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348207990 - CAMERA, SYSTEM AND DETAIL

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20100110278IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus of the invention comprises a camera body and a lens unit which can be mounted on and removed from the camera body. The focusing lens of the lens unit is moved along the optical axis. The position of the focusing lens on the optical axis is detected by a position detection section in response to a synchronization signal according to the photographic timing of the imaging device. A second transmission section transmits position data on the focusing lens detected by the position detection section to the camera body.05-06-2010
20100238344ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A CAMERA FLASH REDIRECTOR - An electronic camera device has an imaging sensor to capture an image of a scene, a flash to illuminate the scene for capture by the sensor, and an evaluator to detect a condition in the scene. A redirector shifts the peak of a spatial energy profile of light from the flash. The peak is shifted from being aimed at one region in the scene to being aimed at another region in the scene, in response to the evaluator having detected the condition in the scene. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.09-23-2010
20130176480CAMERA BODY AND INTERCHANGEABLE LENS - A camera body at which an interchangeable lens, holding a plurality of sets of optical characteristics data, each expressing specific optical characteristics in one of a plurality of representation formats, can be detachably mounted, includes: an identification information reception unit that receives lens-side identification information from the interchangeable lens, which indicates the plurality of representation formats; an identification information storage unit in which body-side identification information indicating each representation format that the camera body is capable of recognizing among the plurality of representation formats, is stored; a selection unit that selects a single representation format included in both the lens-side and the body-side identification information, among the plurality of representation formats; a request unit that issues a request to the interchangeable lens for the optical characteristics data corresponding to the selected representation format; and an optical characteristics reception unit that receives the requested optical characteristics data from the interchangeable lens.07-11-2013
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20130083233IMAGE PICKUP UNIT - An image pickup unit includes: an image pickup lens; a perspective splitting device splitting a light beam that has passed through the image pickup lens into light beams corresponding to a plurality of perspectives different from one another; an image pickup device having a plurality of pixels, and receiving the light beams that have passed through the perspective splitting device, by each of the pixels, to obtain pixel signals based on an amount of the received light; and a correction section performing correction for suppressing crosstalk between perspectives with use of a part or all of the pixel signals obtained from the plurality of pixels.04-04-2013
20130044256IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing method includes the steps of obtaining an input image that is an image in which information of an object space is obtained from a plurality of points of view using an image pickup apparatus that includes an image pickup element having a plurality of pixels and an imaging optical system, calculating a first position of a virtual imaging plane that corresponds to a specified focus position, setting the virtual imaging plane to a second position that is in a range of a depth of focus of the imaging optical system with reference to the first position so that a maximum value of an apparent pixel pitch that is formed by reconstructing the input image is decreased, and generating an output image in a state where the virtual imaging plane is set to the second position.02-21-2013
20110194019OPTICAL IMAGING LENS AND ARRAY THEREOF - A single-piece optical imaging lens and an array thereof are revealed. The optical imaging lens includes a lens and an image sensor arranged at an image-side surface of the lens. The lens includes an object-side surface, an image-side surface, an optical area, and a non-optical area. The optical imaging lens satisfies the following conditions: BFL/TTL=0.55˜0.81, OH/OD=1.0˜3.6. TTL is total length from the object-side surface of the lens on the optical axis to the image sensor. BFL is back focal length of the imaging lens. OD is the distance between an object on the optical axis and the object-side surface of the lens. OH is the largest height of an object vertical to the optical axis of OD. The single-piece optical imaging lens array is used to produce a plurality of single-piece optical imaging lenses by cutting.08-11-2011
20130076972IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The image pickup apparatus includes an image sensor having plural pixels each being constituted by a microlens causing light fluxes from mutually different areas in an exit pupil of an image capturing optical system to form two object images and two photoelectric conversion portions photoelectrically converting the two object images, a signal reader performing a first reading operation that adds signals from the two photoelectric conversion portions to read the added signal as a pixel signal and a second reading operation that independently reads the signal from each of the two photoelectric conversion portions as the pixel signal, and a phase difference detector detecting a phase difference between the two object images by using the pixel signal read by the second reading operation. The signal reader performs, when the phase difference is detected, the second reading operation on pixel lines located discretely among plural pixel lines in the image sensor.03-28-2013
20130076971OPTICAL ELEMENT, IMAGING LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An optical element includes an effective diameter area that is centered on an optical axis and transmits an effective light beam, and a flange portion having, on a side surface around the effective diameter area, a slope that is not perpendicular to a direction of the optical axis.03-28-2013
20130083234IMAGE PICKUP INFORMATION OUTPUT APPARATUS AND LENS APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SAME - Image pickup information output apparatus which outputs information about image pickup condition derived from combination of positions/states of condition decision members serving as optical members that affect fulfillment of the condition, comprising: setting unit for setting a condition setting value as the condition to be fulfilled; controller for driving one of the condition decision members to control its position/state based on the condition setting value, condition calculator for calculating information about the condition as calculated condition based on the combination of positions/states of the condition decision members; determination unit for determining whether or not the condition setting value changed; decision unit for determining the information about condition to be output, based on the calculated condition and the determination made by the determination unit as to whether or not the condition setting value changed; and output unit for outputting information about the condition to be output determined by the decision unit.04-04-2013
20130083235Single Actuator Configuration for a Camera Module - Systems and methods for camera modules having a movable lens barrel, allowing a maximum lens diameter with minimal outside dimensions are disclosed. At least one single linear actuator is moving the lens barrel. Each actuator is deployed in an own corner of the camera module. The moving lens barrel is guided by rolling elements bearings. The actuator comprises a stator, comprising one or more coils wrapped around a rod of magnetic metal and an anchor comprising one or more permanent magnets, which are tightly attached to the lens barrel. An offset between the longitudinal center line of magnets of the anchor and the center of the stator generates a permanent force pushing the lens barrel in direction of the stator of the motor and consequently pushes protrusions on the lens barrel onto the rolling elements bearings, thus preventing the bearings to fall apart in case of a mechanical shock.04-04-2013
20130038783CAMERA MODULE, MANUFACTURING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD - A camera module includes an imaging sensor, a conductive member, a plate-like member, and a sealing member. The imaging sensor includes a light-receiving surface configured to receive light gathered by a lens unit, the lens unit including a lens and a drive section driving the lens. The conductive member is connected to the drive section for supply of power to the drive section. The plate-like member is provided with the imaging sensor and the conductive member. The sealing member is formed by sealing the imaging sensor and the conductive member, the conductive member being exposed at a connection part for connection to the drive section, the imaging sensor being exposed at the light-receiving surface.02-14-2013
20130038782METHOD TO IMPROVE FILTER WHEEL IMAGING SYSTEM DATA CAPTURE RATE AND ADD FUNCTIONALITY THROUGH THE USE OF AN IMPROVED FILTER WHEEL DESIGN - This disclosure describes a method of improving filter wheel imaging data capture and other functionality through use of an improved filter wheel design with pie shaped filter segments, continuously rotating image capture, multiple filtered images, and easily removable and attachable filter segments.02-14-2013
20130038784LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - An imaging system includes at least a first imaging apparatus and at least a second imaging apparatus where each apparatus includes a camera apparatus including an image sensor and a lens apparatus configured to guide an object image to the image sensor, where the lens apparatus is attached to the camera apparatus.02-14-2013
20100045850CAMERA MODULE WITH SWITCHING LENSES - An exemplary camera module includes a printed circuit board, an image sensor, a spacer and a lens holder. The image sensor and the spacer are both mounted on the printed circuit board. The lens holder is arranged on and is rotatable relative to the spacer. The lens holder includes spaced lens receiving through holes each receiving a lens therein. Each of the lens receiving through holes together with the at least one lens is capable of aligning with the image sensor by rotation of the lens holder.02-25-2010
20120262624IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes: a lens apparatus; and a camera apparatus that can be attached and removed from the lens apparatus, wherein the camera apparatus includes: an image pickup element; and an optical element configured to be inserted and removed from an optical path, the optical element is a ND filter, and the ND it has a surface with positive refractive power. A ratio of a thickness of the optical element on an optical axis and a thickness of the optical length adjustment unit on the optical axis is appropriately set.10-18-2012
20120182464Objective optics with interference filter - Optical apparatus includes an image sensor and an optical assembly, which is configured to focus optical radiation via an aperture stop onto the image sensor. The optical assembly includes a plurality of optical surfaces, consisting of a first, curved surface through which the optical radiation enters the assembly, a final surface through which the rays exit the assembly toward the image sensor, and at least two intermediate surfaces between the first and final surfaces. An interference filter, which has a center wavelength and a passband no greater than 4% of the center wavelength, and includes a coating formed on one of the optical surfaces. All rays of the optical radiation passing through the aperture stop are incident on the coating over a range of incidence angles with a half-width that is no greater than three fourths of the numerical aperture of the optical assembly.07-19-2012
20120182463CAMERA MODULE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A camera module 07-19-2012
20130070150LENS BARREL AND IMAGING DEVICE - The lens barrel is a lens barrel for forming an optical image of a subject on an imaging element, comprising a first lens unit, a second lens unit, a focus lens unit, a zoom mechanism, and a focus actuator. The focus lens unit is movably supported by the second lens unit in the optical axis direction. The operating force inputted to the zoom control is mechanically transmitted to at least one of the first lens unit and the second lens unit. The focus actuator is fixed to the second lens unit and electrically drives the focus lens unit relative to the second lens unit in the optical axis direction. The second lens unit or the focus lens unit is disposed nearest to the image plane in the optical system including the first lens element, the second lens element, and the focus lens.03-21-2013
20090268082CAMERA BODY, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - There are provided a camera body capable of operating a drive unit of an interchangeable lens at a low drive sound level, an interchangeable lens, and an imaging apparatus including such a camera body and an interchangeable lens. The camera body to which an interchangeable lens is mountable, the interchangeable lens including an optical member operable to change an optical condition and a drive unit operable to drive the optical member at a drive speed within a predetermined range, the camera body have: a receiving unit operable to receive silent speed information from the interchangeable lens, the silent speed information indicating a setting value related to a silent operation of the drive unit, the setting value being a value of a drive speed within the predetermined range; and a control unit operable to generate a control signal for driving the drive unit based on the received silent speed information, when attempting to drive the drive unit of the interchangeable lens with a suppressed drive sound of the interchangeable lens, and send the generated control signal to the interchangeable lens.10-29-2009
20130162891IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - An image capturing device is provided. The image capturing device includes a lens device including a first housing; and a sapphire lens directly connected to the first housing for protecting the lens device, wherein the sapphire lens includes a crystal structure and has a crystal axis, the crystal structure is a single-crystal structure, and the crystal axis includes one selected from a group consisting of c-axis (0001), a-axis (1 06-27-2013
20130162892COG PACKAGE AND CAMERA MODULE HAVING THE SAME - There is provided a COG package. The COG package includes: a transparent circuit board formed of a light transmitting material; an imaging device fixedly disposed on the transparent circuit board; a solder part formed on the transparent circuit board so as to be disposed outwardly of the imaging device; and a light shielding member mounted on a bottom surface of the imaging device to prevent light from being incident on the bottom surface of the imaging device and being transmitted through the imaging device.06-27-2013
20090009655IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An apparatus suitably detects a recording trigger even in a low-brightness or low-light-intensity environment, and acquires, from a recorded image, a high-quality image from which a person or the like can be easily recognized. When a recording trigger is to be detected, this apparatus disables an infrared reduction filter, so a recording trigger can be suitably detected even in an environment in which the brightness or light intensity is low. When an image is to be recorded, this apparatus records a color image by enabling the infrared reduction filter.01-08-2009
20090009654Apparatus, method, and medium for generating image - An apparatus, method, and medium for generating an image is provided. The apparatus includes an optical module, a filter module which includes a wide-band filter area that allows transmission of optical signals within a wavelength band corresponding to a color of a predetermined color, a narrow-band filter area that allows transmission of optical signals within a wavelength band corresponding to the predetermined color, and an all-pass filter area that allows transmission of optical signals in all wavelength bands, and an image generation module which generates an image by processing optical signals that transmit through the filter module, wherein the image generation module applies different weights to optical signals according to which of the wide-band filter area, the narrow-band filter area, and the all-pass filter area the optical signals respectively transmit through.01-08-2009
20130162893IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE PACKAGE MOUNTED THEREON - A mechanism enabling reduction of the size of a structure for mounting an image pickup device without affecting the amount of movement of an optical system even when screw insertion holes of a sensor plate are arranged closer to the optical axis. The sensor plate of an image pickup apparatus is mounted to a lens barrel with screws, and includes an attachment surface to which the image pickup device is attached and contact surfaces which are fixed to the lens barrel. The attachment surface is protruded from the contact surfaces. By bringing the attachment surface to the lens barrel in the optical axis direction, the device has an image pickup surface positioned with respect to the lens barrel in the optical axis direction. The sensor plate has an opening formed between the attachment surface and each contact surface, for absorbing deformation of the sensor plate.06-27-2013
20100171872Optical device, imaging device, and method for manufacturing optical device - An optical device comprises a vibration member 07-08-2010
20120287331IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE - An image-capturing device includes: a plurality of micro-lenses disposed in a two-dimensional pattern near a focal plane of an image forming optical system; an image sensor that includes a two-dimensional array of element groups each corresponding to one of the micro-lenses and made up with a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements which receive, via the micro-lenses light fluxes from a subject having passed through the photographic optical system and output image signals; and a synthesizing unit that combines the image signals output from the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements based upon information so as to generate synthetic image data in correspondence to a plurality of image forming areas present on a given image forming plane of the image forming optical system, the information specifying positions of the photoelectric conversion elements output image signals that are to be used for generating synthetic image data for each image forming area.11-15-2012
20120105712LENS BARREL - A lens barrel includes a lens group having at least two lenses, a lens holding frame configured to hold the lens group, a holding cylinder configured to hold the lens holding frame movably in an optical axis direction of the lens group, a forward-backward moving mechanism configured to move the lens holding frame forward and backward with respect to the holding cylinder, first to third guide shafts fixed on the holding cylinder so as to surround the lens holding frame and each extend in the optical axis direction, and a biasing mechanism configured to be held by the lens holding frame between the first guide shaft and the lens holding frame and bias the lens holding frame in a direction so as to separate the lens holding frame from the first guide shaft toward the second and third guide shafts on a plane orthogonal to the optical axis direction.05-03-2012
20110285899IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus comprises an image sensor on which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged, and which has a plurality of image forming pixels and a plurality of types of focus detecting pixels that are discretely arranged among the plurality of image forming pixels and respectively have different distributions of received light, and selection means for, when the plurality of pixels are read out from the image sensor while thinning out the plurality of pixels, selecting one thinning-out read-out mode from a plurality of thinning-out read-out modes having different thinning-out phases of the plurality of pixels, wherein the plurality of types of focus detecting pixels are arranged so that in each thinning-out read-out mode, only signals of the focus detecting pixels of one type of focus detecting pixels are read out, and signals of the focus detecting pixels of other types are not read out.11-24-2011
20110285898IMAGING ELEMENT AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An imaging element includes a light receiving surface having pixels, and a low-pass filter device configured to focus predetermined light on a predetermined pixel of the pixels of the light-receiving surface.11-24-2011
20120013787High Resolution Image Capture Device and the Lens Set thereof - A high resolution image capturing device comprises a lens; an image sensor; a resolution enhancing element formed on said image sensor and between said lens and said image sensor to improve resolution; wherein an index of reflection of said resolution enhancing element is greater than one. The resolution enhancing element includes liquid or solid material which has said index of reflection greater than one of air.01-19-2012
20100110276Imaging apparatus - An imaging apparatus includes a main body, a handle, and a pad unit. The main body includes therein an imaging element which converts incident light coming through a lens into an electric signal. The handle is attached to a top face of the main body. The pad unit is attached to the handle and includes a case, a speaker incorporated in the case, a sound emitting part formed on the case to externally emit sound from the speaker, and an ear pad attached to the case. The pad unit is attached to the handle so as to turn around a rotation axis which is positioned not to pass the center of the sound emitting part. The sound emitting part is configured to move in the direction of an optical axis of the lens according to the turn of the pad unit.05-06-2010
20090190024Image pickup apparatus - An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup lens section having an aperture stop; an image pickup device obtaining image pickup data on the basis of light detected; and 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, wherein the following formula (1) is satisfied:07-30-2009
20090153726Camera Module - Disclosed is a camera module. The camera module includes a lens unit including a first reflective member that reflects and corrects incident light, a second reflective member that reflects the light passing through the lens unit, an image sensor that converts the light reflected from the second reflective member into an electric signal, a PCB electrically connected with the image sensor, and a holder that fixes the lens unit, the second reflective member, the image sensor and the PCB thereto.06-18-2009
20100123819PORTABLE CAMERA HAVING LENS ASSEMBLY SWITCHING MECHANISM - A portable camera having a lens assembly switching mechanism is provided. The portable camera includes a camera main body, a camera module, a slab module and a coupling structure. The camera main body has a camera opening formed in a first surface thereof. The camera module is disposed within the camera main body and includes a lens assembly exposed through the camera opening. The slab module is used for carrying one or more selective lens assemblies with different shooting angles. The coupling structure is disposed between the first surface of camera main body and the camera module. The slab module is movable with respect to the coupling structure while the slab module is parallel with the first surface of the camera main body, so that one of the selective lens assemblies is aligned with the camera opening for providing an adjustable shooting angle.05-20-2010
20130088637Lens Stack Arrays Including Adaptive Optical Elements - Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention incorporate adaptive optical elements into optical channels in a lens stack array. In one embodiment, an array camera module includes a lens stack array, that includes at least two lens stacks, where at least one lens stack includes an adaptive optical element that can adjust the characteristics of the transmission of light in the optical channel defined by the corresponding lens stack in response to at least one electrical signal, a sensor including a focal plane for each lens stack within the lens stack array, and circuitry configured to control at least one adaptive optical element, where the lens stack array and the sensor are configured so that each lens stack can form an image on a corresponding focal plane.04-11-2013
20100128164IMAGING SYSTEM WITH A DYNAMIC OPTICAL LOW-PASS FILTER - A filter system for use with an image capture device having an imager with a plurality of imaging elements, the filter system having: a filter element for movably directing light to different imaging elements on the imager; and a manipulator for changing the orientation of the filter element during an exposure to achieve an optical low-pass filter.05-27-2010
20120268648ADAPTIVE LENS MODULE AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An adaptive lens module is disclosed for connecting to a camera. The camera has a zooming lens. The adaptive lens module includes a first magnetic unit, an adapter and a lens unit. The first magnetic unit is arranged on the camera. The adapter has a second magnetic unit for detachably connecting to the first magnetic unit, and a through hole for passing through the zooming lens. The lens unit is arranged on the adapter and optical connects with the zooming lens.10-25-2012
20100103309METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPRESSED IMAGING - An imaging system and method are presented for use in compressed imaging. The system comprises at least one rotative vector sensor, and optics for projecting light from an object plane on said sensor. The system is configured to measure data indicative of Fourier transform of an object plane light field at various angles of the vector sensor rotation.04-29-2010
20110205424LENS DRIVING DEVICE AND CAMERA MODULE MOUNTING LENS DRIVING DEVICE - A lens driving device includes a holder which holds a lens and is movable in the direction of an optical axis of the lens and a plurality of magnets which is fixed to the holder so as to be separated from each other in a circumferential direction. Cut-out portions are provided on the holder and the magnets which are adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction are communicated with each other through the cut-out portions. When an adhesive is filled into the cut-out portions, the adhesive bonds the magnets which are adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction.08-25-2011
20090161002Lens-interchangeable digital photographing apparatus and method for controlling the same - Provided are a lens-interchangeable digital photographing apparatus that can use a suitable lens according to a photographing circumstance, a method of controlling the lens-interchangeable digital photographing apparatus, and a recording medium having recorded therein a program for the method. The lens-interchangeable digital photographing apparatus includes a photographing circumstance analysis unit, a lens suitability determination unit for determining whether a lens installed in the digital photographing apparatus is suitable for a photographing circumstance, a lens search unit for searching for lenses suitable for a photographing circumstance, and a display unit. If the lens suitability determination unit determines that the installed lens is not suitable for the photographing circumstance, lenses suitable for the photographing circumstance analyzed by the photographing circumstance analysis unit from among lenses searched by the lens search unit are displayed on the display unit to be recommended.06-25-2009
20090161001Camera and method for operating same06-25-2009
20130120646LENS UNIT - A 3D adapter (05-16-2013
20090161003LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - In a lens apparatus, light entering a lens barrel from an external source is incident to an optoelectric converting element for image recording. The light passing through an optical path of the lens apparatus is filtered by a filter that absorbs a specific range of optical wavelengths and is provided in a filter frame. The filter frame is moved to position the filter at a first position that is on the optical path or at a second position that is away from the optical path. A filter housing structure is provided establishing a frame moving region in which the filter frame is arranged and moves, and blocking the incidence of light from a source other than the optical path to the filter frame moving region.06-25-2009
20130215321IMAGE FORMING LENS, CAMERA DEVICE, AND HANDHELD TERMINAL - An image forming lens including an aperture stop, a first lens group, and a second lens group having a positive power, the first lens group including a first F lens group having a negative power and a first R lens group having a positive power, the first F lens group including at least two negative lenses, the first R lens group including at least one positive lens, the second lens group including a second F lens group having a positive power and a second R lens group, the second F lens group including a first positive lens, a first negative lens, a second negative lens, and a second positive lens, and the second R lens group including at least one lens.08-22-2013
20090244360Camera System And Camera Body Composing The Same - A camera system includes a controller operable to control operations of a camera body and an interchangeable lens. When supply of power from a power supply of the camera body is requested to be stopped, the controller performs control to adjust an aperture of the diaphragm such that an amount of light passing through the diaphragm is no greater than a predetermined value, and thereafter, to stop the supply of power.10-01-2009
20120105711IMAGING APPARATUS AND ACCESSORY, AND METHOD AND SYSTEM OF THE SAME, AND MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus to which an accessory is detachably attached includes an imaging unit configured to convert an object image into an electrical signal, a signal generation unit configured to generate a vertical synchronizing signal that is synchronized with a timing of exposure of the imaging unit and output the generated vertical synchronizing signal, a control unit configured to control communication with the accessory based on the vertical synchronizing signal, a first terminal configured to send a clock signal generated by the control unit to the accessory, and a second terminal configured to communicate data with the accessory based on the clock signal, in which the control unit controls a signal level at the first terminal to a predetermined level when the communication of the data ends, and then changes the signal level in synchronization with the output of the vertical synchronizing signal.05-03-2012
20110007203ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING AN OPTICAL SYSTEM - An assembly for aligning an optical system over an image sensor is described. The assembly may include a lens structure positioned over an image sensor and a lens holder positioned over the lens structure and secured onto a substrate. The lens structure may incorporate an optical section and a structural section extending from the optical section and may rest directly on an image sensor with one or more stoppers that may serve to elevate the optical system with respect to the image sensor at a distance corresponding to a near optimal focal length distance. A lip also included in the structural section of the lens structure may abut two or more opposing sides to secure the lens structure over the image sensor in a centered position with respect to the image sensor.01-13-2011
20090147126IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus is provided with an imaging optical system (imaging lens), an image sensor for picking up a subject image formed by the imaging optical system, and a view division optical system (first mirror) which divides a view picked up by the image sensor into an environment imaging side view and an eyeball imaging side view.06-11-2009
20080231743IMAGE SENSOR PACKAGE AND IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE WITH SAME - An image sensor package is provided. The image sensor package includes a basic body, an image sensor chip, a carrier, and at least one passive component. The image sensor chip is electrically and structurally connected to the basic body, the image sensor package including a sensitive region. The carrier positioned on a supporting portion of the image sensor package spacially surrounding the sensitive region of the image sensor chip. The at least one passive component carried by the carrier and electrically connected to the basic body.09-25-2008
20130141633IMAGE OPTICAL LENS SYSTEM - An image optical lens system includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element and a fourth lens element. The first lens element with positive refractive power has a convex object-side surface. The second lens element has negative refractive power. The third lens element with positive refractive power is made of plastic material and has a convex image-side surface, wherein an object-side surface and the image-side surface of the third lens element are aspheric. The fourth lens element with negative refractive power is made of plastic material, and has a concave object-side surface and a concave image-side surface, wherein the object-side surface and the image-side surface of the fourth lens element are aspheric, and the image-side surface of the fourth lens element changes from concave at the paraxial region to convex at the peripheral region.06-06-2013
20110109789IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging system includes: a body unit; at least one type of interchangeable lens unit; and at least one type of external unit, wherein in the case where the body unit and one of the at least one type of interchangeable lens unit are connected integrally, the imaging system becomes an imaging device capable of shooting a photographic subject, and in the case where the body unit and one of the at least one type of external unit are connected integrally, the imaging system becomes a device having a specific function of the external unit connected to the body unit, and wherein when the interchangeable lens unit or the external unit is connected to the body unit, the body unit obtains information on the type of unit connected to the body unit, and is capable of changing control of an entire device including the body unit and the unit connected to the body unit based on the type of unit connected to the body unit.05-12-2011
20110242403DRIVE DEVICE, IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A drive device in which the frequency of a drive waveform applied to a piezoelectric element is easily settable with less obligation to consider resonance in a stationary member. The device includes a piezo element that expands and contracts according to a drive voltage, a transmission shaft that receives vibration produced by the element, a stationary member that holds the transmission shaft in a slidable state along the longitudinal direction of the transmission shaft, and a lens holder that is displaced together with the piezo element and transmission shaft relative to the stationary member according to drive of the piezo element. The piezo element and the transmission shaft move in the moving direction of the lens holder in synchronization with the lens holder according to drive of the piezo element in the state where the piezo element is spaced from the stationary member. By employing this structure, the frequency of the drive waveform applied to the piezo element can be set easily without considering resonance in the stationary member.10-06-2011
20110013074Biometric authentication apparatus - The present invention provides a biometric authentication apparatus realizing reduction in thickness while holding high authentication precision. The biometric authentication apparatus includes: a light source emitting light in a wavelength range including a wavelength range for authentication toward a living body; a microlens array condensing light from the living body and selectively transmitting light in the wavelength range for authentication; an imaging device obtaining image data of the living body on the basis of the light condensed by the microlens array; and an authentication unit authenticating the living body on the basis of the image data obtained by the imaging device.01-20-2011
20110025904FOCUS DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A focus detection device having imaging pixels and focus-detecting pixels using a phase-difference focus detection method implements high-precision focus detection. In the focus detection device, a plurality of pixels each having a photoelectric conversion unit for converting an incident light flux into signal charges, and a microlens having a focus position near the photoelectric conversion unit are arranged. The plurality of pixels include a plurality of imaging pixels for generating a shot image, and a plurality of focus-detecting pixels for generating an image signal for focus detection by the phase-difference focus detection method. An opening for giving a pupil division function to the focus-detecting pixel is formed using electrodes arranged to read out signal charges from the photoelectric conversion unit.02-03-2011
20110242405LENS BARREL AND IMAGING DEVICE - The lens barrel includes a first lens unit, a second lens unit, and a drive unit. The first lens unit includes a first lens element and a first lens support frame supporting the first lens element. The second lens unit includes a second lens element and a second lens support frame supporting the second lens element. The second lens unit is supported by the first lens unit to be movable in the optical axis direction of the first lens element with respect to the first lens unit. The drive unit is arranged to be used to drive the second lens unit with respect to the first lens unit, and is fixed to the first lens unit. When viewed in the optical axis direction, the drive unit is fixed to the first lens unit so that a first profile line formed by the first lens unit and the drive unit is substantially circular.10-06-2011
20100079660Lens driver, camera module, imaging apparatus, and camera-equipped mobile terminal - A lens driver includes: an imaging lens; a housing accommodating the lens; a spring member provided between the lens and the housing and holding the lens in the housing movably in the optical axis direction; a coil moving the lens in the optical axis direction; a magnet spaced apart from the coil and moving the lens in the optical axis direction; and a yoke fixed to the magnet and having an L-shaped cross-section when taken along a plane including the optical axis, wherein the yoke is disposed in such a way that an L-shaped corner side is located on the opposite side to the position of the lens where the reaction force of the spring member resulting from the movement of the lens is maximized.04-01-2010
20090033788INTEGRATED OPTICAL CHARACTERISTIC MEASUREMENTS IN A CMOS IMAGE SENSOR - Methods and systems for forming a chief ray angle (CRA) profile of an imaging lens having a field of view (FOV) are provided. At least one CRA sensor is positioned between an edge of a pixel array and an edge of the FOV, at one or more predetermined lens height percentages. Light is transmitted through the imaging lens and detected by multiple detectors included in the at least one CRA sensor. Each detector is configured to detect a different predetermined CRA. For each CRA sensor, a largest amplitude of detected light among the multiple detectors is selected. The largest amplitude of light represents a CRA of the transmitted light. At least one data point of the CRA profile is determined, by using the selected predetermined CRA at the one or more predetermined lens height percentages.02-05-2009
20130155314LENS MODULE AND IMAGE APPARATUS - A lens module for capturing an object light-beam from an object-side is provided. The lens module includes a first lens group, a second lens group, a third lens group, a fourth lens group and a fifth lens group sequentially-arranged from the object-side to an image-side. The five lens groups respectively have at least one lens with positive refractive-power and at least one lens with negative refractive-power. The first, third and fifth lens groups are fixed groups, while the second and fourth lens groups are movable groups. An image apparatus including the lens module is also provided.06-20-2013
20090219435COMPOSITE LENS AND LENS MODULE HAVING SAME - A unitary composite lens includes a body and an optical filter. The optical filter is embedded within the body.09-03-2009
20110242404LENS BARREL AND IMAGING DEVICE - The lens barrel includes a first lens unit, a second lens unit, and a drive unit. The first lens unit includes a first lens element and a first lens support frame supporting the first lens element. The second lens unit includes a second lens element and a second lens support frame supporting the second lens element. The second lens unit is supported by the first lens unit to be movable in the optical axis direction of the first lens element with respect to the first lens unit. The drive unit is arranged to be used to drive the second lens unit with respect to the first lens unit, and is fixed to the first lens unit. When viewed in the optical axis direction, the drive unit is fixed to the first lens unit so that a first profile line formed by the first lens unit and the drive unit is substantially circular.10-06-2011
20110242406LENS BARREL AND IMAGING DEVICE - The lens barrel includes a first lens unit, a second lens unit, and a drive unit. The first lens unit includes a first lens element and a first lens support frame supporting the first lens element. The second lens unit includes a second lens element and a second lens support frame supporting the second lens element. The second lens unit is supported by the first lens unit to be movable in the optical axis direction of the first lens element with respect to the first lens unit. The drive unit is arranged to be used to drive the second lens unit with respect to the first lens unit, and is fixed to the first lens unit. When viewed in the optical axis direction, the drive unit is fixed to the first lens unit so that a first profile line formed by the first lens unit and the drive unit is substantially circular.10-06-2011
20120188438METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING EXTERNAL LENS - A method and a system for controlling an external lens, applicable to a main device to control a lens module connected thereto, are provided. The main device provides power and storage medium for the lens module to use. In the present method, the lens module is connected to the main device, and a control program is downloaded from a memory unit of the lens module and installed in the main device. The control program is used to allow the main device to receive a control operation, accordingly control the lens module to execute a camera function, and finally display an execution result of the lens module executing the camera function.07-26-2012
20110075019LENS APPARATUS TO BE MOUNTED ONTO CAMERA AND CAMERA SYSTEM WITH LENS APPARATUS - A lens apparatus 03-31-2011
20110254996LENS BARREL AND IMAGING DEVICE - The lens barrel includes a first lens unit, a second lens unit, and a drive unit. The first lens unit includes a first lens element and a first lens support frame supporting the first lens element. The second lens unit includes a second lens element and a second lens support frame supporting the second lens element. The second lens unit is supported by the first lens unit to be movable in the optical axis direction of the first lens element with respect to the first lens unit. The drive unit is arranged to be used to drive the second lens unit with respect to the first lens unit, and is fixed to the first lens unit. When viewed in the optical axis direction, the drive unit is fixed to the first lens unit so that a first profile line formed by the first lens unit and the drive unit is substantially circular.10-20-2011
20110249174IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes a photographic lens including a photographic optical system, a photographic camera configured to be attachable to and detachable from the photographic lens and including an image sensor configured to receive light from the photographic lens, and a receiving device connected to the photographic lens via a cable and configured to receive an operation signal for controlling the photographic lens or the photographic camera from a remote operation device, wherein the receiving device is configured to be fixable to the photographic lens or the photographic camera by a plurality of different methods.10-13-2011
20110164170IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE-PICKUP SYSTEM - An image-pickup system is disclosed which is capable of performing highly accurate back focus adjustment for each combination of an image-pickup apparatus and a lens apparatus. The system includes a first memory provided in the image-pickup apparatus and stores first identification information unique to a combination of the image-pickup apparatus and a certain lens apparatus, a second memory provided in the lens apparatus and stores second identification information unique to a combination of the lens apparatus and a certain image-pickup apparatus. A comparator compares the first identification information with the second identification information. The generator generates, when the comparison results that the first identification information does not match the second identification information, identification information unique to the combination of the image-pickup apparatus and the lens apparatus. The controller causes the first memory and the second memory to store the identification information generated by the generator.07-07-2011
20110164171IMAGING DEVICE - The imaging apparatus includes a lens mount 07-07-2011
20100295987IMAGE STABILIZATION CIRCUITRY FOR LIQUID LENS - A method of controlling a liquid lens in an imaging device, the liquid lens including a liquid-liquid interface between first and second immiscible liquids deformable by electrowetting; a chamber containing the first and second liquids, the first liquid being an insulating liquid and the second liquid being a conducting liquid; and a first electrode in contact with the second liquid and at least one second electrode insulated from the second liquid by an insulating layer, the first and second electrodes being arranged to allow a plurality of voltages levels to be applied between the first and second electrodes to control the curvature of the liquid-liquid interface, the method including: determining motion data representative of a movement of the imaging device; determining focusing data representative of a desired focus of the imaging device; determining the plurality of voltage levels to be applied between the first and second electrodes, wherein each of the voltage levels is a function of the motion data, the focusing data and at least one parameter relating to the liquid lens and preliminary determined in a calibration phase.11-25-2010
20110001871IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus capable of performing phase difference detection while allowing light to enter an imaging device is provided.01-06-2011
20110254997LENS BARREL AND IMAGING DEVICE - The lens barrel includes a first lens unit, a second lens unit, and a drive unit. The first lens unit includes a first lens element and a first lens support frame supporting the first lens element. The second lens unit includes a second lens element and a second lens support frame supporting the second lens element. The second lens unit is supported by the first lens unit to be movable in the optical axis direction of the first lens element with respect to the first lens unit. The drive unit is arranged to be used to drive the second lens unit with respect to the first lens unit, and is fixed to the first lens unit. When viewed in the optical axis direction, the drive unit is fixed to the first lens unit so that a first profile line formed by the first lens unit and the drive unit is substantially circular.10-20-2011
20100110277CAMERA BODY AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A camera body includes an imaging unit operable to generate image data by capturing an object image, an acquisition unit operable to acquire optical data of the interchangeable lens from the interchangeable lens, a correction unit operable to correct the image data generated by the imaging unit based on the optical data acquired by the acquisition unit, a detection unit operable to detect state of mounting/demounting the interchangeable lens to/from the camera body, and a display unit operable to display an image based on the image data. After detecting that the interchangeable lens is completely mounted to the camera body, when the detection unit detects that the interchangeable lens is being demounted from the camera body, the display unit stops displaying the image based on the image data. When the detection unit subsequently detects that the interchangeable lens is completely demounted from the camera body, the correction unit stops correcting the image data and the display unit displays the image based on the image data.05-06-2010
20100110275LARGE DEPTH-OF-FIELD IMAGING SYSTEM AND IRIS RECOGNITON SYSTEM05-06-2010
20100253832LENS SHIELDING STRUCTURES FOR DIGITAL IMAGE SENSORS - Camera modules are provided using wafer level optics structures. Wafers of optical stack components such as spacers, lenses, filters, and aperture layers may be combined to form optical stacks for camera modules. Each optical stack may be formed from pieces of the lens and spacer wafers. The optical stacks may be mounted above digital image sensors to form compact camera modules for devices such as cellular telephones and digital cameras. To reduce lens flare, a lens hood structure may be mounted above the outermost lens in the optical stack structure. The lens hood structure may be formed from a layer of opaque plastic having an inner surface and an outer surface. The layer of plastic may be provided as part of a camera module housing or as a separate structure. A noncircular lens hood aperture may be formed in the outer surface of the lens hood layer. A corresponding inner aperture may be formed in the inner surface of the lens hood layer adjacent to the optical stack structure. The noncircular exterior surface aperture of the lens hood may have a barrel shape, a rectangular shape, an oval shape, a pincushion shape, or other suitable shapes that help reduce flare for digital image sensors with rectangular active areas.10-07-2010
20130010180CATADIOPTRIC LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A catadioptric lens system includes, in order of light travel: a first lens group that includes a concave mirror and a convex mirror and has a positive refractive power; a second lens group that is positioned on the image side of the concave mirror and has a negative refractive power; and a third lens group that has a positive refractive power, wherein the first lens group has a plurality of lenses on the image side of the concave mirror, and some lenses of the plurality of lenses are formed as a vibration-proof group so as to be movable in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis.01-10-2013
20130010182IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging unit obtains image data. An imaging controller controls the imaging unit to obtain a plurality of pieces of image data having different exposure values. A standard image decision unit decides the image data with the shortest length of exposure time of the plurality of pieces of image data as standard image data. A correlation quantity detection unit detects a correlation quantity between the standard image data and the plurality of pieces of image data. A first combination processing unit generates first combined image data by combining the plurality of pieces of image data in accordance with the correlation quantity. A second combination processing unit combines the standard image data and the first combined image data.01-10-2013
20110063496CAMERA MODULE - An camera module includes a holder defined a space, a barrel positioned in the space of the holder, a first pillar extended from an outer surface of the barrel, a first spring connected adjacent ends of the barrel and the holder such that the barrel is hung in the holder, and a first piezoelectric actuator. The first piezoelectric actuator is fixed on an internal surface of the holder and capable of deforming along a central axis of the holder. The first piezoelectric actuator is coupled with the first pillar so as to move the barrel along the central axis of the holder.03-17-2011
20120008039IMAGE SENSORS WITH GRADED REFRACTIVE INDEX MICROLENSES - An image sensor has an array of image sensor pixels. Each image sensor pixel may have a gradient index lens formed in a passivation layer. The gradient index lens may be a converging or diverging gradient index lens. The gradient index lens may have a gradient index profile that is smooth or a gradient index profile having distinct regions of lower or higher refractive index. Regions of lower refractive index may be formed from ion implantation in the passivation layer. Each pixel may also have a polymer microlens, a color filter, a dielectric stack, and a photosensitive element in a substrate.01-12-2012
20120307135IMAGE PICKUP LENS, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE USING SAME, AND PORTABLE APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - The present invention provides an image pickup lens with a large focal depth from the center to the outer part of an image plane formed on an image sensor and capable of maintaining its focal depth within a practical range and thus suppressing a decline in the resolution. An image pickup lens 12-06-2012
20120307134IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGING APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE LENS UNIT - An imaging apparatus on which a lens unit having a photographic optical system including a focus lens and capable of controlling driving of the photographic optical system based on information received from the imaging apparatus is mountable includes a filter driving unit configured to insert or retract an optical filter on an optical path of the photographic optical system, a detection unit configured to detect an insertion state of the optical filter, and a control unit configured to calculate, based on a change of the insertion state of the optical filter detected by the detection unit, a movement amount of an image forming position of an object image, and to transmit information on the movement amount of the image forming position of the object image and information indicating the insertion state of the optical filter to the lens unit.12-06-2012
20100110274TRANSACTION PRODUCT WITH CAMERA - A transaction product includes a digital camera assembly, a housing and an account identifier. The digital camera assembly includes a lens assembly, an image sensor aligned with the lens assembly, and a memory electrically coupled with the image sensor. The digital camera assembly is configured to capture images through the lens assembly using the image sensor and to digitally store the captured images to the memory. The housing substantially encloses the image sensor and the memory. The account identifier links the transaction product to an account or record and is machine readable by a point-of-sale terminal such that value can be added to or deducted from the account or record using the account identifier. Other product, cards, assemblies and associated methods are also disclosed.05-06-2010
20120026388Image 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.02-02-2012
20120206641OPTICAL UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - [Object] To provide an optical unit and an image pickup apparatus that are capable of realizing a high-resolution and high-performance image pickup system.08-16-2012
20120218463MULTI-SPECTRAL IMAGING - Multi-spectral imaging technique embodiments are presented which involve an active imaging approach that uses wide band illumination of known spectral distributions to obtain multi-spectral reflectance information in the presence of unknown ambient illumination. In general, a reflectance spectral distribution of a captured scene is computed by selecting a number of different illumination spectra and capturing multiple images of the scene. Each of these images is captured when the scene is illuminated by a different one of the selected illumination spectra in addition to the ambient light. The reflectance spectral distribution of the scene is computed for each pixel location based on the relative response between pairs of the radiometric responses of the corresponding pixels in the captured images, given a set of parameters including the added illumination spectra used to capture each of the images and the response function and spectral sensitivity of the camera used to capture the images08-30-2012
20120300118ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A zoom lens including, in order from object side: a positive first unit fixed for zooming; a negative second unit moving for zooming; a zoom unit including at least one unit moving for zooming; a stop; and a fixed unit. The first unit includes a negative first sub-unit not moving for focusing, and a positive second sub-unit and a positive third sub-unit moving toward image side and object side, respectively, when focusing from infinity object to proximity object. A focal lengths of the first and second units, a distance from a vertex of a surface closest to the image side in the first unit to an image side principal point position of the first unit, a thickness of the first unit on an optical axis, and lateral magnifications of the second and third sub-units when focusing on infinity object are appropriately set.11-29-2012
20120300117ADAPTER OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided is an adapter optical system attachable between an image pickup lens and a camera body, the adapter optical system including, in order from an object side: a first optical unit having negative refractive power; a second optical unit that is insertable in and removable from an optical path; and a third optical unit having positive refractive power, in which the following expression is satisfied: 0.03<|αa11-29-2012
20120314122PLASTIC LENS, PHOTOGRAPHING LENS, IMAGING DEVICE, AND PORTABLE DEVICE - A plastic lens includes a flange portion on an outer circumference of a lens effective-diameter portion and manufactured by injecting a resin into a mold via a gate portion. The plastic lens is characterized by having a shape satisfying conditions of s/t≦0.61 and E.D/D≧0.4 when s [mm] and t [mm] represent a peripheral thickness, a central thickness of the lens effective-diameter portion, E.D [mm] represents a lens effective diameter, and D [mm] represents a lens diameter.12-13-2012
20090096915ANTI-ALIASING SPATIAL FILTER SYSTEM - A filter system for an imaging apparatus including a high resolution mode of operation and a low resolution mode of operation is provided. The filter system includes a low pass filter associated with an optical path of the imaging apparatus. The low pass filter is moveable into the optical path of the imaging apparatus when the imaging apparatus is in the low resolution mode of operation and is moveable out of the optical path of the imaging apparatus when the imaging apparatus is in the high resolution mode of operation.04-16-2009
20120257100Inner Focus Lens, Interchangeable Lens Apparatus and Camera System - An inner focus lens, in order from an object side to an image side, comprising: a first lens unit having positive optical power; a second lens unit having negative optical power; and a third lens unit having positive optical power, wherein the second lens unit is moved along an optical axis so that focusing from an infinite-distance object side to a short-distance object side is achieved, the first lens unit includes a bi-convex air lens, and the following conditions: 0.65<|f10-11-2012
20120229696Image Capturing Apparatus - An image capturing apparatus comprises: an image sensor having image forming pixels for receiving light that has passed through an entire pupil area of an imaging lens which forms an object image, and focus detection pixels, which are arranged discretely among the image forming pixels, for receiving light that has passed through part of the pupil area of the imaging lens; a detection unit configured to detect an edge direction of an object based on an image signal acquired by the image sensor; an averaging unit configured to average image signals, while shifting a phase of the image signals, which are acquired respectively from each of the focus detection pixels, based on the edge direction detected by the detection unit; and a calculation unit configured to calculate a defocus amount of the imaging lens using the image signal averaged by the averaging unit.09-13-2012
20120229695IMAGE PICKUP LENS, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE USING SAME, AND PORTABLE DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - An image pickup lens compatible with small high-pixel image pickup elements (e.g., from CCD and CMOS image sensors having a pixel pitch of 1.75 μm and a pixel count of 5 mega pixels to CCD and CMOS image sensors having a pixel pitch of 1.4 μm and a pixel count of 8 mega pixels) is provided. An image pickup lens 09-13-2012
20100321558APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SPATIAL MOVEMENT OF OBJECT - An apparatus for detecting spatial movement of an object, includes a rotatable light emitting diode, first and second camera modules, and an image processor. The light emitting diode is configured for emitting light to the object. The first and second camera modules are arranged on opposite sides of the light emitting diode and configured for capturing the light reflected by the object, thus respectively forming a first image signal and a second image signal associated with the object. The image processor is configured for processing the first and second image signals and analyzing spatial position of the object relative to the first and second camera modules based on the first and second image signals, thereby determining spatial movement of the object.12-23-2010
20100328522OPTICAL UNIT AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An optical unit includes: a first lens group; and a second lens group, which are arranged in order from an object side toward an image surface side, wherein the first lens group includes a first lens element, a first transparent body, and a second lens element, which are arranged in order from the object side toward the image surface side, and the second lens group includes a third lens element, a second transparent body and a fourth lens element, which are arranged in order from the object side toward the image surface side.12-30-2010
20120320259IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER UNIT - An image pickup apparatus is provided that is capable of avoiding an image pickup device and control system devices thereof from being affected by heat generated by a wireless transmitter-receiver unit, whereby the control system devices can stably be operated, while avoiding the quality of photographed image from being deteriorated. In the image pickup apparatus, a power unit has an upper limit of guaranteed temperature higher than that of the image pickup device and higher than those of an image processing unit and a control unit which are the control system devices, and is mounted on a mounting surface of a board together with the image processing unit and the control unit. A wireless transmitter-receiver unit is disposed parallel to and facing the mounting surface of the board so as to cover the power unit mounted on the board.12-20-2012
20120320261Imaging Lens and Imaging Device - Disclosed is an imaging lens by which astigmatism and field curvature are satisfactorily corrected by arranging on a first surface a concave surface having an appropriate radius of curvature. Condition (1) defines the radius of curvature of the concave surface arranged on the object-side surface of a bonded compound lens. By fulfilling condition (1), a lens can be obtained in which astigmatism and field curvature are satisfactorily corrected. Condition (1): −1.5<12-20-2012
20120320260Image Sensor and Method for Packaging Same - An image sensor includes a ceramic base with a cavity therein, the ceramic base including a sidewall forming a conductive layer embedded therein. A protrusion extends from the sidewall toward the center of the cavity. An infrared filter is mounted on the upper surface of the protrusion with a most upper surface of the infrared filter not higher than the upper surface of the ceramic base; and an image unit is mounted in a recess of a bottom plate assembled with a lower surface of the ceramic base.12-20-2012
20120327292Integrated imaging system - An imaging system having a front side and rear side enveloping a light transmitting space formed therebetween A front lens situated on the front side forms a portal through which light from an object enters into the light transmitting space wherein at least one optical element composed of glass or elastic material, liquid lenses or liquid crystal elements, and an image sensor are positioned to develop a folded beam path between the front lens and the image sensor, and a real image of the object on the image sensor. Electrically driving at least one optical element enables alteration of the focal length within the system in a manner switchable between at least two values. The change in focal length is realized with the aid of electrically controlled piezo-actuators or by an electric field applied to at least one variable optical element.12-27-2012
20100208128CAMERA SYSTEM AND CAMERA BODY - A camera system having a camera body and an interchangeable lens is made more convenient to use. A camera system 08-19-2010
20130010181OPTICAL UNIT AND IMAGING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to an optical unit and an imaging apparatus, which can realize a lens element that has a high MTF, is small, bright, and optimal to a fixed-focus camera while having an advantage of a three-group configuration that the depth of field is deep.01-10-2013
20130016278Imaging Lens, Imaging Optical Device, and Digital EquipmentAANM Matsusaka; KeijiAACI Osaka-shiAACO JPAAGP Matsusaka; Keiji Osaka-shi JPAANM Tanaka; HiroakiAACI Sakai-shiAACO JPAAGP Tanaka; Hiroaki Sakai-shi JPAANM Sano; EigoAACI Hino-shiAACO JPAAGP Sano; Eigo Hino-shi JP - An imaging lens system has, from an object side, at least one positive lens element convex to the object side, a negative lens element, and at least one lens element having an aspherical surface. The positive and negative lens elements are arranged next to each other. The formulae 0.101-17-2013
20130021521IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device includes phase difference detection pixels. The imaging device receives an image formed by an optical system and includes a plurality of pixels that are two-dimensionally arranged. Each of the plurality of pixels include a micro lens; a photoelectric conversion unit positioned below the micro lens; and an optical aperture disposed between the micro lens and the photoelectric conversion unit and that is eccentric with respect to an optical axis of the micro lens, wherein the plurality of pixels of the imaging device output a signal for obtaining phase difference. The imaging device performs phase difference detection on the entire surface of a captured image without addition of pixels.01-24-2013
20130093944IMAGE PICKUP UNIT, IMAGE GENERATION SYSTEM, SERVER, AND ELECTRONIC UNIT - In an example embodiment, an image pickup unit includes an image pickup lens, a perspective separation device separating light beams passing through the image pickup lens into light beams from a plurality of perspectives different from one another, an image pickup device including a plurality of pixels and receiving light beams passing through the perspective separation device in the pixels to output multi-perspective image pickup data, based on an amount of light received, and a data compression section performing reversible compression on the image pickup data.04-18-2013
20130141634IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device includes: a lens optical system including a first region and a second region having different optical properties; an imaging element including first pixels and second pixels; an arrayed optical element which is provided between the lens optical system and the imaging element, allows light passing through the first region to enter the first pixels, and allows light passing through the second region to enter the second pixels; a signal processing unit configured to generate object information using pixel values obtained from the first pixels and the second pixels; and a diffractive optical element provided between the arrayed optical element and the lens optical system and including a diffraction grating symmetrical about an optical axis of the lens optical system.06-06-2013
20130148012IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging lens, including in order from an object side to an image side, an aperture stop, a first lens formed in a biconvex shape having a positive refractive power, a second lens having a negative refractive power with a surface on the image side formed to be a concave surface, a third lens having a positive refractive power with a convex surface faced to the image side, and a fourth lens having a negative refractive power with a surface on the image side formed to be a concave surface.06-13-2013
20090128684Method for Assembling a Camera Module, and Camera Module - A method for manufacturing a camera module is provided, the camera module including a lens and an image sensor chip, the image sensor chip being electrically contacted to a circuit board. After a first fitting part that surrounds the image sensor chip is positioned and secured on the circuit board, the first fitting part is joined to a second fitting part disposed on the housing of the camera module, forming an overlap region. A focus position between the housing-side lens and the image sensor chip is produced, and a materially attached connection is then generated between the fitting parts within the overlap region, in the focus position.05-21-2009
20120274837CAMERA - A camera to which a lens unit is exchangeably attached includes a phase difference detection type focus detection unit, a contrast detection type focus detection unit, and a processor configured to acquire correction information used to correct a shift amount between a focus detecting light flux and an image-pickup light flux from the image pickup lens. The contrast detection type focus detection unit performs scanning in a single direction from a focus position detected by the phase difference detection type focus detection unit, the single direction being set based on the correction information.11-01-2012
20120274836IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image pickup apparatus, which is mountable a lens apparatus thereon, obtains information of a mounted lens apparatus and if the lens apparatus is identified as the interchangeable lens which fails in firmware update based on the obtained information, controls to restrict an operation in which an interchangeable lens is used and to enable an operation which does not use the interchangeable lens.11-01-2012
20100309368WAFER-LEVEL LENS MODULE AND IMAGE PICKUP MODULE INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided are a wafer-level lens module and an image pickup module including the same. The wafer lens module includes a plurality wafer-scale lenses. At least one of the plurality of wafer-scale lenses, such as a wafer-scale lens positioned toward an object side, includes a substrate and a glass lens element formed on one side of the substrate. The glass lens element may be a one-sided lens or a double-sided lens. When the glass lens is a double-sided lens, the substrate may have a through hole. The remaining wafer-scale lenses each include a substrate and polymer lens elements made of UV curable polymer and formed on both sides of the substrate. Also, spacers are interposed between the wafer-scale lenses, along the edge portions of the substrates, so as to maintain predetermined intervals between the wafer-scale lenses.12-09-2010
20110234888Digital camera and interchangeable lens - A digital camera includes: a mirror box that defines a space in which a light flux from a photographic lens is guided to an imaging unit; a mirror unit that is arranged inside the mirror box and is configured to rotate between a viewing position in which the mirror unit is inserted in a photographic light path from the photographic lens to the imaging unit to reflect the light flux and a photographing position in which the mirror unit is retracted from the photographic light path; and an opening section that discharges from the mirror box air that is moved when the mirror unit is rotated.09-29-2011
20130182174RETRACTABLE LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS - In an imaging apparatus, during an utilization state, optical elements and an image sensor are arranged on the same optical axis. During a retracted state, the optical elements in include at least one optical element that is moved from an optical axis position on the optical axis to a first retraction position that differs from the optical axis position; the image sensor is moved from the optical axis position to a second retraction position that differs from the first retraction position; and the moved optical element and the image sensor are arranged such that at least one portion of the move optical element and of the image sensor overlap in a plane substantially orthogonal to the optical axis.07-18-2013
20130182175IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image pickup apparatus detachably mounting a lens unit including a plurality of optical members includes an image pickup unit that accumulates charge in synchronization with a vertical synchronizing signal to generate an image signal, and a control unit that generates control information for each of the plurality of optical members of the mounted lens unit and communicates the control information with the lens unit in synchronization with the vertical synchronizing signal. The control unit is configured to perform a first communication in synchronization with the vertical synchronizing signal, and to perform a second communication, for controlling an optical member different to the optical before a next first communication that is performed in synchronization with a next vertical synchronizing signal. The first communication and the second communication are predetermined packet communications in which optical members to be controlled among the plurality of optical members are different from each other.07-18-2013
20130182176Drive Device - A drive device (07-18-2013
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20130194488IMAGE-FORMING LENS, AND CAMERA DEVICE AND PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE WITH THE IMAGE-FORMING LENS - An image forming lens consists of from an object side to an image side in the following order: a first group with a positive refractive power; an aperture stop; and a second group with a positive refractive power, wherein the second group includes, from the object side to the image side in the following order, a biconvex lens, a biconcave lens, a negative meniscus lens a convex surface of which faces the image side, a biconvex lens, and a positive meniscus lens a convex surface of which faces the image side.08-01-2013
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20130208178IMAGING LENS SYSTEM - An imaging lens system includes a first lens group having a positive refractive power and a second lens group having a positive refractive power, the first lens group and the second lens group are sequentially arranged from an object side to an image surface. The first lens group includes a first lens having a positive refractive power, a second lens having a positive refractive power, and a third lens having a negative refractive power and having a concave surface toward the image surface, which are sequentially arranged from the object side to the image surface. The second lens group includes a cemented lens of a fourth lens that has a concave surface toward the object side and is a negative lens and a fifth lens that is a positive lens, which are sequentially arranged from the object to the image surface.08-15-2013

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