixing member. The carrying member is connected to the lens unit such that the lens unit is movable forward and backward. The piezoelectric driving unit is mounted in the case for transferring a driving force to the carrying member so as to carry the lens unit to move. By using this configuration, the front and rear lens units may conduct the auto focus function and the zoom function respectively, thereby reducing a stroke of the lens, and reducing the size of the lens driving unit. Accordingly, the lens module may be manufactured in a small size so that it may be inserted into a cellular phone.10-15-2009
20130038775OPTICAL UNIT, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An optical unit includes a plurality of lenses arranged along an optical path from an object side toward an image side, the plurality of lenses including at least one lens including an image side surface and an object side surface, one of which is formed to be an aspheric surface at wafer level, the aspheric surface of the at least one lens being formed to serve as one of an aperture stop surface having an aperture stop function and a light-shielding surface having a light-shielding function.02-14-2013
20130038774IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS - An image pick-up apparatus includes a lens module, a base plate, and an image sensor. The lens module includes a lens barrel and an optical lens received in the lens barrel. The base plate has two opposite surfaces and a rectangular through hole defined between the two surfaces. The image sensor is fixed to the base plate. The image sensor has a top surface facing the lens module. The top surface includes a rectangular exposed portion in the through hole. The exposed portion includes a rectangular optically effective region configured for capturing images. A distance between neighboring long sides of the optically effective region and the exposed portion being greater than 0.47 times of a length of the through hole, and a distance between the neighboring short sides of the optically effective region and the exposed portion being greater than 0.27 times of the length.02-14-2013
20130033637Image Pickup Lens - To provide an image pickup lens with a five-lens configuration in which aberrations are corrected favorably despite its compactness. An image pickup lens 02-07-2013
20100045845STACKED TYPE CAMERA MODULE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING STACKED TYPE CAMERA MODULE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - Disclosed is a stacked type camera module capable of improving image quality while preventing an increase in manufacturing costs.02-25-2010
20100045844Image pickup apparatus, display and image processing apparatus - An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup lens; an image pickup device to obtain image pickup data; a microlens array on an image forming plane of the image pickup lens; and an image processing section producing an image based on the image pickup data. The microlens array includes microlenses each provided corresponding to pixels of the image pickup device. The image processing section includes a parallax image producing section and a resizing section. The parallax image producing section extracts pixel data from the image pickup data and synthesizes the pixel data to produce a plurality of parallax images. Each of the extracted pixel data corresponds to each of pixels located at the same position in image pickup regions of the image pickup device, each region corresponding to each microlens. The resizing section resizes each parallax image to change the resolutions thereof.02-25-2010
20080297646OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING DEVICE FOR REMOVING FOREIGN SUBSTANCE - An optical apparatus includes a rectangular optical member provided on an optical axis, 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.12-04-2008
20130027604IMAGE PICKUP LENS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND PORTABLE TERMINAL - Disclosed are an image pickup lens which provides a sufficient back focus and can be subjected to a reflow process while offering a capability to be used with either a 1/10-inch-sized or a 1/12-inch-sized solid-state image pickup device, as well as an image pickup apparatus and a portable terminal employing such an image pickup lens. An image pickup lens for focusing an image of a subject on a photoelectric converting portion of a solid-state image pickup device, the image pickup lens comprising an aperture stop and a single lens arranged in this order from an object side, wherein the image pickup lens satisfies the following conditional formulae:01-31-2013
20120182459Lens Assembling Method, Lens Assembly, and Image Capturing Device with the Lens Assembly - A lens assembling method for assembling a first lens and a second lens where the first lens has a first mark on a first surface thereof and a second mark on a second surface opposite to the first surface, and the second lens has a third mark on a first surface thereof, the lens assembling method including: a first step of aligning a position of one of the first mark and second marks of the first lens with a position of the third mark of the second lens; and a second step of aligning a position of the other one of the first and second marks of the first lens with the position of the third mark of the second lens, while keeping the position alignment performed in the first step.07-19-2012
20120182458IMAGE PICKUP UNIT - In an image pickup unit, a first optical system holding frame has a hole axis orthogonal to an optical axis of photographing light made incident on a first object lens group, and a through-hole portion through which a second optical system holding frame can be inserted and arranged is formed in the first optical system holding frame and the first optical system holding frame and the second optical system holding frame are set relatively movable in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis of the photographing light made incident on the first object lens group and the second optical system holding frame and a third optical system holding frame are set relatively movable in a direction along the optical axis of the photographing light made incident on a solid-state image pickup device such that predetermined optical performance adjustment can be performed during assembly.07-19-2012
20100134678PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a cover, a printed circuit board, and a lens module mounted on the printed circuit board and covered by the cover. The cover and the lens module both define a light transmitting hole. The cover includes a retaining portion, the lens module includes a latching portion engaged with the retaining portion of the cover, thus ensuring the coaxiality of the light transmitting holes of the cover and the lens module.06-03-2010
20130208173TELE-SIDE CONVERTER LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A tele-side converter lens including a first unit having a positive refractive power and a second unit having a negative refractive power, in which: the first unit includes one or two positive lenses; the second unit includes one negative lens and one or two positive lenses; and average Abbe constant and partial dispersion ratio of materials of positive lenses constituting the first unit, average Abbe constant and partial dispersion ratio of materials of positive lenses constituting the second unit, an Abbe constant and a partial dispersion ratio of materials of the negative lenses constituting the second unit, combined Abbe constants of materials of the lenses constituting the respective first and second units, focal lengths of the first and second units, a refractive index of a material of a positive lens disposed closest to the object side, and a magnification of the tele-side converter lens are appropriately set, respectively.08-15-2013
20130208172IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels each of which includes a photoelectric conversion portion, and a light-condensing portion arranged on the plurality of pixels, wherein the light-condensing portion has an area smaller than an area of the photoelectric conversion portion.08-15-2013
20090303377IMAGE SENSORS WITH IMPROVED ANGLE RESPONSE - An image sensor includes a substrate having a plurality of photosensitive areas, a light shield positioned spanning the photosensitive areas in which light shield a plurality of apertures are formed, and a plurality of microlens each disposed centered on one of the apertures such that a focal point of the incident light through each microlens is substantially extended into the substrate to a point where a portion of the incident light directed onto the periphery of each microlens is blocked by a light shield.12-10-2009
20130057748Device for Optical Imaging - A device for optically imaging at least part of an object onto an area of a digital image sensor includes an optical channel, which includes a first imaging lens arranged on a first substrate, a second imaging lens arranged on a second substrate, and a field lens arranged on a third substrate. The first and second imaging lenses are identical and arranged such that a first surface of the first imaging lens is a light entry surface of the optical channel and that a first surface of the second imaging lens is a light exit surface of the optical channel. The field lens is arranged between the first imaging lens and the second imaging lens such that an axis running perpendicularly to the lateral extension of the optical channel and through a lateral center of the field lens forms a symmetry axis of the optical channel.03-07-2013
20130057750IMAGE SENSING DEVICE - An image sensing device includes an image sensing chip, an optical module and a protecting element. The image sensing chip has a front surface defining an image sensing region thereon. The optical module includes a barrel and at least one transparent element. The barrel is directly disposed on the front surface and around the image sensing region. The transparent element is disposed in the barrel and faces to the image sensing region. The protecting element covers an area of the front surface outside the optical module and surrounds the barrel. The image sensing device has a thin thickness.03-07-2013
20130057749IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes an imaging optical system, an image pickup element that includes a plurality of pixels, a lens array configured so that a ray from the same position on an object plane enters the pixels different from each other of the image pickup element in accordance with a pupil region of the imaging optical system through which the ray passes, and a controller configured to change an interval between the lens array and the image pickup element in accordance with a variation of a pupil of the imaging optical system.03-07-2013
20130057747ZOOM LENS AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A zoom lens and a photographing apparatus including the zoom lens that includes a first lens group having a negative refractive power, a second lens group having a positive refractive power, and a third lens group having a positive refractive power that are sequentially arranged from an object side; during zooming from wide to telephoto, the distance between the first and second lens groups decreases and the distance between the second and third lens groups increases; the first lens group includes a first lens having a negative refractive power and is a double-concave lens and a second lens having a positive refractive power that are sequentially arranged from the object side; and the second lens group includes a third lens having a positive refractive power, being disposed closest to the image side, and is a meniscus lens having a concave surface toward the object side.03-07-2013
20090040361OPTICAL LENS IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEMS - The present invention provides optical systems, devices and methods which utilize one or more electroactive polymer actuators to stabilize the image produced by the device or system.02-12-2009
20090091651DUAL CAMERA APPARATUS - Camera apparatus with dual lenses that allows quickly switching between lenses in a single camera.04-09-2009
20110058089Imaging lens assembly - This invention provides an imaging lens assembly 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 having a convex image-side surface; a third lens having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface, at least one of both surfaces thereof being aspheric; a fourth lens having a concave image-side surface, at least one of both surfaces thereof having at least one inflection point; and an aperture stop disposed between an imaged object and the second lens; the on-axis spacing between the first lens and second lens is T12, the focal length of the imaging lens assembly is f, the Abbe number of the first lens and third lens is, V1 and V3, respectively, they satisfy the relations: 0.5<(T12/f)*100<20, 2303-10-2011
20130135515DIGITAL IMAGING SYSTEM - A digital imaging system for imaging an object is provided comprising a photosensor array arranged in an image plane and a plurality of microlenses arranged so as to direct light from the object to the photosensor array. The plurality of microlenses have different focal lengths and different fields of view.05-30-2013
20130135514OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - An optical system includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a front unit having a positive refractive power, an aperture diaphragm, and a rear unit. The front unit includes a first lens unit having a positive refractive power. The rear unit includes a second unit adjacent to the aperture diaphragm and configured to move in focusing. The first lens unit includes n (which is an integer of 2 or higher) positive lenses and one or more negative lenses. The materials of at least two positive lenses in the first lens unit satisfy 0.0100<ΔθgF where ΔθgF is an abnormal partial dispersion of each material. The material of the one or more positive lenses satisfies 0.0272<ΔθgF. Additional conditional expressions are satisfied.05-30-2013
20110037887WAFER-LEVEL LENS MODULE AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME - Disclosed are a wafer-level lens module including a plurality of wafer-scale lenses that are stacked and an image pickup device including the wafer-level lens module and an image sensor. Each wafer-scale lens includes a substrate with a light-transmission part, and a lens element fixed on one side or both sides of the substrate. The lens element includes an optical zone, corresponding to the light-transmission part of the substrate, and an extended zone disposed outside the optical zone. A trench or protrusion is formed as an alignment guide on one or both sides of the substrate, adjacent to the light-transmission part, and a protrusion or trench, aligned with the trench or protrusion, is formed in the extended zone of the lens element. The lens element is aligned on the substrate such that an inclined portion of the protrusion contacts corners of the trench.02-17-2011
20110013070LENS UNIT, IMAGE CAPTURING LENS, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND PORTABLE TERMINAL - A lens unit LU in which a lens portion L is formed at least on either a light-receiving surface or a light-emitting surface of a lens holding plate P, wherein a difference in coefficients of linear expansion of the lens holding plate P and the lens portion L is used to suppress mis-focusing by causing changes in a paraxial image point position of the entire lens system due to changes in the surface shape of the lens portion L which accompany temperature changes, and changes in the paraxial image point position of the entire lens system due to changes in the refraction index to cancel each other out. Furthermore, deterioration of performance of the entire lens system caused by rising temperature is suppressed by satisfying a predetermined conditional expression.01-20-2011
20090268077Method for controlling a camera mode in a portable terminal - Disclosed is a camera control method for a portable terminal, by which a lens unit of a camera of the portable terminal can be automatically drawn into or out of the portable terminal when a call is received in a camera mode of the portable terminal. The method comprises the steps of: determining if a call is received in the camera mode in which a lens unit of the portable terminal has been drawn out of the portable terminal; controlling the lens unit to be automatically drawn into the portable terminal while reporting call reception when the call is received; shifting the portable terminal into a communication mode and performing communication when a communication key is input; shifting the portable terminal into an initial camera mode when the initial camera mode is selected after the communication is performed and shifting the portable terminal into a previous camera mode when the previous camera mode is selected after the communication is performed; and interrupting call reception and controlling the lens unit to be automatically drawn out of the portable terminal while maintaining the camera mode when a cancel key is selected.10-29-2009
20120224095CAMERA APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided is a camera apparatus including a lens apparatus which is attachable thereto and detachable therefrom, the camera apparatus including: an optical system; and an optical element which is insertable to and removable from an optical path of the optical system, in which: the optical element includes a surface having positive refractive power; and the optical system includes a surface having negative refractive power.09-06-2012
20120224094CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - A method and system for facilitating focusing of a camera module are disclosed. The camera module includes an image sensor, a lens cube, a barrel and an adjustable member. An adjustable member can be configured to fine-tune the focal length with respect to an image sensor, so that a lens cube with a shorter or longer focal length can be corrected and integrated into the camera module.09-06-2012
20130063648OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An optical system includes a negative lens unit including one or more negative lenses located closest to an object side, and a positive lens unit having positive refractive power including a plurality of lenses on an image side of the negative lens unit. When the one or more negative lenses are denoted by negative lenses LNi (i=1, 2, . . . ) in order from the object side, and a portion of lenses among the plurality of the lenses constituting the positive lens unit is denoted by lenses LAj (j=1, 2, . . . ) in order from the object side, a focal length fni of the negative lens LNi, a refractive index Nni of a material thereof, a focal length fAj of the lens LAj, a refractive index NAj, and partial dispersion ratio θgFAj of a material of the lens LAj are set to satisfy respective predetermined conditions.03-14-2013
20090027541Solid State Imaging Device - A solid-state imaging device provided with a light receiving surface, in which plural unit pixels, each having a photoelectric transducer to convert light signals into electric signals, are two-dimensionally arranged; a microlens to focus a light beam, the microlens being arranged in each unit pixel corresponding to the photoelectric transducer; an aperture section, to allow the light beam to enter the photoelectric transducer, the aperture section being arranged in each unit pixel corresponding to the photoelectric transducer; a wiring layer, which comprises plural layers, and is formed between the photoelectric transducer and the microlens, wherein the plural unit pixels are arranged such that each of the photoelectric transducer is located axisymmetrically with a symmetrical axis of a first centerline passing through an approximate center of the light receiving surface.01-29-2009
20090009650PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CAMERA MODULE THEREFOR - The present invention provides a camera module for a portable electronic device. A beam splitter has a first light input end for receiving a first light beam, a second light input end for receiving a second light beam and a light output end for outputting the first or second light beams that enter from the first and second light input ends respectively. A reflector is positioned at the upstream of the first light input end of the beam splitter to redirect the first light beam to the first light input end of the beam splitter. An image sensor is positioned at the downstream of the light output end of the beam splitter to convert the first or second light beams outputted from the light output end into a corresponding signal.01-08-2009
20090009649IMAGING APPARATUS AND EXPOSURE CONTROL METHOD - In a digital camera (01-08-2009
20120113310PHOTOGRAPHING OPTICAL LENS ASSEMBLY - A photographing optical lens assembly includes, 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, and a fourth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave object-side surface.05-10-2012
20120236196FOREIGN SUBSTANCE REMOVAL APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A measuring unit measures an amount of a detected phase difference from an output of a vibration detection signal from a first detection electrode until an output of a vibration detection signal from a second detection electrode. A setting unit sets a second driving phase difference amount based on the detected phase difference amount measured by the measuring unit when the setting unit sets a first driving phase difference amount set in advance. A first voltage applied by a drive unit to the first drive electrode and the second drive electrode when the setting unit sets the first driving phase difference amount, is lower than a second voltage applied by the drive unit to the first drive electrode and the second drive electrode when the setting unit sets the second driving phase difference amount.09-20-2012
20080291316IMAGE SENSOR PACKAGE STRUCTURE AND CAMERA MODULE HAVING SAME - An image sensor package structure includes a base board, an image sensor and at least a passive component. The base board includes a top surface, a bottom surface and four side surfaces. At least one depression is formed in the border of the top surface and the side surface. The image sensor is mechanically and electrically connected to the base board. The images sensor is installed above the depression. At least a passive component is installed in the depression and electrically connected to the base board.11-27-2008
20100045846IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE - An excellent image pickup device whose size and thickness are reduced is realized with a simple structure, and thus the slimming down of a mobile terminal device is accomplished. A slim image pickup device in which a plate-like member 02-25-2010
20120147248IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging lens includes: an aperture stop; a first lens having a positive refractive power; a second lens having a negative refractive power which is formed in a concave shape on both sides thereof; a third lens having a positive refractive power which is formed in a meniscus shape in which a concave surface is directed toward the side of an object; and a fourth lens having a negative refractive power in which a convex surface is directed toward the object side, which are sequentially disposed from the object side to the image side, wherein the imaging lens satisfies the following conditional expressions (1), (2), (3) and (4):06-14-2012
20100208125OPTICAL UNIT AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An optical unit which includes (a) a first lens group; and (b) a second lens group, which are arranged in order from an object side toward an image surface side, the first lens group including (i) a first lens element, (ii) a first transparent body, and (iii) a second lens element, which are arranged in order from the object side toward the image surface side, and the second lens group including (i) a third lens element, (ii) a second transparent body and (iii) a fourth lens element, which are arranged in order from the object side toward the image surface side.08-19-2010
20100171865SOLID-STATE IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND CAMERA - A solid-state image-taking apparatus which have a solid-state image-taking device includes a chip of the solid-state image-taking device, an imaging lens configured to focus incoming light into an image on the solid-state image-taking device, and a material of a refraction index larger than 1, which is arranged between the chip and the imaging lens.07-08-2010
20110279727BACKSIDE ILLUMINATION IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE - A backside illumination image sensor that includes a semiconductor substrate with a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and a read circuit formed on a front surface side of the semiconductor substrate, and captures an image by outputting, via the read circuit, electrical signals generated as incident light having reached a back surface side of the semiconductor substrate is received at the photoelectric conversion elements includes: a light shielding film formed on a side where incident light enters the photoelectric conversion elements, with an opening formed therein in correspondence to each photoelectric conversion element; and an on-chip lens formed at a position set apart from the light shielding film by a predetermined distance in correspondence to each photoelectric conversion element. The light shielding film and an exit pupil plane of the image forming optical system achieve a conjugate relation to each other with regard to the on-chip lens.11-17-2011
20100007783Imaging device and focusing screen replacement mechanism - Disclosed herein is an imaging device including a device main body, a focusing screen holding member configured to detachably hold a focusing screen, and a locking member configured to be provided between the focusing screen holding member and a lens attachment part of the device main body.01-14-2010
20090059056VIDEO CAMERA - A video camera includes an image sensor. The image sensor has an imaging surface irradiated with an optical image of an object scene through a focus lens and repeatedly generates an object scene image. A position of the focus lens is repeatedly changed among three points by a driver, in parallel with a generating process of the object scene image by the image sensor. A high-frequency AF evaluation value of the object scene image generated by the image sensor is repeatedly detected by a high-frequency AF evaluation circuit and a CPU, in parallel with a changing process of the position of the focus lens. The CPU references the detected high-frequency AF evaluation value to determine a focal characteristic, and based on a determination result, adjusts the position of the focus lens to a focal position.03-05-2009
20120105704PHOTOGRAPHING OPTICAL LENS ASSEMBLY - A photographing optical lens assembly includes, 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, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, and a fifth lens element having a concave image-side surface and having at least one inflecting point.05-03-2012
20120099014PHOTOGRAPHING OPTICAL LENS ASSEMBLY - A photographing optical lens assembly includes, 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 having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface, a third lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a convex image-side surface, and a fourth lens element having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface with both surfaces thereof being aspheric.04-26-2012
20110285895Image Sensing Device and Processing System - An image sensing device includes a color filter array module and a controlling module. The color filter array module includes a first, a second, a third and a fourth filter unit. The first filter unit is used to sense a first pixel data at the frame; the second filter unit is used to sense a second pixel data at the frame; the third filter unit is used to sense a third pixel data at the frame; and the fourth filter unit is used to sense a narrow-band data. The controlling module controls the sensing and illuminating form of the color filter array module according to the first light or the second light. An image processing system reconstructs the full scale chromatic image and gray barrow-band image respectively after color filter array demosaicking process and synthesizes the chromatic image and narrow-band image into a color narrow-band image.11-24-2011
20110292271CAMERA MODULE AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF - A camera module is disclosed. The camera module includes an imager sensor device comprising a microlens array. A lens set overlies the imager sensor device. A dry film type photoresist spacer is interposed between the imager sensor device and the lens set, wherein the dry film type photoresist spacer has an opening above the microlens array. A fabrication method of the camera module is also disclosed.12-01-2011
20110141336PHOTOCHROMATIC COATING FOR CONTROLLING LENS FLARE - A camera lens can be subject to lens flare due to light reaching a camera sensor from outside of the camera field of view. When an electronic device size is reduced such that a lens cannot be recessed relative to the device housing, the lens can capture stray light. To reduce the chance that stray light reaches the lens and sensor, the lens can be treated with a photochromatic treatment. Properties of the photochromatic treatment, as well as the distribution of the treatment can be selected to reduce lens flare caused by particular types of light. In some embodiments, a photochromatic treatment can instead or in addition be applied for a cosmetic purpose. For example, a photochromatic treatment can be applied to a device housing, icons or text displayed on the device enclosure, on a mask within a device display window, or any other electronic device enclosure component.06-16-2011
20100060778LENS DRIVER AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A lens driver includes a lens unit, a polymer actuator, and an orthogonal transformation mechanism. The lens unit includes a lens holding frame having a pressed portion at an outer peripheral surface of the lens unit, a lens being held thereby. The lens unit is movable in an optical-axis direction of the lens. The polymer actuator is arranged outside the outer peripheral surface and having an electrode to which a voltage is applied. The polymer actuator is bent in a direction orthogonal to the optical-axis direction and presses the pressed portion in that direction when the voltage is applied to the electrode. The orthogonal transformation mechanism converts a force in a pressing direction into a moving force in the optical-axis direction and moves the lens unit in the optical-axis direction when the pressed portion of the lens holding frame is pressed by the bent polymer actuator.03-11-2010
20090002542ELECTRONIC IMAGING APPARATUS WITH ANTI-DUST FUNCTION - An electronic imaging apparatus includes an imaging optical system which forms an optical image of an object. A photoelectric conversion element converts the optical image into an electric signal. The optical element is arranged between the imaging optical system and the photoelectric conversion element. An excitation unit vibrates the optical element at a set frequency, and vibrates the optical element at least in an imaging operation of the photoelectric conversion element.01-01-2009
20100091168SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A solid-state image pickup apparatus includes a solid-state image pickup device, a microlens member laminated on the solid-state image pickup device, and a flat plate-like cover glass attached onto a region excluding a pixel region on the microlens member as viewed in a planar manner from above the microlens member to seal the pixel region of the solid-state image pickup device.04-15-2010
20100079658LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND AN IMAGE ABERRATION CONTROL METHOD - A lens unit using an aberration control module is disclosed. The lens unit can be operable to intentionally produce aberration. In the lens unit, a point-spread-function of a light beam passing through the lens unit becomes substantially circular.04-01-2010
20090185066Imaging apparatus - An imaging apparatus is disclosed. The imaging apparatus includes: a housing forming an external armor; an imaging lens provided in the housing; a barrier adapted to be moved between a closing position at which it covers the imaging lens; and an opening position at which it causes the imaging lens, a barrier opening/closing member provided at the housing so as to be movable between a first position and a second position; and an interlock mechanism coupling the barrier and the barrier opening/closing member, causing the barrier to be located at the closing position at the first position of the barrier opening/closing member, and causing the barrier to be located at the opening position at the second position, the barrier being provided between the housing and the barrier opening/closing member and covered, at the opening position, with the barrier opening/closing member located at the second position.07-23-2009
20090027542Image pickup apparatus - An image pickup apparatus capable of increasing the number of pixels in a reproduced image without a decline in image quality of a picked up image is provided. The image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup lens section including an aperture stop, the aperture stop including a plurality of aperture sections; an image pickup device obtaining image pickup data on the basis of light received; and a microlens array section being arranged on the focal plane of the image pickup lens section between the image pickup lens and the image pickup device, and including one microlens for a plurality of pixels of the image pickup device.01-29-2009
20080309813Imaging device and method - Disclosed herein is an imaging device including an imaging lens; a microlens array section; an imaging element; and a transporting section adapted to transport the microlens array section.12-18-2008
20100201863CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes a lens holder, a lens module, an image sensor chip, and a printed circuit board. The lens module is received in the lens holder. The lens module includes a lens barrel and at least one lens received in the lens barrel. The image sensor chip has a photosensitive area configured for receiving light transmitted through the lens module. The printed circuit board defines a top surface for receiving both the image sensor chip and the lens barrel thereon and an opposite bottom surface thereon. The bottom surface defines a plurality of recesses thereon for receiving the corresponding electronic elements therein by adhesives.08-12-2010
20090190022Image pickup apparatus - An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup lens section; an image pickup device obtaining image pickup data on the basis of light detected; a microlens array section arranged on a focal plane of the image pickup lens section, and including a plurality of microlenses, each of the microlenses being provided corresponding to a plurality of image pickup pixels of the image pickup device; and a light-condensing section configured of a plurality of light-condensing elements, each of the light-condensing elements condensing light entering into each of the image pickup pixels of the image pickup device, wherein on the image pickup device, in a pixel region corresponding to each microlens, the pitch between the light-condensing elements is smaller than the pixel size, and in a boundary region between pixel regions corresponding to microlenses, respectively, the pitch between the light-condensing elements is larger than the pixel size.07-30-2009
20120188435Compact Camera Module with Zoom and Auto-Focus Actuators Sharing the Same Rotating Annular Magnet with Alternating Thick and Thin Poles - A compact camera modules has first, second, and third lens groups that move along an optical axis. A stepping motor is centered on the optical axis rather than offset from the optical axis. The motor has two coils that are fixed in place and a shared rotating magnet. The magnet is attached to a rotating guide that has slots to move the first and second lens groups as it rotates. The two coils are alternately energized rotate the magnet, the rotating guide, and to move the first and second lens groups for zoom. The magnet has alternating thicker and thinner segments of opposite polarity. The thicker segments exert a greater force on an autofocus coil that is energized to move the third lens for the autofocus function. The same shared rotating magnet is used for both zoom and autofocus functions. A more compact design is possible using a shared magnet.07-26-2012
20090015705DRIVING DEVICE FOR REMOVING FOREIGN SUBSTANCE SUCH AS DUST AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A driving device and an image pickup apparatus including the driving device capable of reliably detecting a vibration state of a vibrated member even when a piezoelectric element including as a control circuit an H-bridge circuit which contributes miniaturization of the circuit is employed are provided. In this driving device, a single piezoelectric member including a first driving electrode and a vibration detection electrode on a first side and a second driving electrode and a ground electrode on a second side is attached to an optical low-pass filter serving as the vibrated member so as to vibrate the optical low-pass filter. Furthermore, the vibration detection electrode is used to detect the vibration status of the optical low-pass filter.01-15-2009
20110164166IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus comprises a photoelectric conversion unit including a first pixel group which photoelectrically converts an object image formed via a first exit pupil region of a photographing lens and a second pixel group which photoelectrically converts an object image formed via a second exit pupil region; a focus detection unit which detects a focus of the photographing lens using a first image signal obtained from the first pixel group and a second image signal obtained from the second pixel group; a calculation unit which calculates an inclination of a straight line connecting a barycenter of the first exit pupil region and a barycenter of the second exit pupil region from a pixel arrangement direction of the first pixel group and second pixel group; and a focus detection range setting unit which sets a focus detection range based on a calculation result of the calculation unit.07-07-2011
20100128161SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes, on a semiconductor substrate, a pixel portion having a plurality of pixels provided with a photoelectric conversion portion, which photoelectrically converts incident light to obtain a signal charge and a pixel transistor portion, which converts the signal charge read from the photoelectric conversion portion to a voltage, wherein an element isolation region disposed in the pixel portion includes an insulating film buried in a trench disposed in the semiconductor substrate, and the insulating film includes an insulating film having a negative charge.05-27-2010
20100277638IMAGE SPACE FOCUS - A camera having a lens and a sensor between which one or more transparent plates can selectively be disposed. The plates may have different thickness or indices of refraction, or they may have the same thickness and index of refraction and various combinations of them can be employed. Alternatively, a single plate may be used. The single plate may have one or more regions of different thickness or index of refraction or both. One option may including removing any of the plates from the area between the lens and sensor. With any of these various embodiments, the object distance of best focus is varied when the plate is added or removed or different areas on a plate are used or different combinations of plates are added.11-04-2010
20110019064TWO-DIMENSIONAL ARRAY OF RADIATION SPOTS FOR AN OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE - The invention relates to an optical scanning device (01-27-2011
20120033125IMAGING OPTICAL DEVICE - An imaging optical device includes a first lens group and a second lens group disposed in an order from the object side to the image side. The first lens group has a positive refractive power, and includes at least a first lens, a second lens and a third lens in an order from an object side to an image side. The third lens has a convex image-side surface. The second group has a negative refractive power and includes at least three lenses.02-09-2012
20100079656LENS, LENS MODULE AND CAMERA MODULE - A lens includes an optical portion and a mounting portion. The optical portion refracts a first portion of light from an object incident on the optical portion to form an image of the object. The mounting portion surrounds the optical portion. The mounting portion includes at least one light dispersing surface dispersing a second portion of light from the object light incident thereon. A lens module and camera module utilizing the lens are further disclosed.04-01-2010
20090251589PHOTOGRAPHIC LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A photographic lens system including multiple lens units where at least a part of one of the multiple lens units is movable in a direction, which includes a vector component orthogonal to an optical axis, and where the photographic lens system can have a normal and image stabilizing mode.10-08-2009
20110169997SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSING ELEMENT AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS - An image sensor that output a signal for detecting a focus state of a photographing lens. The image sensor includes a microlens; a light-receiving pixel; a first focus state detection pixel pair for outputting a focus state detection signal, in which aperture areas of the first focus state detection pixel pair are small in comparison to the light-receiving pixel; and a second focus state detection pixel pair for outputting a focus state detection signal, in which aperture areas of the second focus state detection pixel pair are small in comparison to the light-receiving pixel, wherein the second focus state detection pixel pair is arranged at a position that is shifted by a predetermined amount relative to each aperture position, with respect to the microlens of the first focus state detection pixel pair.07-14-2011
20110169996IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICK-UP SYSTEM - An output level difference in the case of using a joint line as a boundary, a bright line, a black bar, or the like is suppressed. A solid-state image pick-up apparatus in which, on a substrate having a plurality of photoelectric converting areas (photodiodes), a solid-state image pick-up element provided with at least one pattern layer formed by divisional exposure and a lens for introducing light into the plurality of photoelectric converting areas of the solid-state image pick-up element are formed. By setting a center of an optical axis of the lens to an approximate joint position between the pattern layers where the pattern layers have been joined by the divisional exposure, the output level difference of a pixel output of the solid-state image pick-up element on the right and left sides of the joint position is suppressed.07-14-2011
20110169995IMAGE PICKUP LENS, IMAGE PICKUP MODULE, AND PORTABLE INFORMATION DEVICE - In order to provide an image pickup lens, an image pickup module, and a portable information device that make it possible to reduce the risk of deterioration in optical characteristic by achieving satisfactory resolving performance in an area surrounding a shot image, an image pickup lens includes a first lens having an Abbe number of greater than 45 and second lens having an Abbe number of greater than 45 and satisfies mathematical expression (1):07-14-2011
20110169994SUPER LIGHT-FIELD LENS - Light field imaging systems, and in particular light field lenses that can be mated with a variety of conventional cameras (e.g., digital or photographic/film, image and video/movie cameras) to create light field imaging systems. Light field data collected by these light field imaging systems can then be used to produce 2D images, right eye/left eye 3D images, to refocus foreground images and/or background images together or separately (depth of field adjustments), and to move the camera angle, as well as to render and manipulate images using a computer graphics rendering engine and compositing tools.07-14-2011
20090273701LENS ASSEMBLY, LENS MOVING DEVICE AND ASSEMBLING METHOD - A lens assembly in a digital still camera has a lens housing. First and second movable lenses/lens groups are contained in the lens housing, and supported in respectively first and second lens holders. A guide rod guides movement of the first and second lenses/lens groups in an optical axis direction with the lens holders. A shutter unit is disposed between the lens holders. A shutter actuator drives the shutter unit. A containing chamber in the lens housing contains the shutter actuator. A first motor is disposed between the guide rod and an inner surface of the lens housing and near to a first surface of the shutter unit, and moves the first lens holder. A second motor is disposed between the guide rod and the containing chamber and near to a second surface of the shutter unit, and moves the second lens holder.11-05-2009
20090273700LENS ASSEMBLY, LENS MOVING DEVICE AND ASSEMBLING METHOD - A lens assembly in a digital still camera has a lens housing. First and second movable lenses/lens groups are contained in the lens housing, and supported in respectively first and second lens holders. A guide rod guides movement of the first and second lenses/lens groups in an optical axis direction with the lens holders. A shutter unit is disposed between the lens holders. A shutter actuator drives the shutter unit. A containing chamber in the lens housing contains the shutter actuator. A first motor is disposed between the guide rod and an inner surface of the lens housing and near to a first surface of the shutter unit, and moves the first lens holder. A second motor is disposed between the guide rod and the containing chamber and near to a second surface of the shutter unit, and moves the second lens holder.11-05-2009
20090262232Lens driving unit and image photographing module comprising the same - An image photographing module is provided that includes: a lens unit and has a guide hole guiding the movement of the lens unit; a module supporting unit disposed at the back of the lens unit along the optical axis, wherein a driving axis that is movably inserted into the guide hole is coupled to the module supporting unit; a shutter unit that controls the amount of light incident on the lens unit and is disposed in front of the lens unit such that the shutter unit is substantially included within the overall perimeter of the lens unit; and a lens driving unit that is disposed substantially within the combined perimeter of the shutter unit and the lens unit. A curved vibration piezoelectric motor is also included that moves the lens unit along the optical axis using friction with the driving axis.10-22-2009
20090284639IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR IMAGE SENSOR - Provided is a imaging optical system for an image sensor. The imaging optical system includes a stop and a first lens sequentially arranged from an object side. The first lens has aspherical surfaces on both sides and has a positive refractive power, a first surface of the first lens which faces the object side is a convex surface and a second surface of the first lens which faces an image side is a convex surface.11-19-2009
20090290062OPTICAL DEVICE AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF - A lead frame is buried in mold resin to form a mold structure. A wide blade is used to make an indentation having an alignment step in the mold structure. Then, a narrow blade is used to split the mold structure. At the outer perimeter portion of a base which is a separate part separated from the mold structure, an alignment step is formed. Due to the alignment step, an optical element, such as a mirror tube of an imaging optical system, or the like, is readily and quickly attached.11-26-2009
20090290061Camera module - Provided is a camera module including a substrate; an image sensor that is mounted on the substrate; and a housing that is coupled to the top surface of the substrate and has a lens assembly integrally provided on the center thereof, the lens assembly having a plurality of lenses stacked therein, and a plurality of support portions which project from the side walls of the housing in the lower side of the lens assembly so as to be contact-supported by the top and side surfaces of the image sensor.11-26-2009
20090167922Apparatus and method for capturing still images and video using coded lens imaging techniques - An apparatus for capturing images. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises: a coded lens array including a plurality of lenses arranged in a coded pattern and with opaque material blocking array elements that do not contain lenses; and a light-sensitive semiconductor sensor coupled to the coded lens array and positioned at a specified distance behind the coded lens array, the light-sensitive sensor configured to sense light transmitted through the lenses in the coded lens array.07-02-2009
20120293704Image-Capturing Lens, Image-Capturing Device, and Portable Terminal - Provided is an imaging lens, and also provided are an image pickup apparatus and a portable terminal both equipped with the imaging lens. The imaging lens includes in order: a positive first lens having a convex object-side surface; a negative second lens having a concave image-side surface; a negative meniscus-shaped third lens having a convex object-side surface; a positive fourth lens having a convex image-side surface; and a negative fifth lens having a concave image-side surface. The image-side surface of the fifth lens is aspherical and has an inflection point at a position of the optical axis. The third and the fourth lenses are integrally moved to focus, and the following conditional relation is satisfied: 0.7511-22-2012
20100103308POSITIONING WAFER LENSES ON ELECTRONIC IMAGERS - A low cost manufacturing method (04-29-2010
20100060777LENS BARREL AND IMAGING DEVICE - A lens barrel is a lens barrel that can be mounted to a camera body, including a lens element, a lens support frame, an actuator, and an electrical contact. The lens support frame supports the lens element. The actuator is arranged to drive the lens support frame in an optical direction of the lens element, and includes a drive shaft and a detector configured to detect rotation of the drive shaft. The electrical contact is disposed on the opposite side from the actuator with respect to the lens element when viewed in the optical axis direction parallel to the optical axis of the lens element, and is configured to be electrically connected with the camera body.03-11-2010
20100141824Arrangement for and method of suppressing electromagnetic radiation interference in an imaging reader - An imager in an imaging reader captures light from a target, generates image data from the captured light, and generates a pixel clock signal having a pixel clock frequency in synchronism with the image data. A controller is connected via an electrical conductor to the imager, and controls the imager to transfer the image data, receives the image data, and processes the image data. A circuit suppresses electromagnetic radiation generated by the conductor during the image data transfer, and includes a spread spectrum modulator for modulating the pixel clock signal to generate a variable spread spectrum signal having a spread spectrum frequency that periodically varies above and below the pixel clock frequency, and a buffer having a plurality of registers for receiving and temporarily storing the image data, and for varying as a function of the spread spectrum frequency how much of the image data is being temporarily stored.06-10-2010
20080239138Image pickup lens, image pickup apparatus and mobile terminal - An image pickup lens includes, in order from an object side thereof: a aperture stop; a first lens having a positive refractive power; a second lens having a negative refractive power; a third lens having a positive refractive power; and a fourth lens having a negative refractive power and having a biconcave shape including an aspheric surface. The image pickup lens satisfies the predetermined conditions according to focal lengths of the first lens and the third lens.10-02-2008
20090051803CAMERA HAVING A DUST-PROOFING MEMBER THAT IS VIBRATED TO REMOVE DUST, THE DUST-PROOFING MEMBER BEING PRESSED BY A SPRING PRESSING MEMBER TOWARD A SEALING PART THAT SEALS A SPACE BETWEEN THE DUST-PROOFING MEMBER AND AN IMAGE PICKUP-DEVICE - A camera includes a dust-proofing member which has a transparent portion through which a visible light component is transmitted. The transparent portion is opposed to the front of an image pick-up device at a predetermined interval. A vibration member is arranged at a peripheral portion of the dust-proofing member and vibrates the dust-proofing member. A sealing part seals a space between the image pick-up device and the dust-proofing member. And a spring pressing member presses the dust-proofing member at a periphery thereof toward the sealing part.02-26-2009
20110205422HIGH RESOLUTION LABEL FREE IMAGING - An apparatus having an optical reader system and method for label-independent detection having improved spatial resolution of the reader, as defined herein. The system includes an optical configuration for interrogating a sensor on a microplate at an incident angle (θ08-25-2011
20080291317IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - An image sensing apparatus in which a plurality of lens units can be exchanged and attached. The image sensing apparatus includes an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from an attached lens unit, lens information including at least an exit pupil distance of the lens unit, an image sensor including a plurality of pixels for converting incident light into electrical charges corresponding to the amount of incident light, a shutter unit configured to shield the image sensor from light, a reset unit configured to sequentially reset the pixels of the image sensor in a traveling direction of the shutter unit prior to starting to shield the image sensor from light using the shutter unit, and a control unit configured to control a timing for resetting the pixels, based on the acquired lens information, where photography is prohibited when the lens information fails to be acquired.11-27-2008
20080273111Miniature camera module - Digital miniature cameras and methods to manufacture thereof have been achieved. Said miniature cameras having an adjustable focusing device are intended to be used as a built-in modules in hand-held consumer electronic devices, such as e.g. mobile phones and PDAs. The cameras invented have a very small size and produce high-quality pictures. Glue is used to hold different parts together and to seal the joints. The lens is glued in the final stage of the manufacturing line, thus providing the focus setting and the sealing of the cavity that covers the image sensor. A glob top is used to cover and seal the image processor. Said glob top serves two different purposes, first, to distribute the heat away from the sensor and, second, to lock the frame, together with the lens house, into a printed circuit board. In one embodiment a cavity PCB is used to “bury” the sensor of the camera, thus reducing the overall height required. In another embodiment the image processor is mounted on a flexistrip directly underneath the image sensor die, thus reducing the total height of the camera module.11-06-2008
20120033126LIGHT-COLLECTING DEVICE, LIGHT-COLLECTING DEVICE GROUP, AND SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS - A light-collecting device includes at least one first annular region having a first refractive index, and at least one second annular region having a second refractive index different from the first refractive index, the at least one first annular region and the at least one second annular region are adjacently and alternately arranged in a concentric manner, and at least one of the at least one first annular region and the at least one second annular region includes a gap at a portion where a width of the annular region gradually decreases.02-09-2012
20080239137IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus is provided and includes: an imaging optical system; an imaging device; a drive section that relatively moves the imaging optical system and the imaging device; and a control section that controls the drive section so as to repeatedly drive and stop the drive section during a period between successive times of confirming a relative moving amount of the imaging optical system and the imaging device.10-02-2008
20080284897CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes a circuit board, an image sensor, a lens module, and a filter. The image sensor is mounted on the circuit board. The lens module is mounted on the circuit board and receives the image sensor therein. The lens module includes a barrel with at least one lens received therein and a holder. The holder defines a cavity. The cavity includes a first receiving portion, with the lens module received therein, and a second receiving portion, with the image sensor received therein. The filter covers an inner surface of the holder bounding the second receiving portion for trapping dust entered into the second receiving portion.11-20-2008
20100141825IMAGE SENSOR CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - The present invention relates to an image sensor camera module and a method of manufacturing the same. An image sensor camera module according to the present invention includes a lens; a lens housing having the lens mounted thereto; an image sensor package adhering to a portion of an inside of the lens housing; and a protruding portion for maintaining a gap between the lens and the image sensor package, wherein the image sensor package adheres to the lens housing at an outside of the protruding portion. According to the present invention, since a lens barrel is not used and a focus adjusting process is not performed, the process simplification and automation process can be achieved, thereby saving a manufacturing cost and obtaining uniform focus quality. Further, it is possible to prevent an image defect from being generated by foreign substances, thereby improving a yield.06-10-2010
20090160997IMAGING DEVICE - A plurality of lenses 06-25-2009
20130120637LENS BARREL AND IMAGING DEVICE PROVIDED WITH LENS BARREL, AND ASSEMBLY METHOD OF LENS BARREL - It is an object of the present invention to provide a lens barrel in which operability for a user is increased and a reduction in parts is achieved while provided with a manual operating member. There is provided the lens barrel that is provided with an imaging optical system for forming an optical image of an object, a focus lens unit which is included in the imaging optical system and capable of changing an object distance by moving in a direction parallel to an optical axis of the imaging optical system, moving means for moving the focus lens unit in the direction parallel to the optical axis, driving means for driving the moving means, a focus ring which is of a cylindrical shape coaxial to the optical axis of the imaging optical system and manually operated in a rotational manner in order to drive the driving means to thereby move the focus lens unit by the moving means, and a focus mode switching button which is integrally provided in the focus, and operated in order to switch between a state of allowing a manual rotating operation of the focus ring and a state of preventing the manual rotating operation.05-16-2013
20120069238IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - A rotation body having an optical member is stored in an optical capsule that is filled with a liquid that is an anti-freeze solution. A magnetic rotation driver rotates the rotation body by applying a magnetic force in a rotation direction to a first magnetizer provided to the rotation body, and heats the liquid. Specifically, the stator core that configures the magnetic rotation driver is formed so that a surface opposing the first magnetizer fits along a curved surface of an outer surface of the optical capsule. The opposing surface is applied with a silicon grease and then firmly attached to the optical capsule. Thus, the entire opposing surface of the stator core acts as a thermal conduction path to more efficiently heat the liquid, thereby making it possible to stably rotate the rotation body even in a cold environment.03-22-2012
20090141161IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup substrate on which an image pickup device is mounted on an object side; an optical unit having a lens for imaging an object light on the image pickup device; a blade member adjusting an amount of the object light entering into the lens; a drive unit having a motor driving the blade member; and a motor substrate supplying the motor with a drive power. The optical unit is provided in the image pickup substrate. The drive unit is provided in the optical unit so as to be spaced apart from the image pickup substrate. The motor substrate is provided in the drive unit so as to face the image pickup substrate. The conductive member electrically connecting the image pickup substrate with the motor substrate is disposed between the image pickup substrate and the motor substrate.06-04-2009
20090015704IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS - An image sensing apparatus has an image sensing element which accumulates received light as a charge, a mechanical shutter which travels to shield the image sensing element, and a scan unit which makes a scan for starting charge accumulation. The image sensing apparatus executes the scan for starting charge accumulation prior to traveling of the mechanical shutter and controls the scan for starting charge accumulation and traveling of the shutter to serve as a front curtain and a rear curtain of a shutter Note that a scan pattern setting unit (01-15-2009
20090015706Auto focus/zoom modules using wafer level optics - A disclosed example camera module includes a substrate, an integrated circuit image capture device (ICD) mounted on the substrate, the image capture device having an array of light sensors on its top surface, a first lens unit rigidly fixed to the top surface of the image capture device, a second lens unit, and a lens actuator mounted on the substrate. The lens actuator adjustably supports the second lens unit over the first lens unit. The first lens unit includes a stacked plurality of lenses. Optionally, the second lens unit also includes a stacked plurality of lenses. Movement of the second lens unit with respect to the first lens unit provides a focus and/or zoom function.01-15-2009
20090122178CAMERA MODULE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A camera module includes an image sensor chip, a lens structure, a transparent substrate, an adhesive portion, and a light blocking layer. The image sensor chip includes a light receiving area and a circuit area. The lens structure is positioned on the image sensor chip and configured to allow light to enter the image sensor chip. The transparent substrate is positioned between the image sensor chip and the lens structure, the transparent substrate allowing light from the lens structure to enter the light receiving area. The adhesive portion attaches the image sensor chip and the transparent substrate, and covers the circuit area. The light blocking layer is attached to the transparent substrate to block light from entering the circuit area.05-14-2009
20110141337IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - An image capturing device includes a base, first and second lens units, and at least one sensor element. The base defines a receiving space, and has two spaced-apart through holes for fluid communication of the receiving space with an area external to the base. The first lens unit is disposed within the receiving space, and defines a first light communicating path that corresponds in position with one of the through holes. The second lens unit is disposed within the receiving space in a side-by-side manner with the first lens unit, and defines a second light communicating path that corresponds in position with the other through hole. The sensor element is disposed below the first and second lens units for detecting light rays that pass through the first and second light communicating paths.06-16-2011
20090096912High performance front objective for video metrological system - This high performance front objective lens system intended primarily for use with a video inspection apparatus has a first lens set in the form of a doublet, with a second lens set intermediate the first lens set and the imaging plane. The second lens set includes a doublet and an adjacent lens. The overall system has an effective focal length of 50 mm, a front focal length of 38.75 mm, and a numerical aperture greater than 0.2. Further, the material of the doublets is chosen to have a small, gradual transition in index between the elements of the lens and the cement, minimizing back reflections and thereby eliminating the need for index matching coatings on the cemented surfaces of the doublets. Finally, the imaging plane of the system matches that of standard ring lights used with video inspection apparatus.04-16-2009
20090102959IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - An image capture device includes a sensor and a first lens module. The sensor includes a photoactive region. The first lens module is disposed over the sensor. The first lens module includes a substrate, a nucleating layer, and at least one lens. The nucleating layer is disposed on the substrate. The lens is disposed on the nucleating layer and aligned with the photoactive region.04-23-2009
20100265385Light Field Camera Image, File and Configuration Data, and Methods of Using, Storing and Communicating Same - Certain devices and methods are directed to acquiring, generating and/or outputting image data corresponding to a scene. In one aspect, the method comprises (i) acquiring light field data which is representative of a light field from the scene, (ii) acquiring configuration data which is representative of how light rays optically propagate through the data acquisition device (used to acquire the light field data), (iii) generating first image data using the light field data and the configuration data, wherein the first image data includes a focus or focus depth that is different from a focus or focus depth of the light field data, (iv) generating a first electronic data file including (a) the first image data, (b) the light field data, and (c) the configuration data, and (v) outputting the first electronic data file. In one aspect, the light field acquisition device comprises optics, a light field sensor (located in the optical path of the optics) to acquire light field image data, processing circuitry to: (i) determine configuration data which is representative of how light rays optically propagate through the optics and light field sensor, and (ii) generate and output the electronic data file, wherein the electronic data file includes (a) image data, (b) light field data which is representative of a light field from the scene, and (c) configuration data. The device also includes memory (internal and/or external) to store the electronic data file.10-21-2010
20120105706PHOTOGRAPHIC MODULES AND METHODS OF FORMING THE SAME - Methods of forming camera modules include forming a chip structure including a molding pattern surrounding a chip and sidewalls of the chip. A lens module is formed, and the lens module is coupled to an upper part of the chip structure.05-03-2012
20120105705IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device includes a light source; a prism having an imaging surface to be contacted with an object; and an image-forming optical system that forms an image of the object. The image-forming optical system includes a front lens group having a first optical axis tilted relative to the imaging surface; an image plane tilted from a surface perpendicular to the first optical axis of the front lens group; and a rear lens group having a second optical axis shifted in parallel to the first optical axis of the front lens group. The image-forming optical system is arranged to satisfy the following conditional expression:05-03-2012
20080309814Solid-state image pickup device and electronic apparatus including same - A camera module 12-18-2008
20080259200IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - The present invention further improves foreign substance removal performance when removing foreign substances such as dust that adhere to the surface of an optical element disposed in front of an image sensor. The image capturing apparatus includes an image sensor that performs photo-electric conversion of an optical image of an object formed by a photographing optical system, an optical element disposed between the photographing optical system and the image sensor, a shutter disposed between the photographing optical system and the optical element and having shutter curtains capable of traveling between an open state and a closed state, a first vibration device that causes the optical element to vibrate, a second vibration device that causes the shutter curtains to vibrate, and a control device that controls operations of the first vibration device and second vibration device.10-23-2008
20100165171LENS AND CAMERA MODULE USING THE SAME - A lens is used in a camera module. The lens is made of piezoelectric material to miniaturize the size of the camera module.07-01-2010
20100182483 Manufacturing Method Of Imaging Device, Imaging Device, and Mobile Terminal - Provided is an imaging device manufacturing method, which has the step of forming a plurality of imaging elements on one surface of a silicon wafer, the step of sealing a light receiving pixel portion for each imaging element by an imaging optical system, the step of cutting the silicon wafer into the individual imaging elements, the step of placing the cut imaging elements on a substrate, the step of connecting the substrate and the imaging elements electrically, the step of molding the substrate, the imaging optical system and the imaging elements integrally by a mold having identification marks with respect to each imaging element, and the step of cutting and separating the molded substrate into each every imaging element.07-22-2010
20100188554IMAGE FORMING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An image forming optical system includes in order from an object side to an image surface, a first lens group having a positive refracting power, a second lens group having a negative refracting power, and a third lens group having a positive refracting power. At the time of zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, a distance between the first lens group and the second lens group increases, and a distance between the second lens group and the third lens group decreases. The first lens group has a cemented lens which includes a first lens element E07-29-2010
20100188553Image forming optical system and electronic image pickup apparatus using the same - It is preferable that for an image forming optical system a basic structure which includes a first lens group having a negative refracting power, which is made of one cemented lens component, a second lens group having a positive refracting power, a third lens group having a positive refracting power, which is made of one lens component, and is movable for focusing, and a fourth lens group which is made of one lens component having an aspheric surface, and at the time of zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, the second lens group moves only toward the object side, and the first lens group and the third lens group move while following a trajectory of movement different from a trajectory of movement of the second lens group is adopted, and that the image forming optical system satisfies predetermined conditional expressions.07-29-2010
20100188552Imaging System with Variable Opto-Mechanical System, Aberrated Optics and Compensating Filter Bank - A weighted sum of a set of component filters is used to effectively apply different “composite” FIR filters to compensate for aberrations resulting from different opto-mechanical settings. The FIR filters are “composite” in the sense that they are a weighted sum of the set of component filters. In one approach, the aberrations vary as a function of the opto-mechanical setting, and the opto-mechanical setting is used to determine the weights of the different component filters.07-29-2010
20100182484IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR CIRCUIT ELEMENT - An image pickup apparatus of the present invention includes: a lens array having a plurality of lenses; a plurality of image pickup regions disposed to correspond to the plurality of lenses one-to-one and each having a light receiving surface substantially perpendicular to a direction in which an optical axis of the corresponding lens extends; a temperature sensor (07-22-2010
20100259668IMAGE SENSOR - An image sensor including an photoelectric conversion portion; a microlens; and a filter layer between the photoelectric conversion portion and the microlens. The filter layer has a convex shape having a center of curvature on a side of the photoelectric conversion portion with respect to the filter layer and includes patterns that are arranged in a one-dimensional or two-dimensional period such that an angle from the center of curvature is fixed.10-14-2010
20100188555IMAGING LENS, IMAGING DEVICE, AND MOBILE TERMINAL - Provided are a wafer scale lens, which is so short in an optical total length with respect to an image height that it can correct an aberration satisfactory, and an optical system including the wafer scale lens and having a thin lens element on the side closest to the image. The optical system includes a first lens having a positive refractive power relative to an object, and a second lens arranged on the side of the image of the first lens and having a recessed shape on the side of the object. At least one lens is arranged on the side of the second lens. When that one of the lenses arranged on the side of the image of the second lens, which is arranged on the side closest to the image, is an i-th lens (i>3), this i-th lens includes an i-th lens flat plate and is formed on the object side of the i-th lens flat plate but has a refractive index different from that of the i-th lens flat plate, and a lens element having a convex shape on the object side where the main light ray of the maximum image height passes. Moreover, the ratio between the optical axial distance (or the lens distance) between a (i−1)-th lens and the i-th lens and the optical axis distance (or the optical total length) from the object side face of the first lens to the image face is 0.01 to 0.15.07-29-2010
20100188556IMAGING LENS, IMAGING DEVICE, AND MOBILE TERMINAL - The present invention provides a wafer-scale lens in which a total optical length is short in comparison with an image height and astigmatism and other aberrations can be well corrected, and an optical system in which a lens element closest to the object side is thin in thickness. The optical system includes a first lens that is disposed closest to the object side and is positive in refractive power; a second lens that is disposed on the image side and has a concave surface on the object side; an i-th lens, (i≧3), that is disposed closest to the image side in lenses disposed on the image side and includes an i-th lens plate and a lens element which is formed on at least either the object side surface or the image side surface of the i-th lens plate, and has a refraction index different from the i-th lens plate and positive or negative refractive power; and satisfies 0.9>Y07-29-2010
20100220229Image Pickup Lens, Image Pickup Apparatus, and Mobile Terminal - An image pickup lens includes: a first lens with a positive power, including a convex surface facing the object side; an aperture stop; a second lens with a negative power, including a concave surface facing the image side; a third lens with a positive or negative power; a fourth lens with a positive power, including a convex surface facing the image side; and a fifth lens with a negative power, including a concave surface facing the image side. The surface of the fifth lens facing the image side is an aspheric surface and includes an inflection point. The image pickup lens satisfies the predetermined condition relating to a focal length of the first lens.09-02-2010
20100253827OPTICAL MODULE AND IMAGING DEVICE - It is an object of the present invention to provide an optical module which can extract only light components satisfying predetermined conditions, and an imaging device comprising the optical module. The optical module (10-07-2010
20080211956Image Pickup Device - A plurality of imaging regions (09-04-2008
20120194726IMAGE CAPTURING LENS ASSEMBLY - This invention provides an image capturing lens assembly, in order from an object side to an image side comprising: a first lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface; a second lens element; a third lens element; a fourth lens element having at least one of an object-side surface and an image-side surface thereof being aspheric; a fifth lens element with positive refractive power having a convex image-side surface, at least one of an object-side surface and the image-side surface thereof being aspheric, and the fifth lens element is made of plastic; and a sixth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface, at least one of an object-side surface and the image-side surface thereof being aspheric, and the sixth lens element is made of plastic. By such arrangement, the photo-sensitivity and the total track length of the image capturing lens assembly can be reduced. Furthermore, the aberration and astigmatism of the assembly can be effectively corrected for obtaining higher image resolution.08-02-2012
20110058092IMAGE-CAPTURING MODULE FOR SIMPLIFYING OPTICAL COMPONENT - An image-capturing module for simplifying optical component includes a first substrate unit, an image-capturing unit, an optical imaging unit, a second substrate unit, a light-emitting unit and a cover unit. The second substrate unit is disposed on the outer surface of the optical imaging unit and electrically connected to the first substrate unit. The light-emitting unit has a light-emitting element electrically disposed on the second substrate unit. The cover unit has a reflective layer formed on an inner surface thereof. Therefore, the light beams generated by the light-emitting element are reflected by the reflective layer to form first reflected light beams projected onto the object, then the first reflected light beams are reflected by the object to form second reflected light beams projected onto the optical imaging unit, and then the second reflected light beams pass through the optical imaging unit and project onto the image-capturing unit.03-10-2011
20110058091IMAGE-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
20110058090IMAGE-CAPTURING MODULE FOR ELECTRICALLY CONNECTING TWO CIRCUIT SUBSTRATES WITH EACH OTHER - An image-capturing module for electrically connecting two circuit substrates with each other includes a substrate unit, a conductive 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 and a top substrate disposed above the bottom substrate. The conductive unit has a conductive element electrically connected between the bottom substrate and the top substrate. The image-capturing unit has an 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 a 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
20100253829IMAGING LENS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE - An imaging lens is provided and includes: in order from the object side, a first lens having a positive refractive power; a second lens having a negative refractive power; a third lens having a concave surface on the image side near the optical axis and having a positive refractive power; a fourth lens having a positive refractive power near the optical axis; and a fifth lens having a negative refractive power near the optical axis. An image side surface of the fifth lens is concave near the optical axis and has a region where a negative power of the region decreases toward a periphery of the fifth lens as compared with a negative power near the optical axis.10-07-2010
20100079657IMAGING APPARATUS FOR READING INFORMATION - The optical path of the light having spread at each point of an object to be shot is limited by an iris unit of a density filter. Since the density filter unit has a desired transmittance characteristic, the amount of the light passing through the density filter unit continuously changes from the center of the luminous flux toward the periphery. After the luminous flux forms an image on the image forming surface, it spreads toward the light-receptive surface of an image sensor, and becomes an image spreading on the light-receptive surface in a predetermined range.04-01-2010
20120194727CAMERA MODULE HAVING IMAGE SENSING MODULE WITH PASSIVE COMPONENTS - A camera module includes an image sensing module and a lens holder. The image sensing module includes a base defining a top surface and a recess, and a transparent plate mounted on the top surface, the transparent plate covering the recess and having a first surface facing away from the recess. First electrically conductive poles in the transparent plate, second electrically conductive poles, an image sensor in the recess, and passive components attached on the first surface and surrounding the sensor. The sensor includes a light sensitive region and a light non-sensitive region. The second electrically conductive poles are embedded in the light non-sensitive region, and electrically connecting the sensor to the first electrically conductive poles. The passive components are electrically connected to the sensor via the first electrically conductive poles. The lens holder is attached on the top surface of the base and surrounding the transparent plate.08-02-2012
20090322928Electro-optic imaging system with aberrated triplet lens compensated by digital image processing - An electro-optic imaging system includes an aberrated triplet lens, a detector subsystem and a digital image processing subsystem. The triplet lens is not fully corrected for all aberrations (typically suffering from significant spherical aberration), with the digital image processing subsystem compensating for deficiencies in the triplet lens. In this way, an increased depth of field can be realized.12-31-2009
20090322929COMPACT CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes an image sensor package and a lens module. The image sensor package includes a base having an interior surface and an opposite exterior surface, an image sensor, a carrier plate and a plurality of passive elements. A cavity is defined on the interior surface of the base. The image sensor chip having a sensitive region is received in the cavity of the base and is electrically connected to the base. The carrier plate, comprising a light transparent area and an electrode area surrounding the transparent area, is formed on the base. A plurality of electrodes attached on the electrode area of the carrier plate and electrically connected to the base. The passive elements are mechanically and electrically attached on the electrode area of the carrier plate. The lens module is attached on the carrier plate for receiving the passive elements therein.12-31-2009
20090073303IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - The image pickup device includes a color separation prism which is composed of a plurality of prism members and which separates light into a plurality of color components, a plurality of solid-state image sensors fixed to the plurality of prism members, respectively, a plurality of image sensor boards on which the plurality of solid-state image sensors are mounted, respectively, an image control board to which image pickup signals generated by the plurality of image sensor boards, respectively, are inputted, and a flexible board which is connected to the image control board. The flexible board includes a signal transmission layer which is connected to each of the plurality of image sensor boards and which contains transmission paths for transmitting the image pickup signals to the image control board, and a heat radiating layer formed of a high heat conductivity material which is connected to each of the plurality of solid-state image sensors and fixed to the signal transmission layer via an insulating layer to transfer heat generated in the solid-state image sensors.03-19-2009
20090073302OPTICAL UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An optical unit is provided which is characterized by compact configuration, high performance and minimized noise, and which has a drive element to drive a lens cone holding an image pickup optical system, and has the same outside diameter as the lens cone, wherein the optical unit drives the image pickup optical system by expanding and contracting the drive element in a direction of an optical axis of the image pickup optical system. An image pickup apparatus is provided which is characterized by compact configuration, high performance and minimized noise, and which has an optical unit coupled to an image pickup unit through a drive element, and has the same outside diameter as the optical unit, wherein the apparatus drives the optical unit by expanding and contracting the drive unit in a direction of an optical axis of the optical unit.03-19-2009
20090115882IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS - The image-pickup apparatus includes an image-pickup element including first type pixels photoelectrically converting an object image formed by a light flux from an optical system and second type pixels photoelectrically converting plural images formed by plural light fluxes divided from the light flux from the optical system, a controller performing contrast detection focus control using signals from pixels in a contrast evaluation area among the first type pixels, and a detector detecting phase differences of respective pairs of images of the plural images using signals from the second type pixels, the pairs of images being respectively formed in plural phase difference detection areas in the contrast evaluation area, and calculating information on an in-focus position of the optical system or object distance for each phase difference detection area based on each phase difference. The controller changes the contrast evaluation area based on the information calculated for the respective phase difference detection areas.05-07-2009
20110032410IMAGE SENSING MODULE, IMAGING LENS AND CODE READING METHOD - In order to produce, for example, an image sensing module which has a resolving power enough to meet required specifications for both photographing a close object and photograph a far object, and which has a simple structure, an image sensing module includes: an imaging lens having an increased depth of field and a decreased curvature of field; and a sensor provided between (i) a location of a best image surface of the imaging lens with respect to white light from a sunflower and (ii) a location of a best image surface of the imaging lens with respect to white light from a tree.02-10-2011
20110032409OPTICAL MODULE FOR A CAMERA DEVICE, BAFFLE SUBSTRATE, WAFER SCALE PACKAGE, AND MANUFACTURING METHODS THEREFOR - An optical module for a camera device, the camera device including an image capturing element arranged on a base substrate portion, and has a top lens element and optionally further lens elements for imaging an object on the image capturing element, and further a baffle defining a predetermined field of view of the image capturing element. The baffle includes a generally transparent baffle substrate portion having a front surface and a rear surface, a generally non-transparent first layer with a plurality of first openings on the front surface and a generally non-transparent second layer with a plurality of second openings on the rear surface. The top lens element is arranged on the front and/or the rear surface of the baffle substrate, which leads to a reduced number layers/substrates in the module and to a reduced number of reflections on material-air interfaces, for example. The baffle has an improved ability to suppress unwanted light and enables protection of the inner part of the device as well as manufacture on wafer scale.02-10-2011
20090109319Lens barrel and imaging apparatus - A lens barrel includes: a plurality of lenses disposed in an outer enclosure; and an imaging device that converts image light introduced as an image capturing signal through the plurality of lenses into an image signal. The outer enclosure has a unit assembling portion in which an imaging unit is disposed. The imaging unit includes a centering lens disposed in the bottom portion of the unit assembling portion, a pressing plate that presses the centering lens from the side opposite the bottom portion, a packing disposed on the opposite side of the pressing plate, and an imaging module having the imaging device and disposed on the opposite side of the packing to the pressing plate and pressing the packing against the pressing plate. A working hole through which an adjustment jig is inserted is formed in the peripheral side portion of the unit assembling portion.04-30-2009
20090109318CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes a lens, an image sensor, a carrier carrying the image sensor, two spring supporting members, a frame, a base and a printed circuit board. The carrier has a comb-shaped first electrode having a number of first teeth. The carrier is suspended in the frame by the two spring supporting members, and is movable in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the image sensor. The base has a comb-shaped second electrode having a number of second teeth. The first teeth and second teeth are arranged in a staggered fashion. The printed circuit board provides a potential difference between the first and second electrodes, whereby an electrostatic force is generated between the first and second teeth to drive the first teeth to move towards the second teeth.04-30-2009
20090109317IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes a housing, at least one lens, an image sensor and an optical compensation device. The lens is accommodated in the housing. The image sensor is accommodated in the housing. The optical compensation device is disposed between the lens and the image sensor. The optical compensation device includes a first transparent plate, a second transparent plate and at least one piezoelectric element. The second transparent plate is opposite to and movable relative to the first transparent plate. The piezoelectric element is sandwiched between the first transparent plate and the second transparent plate.04-30-2009
20100295984System and Method for Varying Exposure Time for Different Parts of a Field of View While Acquiring an Image - A system and method for exposing different parts of a single field of view for various and differing lengths of time while capturing an image is provided. For astrophotography, unwanted light pollution or over-saturation bleeding from nearby or obtrusive stars may be greatly reduced or eliminated while still capturing the image of the nearby brighter star in the same field of view. Also, a system and method for real-time contrast control while capturing an image to optimize signal-to-noise ratio for various parts of the captured image, is provided. An embodiment of the present invention provides such techniques by using spatial light modulator devices, such as a digital micro-mirror device, to controllably mask different portions of light from an image that expose film or a charge-coupled device. A system and method for a way to use a spatial light modulator device as an active and controllable mask for photolithography, is provided.11-25-2010
20100309363IMAGING BODY AND IMAGING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - An imaging body (12-09-2010
20130141626IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP MODULE, AND CAMERA - An image pickup device includes a transparent member, an image pickup element chip including a photodiode, and a fixing member arranged around the image pickup element chip, a space being surrounded by the transparent member, the image pickup element chip, and the fixing member. The image pickup element chip includes a semiconductor substrate including a penetrating electrode penetrating through a first main face of the semiconductor substrate on a side of the transparent member and a second main face of the semiconductor substrate opposite the first main face. In an orthogonal projection with respect to the transparent member, the penetrating electrode is arranged in a fixing area corresponding to the fixing member, and a boundary with an area where the thickness of the semiconductor substrate is smaller than that of the semiconductor substrate in a first area corresponding to the space is arranged within the fixing area.06-06-2013
20090066829LENS BARREL, CAMERA AND MOBILE INFORMATION TERMINAL - A lens barrel includes: a lens frame retaining at least one portion of the plurality of lens groups; a first lens cylinder supporting the lens frame inside thereof and including a plurality of cam followers on an outer circumferential section thereof; and a second lens cylinder including a mutually parallel plurality of cam grooves in an inner circumferential section thereof and storing the first lens cylinder therein in the collapsed state, the plurality of cam grooves are engaged with the plurality of cam followers and configured to advance and retire the first lens cylinder in a direction of an optical axis by a relative rotation of the first lens cylinder, the plurality of cam grooves have a first cam groove and a second cam groove, the plurality of cam followers have a first cam follower and a second cam follower, the first cam follower and the second cam follower are engaged with the first cam groove and the second cam groove, respectively, and the first cam follower and the second cam follower are disposed in positions mutually different relative to the direction of the optical axis.03-12-2009
20110025903Image Pickup Lens, Image Pickup Apparatus and Mobile Terminal - Provided are a small image pickup lens which ensures a wide angle of view, permits various aberrations to be excellently corrected and is applicable to an image pickup element having a high pixel density, an image pickup apparatus using the image pickup lens, and a mobile terminal using the image pickup apparatus. The image pickup lens employs a structure which includes, in order from the object side, an aperture stop, a first lens with positive refractive power, a second lens with negative refractive power, a third lens with positive refractive power, and a fourth lens with negative refractive power, and the image pickup lens is designed to satisfy predetermined conditional expressions.02-03-2011
20110115963Image pickup lens and image pickup apparatus - An image pickup lens includes: a first lens group including a single negative lens and a single positive lens disposed in order from the object side to the image side and having a positive refracting power; and a second lens group having a positive refracting power. The first and second lens groups are disposed in order from the object side to the image side. The first lens group is fixed, when the image pickup object distance varies from the infinity to the proximity, with respect to an image surface while the second lens group is moved from the image side to the object side to carry out focusing.05-19-2011
20110085070LENS UNIT COMPOSED OF DIFFERENT MATERIALS AND CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A lens unit composed of different materials includes a base and a lens. A part of a camera module of a different material from the lens is used as the base. The lens of optical resin is directly replicated on the base such that the lens is integrally formed on the base. A camera module is provided with the lens unit. The lens/lenses is/are formed on the single base/multiple bases to form the lens unit/units, using a die whose surface contacting the base slopes in relation to its central axis to allow the base to self-align.04-14-2011
20090244355FILTER SWITCHING DEVICE, PHOTOGRAPHING LENS, CAMERA, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM - A filter switching device includes: an optical filter unit that is disposed on an optical path of an object light that passes through an image pickup lens of a camera, and can be switched to any one of a plurality of spectral transmission characteristics; a spectral transmission characteristic switching unit that switches a spectral transmission characteristic of the optical filter unit to one of the plurality of spectral transmission characteristics; a filter spectral transmission characteristic information storage unit that stores filter spectral transmission characteristic information, which is information relating to each of the plurality of spectral transmission characteristics; and a filter spectral transmission characteristic information output unit that outputs filter spectral transmission characteristic information corresponding to the spectral transmission characteristic of the optical filter unit to the camera when the spectral transmission characteristic of the optical filter unit is switched.10-01-2009
20090219432SENSOR WITH MULTI-PERSPECTIVE IMAGE CAPTURE - The invention discloses an image acquisition system with a modified image sensor that enables simultaneous capture of at least two images with different perspectives The pixels are split into two or more subsets of pixels under a series of cylindrical microlenses or linear light guides. The cylindrical microlenses or linear light guides limit the radiation to impinge upon first and second subsets of pixels under each microlens or light guide to come from only one half or the other half of the imaging lens so that stereo image sets are produced.09-03-2009
20110211105LENS ARRAY - A lens array includes: a substrate in which a plurality of through holes are formed; and a plurality of lenses provided in the substrate by burying the plurality of through holes. A part of the through hole is different in at least one of sectional shape and opening area of the through hole, which are taken in parallel with a surface of the substrate, from another part of the through hole in a depth direction.09-01-2011
20110176049OPTICAL 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 with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface; a second lens with positive refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface; a third lens with positive refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface; a fourth lens with negative refractive power; and a fifth lens with positive refractive power; wherein the optical photographing lens assembly further comprises a stop disposed between the second and third lenses; and wherein the distance on the optical axis between the fourth and fifth lenses is T45, the focal length of the optical photographing lens assembly is f, the number of the lenses with refractive power is N, and they satisfy the relations: 0.10<(T45/f)*10<6.00, 5≦N≦6.07-21-2011
20090322930PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A portable electronic apparatus includes a main body, a camera device, and a supplementary light device. The camera device and the supplementary light device are fixed on the main body. The supplementary light device includes a light module, a lens module, and a motor. The light module includes a circuit board, a light source, and a heat sink opposite to the light source. The lens module includes a lens barrel and a plurality of lenses received in the lens module. The motor drives the lens module to change the intensity distribution of the light from the light module.12-31-2009
20100053413IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus 03-04-2010
20120242883LOW PROFILE CAMERA MODULE PACKAGING - A camera module including an image sensor and a circuit substrate that are each attached to a bottom surface of a glass substrate. The image sensor is positioned between the circuit substrate and the glass substrate. This arrangement allows passive components normally associated with the image sensor to be mounted to a top surface of the glass substrate rather than to the image sensor, thus reducing the necessary size of the top surface of the image sensor, which in turn can reduce the overall size of the image sensor. A lens assembly, including a housing and a lens, is attached to the circuit substrate to position the image sensor and the glass substrate within a cavity provided in the housing.09-27-2012
20110249170COMPACT IMAGING LENS ASSEMBLY - This invention provides a compact imaging lens assembly from an object side toward an image side in order including a first lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a convex image-side surface with at least one of surfaces thereof being aspheric, a second lens element with negative refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a concave image-side surface with at least one of surfaces thereof being aspheric. An aperture stop is positioned between the imaged object and the second lens element. There are two lens elements with refractive power in the compact imaging lens assembly.10-13-2011
20110085071IMAGE PICKUP LENS, IMAGE PICKUP MODULE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGE PICKUP LENS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGE PICKUP MODULE - In order that an image pickup lens, an image pickup module, a method for manufacturing an image pickup lens, and a method for manufacturing an image pickup module may be realized each of which makes it possible to realize a higher resolution of a periphery of a formed image, an image pickup lens of the present invention satisfies the following formulas (1)and (2):04-14-2011
20110249171IMAGE SENSING LENS AND IMAGE SENSING MODULE - To provide an image sensing lens and an image sensing module each of which includes four lenses and each of which corrects aberrations well and has a great resolving power and a reduced height, an image sensing lens includes (i) a third lens which has a surface facing an image surface, the surface being an aspheric surface and (ii) a fourth lens which has a surface facing an object and a surface facing the image surface, the surfaces being each an aspheric surface. The image sensing lens satisfies the following Formulae (1) through (3):10-13-2011
20110069216WAFER-LEVEL LENS MODULE WITH EXTENDED DEPTH OF FIELD AND IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING THE WAFER-LEVEL LENS MODULE - A wafer-level lens module with an extended depth of field (EDF) and an imaging device including the wafer-level lens module are provided. The wafer-level EDF lens module includes a plurality of wafer-scale lenses stacked with fixed distances therebetween. The plurality of wafer-scale lenses includes an effective lens having a profile which satisfies a corrected optimized aspheric function, wherein a profile of a center region of the effective lens is optimized for an infinity-focused image and a profile of an edge region of the effective lens is optimized for a macro-focused image.03-24-2011
20120120300Image Sensor with Two Transfer Gate Off Voltage Lines - An apparatus of one aspect includes an array of pixels. Each of the pixels includes a photosensitive element and a transfer transistor coupled with the photosensitive element. Each of the transfer transistors has a transfer gate. The apparatus also includes a first transfer gate off voltage supply conductor and a second transfer gate off voltage supply conductor. A circuit is coupled with the first and second transfer gate off voltage supply conductors. The circuit is operable to couple the first transfer gate off voltage supply conductor to transfer gates of a first subset of the pixels of the array. The circuit is also operable to concurrently couple the second transfer gate off voltage supply conductor to transfer gates of a second subset of the pixels of the array.05-17-2012
20110019063SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes a pixel including a buried photodiode formed inside a substrate, a buried floating diffusion formed at a depth equal to that of the buried photodiode in the substrate so as to face a bottom of a trench portion formed in the substrate, and a buried gate electrode formed at the bottom of the trench portion in order to transfer a signal charge from the buried photodiode to the buried floating diffusion.01-27-2011
20110249169IMAGE CAPTURE LENS MODULES AND IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEMS - Image capture lens modules are presented. An image capture lens module includes a first compound lens with a first element and a second element arranged in sequence from an object side to an image side. The second element is a plano-convex lens with a convex surface facing the image side on a paraxial line. A second compound lens includes a third element, a fourth element, and a fifth element arranged in sequence from an object side to an image side. The third element is a plano-convex lens with a convex surface facing the object side on a paraxial line, and the fifth element is a plano-concave lens with a concave surface facing the image side on a paraxial line. A third compound lens includes a sixth element and a seventh element arranged in sequence from an object side to an image side, wherein the sixth element is a plano-convex lens with a convex surface facing the object side on a paraxial line.10-13-2011
20100302432FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC CAMERA - A focus detection apparatus includes first-type and second-type pixels and an image-formation-state detector. Each first-type pixel includes a photoelectric converter that receives light from an image-pickup optical system and first and second optical members arranged on an optical path from the optical system to the photoelectric converter and having different refractive indices, and outputs a first charge signal corresponding to an amount of light received by the photoelectric converter. Each second-type pixel includes the photoelectric converter and the first and second optical members arranged such that a positional relationship relative to the photoelectric converter differs from that in each first-type pixel, and outputs a second charge signal corresponding to an amount of light received by the photoelectric converter. The detector detects an image formation state of the image-pickup optical system on the basis of the first and second charge signals.12-02-2010
20110211106Monocentric Lens-based Multi-scale Optical Systems and Methods of Use - A monocentric lens-based multi-scale imaging system is disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention comprise a monocentric lens as an objective lens that collects light from a scene. Monocentric lenses in accordance with the present invention include a spherical central lens element and a plurality of lens shell sections that collectively reduce at least one of spherical and chromatic aberration from the magnitude introduced by the spherical lens element itself. A plurality of secondary lenses image the scene through the objective lens and further reduce the magnitude of aberrations introduced by the objective lens. A plurality of sensor arrays converts optical sub-images of the scene into a plurality of digital images, which can then be used to form a composite image of the scene.09-01-2011
201002653864D Light Field Cameras - A camera acquires a 4D light field of a scene. The camera includes a lens and sensor. A mask is arranged in a straight optical path between the lens and the sensor. The mask including an attenuation pattern to spatially modulate the 4D light field acquired of the scene by the sensor. The pattern has a low spatial frequency when the mask is arranged near the lens, and a high spatial frequency when the mask is arranged near the sensor.10-21-2010
20100110271SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes an effective pixel portion in which a plurality of pixels including photoelectric conversion elements are arrayed; and a nonconductive interpixel light-shielding film that is placed in the effective pixel portion and that shields areas between the pixels.05-06-2010
20100097514IMAGE SENSOR HAVING MULTIPLE SENSING LAYERS - An image sensor includes a first sensor layer having a first array of pixels and a second sensor layer having a second array of pixels. Each of the pixels has an optical center. The first sensor layer is stacked over the second sensor layer such that the optical centers of the first array of pixels are offset from the optical centers of the second array to form a predetermined pattern.04-22-2010
20100245654IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE REPRODUCING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - An image pickup device includes an image pickup unit including an n number of photodetectors and an n number of lenses, and outputting signals corresponding to the respective photodetectors, the lenses being provided in a one-to-one correspondence with the photodetectors and being provided so that light is incident upon only the respective photodetectors; a sensitivity coefficient storage section that stores information for determining sensitivity coefficients of the photodetectors; and an image reproducing section that reproduces an image using the signals that are output by the image pickup unit and the sensitivity coefficients that are determined on the basis of the information stored in the sensitivity coefficient storage section. In a model in which light from imaginary light spots is received by the respective photodetectors, using the output signals and the sensitivity coefficients corresponding to the respective photodetectors, the image reproducing section estimates light beams of the respective imaginary light spots, and using brightness values corresponding thereto as brightness values of respective pixels of an image corresponding to an image pickup area, the image reproducing section reproduces an image.09-30-2010
20100053414COMPOUND EYE CAMERA MODULE - A compound eye camera module according to the present invention includes a lens array including a plurality of lenses located on the same plane; an imaging section including a plurality of imaging areas on which a plurality of images of a subject formed by the plurality of lenses are projected in a one-to-one relationship, the imaging section converting each of the plurality of projected images into an electric signal; and an optical aperture section including a plurality of optical apertures corresponding to the plurality of lenses in a one-to-one relationship and located oppositely to the imaging section with respect to the lens array. A difference between a linear expansion coefficient of a material used to form the lens array and a linear expansion coefficient of a material used to form the optical aperture section has an absolute value of 0.7×1003-04-2010
20080246873Solid-state image sensing device and electronic apparatus comprising same - A camera module 10-09-2008
20080309812CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes a lens module including a holder and configured for imaging, an image sensor module received in the holder of the lens module and configured for capturing images, and a protective film adhered to an outer surface of the lens module. Due to the protective film, the outer and inner screw threads of the barrel and the holder are insulated from the outside. As such, use of the protective film maintains the quality of image produced by the camera module.12-18-2008
20080266441IMAGE PICKUP UNIT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGE PICKUP UNIT - An image pickup unit according the present invention includes: a solid-state image pickup device which photoelectrically converts a photographic light and thereby outputs a video signal; and a lens barrel which, being approximately cylindrical in shape and being fastened to the solid-state image pickup device by a light-curing adhesive, holds a plurality of objective lenses, wherein a tapered surface is formed on a rear end face which opposes front part of the solid-state image pickup device of the lens barrel, with distance between the tapered surface and the front part of the solid-state image pickup device increasing toward outer circumference.10-30-2008
20080266442Imaging apparatus and arranging method for the same - An optical system for a CMOS sensor includes an aspherical lens with which an exit pupil distance appears short in a central region of an imaging plane and long in a peripheral region of the imaging plane. The aspherical lens functions such that the exit pupil distance monotonously increases from a central region of the imaging plane toward a peripheral region of the imaging plane. In addition, pupil correction is performed in accordance with an exit pupil distance d which satisfies (d10-30-2008
20110254994ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE ZOOM LENS - A zoom lens includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a rear lens unit including one or more lens units. An interval between respective adjacent lens units varies during zooming such that an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit is larger at a telephoto end than at a wide-angle end and an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit is smaller at the telephoto end than at the wide-angle end. The third lens unit includes at least one negative lens. An Abbe number (νd10-20-2011
20110254992Image pickup optical system and image pickup apparatus using the same - An image pickup optical system having four lenses includes in order from an object side, 10-20-2011
20100321555SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A solid state imaging device includes: a substrate having an opening portion; a solid state imaging element mounted to the substrate through a flip-chip process; and a resin mold portion formed on a rear surface of the solid state imaging element. The resin mold portion has a surface of an uneven shape.12-23-2010
20100321554IMAGING LENS, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND PORTABLE TERMINAL - An imaging lens (LN) of an imaging device (ID) is composed of an aperture stop (ST) and a lens unit (LU) having positive power. Even when the object side surface of the lens unit (LU) has a shape convexed to the side of the object, and a lens whose image side surface is concaved to the image side is used, excellent aberration performance with a short optical total length, a small sensor incidence angle and a small distortion are achieved at low cost.12-23-2010
20080252771CAMERA MODULE WITH COMPACT PACKAGING OF IMAGE SENSOR CHIP AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - An exemplary camera module includes a lens module, a base, an image sensor chip, a bonding layer, and an imaging lens. The lens module is disposed on the base. The lens module is optically aligned with the image sensor chip. The image sensor chip is disposed on the base. The image sensor chip includes a photosensitive area. The bonding layer is disposed on at least one of the image sensor chip and the base. The bonding pads surround the photosensitive area. The imaging lens is adhered onto the bonding layer and hermetically seals the photosensitive area. The imaging lens is configured for focusing light signals onto the photosensitive area. The present invention also relates to a method for manufacturing the camera module.10-16-2008
20080252772Camera with an interrupting unit, and camera with an inhibiting unit - When at least a portion of an aperture of a lens part is covered with some object, both adjusting of the sensitivity of an image pickup part and display of “though image” are inhibited. Also, it is able to shorten a length of time for which the camera enters into a power saving mode, and to prevent capture of improper images. Provided herein is a determining unit for determining whether at least a portion of the aperture of the lens part is covered. When the determining unit determines that it is covered, the camera inhibits the sensitivity adjustment of the image pickup part and the display of “though image”, shortens the length of time after which the camera enters into the power saving mode, interrupts shooting or continuous shooting, or a movie imaging, and inhibits a flash emission.10-16-2008
20110164165FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTION METHOD, AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS - A focus detection apparatus includes an image sensor that has a first pixel group which receives a luminous flux passing a first pupil area of an imaging optical system, and a second pixel group which receives a luminous flux passing a second pupil area different from the first pupil area; a storage unit that stores first and second distribution functions corresponding to the first and second pupil areas, respectively; a calculation unit that generates a first image signal by performing calculations on a first subject image, obtained from the first pixel group, using the second distribution function, and generates a second image signal by performing calculations on a second subject image, obtained from the second pixel group, using the first distribution function; and a focus state detection unit that detects a focus state of the imaging optical system based on the first and the second image signals.07-07-2011
20110134305Imaging Lens, Imaging Device and Portable Terminal - Provided is a small-sized five-element image pickup lens which ensures a sufficient lens speed of about F2 and exhibits various aberrations being excellently corrected. The image pickup lens is composed of, in order from the object side, a first lens with a positive refractive power, including a convex surface facing the object side; a second lens with a negative refractive power, including a concave surface facing the image side; a third lens with a positive or negative refractive power; a fourth lens with a positive refractive power, including a convex surface facing the image side; and a fifth lens with a negative refractive power, including a concave surface facing the image side. The image-side surface of the fifth lens has an aspheric shape, and includes an inflection point at a position excluding an intersection point with the optical axis.06-09-2011
20110134304OPTICAL IMAGING ELEMENT AND MODULE FOR AN OPTICAL SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENT, METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN OPTICAL IMAGING ELEMENT AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - An optical element or module is designed to be placed in front of an optical sensor of a semiconductor component. At least one optically useful part of the element or module is provided through which the image to be captured is designed to pass. A method for obtaining such an optical element or module includes forming at least one through passage between a front and rear faces of the element or module. The front and rear faces are covered with a mask. Ion doping is introduced through the passage. As a result, the element or module has a refractive index that varies starting from a wall of the through passage and into the optically useful part. An image capture apparatus includes an optical imaging module having at least one such element or module.06-09-2011
20110254993MAGNETIC DRIVER, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, LIGHT AMOUNT CONTROLLER, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS - A magnetic driver comprises a rotor magnet; a coil bobbin around which a coil is wound, and which has a through hole in a central portion; a yoke including a straight portion to be inserted into the through hole, and an arcuate portion connected to a distal end of the straight portion; a support member which rotatably supports the rotor magnet; and a thrust receiving member which includes an engaging portion to be engaged with the support member, has one surface which regulates one end of the rotor magnet in a thrust direction, and the other surface on which the coil bobbin is placed, and is held between the coil bobbin and the arcuate portion of the yoke, wherein the yoke is assembled as an integrated yoke by inserting the straight portion into the through hole, and fixing the straight portion to the arcuate portion as another member.10-20-2011
20100157133IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - An image capturing device, including an rectangular image capturing element having long sides and short sides; an image capturing optical system forming an image of a subject on the rectangular image capturing element; a first driving device which moves the rectangular image capturing element in a first direction slanted by a predetermined angle from the long side and the short side of an outer shape of the rectangular image capturing element in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the image capturing optical system; and a second driving device which moves the rectangular image capturing element in a second direction slanted by a predetermine angle from the long side and the short side of the outer shape of the rectangular image capturing element in the plane perpendicular to the optical axis of the image capturing optical system, but the second direction differs from the first direction.06-24-2010
20110261248MOBILE TERMINAL AND CAMERA MODULE CONTROLLING METHOD - A mobile phone apparatus has a camera module which increases in temperature by a focusing operation. A processor acquires a correlation coefficient of a lens position including a numerical value of a focal length as a numerical value correlating with a lens position of a focus lens. Furthermore, the processor converts the focal length into an object distance, and starts to count a time when the object distance is equal to or less than a threshold value. Then, the processor suspends the focusing operation by a camera module when the counted time reaches a time-out period.10-27-2011
20110261247Thick single-lens extended depth-of-field imaging systems - An extended depth of field (EDOF) imaging system (10-27-2011
20110080513IMAGE CAPTURE LENS MODULES AND IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEMS - Image capture lens modules and image capture systems are presented. An image capture lens module includes a first compound lens with a first lens element, a second lens element, and a third lens element arranged in sequence from an object side to an image side. A second compound lens includes a fourth lens element, a fourth lens element, and a fifth lens element arranged in sequence from an object side to an image side. A curvature radius of the first lens element is positive, a curvature radius of the third lens element is negative, a curvature radius of the fourth lens element is negative, and a curvature radius of the sixth lens element is negative. An abbe number of the first lens element exceeds 55 and an abbe number of the third lens element is less than 30.04-07-2011
20100110270Camera module, electronic device including the same, and method for positioning lenses of camera module - In a camera module, the position of image pickup lenses at an end at infinity is defined by contact between a bottom surface of a lens barrel and a surface of a sensor cover. This makes it possible to realize a camera module having image pickup lenses positioned with a high degree of accuracy.05-06-2010
20100110269IMAGE PICK-UP DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE DEVICE - This invention provides an image pick-up device with a lens body which can cope with a reflow process and can suppress deterioration in optical properties even upon exposure to the reflow process. The image pick-up device comprises a substrate (05-06-2010
20100066894IMAGING DEVICE HAVING A DUAL LENS OPTICAL SYSTEM - A dual lens optical system includes a first optical system redirecting an optical axis of light representing an image of an object by 90° to form an image on a image sensor, and a second optical system having a movable reflection member configured to be selectively positioned on the part of the redirected optical axis of the optical axis of light passing through the first optical system, and redirecting the light representing the image of the object by 90° using the movable reflection member to form an image on the image sensor, wherein the first optical system and the second optical system share lenses and the image sensor located after the movable reflection member along an optical path.03-18-2010
20100194965Solid-state image pickup apparatus and electronic apparatus - Disclosed is a solid-state image pickup apparatus including a plurality of pixels. The plurality of pixels each including a lens, a photoelectric converter to convert incident light that passes through the lens into an electrical signal, and a waveguide provided between the lens and the photoelectric converter. The waveguide is disposed so that a center of at least a part of the waveguide on a light exit side is shifted from a main light beam that passes a center of the lens in a direction in which an area where an end portion of the waveguide on the light exit side is overlapped with the photoelectric converter is increased.08-05-2010
20100013980DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - Provided is a digital photographing apparatus that includes a lens unit frame having an opening through which light enters from a forward direction, and having a lens unit to be disposed inside the frame, or having a lens barrel comprising a lens unit to be disposed inside the frame; and a lens unit base disposed at a rear of the frame so as to be coupled to the frame, wherein the frame comprises a first opening through which a printed circuit board (PCB) emerges from the inside of the frame to the outside of the frame, and wherein the frame and the lens unit base are disposed to form a gap therebetween, thereby forming a second opening corresponding to the gap through which a PCB emerges from the inside of the frame to the outside of the frame.01-21-2010
20110134303IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - An image pickup device and a manufacturing method thereof are disclosed. The image pickup device includes a printed circuit board (PCB), an image sensor module, an optical lens module, a fluidic lens module, and a shutter module. The image sensor module is disposed over the printed circuit board and electrically connected to interconnection pads on the PCB. The optical lens module is disposed over the image sensor module and includes one or more lenses. The fluidic lens module is disposed over the optical lens module, has a variable focus and is electrically connected to interconnection pads on the PCB. The shutter module is disposed over the fluidic lens module, and is electrically connected to remaining interconnection pads on the PCB. The fluidic lens module and the shutter module may be connected to the interconnection pads through bumped plate springs.06-09-2011
20110187917OPTICAL DEVICE - In an optical device including an optical system to form an optical image of an object to be photographed, an image capture unit to convert the optical image of the object to be photographed into an electrical signal, and an optical device arranged on the front surface of the image capture unit, a water repellent layer or a structure with a three-dimensional pattern to reduce the adhesive force of an alien substance is provided on a surface of the optical element on the opposite side of the optical system.08-04-2011
20110176048DUAL BEAM OPTIC WITH DICHROIC FILTER - An apparatus and method for generating co-registerable images for processing is disclosed. The apparatus includes a dichroic filter that splits an electro-magnetic beam into first and second split beams, and a mirror that reflects the second split beam. The dichroic filter and the first and second split beams are arranged to direct the first and second split beams, respectively, along substantially parallel but non overlapping paths.07-21-2011
20090174804IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR CIRCUIT ELEMENT - The present invention includes: a plurality of lens portions, each having at least one lens; a plurality of image pickup regions which are provided to correspond to the lens portions, respectively, and each of which has a light receiving surface substantially perpendicular to a direction of an optical axis of the corresponding lens portion; an image pickup signal input portion 07-09-2009
20100253828REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTED OPTICAL ELEMENT AND IMAGE SENSOR INCLUDING THE REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTED OPTICAL ELEMENT - A refractive index distributed optical element having a refractive index varying within a plane, including a positive refractive index distributed portion having a positive refractive index varying within the plane and a negative refractive index distributed portion having a negative refractive index varying within the plane. The absolute values of the refractive indexes of the positive refractive index distributed portion and the negative refractive index distributed portion decrease toward a region between the positive refractive index distributed portion and the negative refractive index distributed portion.10-07-2010
20110304763IMAGE SENSOR CHIP AND CAMERA MODULE HAVING THE SAME - An image sensor chip, a camera module, and devices incorporating the image sensor chip and camera module include a light receiving unit on which light is incident, a logic unit provided to surround the light receiving unit, and an electromagnetic wave shielding layer formed on the logic unit and not formed on the light receiving unit.12-15-2011
20120038813CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes an image sensor package including an image sensor chip and a chip cover layer protecting the image sensor chip, a first lens disposed above the image sensor package to be coupled with an upper surface of the chip cover layer, a second lens disposed over the first lens, and an infrared blocking film formed in direct contact with the upper surface of the chip cover layer or an upper surface of the second lens.02-16-2012
20120038815DRIVING UNIT, LENS MODULE, AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - A driving unit that may improve characteristics in a low temperature environment while implementing downsizing, and a lens module as well as an image pickup device with such a driving unit are provided. The driving unit includes one or a plurality of polymer actuator elements, and a voltage supply section supplying a driving voltage and a heating voltage to the polymer actuator element.02-16-2012
20120038814SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSING DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state image sensing device includes a plurality of pixels each made up of a photoelectric conversion region and a device to read signal charges from the photoelectric conversion region, and an optical waveguide formed corresponding to the photoelectric conversion region of each pixel, wherein, when viewed in a cross-section along a horizontal plane, the optical waveguide includes an annular core layer having a higher refractive index than a portion surrounding the annular core layer, and a clad layer surrounded by the annular core layer and having a lower refractive index than the annular core layer.02-16-2012
20120038812Three-mirror anastigmat with at least one non-rotationally symmetric mirror - A three-mirror anastigmatic with at least one non-rotationally symmetric mirror is disclosed. The at least one non-rotationally symmetric mirror may be an electroformed mirror shell having a non-rotationally symmetric reflective surface formed by a correspondingly shaped mandrel.02-16-2012
20120147250COMPACT IMAGING LENS ASSEMBLY - This invention provides a compact imaging lens assembly from an object side toward an image side in order including a first lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a convex image-side surface with at least one of surfaces thereof being aspheric, a second lens element with negative refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a concave image-side surface with at least one of surfaces thereof being aspheric. An aperture stop is positioned between the imaged object and the second lens element. There are two lens elements with refractive power in the compact imaging lens assembly.06-14-2012
20120147249IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging lens includes: an aperture stop; a first lens having a positive refractive power; a second lens having a negative refractive power which is formed in a concave shape on both sides thereof; a third lens having a positive refractive power which is formed in a meniscus shape in which a concave surface is directed toward the side of an object; and a fourth lens having a negative refractive power in which a convex surface is directed toward the object side, which are sequentially disposed from the object side to the image side, wherein the imaging lens satisfies the following conditional expressions (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5):06-14-2012
20100013979SNAPSHOT SPECTRAL IMAGING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Digital cameras for spectrally imaging an object or scene comprise an imaging component, a fixed one-dimensional disperser and an image sensor having sensor pixels, the disperser and image sensor arranged with matching optical parameters and in a predetermined spatial relationship. Each sensor pixel detects multiplexed spectral information from at least two adjacent object points and the spectral information detected by each sensor pixel is demultiplexed and processed into spectral-spatial data to provide spectral images.01-21-2010
20090135288Optical scanning module with linear CMOS image - An optical scanning module with linear CMOS image sensor (linear CMOSM) applied to scanners or multi-function printers is disclosed. The optical scanning module includes a light source for emitting light, a reflection mirror group, a focus lens group, and a linear CMOS image sensor having at least one linear CMOS image sensor unit and one A/D analog-digital converter. The light source can be a cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL), a Xenon lamp or linear LED. Light emitted from the light source projects onto an object being scanned. Then the light reflected by the object being scanned becomes scanning light, passing through the reflection mirror group and the focus lens group and being focused on the linear CMOS image sensor for being converted into electrical signal. By A/D conversion of the linear CMOS image sensor unit in the linear CMOS image sensor, signal is sent out in USB or LVDS format so as to achieve high scanning speed, low distortion, large depth of focus and convenient transmission.05-28-2009
20100060776SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY ACTUATION APPARATUS - A miniature camera lens actuation apparatus comprises a support structure, a camera lens element supported on the support structure by a suspension system; and an SMA actuator connected between the support structure and the movable element to drive movement of the camera lens element. The control circuit may include a drive circuit and a sensor circuit which have separate electrical connections to the SMA actuator to reduce the impact of the resistance of the electrical connections on the sensing. The control circuit may vary the drive signal in response to a temperature signal indicative of the ambient temperature. An endstop limits movement to prevent extension of the SMA actuator in its unheated state beyond a maximum length which is at or below the length corresponding the local maximum resistance of the resistance-length curve. Control of position is effected using resistance of the SMA actuator as a measure of position. The control employs a ‘ratcheting’ method to prevent a failure condition and an initial calibration step to derive a range of target resistance values. In manufacture, the position of a lens holder is adjusted relative to a carrier to provide focussing on the image sensor of an image of an object at a distance in the range from infinity to the hyperfocal distance when the SMA actuator is heated to a predetermined temperature greater than ambient temperature.03-11-2010
20100066893CAMERA MODULE AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE MODULE - A camera module includes a housing, a lens unit, and a rotating unit. The rotating unit rotatably connects to one end of the housing. The lens unit is mounted on the other end of the housing. The rotating unit includes a rotating platform and a reflector mounted thereon. When the rotating platform rotates, the reflector rotates accordingly.03-18-2010
20120044404IMAGING LENS - An imaging lens includes an aperture stop ST, a first lens L02-23-2012
20090256949VIEWING APPARATUS - A viewing apparatus comprises one or more optical elements, which may be moved in order to redirect light entering the viewing apparatus such that a subject in any part of the field of view may be relocated to the centre of the viewed image without moving the viewing apparatus itself. The viewing apparatus further comprises a relay lens group which conditions the light into a quasi-collimated state before it enters the optical elements allowing a more compact device to be produced. The viewing apparatus may additionally include a zoom lens mechanism to enable the viewed image to be enlarged.10-15-2009
20110096221PHOTOGRAPHING OPTICAL LENS ASSEMBLY - This invention provides a photographing optical 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 positive refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface, both of the two surfaces being aspheric; a third lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface on which at least one inflection point is formed, both of the two surfaces being aspheric; and a stop disposed between an imaged object and the second lens element; wherein there are only three 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.04-28-2011
20110075014ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING COATING AND LENS MODULE UTILIZING THE SAME - An electromagnetic shielding coating covers a lens coated with an optical coating. A light shielding coating covers the optical coating. The electromagnetic shielding coating covers the light shielding coating. The electromagnetic shielding coating includes a first stainless steel layer and a second copper layer. The first stainless steel layer contains stainless steel, and is formed on the light shielding coating directly. The second copper layer is formed on the first metal layer.03-31-2011
20090213262ATTACHMENT OF WAFER LEVEL OPTICS - A technique for assembling camera modules that includes attaching optical elements, such as an optics stack, directly to the upper surface of an image sensor. A housing may be provided to partially surrounded the optics stack. Alternatively, the housing can be provided by a transfer molding process. This technique can be applied in array processing scenario and solder balls can be attached to the bottom of the image sensor to provide an efficiently-produced and low cost camera module.08-27-2009
20120044403OPTICAL IMAGE-CAPTURING LENS ASSEMBLY - This invention provides an optical image-capturing lens assembly comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with positive refractive power; a second lens element with negative refractive power; a third lens element, the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; and a fourth lens element having a concave image-side surface, the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric and at least one inflection point being formed on at least one of the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof. The present lens assembly is further provided with a stop and an electronic sensor for image formation of an object. The stop is disposed between the object and the second lens element, and the electronic sensor is disposed at an image plane.02-23-2012
20120057066VIBRATING DEVICE AND IMAGE EQUIPMENT HAVING THE SAME - A vibrating device includes a dust-screening member and a vibrating member. The dust-screening member is disposed in front of an image surface of an image forming element having the image surface in which an optical image is generated. The dust-screening member has a box shape with about the same small plate thickness as a whole, and includes, in a bottom surface portion of the box shape, a transparent part which spreads from the center of the bottom surface portion. The vibrating member is disposed outside the transparent part of the dust-screening member. The vibrating member is configured to generate, in the bottom surface portion of the dust-screening member, vibration having a vibrational amplitude which is vertical to the bottom surface portion thereof.03-08-2012
20120206639Image Pickup Lens and Image Pickup Apparatus - Provided is an image pickup lens composed of three lens elements and an image pickup apparatus using the same, where the image pickup lens has satisfactorily corrected aberrations despite being smaller in size than conventional image pickup lenses. As image pickup lens includes, in order from the object side, an aperture stop, a first lens, a second lens, and a third lens. The first lens is a positive lens and is a meniscus lens having a convex surface facing the object side and a concave surface facing the object side, and the third lens is a negative lens. The image pickup lens satisfies conditional expressions relating to an air gap between the second and third lenses, a focal length of the second lens, and a curvature radius of the object-side surface of the second lens.08-16-2012
20120062782OPTICAL IMAGING LENS ASSEMBLY - This invention provides an optical imaging 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 having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface; a third lens element having a convex image-side surface, the edge of the image-side surface of the third lens element within the clear aperture diameter tends to the image side; a fourth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface; a first stop disposed between an object and the first lens element; and a second stop disposed between the second and fourth lens elements. With the aforementioned arrangement of optical lenses, the total track length of the optical imaging lens assembly can be reduced effectively, the sensitivity of the optical lens assembly can be attenuated, and the image quality can be improved.03-15-2012
20120026383IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RELEASING HEAT EFFICIENTLY - An image pickup apparatus capable of efficiently releasing heat generated by an image pickup element disposed close to an exterior of a grip portion, and thereby prevent a local temperature rise in the grip portion. A lens barrel bends a light flux incident from an object by a prism to guide the light flux toward the grip portion. The lens barrel is fixed to a chassis member. A front cover covers a portion of the lens barrel and is disposed such that the lens barrel is positioned between the chassis member and the front cover. An image pickup element is disposed toward the grip side. A heat conductive member is coupled to the chassis member and the front cover. Side covers cover the heat conductive member. The thermal conductivity of the side covers is smaller than that of the front cover.02-02-2012
20120026384Image pickup Optical System, Image Pickup Optical Device, and Digital Equipment - An image pickup optical system OP includes first and second prisms P02-02-2012
20120062784Systems, Devices, and/or Methods for Managing Images - Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system, machine, device, manufacture, circuit, composition of matter, and/or user interface adapted for and/or resulting from, and/or a method and/or machine-readable medium comprising machine-implementable instructions for, activities that can comprise and/or relate to, managing one or more images, such as those related to an optical system.03-15-2012
20120062783OPTICAL IMAGING LENS ASSEMBLY - The present invention provides an optical imaging 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 having a concave object-side surface; and a third lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface, at least one of the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric. With the aforementioned arrangement of lens elements, the total track length of the optical imaging lens assembly can be effectively reduced, the sensitivity of the optical system can be attenuated, a large field of view can be achieved and the image quality can be improved.03-15-2012
20110102662COLORED CURABLE COMPOSITION, COLOR FILTER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, AND SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE - A colored curable composition with which a coating film having excellent uniformity and surface planarity can be formed even when the support (substrate) has irregularities, and which exhibits excellent developability, and which is capable of forming a high-resolution colored pattern, is provided. The colored curable composition includes: (A) a polymer that contains a structural unit having a carboxyl group bonded to a main chain thereof via a linking group containing an ester group; (B) a photopolymerization initiator; (C) a polymerizable compound; (D) a pigment; and (E) a dispersant containing a phosphoric acid group.05-05-2011
20120120301CAMERA APPLICATIONS IN A HANDHELD DEVICE - A hand held device containing at least one camera can perform various functions. In some embodiments, the optical path between the lens and the optical sensor may be redirected at least once to allow it to fit within the body of a narrow device. For example, at least one reflector or beam combiner may be used to redirect the light so that part of the optical path is perpendicular to another part of the optical path.05-17-2012
20100289938CAMERA MODULE WITH LIGHT SCATTERING PORTION - An exemplary camera module includes a lens, a lens barrel and an image sensor. The lens includes an optically active part and a peripheral part surrounding the optically active part. The lens barrel receives the lens. The lens barrel includes an inner surface, a supporting portion and a scattering portion. The inner surface is substantially perpendicular to an optical axis of the lens and faces an object surface of the lens. The supporting portion and the scattering portion are formed at the inner surface. The supporting portion provides surface area for attachment of the peripheral part thereto. The scattering portion is configured for scattering light incident thereon. The image sensor is configured for receiving light from the lens and converting the light into electrical signals.11-18-2010
20120249859THROUGH SILICON IMAGING AND PROBING - Through silicon imaging and probing. A light source provides unpolarized light to be projected on a device under test (DUT). Light reflected from the DUT may be captured by a camera or other image capture device. A pellicle is utilized to reflect light from the light source toward the DUT. The pellicle also passes light reflected by the DUT to the camera. One or more linear polarizers or half wave plates may be used to provide the desired light polarization. The ability to provide the desired polarization provides an improved image that can be captured by the camera.10-04-2012
20120300113ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ZOOM LENS - A zoom lens includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit of a negative refractive power, a second lens unit of a positive refractive power, and a third lens unit of a positive refractive power, each lens unit being moved during zooming, wherein the second lens unit includes two positive lenses, a negative lens, a positive lens in order from the object side to the image side, and an average refractive index Nd11-29-2012
20120127359OPTICAL IMAGING SYSTEM - An optical imaging system includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element with a positive refractive power, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element with a positive refractive power having an aspheric surface and a fifth lens element with a negative refractive power. An image-side surface of the fifth lens element is concave, and at least one of two surfaces of the fifth lens element is aspheric. The relationship between a sum of thicknesses of all lens elements with refractive powers on an optical axis and a distance on the optical axis between an object-side surface of the first lens element and the image-side surface of the fifth lens element in the optical imaging system can effectively reduce the total length as well as the sensitivity of the optical imaging system while gaining superior resolution.05-24-2012
20110181768IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes an image sensor and a photographing optical system. An imaging surface of the image sensor includes an effective light-receiving area having a rectangular shape that is defined by short sides and long sides. An optical surface of a lens that is provided closest to the image plane within the photographing optical system and which possesses an imaging function has a non-circular shape in a front elevational view. A boundary of the non-circular optical surface of the lens that is provided closest to the image plane includes two pairs of mutually parallel sides so that, when the lens that is provided closest to the image plane is rotated about the optical axis relative to the imaging surface, an image area formed by the non-circular optical surface covers the rectangular effective light-receiving area of the imaging surface before and after rotation.07-28-2011
20110181767Vision System - The present disclosure relates to a vision system which may include a plurality of lenses coupled to an image sensor by a plurality of optical fiber bundles. Each of the plurality of lenses is configured to capture at least a portion of the scene. The image sensor may be located a distance from the plurality of lenses. The optical fiber bundles are configured to transmit optical image data from each lens to the image sensor. The image sensor is configured to convert the optical image data from each lens into corresponding electrical image data (“electrical image data”) for each lens.07-28-2011
20090059055OPTICAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - An optical device includes: an optical element including an imaging region, a peripheral circuit region formed at the rim of the imaging region and including a plurality of electrode portions, and a plurality of microlenses formed on the imaging region; a plurality of through-hole electrodes connected to the respective electrode portions and formed through the semiconductor substrate along the thickness of the semiconductor substrate; a plurality of metal interconnects connected to the respective through-hole electrodes and formed on a back surface of the semiconductor substrate opposite to a principal surface of the semiconductor substrate; an adhesive member formed on a surface of the optical element and made of a resin; and a transparent board bonded to the optical element with the adhesive member interposed therebetween. The transparent board has a planar shape larger than that of the optical element.03-05-2009
20110199530IMAGING UNIT AND IMAGING DEVICE - A technique of enabling both of higher functionality and higher accuracy in a compact optical system is provided. To achieve this object, an imaging unit has a laminated structure formed by laminating a plurality of layers including: an image capturing element layer including an image capturing element part; a lens layer capable of changing a distance from the image capturing element layer; and an actuator layer including a movable part for moving the lens layer; and a signal transmitter disposed so as to connect the actuator layer and the image capturing element layer, and transmitting a drive signal for driving the movable part from the image capturing element layer side to the actuator layer, and the movable part is deformed according to the drive signal transmitted through the signal transmitter, and the actuator layer is provided between the image capturing element layer and the lens layer.08-18-2011
20120218455Image Pickup Device and Method for Manufacturing the Image Pickup Device - Disclosed is an image pickup device, by which cut resistance at the time of cutting a wafer lens is reduced, high production efficiency is maintained, and excellent optical characteristics are obtained. The image pickup device has a first lens block, a second lens block, a spacer, and a sensor unit. The side surface section of the first lens block, the side surface section of the second lens block, and the side surface section of the spacer are formed on the same plane. A lens cover that covers the first and the second lens blocks is provided in a step formed by respective side surface sections of the first lens block, the second lens block and the spacer, and the side surface section of the sensor unit.08-30-2012
20120257097IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus has an optical lens having an optical axis in a first axial direction; an imaging element facing the optical lens in this direction; an illumination adjustment unit having an illumination adjustment part adjusting a luminous flux incident on the imaging element from the optical lens, with the illumination adjustment part being arranged on the optical axis by being inserted between the optical lens and the imaging element in a second axial direction orthogonal to the first axial direction; and a supporting member having a first supporting part supporting the lens, a second supporting part supporting the imaging element, and a coupling part coupling the first and second supporting parts to each other, the supporting member being configured to form a space, into which the illumination adjustment unit is inserted in a third axial direction orthogonal to the first and the second axial directions.10-11-2012
20100271535SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE - A solid-state imaging device includes: a semiconductor substrate; plural photoelectric conversion units formed side by side on the semiconductor substrate to form a light receiving unit; a peripheral circuit formed in a portion on an outside of the light receiving unit on the semiconductor substrate; a wiring section formed on the light receiving unit and formed for connecting the plural photoelectric conversion units and the peripheral circuit; and a dummy wiring section formed on an opposite side of the wiring section for at least one photoelectric conversion unit among the plural photoelectric conversion units on the light receiving unit and formed for functioning as a non-connected wiring section not connected to the photoelectric conversion units and the peripheral circuit, wherein the dummy wiring section has a predetermined potential.10-28-2010
20100271534DOCUMENT CAMERA - A document camera includes a liquid lens and an extended depth of field (referred to as EDoF) module. The liquid lens adjusts its diopter value in accordance with a voltage value provided by a control circuit, and is used to form an image with a longer image distance from an object with a shorter image distance. The object and the image both are located at the same side of the liquid lens. The EDoF module is located behind the liquid lens to process an image by using a wavefront coding technique, and comprises a wavefront encoder used for performing wavefront coding onto the image; a signal processor for converting the image which has been wavefront-coded into digital signals; and a digital image processor for converting the digital signals into image signals.10-28-2010
20120176527OPTICAL LENS SYSTEM - An optical lens system comprises, in order from an object side to an image side: the first lens element with negative refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface; the second lens element with positive refractive power; the third lens element with positive refractive power having the object-side surface and the image-side surface being aspheric; the fourth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface and at least one aspheric surface. There are four lens elements with refractive power. Such arrangements can enable a larger field of view, reduce the volume of the system, and further obtain higher resolution for the optical lens system of the present invention.07-12-2012
20120075519WAFER LEVEL OPTICAL SYSTEM - The present invention provides optical systems, devices and methods which utilize one or more electroactive polymer actuators to adjust an optical parameter of the optical device or system.03-29-2012
20120075518IMAGING UNIT - An imaging unit includes a housing having an opening; a positioning portion provided in the housing; an imaging optical system including a bending optical system having two reflecting surfaces which bend an optical path of the imaging optical system, an incident surface of the bending optical system being exposed outwardly from the housing; an image sensor installed in the housing and includes an imaging surface which receives light reflected by one of the reflecting surfaces positioned on an exit side of the imaging optical system; a circuit board which closes at least part of the opening and to which the image sensor is fixedly connected; and a cover fixedly fitted to the housing so as to close the opening and press the circuit board toward the image sensor so that the image sensor or the circuit board comes in contact with the positioning portion.03-29-2012
20120081596Image Pickup Lens, Image Pickup Device Having Image Pickup Lens, And Portable Terminal Having Image Pickup Device - An image pickup lens comprises a first lens (L04-05-2012
20120081595IMAGE TAKING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SAME - An optical system comprises, in order from the object side, a first lens having a biconvex shape and having a positive refractive power, a second lens having a meniscus shape with a concave surface facing the object side and having a negative refractive power, a third lens having a negative refractive power, a fourth lens having a meniscus shape with a concave surface facing the object side and having a positive refractive power, and a fifth lens having a negative refractive power. The first lens and the second lens are cemented together.04-05-2012
20120081594INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, CAMERA BODY AND CAMERA SYSTEM - An interchangeable lens that can be fitted to and removed from a camera body, includes: an optical characteristic storage unit that stores information relating to optical characteristics of the interchangeable lens, including at least information related to vignetting of the interchangeable lens; and an optical characteristic transmission unit that transmits to the camera body the information relating to optical characteristics stored in the optical characteristic storage unit. And with an image height corresponding to one sixth of an image height from a center of an approximately rectangular photographic field to any of four corners of the photographic field being termed Y1, the optical characteristic storage unit stores, as the information related to vignetting of the interchangeable lens, information specifying vignetting at positions for which image heights from the center are integral multiples of Y1 from 2 through 6 inclusive.04-05-2012
20120229691IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING LENS ARRAY AND IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM - An image pickup apparatus (09-13-2012
20120229690CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING SAME - A camera module includes a lens module, a circuit board, an image sensor, a lens holder and a filter. The lens holder includes a hollow main body and a bottom base connected to the main body. The main body is connected to the lens module. The bottom base defines a receiving cavity. A sidewall of the bottom based defines at least one mounting hole close to the hollow main body and communicating with the receiving cavity. The filter is positioned on the bottom base and received in the receiving cavity. The at least one mounting hole is configured for allowing the filter to enter into the receiving cavity or be taken out of the receiving cavity. The circuit board is positioned on the bottom base. The image sensor is received in the receiving cavity and electrically connected to the circuit board.09-13-2012
20080316350Image Acquisition System - An image acquisition system for use in a motor vehicle, and a method for manufacturing an image acquisition system, are provided. Image acquisition system encompasses an image sensor, an optical module, a housing and a carrier for the image sensor mounted on a circuit board. For the purpose of adjusting the image sensor and optical module, the carrier is movable in multiple axes and, after an optimum adjusted position is reached, is immobilizable therein with immobilization means.12-25-2008
20110122308CAPTURING AND PROCESSING OF IMAGES USING MONOLITHIC CAMERA ARRAY WITH HETEROGENEOUS IMAGERS - Systems and methods for implementing array cameras configured to perform super-resolution processing to generate higher resolution super-resolved images using a plurality of captured images and lens stack arrays that can be utilized in array cameras are disclosed. Lens stack arrays in accordance with many embodiments of the invention include lens elements formed on substrates separated by spacers, where the lens elements, substrates and spacers are configured to form a plurality of optical channels, at least one aperture located within each optical channel, at least one spectral filter located within each optical channel, where each spectral filter is configured to pass a specific spectral band of light, and light blocking materials located within the lens stack array to optically isolate the optical channels.05-26-2011
20100171866Multiscale Optical System - A means of enabling an imaging lens system that overcomes some of the costs and disadvantages of the prior art is disclosed. A lens system in accordance with the present invention reduces or eliminates one or more aberrations of an optical input by separating image collection functionality from image processing functionality. As a result, each function can be performed without compromising the other function. An embodiment of the present invention comprises a collection optic that provides a first optical field, based on light from a scene, to a processing optic that comprises a plurality of lenslets. The processing optic tiles the first optical field into a plurality of second optical fields. Each lenslet receives a different one of the plurality of second optical fields, reduces at least one localized aberration in its received second optical field, and provides the corrected optical field to a different one of plurality of photodetectors whose collective output is used to form a spatially correlated sub-image of that corrected optical field. The sub-images are readily combined into a spatially correlated image of the scene.07-08-2010
20100328518IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING DEVICE USING THE LENS - The present invention provides an imaging lens composed of three lenses that can be made compact (downsized, thinned), allows a reduction in cost and can be made compatible with a high pixel imaging element having a megapixel or more incorporated in a small mobile product such as a mobile phone. The imaging lens 12-30-2010
20100328517SINGLE-LENS EXTENDED DEPTH-OF-FIELD IMAGING SYSTEMS - An extended depth of field (EDOF) imaging system that has a corresponding extended depth of focus (EDOF′). The imaging system has an optical system consisting of a single lens element and an objectwise aperture stop arrange substantially at a zero-coma axial position. The single lens element is configured so that the optical system has a select amount of spherical aberration (SA) in the range 0.2λ≦SA≦2λ, where λ is an imaging wavelength. The single lens element generates an amount of axial chromatic aberration that increases the EDOF while decreasing the average MTF of the optical system relative to the optical system having no chromatic aberration. The imaging system has an image sensor for forming a digitized raw image of an object.12-30-2010
20080297647IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - An image pickup device that picks up an image of an object with an image pickup element, consisting of: a lens connecting portion that connects an interchangeable lens that can be attached and detached; a lens distinguishing portion that distinguishes the type of the interchangeable lens that is connected to the lens connecting portion; a plurality of optical filters that are capable of being disposed to the optical rear side of the interchangeable lens in the image pickup optical path when picking up an image of an object on an image pickup element with the interchangeable lens; and a moving portion that moves at least any of the plurality of optical filters to a position that corresponds to the type of the interchangeable lens that the lens distinguishing portion has distinguished.12-04-2008
20080297645CAMERA MODULE WITH COMPACT PACKAGING OF IMAGE SENSOR CHIP AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - An exemplary camera module includes a lens holder, a lens module, an image sensor chip, at least three apart bonding pads, and a light transmittance element. The lens module is received in the lens holder. The lens module includes a barrel and at least one lens received in the barrel. The image sensor chip includes a photosensitive area configured for receiving light transmitted through the lens module. The image sensor chip is attached to an end of the lens holder facing away from the lens module. The bonding pads are arranged on the image sensor chip around the photosensitive area. The light transmittance element is fixed on the image sensor chip via the at least three bonding pads. The present invention also relates to a method for manufacturing the camera module.12-04-2008
20080297644Light-Emitting Diode Arrangement, Optical Recording Device and Method for the Pulsed Operation of at Least One Light-Emitting Diode - A light-emitting diode array is disclosed which has two light-emitting diodes which are connected in antiparallel with one another, and a power supply which is suitable for energizing the light-emitting diodes independently of one another in the forward direction. In addition, an optical recording apparatus and a method for the pulsed operation of a light-emitting diode are disclosed.12-04-2008
20120320252INTEGRATING A LIGHT IMAGING SYSTEM WITHIN A MOBILE DEVICE TO IMAGE A DIGITAL FILE AND SEND THE IMAGE TO A RECEPTOR SURFACE - Systems, methods and devices for rendering a digital image on a receptor surface. Embodiments include capturing an image of the receptor surface using an image sensor and determining a distance from a light imaging system to the receptor surface. Further, an image processing application analyzes the captured image of the receptor surface to determine boundaries of the receptor surface. In addition, the light imaging system projects the digital image on the receptor surface based on the distance and the boundaries of the receptor surface.12-20-2012
20120320251ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ZOOM LENS - A zoom lens includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit of a positive refractive power, a second lens unit of a negative refractive power, a third lens unit of a positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit of a positive refractive power, and a fifth lens unit, the second and fourth lens units being moved during zooming, a distance between the first and second lens units increasing at a telephoto end in comparison with a wide-angle end, wherein the fifth lens unit includes a first lens subunit of a negative refractive power, and a second lens subunit of a positive refractive power, the first lens subunit is moved to have a component perpendicular to an optical axis to change an image-forming position, and a condition 0.5<|(1−β12-20-2012
20080278617Image capturing device module, manufacturing method of the image capturing device module, and electronic information device - An image capturing device module is disclosed. The image capturing device module includes an image capturing device provided on a base circuit substrate; a translucent member adhered to the image capturing device with a first adhesive to cover an upper part of an effective pixel region in the image capturing device; a lens body including a lens portion that focuses light into the effective pixel region in the image capturing device and a support portion that is translucent and is provided around the lens portion to expose an upper part of the lens portion; and a non-translucent molding resin that molds the image capturing device, the translucent member, and the lens body, with the upper part of the lens portion being exposed.11-13-2008
20120262622IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD - An image sensor includes first pixels in an active region and second pixels in an optical black region of a pixel array. The first pixels have a gate that receives an active transfer control signal, and the second pixels have a gate that receives a passive transfer control signal, like a ground voltage.10-18-2012
20110007201SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE SUPPRESSING BLOOMING - According to one embodiment, a solid state imaging device includes a pixel unit, a conversion circuit, and a mode selection circuit. The pixel unit includes pixels. The pixels include a photoelectric conversion element, a read circuit, an amplification circuit, and a reset circuit. The photoelectric conversion element converts light including white and having passed through optical color filters, into electric signal. The conversion circuit converts the signal charge output from the pixels, into a digital signal. The mode selection circuit selects one of the two modes, based on a level of the signal charge. A first mode is to uses the signal charge from the pixel with the white optical color filter. A second mode is to avoid using the signal charge from the pixel with the white optical color filter.01-13-2011
20110037888IMAGE SENSOR AND FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS - A focus detection apparatus includes an image forming optical system, an image sensing unit which photoelectrically converts the object image, and a focus detection unit which detects the focus state of the imaging optical system from a pixel signal from the image sensing unit. The focus detection unit includes a first focus detection pixel which divides the exit pupil of the image forming optical system in the first direction and receives a light beam, and a second focus detection pixel which divides the exit pupil of the image forming optical system in the second direction different from the first direction, and receives a light beam. The first and second focus detection pixels are periodically arranged near the lattice points of a 2-dimensional lattice formed from first lattice lines set in a predetermined unit area of the image sensing unit, and second lattice lines crossing the first lattice lines.02-17-2011
20110037886Wafer level camera module with molded housing and method of manufacturing - A disclosed method of manufacturing a camera module includes providing an optical assembly, providing an integrated circuit image capture device (ICD), fixing the optical assembly directly to the ICD, then forming a housing directly over the optical assembly. The method further includes forming the housing over the ICD and the optical assembly via transfer molding. The method further includes forming solder balls on the rear surface of the ICD so as to enable the camera module to be reflow soldered to a host device. In an alternative embodiment of the present invention, the method includes providing a second ICD, providing a second optical assembly, providing a housing substrate, fixing the first optical assembly over the first ICD, fixing the second optical assembly over the second ICD, and forming the housing substrate over both the first and second optical assemblies. The alternative method further includes separating the housing substrate in to a first portion formed over the first optical assembly and second portion formed over the second optical assembly, providing a second housing substrate, and forming the second housing substrate over the first and second portions.02-17-2011
20120268644CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes a lens holder, a lens module, an image sensor chip, and a printed circuit board. The lens module is received in the lens holder. The lens module includes a lens barrel and at least one lens received in the lens barrel. The image sensor chip has a photosensitive area configured for receiving light transmitted through the lens module. The printed circuit board defines a top surface for receiving both the image sensor chip and the lens barrel thereon and an opposite bottom surface thereon. The bottom surface defines a plurality of recesses thereon for receiving the corresponding electronic elements therein by adhesives.10-25-2012
20110228157PHOTOGRAPHING OPTICAL SYSTEM - This invention provides a photographing optical system comprising: 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 having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface, at least one of the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; a third lens having at least one inflection point formed thereon and both surfaces thereof being aspheric. A stop is positioned between an imaged object and the first lens element. The photographing optical system further comprises an electronic sensor on which an object is imaged, and there are three lens elements of the photographing optical system with refractive power.09-22-2011
20120140106IMAGING LENS SYSTEM - This invention provides an imaging lens system including, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens group with negative refractive power comprising a single first lens element with negative refractive power; a second lens group with positive refractive power comprising, in order from the object side to the image side: a second lens element with positive refractive power; a third lens element with negative refractive power; an aperture stop; and a fourth lens element with negative refractive power; and a third lens group with positive refractive power comprising a single fifth lens element with positive refractive power; wherein by moving the first lens group and the second lens group along the optical axis while keeping the third lens group stationary, the zooming operation is performed such that the system switches between a wide-angle mode and a telephoto mode.06-07-2012
20120140105PHOTOGRAPHING OPTICAL SYSTEM - This invention provides a photographing optical system, in order from an object side to an image side comprising: a first lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and concave image-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; and a fourth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface and both the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; wherein the photographing optical system has four lens elements with refractive power. By such arrangement, the total track length and photosensitivity of the photographing optical system can be effectively reduced, and high image resolution can be obtained.06-07-2012
20120327288IMAGING METHOD AND SYSTEM WITH ANGLE-DISCRIMINATION LAYER - This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus for an imaging system that includes a light guide having light-turning features that are configured to receive ambient light incident on the light guide, including light scattered from a scene to be imaged, and to direct the received ambient light towards an image sensor. The light-turning features may have angle-discriminating properties so that some light-turning features capture light incident upon the light guide at certain angles of incidence, but not others. Light scattered from multiple parts of a scene to be imaged may then be directed to correlated locations on an image sensor, which provides electronic data representing an image.12-27-2012
20120092544IMAGING LENS ASSEMBLY - The present invention provides an imaging lens assembly, comprising in order from an object side toward 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 having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface, a third lens element with positive refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface, a fourth lens element with negative refractive power, a fifth lens element with positive refractive power, and an aperture stop positioned between an imaged object and the first lens element. The above lens arrangement shortens the total track length effectively, enabling a high performance imaging lens assembly with a wide field of view.04-19-2012
20130010176Imaging Device and Portable Terminal - An imaging device having an optical imaging system which has a parallel plate which is transparent at least in a visible light region, is joined by adhesives and is held on a holding member, wherein the holding member including: an opening section which is provided in order to pass light rays from the optical imaging system; a holding surface for holding a periphery of the parallel plate, formed around the opening section in a square shape, and intersecting perpendicularly to an optical axis of the optical imaging system; a side wall which is provided to stand parallel to the optical axis at an outside with respect to the opening section of the holding surface; and an adhesive collecting section which is arranged in each of four corners of the holding surface and is hollowed from the holding surface.01-10-2013
20110157455LENS MASTER DEVICES, LENS STRUCTURES, IMAGING DEVICES, AND METHODS AND APPARATUSES OF MAKING THE SAME - A method and apparatus providing a lens master device and use of the same to form a lens template and/or a lens structure. The method includes obtaining a plurality of individual lens masters, each of which has a shaped portion defining at least a portion of a lens structure to be formed. The lens masters are affixed onto a supporting structure to form a lens master device.06-30-2011
20110157454IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging sensor comprising a plurality of pixels is provided. Each pixel comprises photoelectric converters and optical members. The optical member covers the photoelectric converter. Light toward the photoelectric converter passes through the optical member. The pixels are arranged in two dimensions on a light-receiving area. At least a part of the light-receiving area comprises an area of irregularity. First and second pixels are arranged irregularly in the area of irregularity. Distances between the photoelectric converter and a far-side surface of the optical member are first and second distances in the first and second pixels, respectively. The far-side surface is an opposite surface of a near-side surface. The near-side surface of the optical member faces the photoelectric converter. The second distance is shorter than the first distance.06-30-2011
20110157453IMAGE CAPTURING LENS SYSTEM - This invention provides an image capturing lens system comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface; a second lens element with positive refractive power having a convex image-side surface; a third lens element with positive refractive power, at least one of the two surfaces thereof being aspheric; a fourth lens element with negative refractive power, both the two surfaces thereof being aspheric; and a stop disposed between the first and third lens elements, wherein there are four lens elements with refractive power.06-30-2011
20110157452FAN-OUT WAFER LEVEL PACKAGE FOR AN OPTICAL SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF - An optical sensor package has a transparent substrate with a redistribution layer formed on a face thereof, which includes a window and a plurality of electrically conductive traces. A semiconductor substrate, including an optical sensor and a plurality of contact terminals on a face thereof, is positioned on the transparent substrate in a face-to-face arrangement, with the optical sensor directly opposite the window, and with each of the contact terminals electrically coupled to a respective one of the electrically conductive terminals. The transparent substrate has larger overall dimensions than the semiconductor substrate, so that one or more edges of the transparent substrate extend beyond the corresponding edges of the semiconductor substrate. A plurality of solder balls are positioned on the face of the transparent substrate, each in electrical contact with a respective one of the electrically conductive terminals. The solder balls and the semiconductor substrate are at least partially encapsulated in an encapsulating layer formed on the face of the transparent substrate, which has been planarized to expose upper portions of the solder balls, as contact pads of the optical sensor package.06-30-2011
20130021514IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device is provided that includes a camera body, a lens barrel, a lens barrel information transmitter, and an image sensor driver. The image sensor is housed in the camera body. The lens barrel is attachable to and detachable from the camera body. The lens barrel information transmitter regularly transmits information of the lens barrel to the camera body. The image sensor driver drives the image sensor at one of at least two different frame rates where a second frame rate is higher than a first frame rate. The amount of data being transmitted is reduced by the lens barrel information transmitter when the image sensor is driven at the second frame rate, compared to the amount transmitted when the image sensor is driven at the first frame rate.01-24-2013
20120242884IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes light-transmitting substrate; a plurality of lenses which faces a first surface of the substrate; a light shielding layer which is formed on the second surface of the substrate and has an opening section through which optical axes of each lens pass; and a plurality of light sensing elements which is placed so that the optical axes of the lenses pass through a light sensing surface facing the second surface at an interval. An efficient diameter of the lens, a diameter of the opening section, a distance between the light sensing surfaces and the light shielding layer, a diameter of the light sensing surface, and a distance between the light sensing surface and center of the lens satisfy a<(h·D+h·d−s·d)/s and tan09-27-2012
20120242882Curved sensor camera with moving optical train - Methods and apparatus for combining a mobile communication device having a camera (09-27-2012
20080239136Focal Length Detecting For Image Capture Device - A device detects focal length using image data and an optical system is driven. Image data are acquired while changing focal length to lens. For each image data, high frequency contrast component evaluated values VH, and low frequency contrast component evaluated values VL, are acquired. If there is no moire, an image focal length D10-02-2008
20130176476DUAL BEAM OPTIC WITH DICHROIC FILTER - An apparatus and method for generating co-registerable images for processing is disclosed. The apparatus includes a dichroic filter that splits an electro-magnetic beam into first and second split beams, and a mirror that reflects the second split beam. The dichroic filter and the first and second split beams are arranged to direct the first and second split beams, respectively, along substantially parallel but non overlapping paths.07-11-2013
20130169852Imaging Lens, Imaging Device and Portable Terminal - Provided is a small-sized five-element image pickup lens which ensures a sufficient lens speed of about F2 and exhibits various aberrations being excellently corrected. The image pickup lens is composed of, in order from the object side, a first lens with a positive refractive power, including a convex surface facing the object side; a second lens with a negative refractive power, including a concave surface facing the image side; a third lens with a positive or negative refractive power; a fourth lens with a positive refractive power, including a convex surface facing the image side; and a fifth lens with a negative refractive power, including a concave surface facing the image side. The image-side surface of the fifth lens has an aspheric shape, and includes an inflection point at a position excluding an intersection point with the optical axis.07-04-2013
20100085465IMAGE SENSOR DEVICE WITH OPAQUE COATING - The invention provides an image sensor device. The image sensor device includes a chip package and an opaque coating. The chip package includes an image sensor array chip, wherein a set of optical elements connect to the image sensor array chip, and an outer frame shielding the optical elements. The opaque coating overlies the outer frame.04-08-2010
20100085466IMAGE PICKUP UNIT, OPTICAL UNIT, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP UNIT - A manufacturing method for an optical unit includes: a step of bonding plural lens wafers, on which optical components are formed, and forming a lens unit wafer including plural lens units; a step of bonding a bending optical element wafer including plural bending optical elements to a first surface of the lens unit wafer such that the plural bending optical elements are respectively opposed to the plural lens units and forming an optical unit wafer; and a step of separating and individualizing the optical unit wafer for each of the lens units and the bending optical elements and manufacturing plural optical units.04-08-2010
20130128095SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state image capture device including: at least one photoelectric converter at an image capture surface of a substrate; at least one on-chip lens at the image capture surface of the substrate and above a light-receiving surface of the photoelectric converter; and an antireflection layer on an upper surface of the on-chip lens. The antireflection layer contains a binder resin having a lower refractive index than that of the on-chip lens and low-refractive-index particles having a lower refractive index than that of the binder resin.05-23-2013
20130141625SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes: a plurality of photoelectric conversion units disposed on an imaging surface of a substrate; and a plurality of inner-layer lenses that are disposed in correspondence with each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units on the upper side of the photoelectric conversion units and are formed in shapes protruding in directions toward the photoelectric conversion units, wherein each of the plurality of inner-layer lenses is formed to have different lens shapes in the center and in the periphery of the imaging surface.06-06-2013
20130148005ZOOM LENS SYSTEM, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A zoom lens system wherein a positive lens unit located closest to an object side is fixed with respect to an image surface in zooming, a negative lens unit, among lens units located on an image side relative to an aperture diaphragm, is a focusing lens unit which moves along an optical axis in focusing, and the conditions: −1.806-13-2013
20100283885METHOD FOR ALIGNING PIXILATED MICRO-GRID POLARIZER TO AN IMAGE SENSOR - Aligning a cut-to-size (off-wafer) pixilated micro-grid polarizer to a ready packaged imaging sensor having multiple pixels involves minimizing a separation distance between the two units and then aligning respective corresponding pixels of the pixilated micro-grid polarizer with the pixels of the imaging sensor using optical signals as position feedback during the alignment process. Once the alignment has been achieved, the micro-grid polarizer may be affixed to the imaging sensor, for example using optical epoxy glue.11-11-2010
20100283884IMAGING DEVICE - Disclosed herein is an imaging device including: an imaging lens configured to have an aperture stop; an imaging element configured to include a plurality of pixels two-dimensionally arranged along a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction and acquire imaging data based on received light; and a microlens array configured to be disposed between the imaging lens and the imaging element and include a plurality of microlenses, a pixel area composed of m×n pixels (m and n denote a number equal to or larger than 2 in the longitudinal direction and the lateral direction) in the imaging element being assigned to a respective one of the microlenses, wherein positional displacement smaller than a width of one pixel is set between the microlens and the pixel area.11-11-2010
20100289939SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state image capture device includes: at least one photoelectric converter provided at an image capture surface of a substrate to receive incident light at a light-receiving surface of the photoelectric converter and photoelectrically convert the incident light to thereby generate signal charge; at least one on-chip lens provided at the image capture surface of the substrate and above the light-receiving surface of the photoelectric converter to focus the incident light onto the light-receiving surface; and an antireflection layer provided on an upper surface of the on-chip lens at the image capture surface of the substrate. The antireflection layer contains a binder resin having a lower refractive index than the on-chip lens and low-refractive-index particles having a lower refractive index than the binder resin.11-18-2010
20110234883TETRAFORM MICROLENSES AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME - A lens is formed to support and tilt at least one microlens formed on the lens. The degree and direction of slope of the microlens can be controlled based on desired focal characteristics to direct light to or from a pixel of a pixel array.09-29-2011
20110234882Image forming optical system and electronic image pickup apparatus using the same - In an image forming optical system which includes in order from an object side, a first lens group having a positive refractive power, a second lens group having a negative refractive power, a third lens group having a positive refractive power, and a fourth lens group having a positive refractive power, a refractive index for a d-line of a positive single lens having the largest refractive power among all lenses in the second lens group, is the smallest of a refractive index of lenses in the second lens group.09-29-2011
20130182170IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus comprises a photoelectric conversion unit that performs photoelectric conversion on incident light that has passed through an imaging lens and outputs an electric signal, the photoelectric conversion unit including a plurality of two-dimensionally arranged pixels, and a plurality of micro lenses formed between the imaging lens and the photoelectric conversion unit. The plurality of micro lenses respectively corresponds to a plurality of areas in the photoelectric conversion unit and each of the areas includes a predetermined number of pixels. Among the pixels, those whose receiving quantity of light is small in each area due to a characteristic of an optical system including the imaging lens and the micro lenses and a characteristic of the photoelectric conversion unit are configured as pixels for use in calculation of a reference value for the electric signals output from the photoelectric conversion unit.07-18-2013
20110310287IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME - The image pickup optical system comprises:12-22-2011
20110310286Image forming optical system and electronic image pickup apparatus using the same - An image forming optical system of the present invention is characterized by comprising three groups having, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens group having a negative refractive power, a second lens group having a positive refractive power, and a third lens group having a positive refractive power, or four groups with one more lens group added to the image side, 12-22-2011
20130188088ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A zoom lens includes a first lens group having a positive refracting power and normally fixed in position, a second lens group having a negative refracting power and movable along an optical axis, and a third lens group having a positive refracting power and normally fixed in position, disposed in order from the object side to the image side. Two thirds or more of lenses of the first to third lens groups are formed from a resin material. The zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions (1) and (2):07-25-2013
20080291318Method and Device for Identifying and Calibrating Panoramic Optical Systems - A method for identifying a panoramic optical system enables its intrinsic characteristics to be semi-automatically or automatically determined so as to be able to subsequently apply the digital processes for appropriate corrections of the perspectives and distortions specific to the identified panoramic optical system. The panoramic optical system has a marking device visible from outside through a front lens, allowing identification by an operator, and/or a marking device directly projected on the image plane through the optical system, for automatic identification and calibration.11-27-2008
20120019706IMAGE PICKUP LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE USING THE SAME - An image pickup lens capable of providing an angle of view of up to 70° or higher is provided. The image pickup lens can also be reduced in size and various aberrations associated with the lens can be corrected favorably, so that the image pickup lens is compatible with a high-pixel image pickup element. The image pickup lens 01-26-2012
20120019705Image Pickup Lens, Image Pickup Apparatus And Mobile Terminal - Provided is a small-sized five-element image pickup lens which ensures a sufficient lens speed of about F2 and exhibits various aberrations being excellently corrected. The image pickup lens is composed of, in order from the object side, a first lens with a positive refractive power, including a convex surface facing the object side; a second lens with a negative refractive power, including a concave surface facing the image side; a third lens with a positive or negative refractive power; a fourth lens with a positive refractive power, including a convex surface facing the image side; and a fifth lens with a negative refractive power, including a concave surface facing the image side. The image-side surface of the fifth lens has an aspheric shape, and includes an inflection point at a position excluding an intersection point with the optical axis.01-26-2012
20130194482SOLID STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - An image sensor is formed by a pixel array and a microlens array. One microlens is associated with each pixel. The microlens is positioned in a manner that is offset from a center of its associated pixel. The positioning offset for the microlens is a combination of a first offset determined as a function of the pixel's position relative to a center of the image sensor and a second offset that is randomly selected (both in terms of distance and radial direction). The random offset provides the effect that the spatial frequency information from the shifted microlens array is randomly distributed so as to provide different spatial frequencies and effectively cancel out Moiré interference.08-01-2013
20130194483POROUS GLASS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POROUS GLASS, OPTICAL MEMBER, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - A porous glass having high strength and a low refractive index, an optical member by using the porous glass, and a method for manufacturing the porous glass are provided. A method for manufacturing a porous glass includes the steps of heat-treating a glass body, which can be phase-separated through heating and which is formed from a plurality of components, at a first temperature to effect the phase separation, heat-treating the glass body, which has been heat-treated at the first temperature, at a second temperature, higher than the first temperature, to effect the phase separation, and bringing the glass body, which has been heat-treated at the second temperature, into contact with an aqueous solution, wherein the total time of the heat treatment time at the first temperature and the heat treatment time at the second temperature is 7 hours or more.08-01-2013
20130201380OPTICAL IMAGING SYSTEM AND PORTABLE TERMINAL HAVING THE SAME - An optical imaging system is provided, including a first lens having a positive (+) refractive power, a second lens having a positive (+) or negative (−) refractive power positioned at the rear of the first lens, and a third lens having a positive (+) or negative (−) refractive power positioned at the rear of the second lens, in which the first lens is a heterogeneous cemented lens in which a first sub lens and a second sub lens which have different dispersion values are integrally coupled to each other.08-08-2013
20120086848OPTICAL IMAGING LENS SYSTEM - This invention provides an optical imaging lens system in order from an object side to an image side including: a first lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface, a second lens element with negative refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface, a third lens element with positive refractive power, and a fourth lens element having a concave image-side surface, and at least one of the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; wherein the optical imaging lens system further comprises an aperture stop and an electronic sensor on which an object is imaged, and the aperture stop is positioned between an object and the first lens element; wherein there are four lens elements with refractive power. By such arrangement, total track length and photosensitivity of the optical imaging lens system can be effectively reduced while retaining high image quality.04-12-2012
20130208171FOUR-PIECE OPTICAL LENS SYSTEM - A four-piece optical lens system comprises, in order from the object side to the image side: a first lens element with a positive refractive power having a convex image-side surface and at least one aspheric surface; a stop, a second lens element with a negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface and at least one aspheric surface; a third lens element with a positive refractive power having a convex image-side surface and at least one aspheric surface; a fourth lens element with a negative refractive power having a concave object-side surface and at least one aspheric surface. A distance from an object-side surface of the first lens element to an image plane is TL, an electronic sensor is provided on the image plane, half of the diagonal length of the electronic sensor's effective pixel region is ImgH, and they satisfy the relation: TL/ImgH<1.6.08-15-2013

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