Inventors list

Assignees list

Classification tree browser

Top 100 Inventors

Top 100 Assignees


Having stabilization system

Subclass of:

396 - Photography

396052000 - CAMERA SHAKE SENSING

Patent class list (only not empty are listed)

Deeper subclasses:

Entries
DocumentTitleDate
20090208196IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes a gyro sensor 08-20-2009
20100150537Blur correcting device, blur correcting method, and image pickup apparatus - A blur correcting device includes a shake detecting unit configured to detect a shake and output a detection signal indicating a result of the detection; a drive unit configured to displace a relative positional relationship between a lens unit and an image pickup element relative to an optical axis such that a position of an optical image formed on an image pickup surface of the image pickup element is displaced on the image pickup surface; and a control unit configured to increase a displacement range when the amount of shake indicated by the detection signal is larger than a predetermined level, displace the relative positional relationship between the lens unit and the image pickup element within the increased displacement range in accordance with the detection signal, and thereby correct a blur of the optical image on the image pickup surface caused by the shake detected by the shake detecting unit.06-17-2010
20090148145SHAKE DETECTOR - A shake detector includes: a shake detection unit that detects an amount of shake, and outputs a shake detection signal and a reference signal; a signal processing unit that amplifies and smoothes the shake detection signal and the reference signal, and outputs the shake detection signal as a signal used in subsequent processing; an adjustment unit that outputs an adjustment signal for adjusting an output signal from the signal processing unit; and a control operation unit that, in a first period for which there is no shake in the imaging apparatus, stores a control value for controlling the adjustment unit on the basis of the reference signal, and that, in a second period different from the first period, generates a control signal for controlling the adjustment unit on the basis of the reference signal and the stored control value and outputs the control signal.06-11-2009
20100158493IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes a shake detector configured to detect a shake applied to the imaging apparatus, a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first shake correction amount based on an output of the shake detector, a vector detector configured to detect a motion vector on an imaging surface, a first integration unit configured to integrate an output of the vector detector, a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second shake correction amount based on the output of the vector detector, a shake correction unit configured to correct an image-shake based of the first shake correction amount and the second shake correction amount; and an angle-of-view change determination unit configured to detect an angle-of-view changing operation of the imaging apparatus, wherein the angle-of-view change determination unit determines the start of the angle-of-view changing operation when a signal obtained based on the output of the shake detector is greater than a predetermined value or an output of the first integration unit is greater than a predetermined value.06-24-2010
20130034345Image Blurring Correction Apparatus, Control Method Thereof, Optical Device and Imaging Apparatus - An image blurring correction apparatus includes a correction member for correcting image blur, and a shake detection unit for detecting the shake of the apparatus and outputting a shake signal. The image blurring correction apparatus generates first shake amount data based on the shake signal, and generates second shake amount data, based on the shake signal, with which a higher shake correction effect than that of the first shake amount data can be obtained. The image blurring correction apparatus selects either the first or the second shake amount data based on the shake signal, and calculates a shake correction amount that is a moving amount of the correction member using the selected shake amount data.02-07-2013
20090208195Zoom Lens, image capture apparatus, and method for controlling zoom lens - A zoom lens formed of a plurality of lens groups and performing zooming by changing separations between predetermined lens groups. A lens group closest to an object side is fixed in both optical axis directions during zooming, and has a reflecting member for folding an optical axis approximately 90 degrees. A final lens group positioned closest to an image side and fixed in both optical axis directions during zooming has a lens part group SG having positive refractive power and a lens part group RG arranged adjacent to the image side of the lens part group SG and having negative refractive power. A blur is corrected by shifting the lens part group SG in either direction perpendicular to the optical axis.08-20-2009
20130039640CAMERA MODULE - A camera module (02-14-2013
20100104270ADJUSTABLE ANTI-SHAKE IMAGE-SENSING MODULE AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE SAME - An adjustable anti-shake image-sensing module includes a base and a movable platform moving along a first straight line and a second straight line with respect to the base. The movable platform comprises a pair of Hall elements respectively corresponding to the first and second straight lines. When the adjustable anti-shake image-sensing module is adjusted, the movable platform is pressed with respect to the base and is thereby located in an aligned position. A pair of magnets is then disposed on the base and the positions of the magnets with respect to the Hall elements are fine-tuned. When aligned with the Hall elements, the magnets are fixed to the base. A pair of circuit boards is disposed on the movable platform and the positions of the circuit boards with respect to the magnets are adjusted. The circuit boards are then fixed to the movable platform.04-29-2010
20130089311SMALL-SIZED CAMERA MODULE FOR CORRECTING HAND-SHAKE - The purpose of the present invention provides a small-sized camera module for correcting hand-shake, in which a magnet for correcting the shaking is integrated with a magnet for adjusting the focus to implement a simple structure. According to the present invention, the small-sized camera module for correcting hand-shake comprises: a housing; a holder which is mounted on the housing to move in a horizontal direction; a lens unit which is mounted inside the holder to move vertically, and has a lens therein; a first coil member which is wound on the outer surface of the lens unit; a second coil member which is mounted on either the holder or housing, and has a hollow form; and a magnetic member which is mounted on the remaining holder or housing, wherein the magnetic member comprises; a magnet which is inserted and arranged on the second coil member, and has polarities separated in left and right direction; and a yoke which is disposed on a lateral portion of the magnet, and encloses the lateral portion of the magnet and the upper/lower portions of the second coil member.04-11-2013
20090324209PHOTOGRAPHING SYSTEM - A photographing system includes a lens apparatus having an image blur correcting device configured to correct and/or reduce image blur caused by vibration, a vibration sensor for detecting vibration applied to the lens apparatus, a position detecting device configured to detect a position change of the lens apparatus, and a controlling device configured to control the image blur correcting device using a detection signal of the position detecting device. The photographing system reduces the influence of low frequency noise of a vibration sensor, while maintaining the quality of a vibration isolation function of the lens apparatus.12-31-2009
20120219276POSITION CONTROLLER FOR IMAGE-STABILIZING INSERTABLE/REMOVABLE OPTICAL ELEMENT - A position controller for an image stabilizing optical element in an optical system includes an advancing/retracting frame which holds part of the optical system, a main actuator, an anti shake movable frame supported by the advancing/retracting frame, an anti shake drive actuator, an insertable/removable frame which holds the image stabilizing optical element and is supported by the anti shake movable frame, a removal drive mechanism which engages with the insertable/removable frame and moves the insertable/removable frame from an insertion position to a removed position, and a controller. Upon an inputter inputting a lens accommodating drive signal to the controller, the controller switches the anti shake drive actuator to a non driving state before moving the insertable/removable frame to the removed position by moving the advancing/retracting frame toward the accommodated position.08-30-2012
20120219275OPTICAL DEVICE HAVING AN IMAGE-STABILIZING INSERTABLE/REMOVABLE OPTICAL ELEMENT - An optical device includes an advancing/retracting member, an anti-shake frame supported by the advancing/retracting member, an insertable/removable frame which holds an image-stabilizing insertable/removable optical element and is rotatably supported by the anti-shake frame, a through-hole formed through the anti-shake frame to allow the insertable/removable frame to move between the insertion and removed positions, the through-hole including a circular arc groove about a rotational center of the insertable/removable frame and an outer end of the through-hole formed as an open end, and a bridge portion formed on the anti-shake frame to connect opposed inner walls of the through-hole at the outer end. The bridge portion is offset from the anti-shake frame and overlaps the clearance through-hole, as viewed in the optical axis direction.08-30-2012
20130071099INTERCHANGEABLE LENS AND CAMERA SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - An interchangeable lens includes an image stabilizing unit, a position detector configured to detect a position of the correction lens, and a controller configured to set a movable range of the correction lens, when the interchangeable lens is mounted on a first camera body having a function of correcting at least one of a peripheral brightness and an aberration of a picked-up image according to position information of the correction lens, the controller sets the movable range of the correction lens to a first movable range, and when the interchangeable lens is mounted on a second camera body not having a function of correcting the peripheral brightness or the aberration of the picked-up image according to the position information of the correction lens, the controller sets the movable range of the correction lens to a second movable range that is narrower than the first movable range.03-21-2013
20110013895CAMERA MODULE WITH ANTI-SHAKE MECHANISM - A camera module includes a voice coil motor comprising a fixing assembly, a movable assembly, an elastic member connecting the movable assembly to the fixing assembly, and a pivoting member located between the fixing assembly and the movable assembly; a lens assembly and an image sensor received in the movable assembly; a plurality of Hall sensors capable of detecting movement distances of the movable assembly; and a control module comprising a current distributor, and a processor electrically connected to the Hall sensors. Wherein when shaking occurs, the housing is driven to move along the central axis and at the same time is rotated a desired angles pivoting on the pivoting member, the processor configured for calculating rotated angles of the movable assembly base on movement distances of the movable assembly relative to the respective Hall sensors.01-20-2011
20090269046LENS BARREL WITH SHAKE DETECTION FUNCTION - A lens barrel with high shake detection accuracy includes a stationary tube that supports an imaging optical system and a shake detection sensor that detects a shake along a predetermined detection axis, the shake detection sensor being attached to the stationary tube with the detection axis substantially orthogonal to an optical axis of the imaging optical system.10-29-2009
20120224841ANTI-SHAKE STRUCTURE FOR AUTO-FOCUS MODULAR - An anti-shake structure for auto-focus module includes an auto-focus module for driving a lens to move forward and rearward in a light incident path, i.e. in z-axis direction, so that the lens focuses light on an image sensor; a frame for holding the auto-focus module therein; a lens suspender with a compensation lens arranged thereon being connected to a plurality of suspension wires while the latter are connected at respective another end to the top cover plate of the frame, so that the compensation lens is correspondingly suspended in the frame in the light incident path and located behind the lens; and a shake compensation driving unit for driving the lens suspender to move horizontally along x-axis or y-axis direction, so as to compensate any image shift caused by hand shaking.09-06-2012
20120224840OPTICAL UNIT WITH SHAKE CORRECTING FUNCTION - Disclosed is an optical unit with a shake correction function which is capable of suppressing interference with swinging of a movable module due to the rigidity of a wiring material and a repelling force generated when the wiring material is deformed, even when the wiring material is extended from the movable module. The optical unit uses a flexible wiring board as the wiring material for electrically interconnecting the movable module and outside. In the flexible wiring board, the connecting portion of a movable-side connecting section and an extending unit is provided, in the optical axis direction, on a side where the swing center of the movable module is positioned with respect to the position of the center of supporting a spring member to the movable module. The swing center, the connecting portion, and a fixed-side connecting section are at the same position in the optical axis direction.09-06-2012
20130163973Anti-Vibration Actuator, Lens Unit and Camera Furnished Therewith, and Manufacturing Method for Same - To provide an anti-vibration actuator capable of smooth transition to image-blur prevention control. The present invention is an actuator (06-27-2013
20090232483IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS - In an image blur correction apparatus, rotation of a correction lens about an optical axis is regulated without special mechanism or drive unit. When displacing a third lens unit in a pitch and yaw directions, forces Bp, By driving a shift base are generated in the respective directions by Lorentz force, to generate forces Cp, Cy, Dp, Dy returning a magnet to an original position by attraction force. By, Cy and Bp, Dp, respectively, are exerted on the same axes, whereas Cp, Dy are not in the same axes as those of Bp, By, respectively, so that a rotational moment for the shift base is generated and the shift base is stabilized at a first angle. Since the first angle is smaller than a second angle regulated by a restriction portion for a shift movement frame, the shift base does not abut the shift movement frame to deteriorate image stabilization.09-17-2009
20080260368IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS FOR STABILIZING AN IMAGE SENSOR - An image stabilization apparatus for stabilizing an image sensor is disclosed. The image stabilization apparatus includes a transmission component whereon a slot is formed. The image stabilization apparatus further includes a rotary motor including an annular rotor connected to the transmission component, and an annular stator disposed on a side of the annular rotor. The annular rotor is capable of rotating relative to the annular stator. The image stabilization apparatus further includes a carrier for carrying the image sensor. The carrier includes a shaft disposed inside the slot in a slidable manner. The image stabilization apparatus further includes a linear motor coupled to the transmission component and the shaft of the carrier for driving the carrier to slide inside the slot.10-23-2008
20110026908IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CORRECTION OPTICAL APPARATUS - An image stabilizing apparatus includes a movable vibration-correcting lens constituting a part of an optical system and movable along a direction orthogonal to an optical axis; a locking unit that fixes the movable vibration-correcting lens at a neutral position substantially coinciding with the optical axis of the optical system; an actuating unit that switches between a locked state where the movable vibration-correcting lens is fixed by the locking unit and an unlocked state where the locked state of the movable vibration-correcting lens is released. The locking unit includes retaining members having a retaining unit sandwiching the movable vibration-correcting lens and arranged to slide along the direction orthogonal to the optical axis; and the actuating unit switches between the locked state and the unlocked state by moving the retaining members in opposing directions.02-03-2011
20090148144PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SYSTEM HAVING OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZER - A photographing apparatus includes a third optical group arranged between a second optical group and an iris, and to stabilize hand tremor, and the third optical group is moved along a sphere that has a center based on a predetermined point on an optical axis. As a result, a photographing apparatus has an efficient hand tremor stabilization.06-11-2009
20130163974OPTICAL UNIT WITH SHAKE CORRECTING FUNCTION - An optical unit with a shake correcting function may include a movable body configured to hold an optical element; a fixed body which covers at least a side face part of the movable body; a spring member which is connected with the movable body and the fixed body; a shake correction drive mechanism configured to generate a drive force for swinging the movable body with respect to the fixed body; and a stopper mechanism which is provided between the spring member and a swine center of the movable body in an optical axis direction, and configured to determine a movable range of the movable body in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis direction.06-27-2013
20090087173Image capturing apparatus with movement compensation function and method for movement compensation thereof - A method for compensating movement of an image capturing apparatus is applied in a photographing mode whose exposure time is greater than the safe shutter time. The method includes the steps of: capturing a long exposure image under the desired exposure time and a short exposure image with an exposure time smaller than or equal to the safe shutter time, and recording a camera motion signal in the exposure time of the long exposure image. The image-shift signal is used to reconstruct the short exposure image and form a reconstructed image, and an image analyzing algorithm is utilized to extract the reconstructed image and the short exposure image of a different frequency component. Finally, different frequency components of the image are fused according to the specific ratios to produce a clear output image.04-02-2009
20090087172FOCAL POINT DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - A focal point detection device capable of good focal position detection even when the focus lens is displaced due to impact, and an image capture device. During focal point detection, when focal point detection is impossible, whether AF evaluation values decrease continuously is determined, and whether impact has occurred is detected when decreasing continuously. The focus lens is moved to the initial position when AF evaluation values decrease continuously and impact is detected, as the focus lens is possibly displaced. After the focal point detection is performed again and it is determined whether it is possible to detect the focal point, the focus lens is moved to the focal position when focal point detection is possible, and the focus lens is moved toward the nearside when focal point detection is not possible, on the basis that the photographic subject has been image captured outside of the set image capture range.04-02-2009
20130163972IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An image stabilization apparatus, having a vibration correction unit that corrects image blur due to vibrations, detects an angular velocity of vibrations with a first vibration detection unit, calculates a rotational shake correction amount based on an output from the first vibration detection unit, detects vibrations with a second vibration detection unit, calculates a correction value from the outputs of the first and second vibration detection units, calculates a translational shake correction amount based on the correction value and the output of the first vibration detection unit, and drives the vibration correction unit based on at least one of the rotational or translational shake correction amounts. The image stabilization apparatus changes the translational shake correction amount to a smaller value when a main object accounts for a smaller proportion of an entire screen.06-27-2013
20110286732LENS DRIVING APPARATUS - A lens driving apparatus has a lens portion 11-24-2011
20120027391IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND CAMERA - The invention provides an image blur correction apparatus including: a tabular base portion; a movable portion that holds an image pickup device and that is movable with respect to the base portion; and a voice coil motor that has a permanent magnet arranged on a face of the base portion that faces the movable portion, and a coil arranged in a region of the movable portion facing the permanent magnet, and that generates a force that moves the movable portion by an electromagnetic force. The base portion is composed of a magnetic body. A tabular second magnetic body portion composed of a magnetic body that, when viewed from the incident light axis direction, occupies a region surrounding the external shape of the permanent magnet is arranged on the base portion side of the permanent magnet.02-02-2012
20080260369CAMERA HAVING AN IMAGE BLUR REDUCING FUNCTION AND ROTATION MEANS - A camera is provided with an image blur reducing function and rotation means. The image blur reducing function is turned off during rotation in a constant-speed drive pattern in which the rotation means rotates the camera at a constant speed from a start to an end of the rotation operation. The image blur reducing function is turned on during rotation in an intermittent drive pattern in which the rotation means intermittently executes drive operation from the start to the end of the rotation operation.10-23-2008
20090245773PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS - A photographic apparatus comprises a movable platform, a translational movement switch, a rotational movement switch, and a controller. The movable platform has an imager, and is movable and rotatable in an xy plane. The translational movement switch is for selecting ON/OFF states of a translational movement including a first stabilization and a second stabilization. The first stabilization moves the movable platform in the x direction for correcting hand shake caused by yaw. The second stabilization moves the movable platform in the y direction for correcting hand shake caused by pitch. The rotational movement switch is for selecting ON/OFF states of a rotational movement that rotates the movable platform in the xy plane. The controller controls the movable platform for the translational movement on the basis of the state of the translational movement switch, and the rotational movement on the basis of the state of the rotational movement switch.10-01-2009
20110262121Optical Unit with Shake Correction Function, Optical Apparatus, and Method of Manufacturing Optical Unit with Shake Correction Function - An optical unit with shake correcting function may include a movable module on which an optical element is mounted, a fixed body which supports the movable module, a shake detection sensor which detects a shake of the movable module, a shake correction magnetic drive mechanism which swings the movable module on the fixed body on a basis of a detection result of the shake detection sensor to correct the shake of the movable module, and a spring member which is connected with the fixed body and the movable module. A stopper mechanism may be structured between the movable module and the fixed body, and the stopper mechanism may moving ranges of the movable module due to the shake.10-27-2011
20090123141Image capturing apparatus with suppression of image blur and method thereof for suppressing image blur - A method for suppression of image blur is applied to an image capturing apparatus in a photography mode whose exposure time is set to be greater than a safe exposure time. The method comprising the following steps: capturing a long exposure image with the present exposure time, and a short exposure image with an exposure time smaller than or equal to the safe exposure time in the same landscape. Besides, obtain a locus signal in the process of long exposure image capture. Afterwards, execute an arithmetic procedure to smooth the short exposure image, and then produce a point scale image using the auxiliary arithmetic of locus signal. Finally, process the long exposure image and the point scale image with multiplication arithmetic to restore the long exposure image, thus forming an output image.05-14-2009
20090097832CAMERA SYSTEM - A camera system (04-16-2009
20110299842Optical image stabilizer and method of manufacturing the same - Disclosed herein is an optical image stabilizer, including: a substrate; a table disposed over the substrate, while levitating, to be movable on the substrate and having an image sensor mounted on the upper end of the substrate; cantilever arms disposed over the substrate, while levitating, and connected to the table to move the table; anchors fixing one ends of the cantilever arms onto the substrate; and electrodes applying voltage for moving the cantilever arm.12-08-2011
20110194847SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A shake correction apparatus comprises a shake detection unit which detects a shake of an image capture apparatus, a calculation unit which calculates a shake correction amount for correcting an image blur based on an output from the shake detection unit, a shake correction unit which corrects the image blur based on the shake correction amount, a shake level determination unit which determines a shake level of the image capture apparatus based on an output from the shake detection unit, an offset determination unit which determines an offset value based on the shake correction amount and the shake level, and a subtraction unit which subtracts the offset value from the output from the shake detection unit.08-11-2011
20090310953Shake correction unit and imaging apparatus - A shake correction unit includes: a base member; a first movable member that moves relative to the base member in a first direction; a second movable member to which an imaging device is fixed, the second movable member moving relative to the first movable member in a second direction; a first drive unit provided between the base member and the first movable member, the first drive unit moving the base member and the first movable member relative to each other in the first direction; and a second drive unit provided between the first movable member and the second movable member, the second drive unit moving the first movable member and the second movable member relative to each other in the second direction.12-17-2009
20110019985IMAGE STABILIZING CAMERA SYSTEM - An exemplary image stabilizing camera system includes a fixed body having a first receiving cavity therein, a movable unit received in the first receiving cavity, a pivot member located between the fixed body and the movable unit, a motion sensor, and a driving module. The pivot member is engagingly received in and between the fixed body and the movable unit. The motion sensor is disposed on the fixed body and configured for detecting a movement of the image stabilizing camera system. The driving module is configured for driving the movable unit to rotate around the pivot member to compensate a movement of the image stabilizing camera system based on the motion detection result of the motion sensor.01-27-2011
20120033954IMAGE STABILIZATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An image stabilization control apparatus having a compensation member comprises: first and second detection units that detect rotational and translational shakes, respectively, in the image stabilization control apparatus; a rotational shake amount calculation unit that finds a rotational shake amount based on an output of the first detection unit; a correction value calculation unit that calculates a correction value based on outputs from the first and second detection units; a suppression unit that suppresses the correction value based on the size of an output from the first and/or second detection units; a translational shake amount calculation unit that calculates a translational shake amount using the output of the first detection unit and the calculated correction value; and a driving unit that drives the compensation member based on the rotational and translational shake amounts, wherein the correction value is calculated based on the suppressed correction value.02-09-2012
20090087174IMAGING APPARATUS WITH CAMERA-SHAKE CORRECTION FUNCTION, CAMERA-SHAKE CORRECTION DEVICE, AND CAMERA-SHAKE CORRECTION METHOD - When an image is photographed via a plurality of optical members which are disposed along a photographing optical axis, a direction and an amount of shake, which occurs, are detected. An imaging device is moved along a plane perpendicular to the photographing optical axis, on the basis of the detected direction and amount of shake. A position on the photographing optical axis of at least one of the optical members is corrected in accordance with data of the movement.04-02-2009
20090169192Device and Method for Reducing Optical Blurring - A camera-movement compensation device includes a first liquid-crystal cell with a pair of parallel transparent plates and a first voltage source coupled to the first liquid-crystal cell and able to apply and alter a first voltage gradient across the plates of the first liquid-crystal cell. The device also includes a second liquid-crystal cell having a pair of parallel transparent plates and disposed so that each of the plates of the second liquid-crystal cell is parallel to the plates of the first liquid-crystal cell and in light communication with at least one wave of light passing through the plates of the first liquid-crystal cell, a second voltage source coupled to the second liquid-crystal cell and able to apply and alter a second voltage gradient across the surfaces of the second liquid-crystal cell, and a movement detector coupled to the voltage sources to alter the slope of the voltage gradients in proportion to a movement.07-02-2009
20090052880IMAGING SYSTEM AND DIGITAL CAMERA - An imaging system, comprising a battery checker, an anti-shake controller, and an image processor, is provided. The imaging system is able to carry out mechanical and electronic anti-shake functions. The battery checker detects available charge of a battery. The anti-shake controller orders the mechanical anti-shake function to be carried out if the available charge is greater than a first threshold value. The anti-shake controller orders the electronic anti-shake function to be carried out if the available charge is less than the first threshold value. The image processor treats an image captured in a second area in the imaging area as a captured moving image while the mechanical anti-shake function is carried out. The size of the second area is second size, which is determined according to the available charge.02-26-2009
20120106936Image photographing device having function for compensating hand vibration - Disclosed herein is an image photographing device having a function for compensating hand vibration. The image photographing device having a function for compensating hand vibration includes: an optical unit; a magnet combined with an outer peripheral surface of the optical unit; a housing inserted with the optical unit and the magnet and having coils disposed at a position corresponding to the magnet; suspension wires arranged at four corners of the optical unit, having the upper end portions and the lower end portions each combined with the optical unit and the housing to support the optical unit in a state floated from the bottom surface of the housing, and having a predetermined bending part formed at any point; a flexible printed circuit board surrounding the outer peripheral surface of the housing and applying current to the coils; and a substrate having the image sensor mounted on the top surface thereof and combined with the lower portion of the housing.05-03-2012
20100098394OPTICAL UNIT WITH SHAKE CORRECTING FUNCTION AND SHAKE CORRECTION CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An optical unit with shake correcting function may include a movable module on which at least an optical element is mounted, a fixed body which supports the movable module, a shake detection sensor which detects a shake of the movable module, a drive mechanism for shake correction for swinging the movable module on the fixed body on the basis of a detection result of the shake detection sensor to correct the shake of the movable module, and a control section which controls the drive mechanism for shake correction on the basis of the detection result of the shake detection sensor. The shake detection sensor is a gyroscope mounted on the movable module and the control section controls the drive mechanism for shake correction so as to cancel the shake detected by the gyroscope.04-22-2010
20090154911IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to convert an object image into an image signal, a vibration detection unit configured to detect a vibration and output information about the vibration, a correction unit moving in a plane orthogonal to an optical axis configured to correct the vibration, a target position calculation unit configured to calculate a target position to which the correction unit is moved based on the information about the vibration output from the vibration detection unit, a position detection unit configured to detect a present position of the correction unit, a calculation unit configured to calculate a difference between the present position and the target position, and a determination unit configured to determine whether a force acting on the imaging apparatus is a gravitational force based on the information about the vibration and a cycle of the vibration.06-18-2009
20100124411Image stabilization control circuit and image-capturing device - An image stabilization control circuit of an image-capturing device prevents overflow of data in an integration process performed in a digital signal process on a signal outputted by a gyro-sensor. A gyro-filter receives, as an input, fixed-point format angular velocity data (D05-20-2010
20090202233Shake correction module for photographing apparatus and photographing apparatus including the same - A shake correction module for a photographing apparatus, and a photographing apparatus including the same are provided. The module includes a base plate; a slider member disposed on the base plate so as to be able to move on the base plate, and accommodating an imaging element; a drive member generating a driving force so as to move the slider member; and a friction-reducing element disposed between the base plate and the slider member so as to reduce friction between the slider member and the base plate.08-13-2009
20090290859Image pickup device and method of correcting camera shake of the image pickup device - The present invention provides an image pickup device having: an image pickup component, a focal length computing component, a shutter speed computing component, a camera shake correction judging component, and a camera shake correcting component. The focal length computing component computes a focal length of an optical system. The shutter speed computing component computes a shutter speed of the image pickup component. At a time when the shutter speed computed by the shutter speed computing component is greater than a reciprocal of the focal length computed by the focal length computing component, the camera shake correction judging component judges that camera shake correction is to be carried out, and, at a time when the shutter speed is less than or equal to the reciprocal of the focal length, the camera shake correction judging component judges that camera shake correction is not to be carried out.11-26-2009
20090285571IMAGE DETECTING MODULE AND POSITIONING MECHANISM THEREOF - An image detecting module is disclosed, including a base, a first magnetic element fixed to the base, a slider movably connected to the base, a second magnetic element disposed on the slider, an image detecting unit disposed on the slider, and a coil disposed on the slider or the base. The slider is held in a predetermined position by magnetic attraction between the first and second magnetic elements when no electric current is driven through the coil. When an electric current is driven through the coil, an electromagnetic field is induced by the electric current to eliminate magnetic attraction between the first and second magnetic elements, such that the image detecting unit and the slider are released from the predetermined position and movable with respect to the base.11-19-2009
20110200312MOBILE DEVICE - A mobile device includes a camera module and a magnetism generating part that is different from the camera module. The camera module includes: a movable portion that corrects camera shake; a magnetism detecting element that detects a position of the movable portion. when the camera module is in a photographing state, the magnetism generating part is arranged at a position distant from the magnetism detecting element by at least the distance of D mm or more, where08-18-2011
20090003814DRIVING APPARATUS - An anti-vibration unit serving as a driving apparatus has an X axis transducer having a driver, a fixed frame having an X axis transducer holding part, an X frame having a sliding body against which the driver is pressed by a pressing plate with an anti-vibration sheet and a holder interposed therebetween, a Y axis transducer having a driver, and a Y frame having a sliding body against which the driver is pressed by the pressing plate with the anti-vibration sheet and the holder interposed therebetween. The anti-vibration sheet is narrower than the transducer, and grease is applied to one of the surfaces of the anti-vibration sheet and the pressing plate in contact with each other, so that the drivers are in proper contact with the sliding bodies, and the sliding bodies are efficiently driven. The driving apparatus is compact and produces high driving force with high efficiency.01-01-2009
20100135648STAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE MOVEMENT CORRECTION APPARATUS FOR CAMERA USING STAGE APPARATUS - A stage apparatus includes a stationary support plate; a stage member provided on the stationary support plate so as to move on a reference plane parallel with the stationary support plate; Y-direction magnetic flux generating devices secured to one of the stationary support plate and the stage member; and Y-direction moving coils secured to the other of the stationary support plate and the stage member, the Y-direction moving coils receiving magnetic flux from the Y-direction magnetic flux generating devices so as to generate a driving force in a specific Y-direction between the Y-direction magnetic flux generating devices and the Y-direction moving coils. The Y-direction moving coils are secured to the stage member so that the Y-direction moving coils at least partly overlap each other in an X-direction, which is parallel with the reference plane and perpendicular to the Y-direction, and do not overlap in the Y-direction.06-03-2010
20080232789Camera - Problem: To provide a camera which, when subjected to a shock force, is capable of preventing damage to spherical bodies and receiving surfaces thereof for supporting a compensating lens.09-25-2008
20080292297VIBRATION DETECTING DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND VIBRATION DETECTING METHOD - A vibration detecting device includes: a vibration amount detecting unit including at least a vibration amount sensor which is a portion for detecting a vibration amount, and outputting a vibration detection signal which is a signal indicating the detected vibration amount, and a high-pass filter configured to remove DC components to be superimposed on the vibration detection signal; a status detecting unit configured to detect a particular status which causes a result for providing particular change to the vibration amount detected by said vibration amount sensor; and an input control unit configured to prevent said vibration amount detection signal from being input to said high-pass filter in response to said particular status being detected by said status detecting unit.11-27-2008
20080292296Vibration compensation for image capturing device - Disclosed herein is an apparatus for compensating for vibration of an image capturing device. The apparatus includes a y-axis stage installed in a support structure so as to be movable in y-axis direction. An x-axis stage is installed on the y-axis stage so as to be movable in x-axis direction on an xy plane. An image sensor is mounted on the x-axis stage. The apparatus is provided with a y-axis driver and an x-axis driver for driving the y-axis stage in the y-axis direction and the x-axis stage in the x-axis direction respectively. A control unit is installed in the image capturing device. The control unit operates to sense vibration of the image capturing device through a separate vibration sensor and to drive the y-axis driver and the x-axis driver to vibrate the image sensor in a way to compensate for the vibration of image capturing device.11-27-2008
20090080875LENS APPARATUS AND CAMERA - An optical apparatus includes a photographic optical system including an image stabilizing unit supported by a support member via a plurality of elastic members, an actuator configured to drive the image stabilizing unit in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis thereof, a position detection unit configured to detect a position in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis of the image stabilizing unit, a gravitational direction determination unit configured to determine a gravitational direction based on an output from the position detection unit, a setting unit configured to set a holding position at which the image stabilizing unit is held based on information concerning the gravitational direction output from the gravitational direction determination unit, and a control unit configured to control the actuator based on information concerning the holding position to move the image stabilizing unit to the holding position.03-26-2009
20120141101Multiple Anti-Shake System and Method Thereof - A multiple anti-shake system and a method thereof applied to a camera device. The system comprises a sensing module, a first anti-shake module and a second anti-shake module. The sensing module detects the vibration signal of the camera device and the first anti-shake module is actuated to perform a first vibration compensation according to the vibration signal, therefrom calculates a residual vibration amount according to said first vibration compensation. The second anti-shake module thereby further performs a second vibration compensation to determine the set parameter of multi-frame blending. Thereby, the user can obtain a clear image by immediately processing a blurred image through a compensation process.06-07-2012
20090185796Image blur correction device, lens barrel and imaging apparatus - There is provided an image blur correction device including: a correction lens; a first movable frame; a second movable frame; a fixed frame; a first main guide shaft and a first auxiliary guide shaft; a second main guide shaft and a second auxiliary guide shaft; a first driving part; and a second driving part. The first auxiliary guide shaft is shorter than the first main guide shaft and the second driving part is placed between the first auxiliary guide shaft and the correction lens. The second auxiliary guide shaft is shorter than the second main guide shaft and the first driving part is placed between the second auxiliary guide shaft and the correction lens.07-23-2009
20090257741Stabilizer Device for Optical Equipment - A stabilizer for a hand-held optical device includes a gyroscope assembly suspended below a base assembly, and a handle pivotably attached to the base assembly. The optical device, which may be a video camera, mounts to the base assembly. The gyroscope assembly has two or more rotatable members that pivot independently to stabilize the optical device about two or more axes of rotation whenever the user moves the stabilizer. A rigid strut connects the gyroscope to the base assembly such that the centers of rotation of the rotatable members are co-linear with a longitudinal axis that extends the handle.10-15-2009
20090097833OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE - An optical apparatus includes a shake detection unit to detect shaking applied to a camera; an image blur correction driving unit for driving a lens and correcting image blur caused by the shaking; and a selection unit configured to select whether correction of image blur is to be permitted or inhibited. If image blur correction is permitted, the image blur correction driving unit operates in accordance with a first driving characteristic. If image blur correction is inhibited, the image blur correction driving unit holds the lens near an optical axis in accordance with a second driving characteristic.04-16-2009
20090097834Shake correction module for photographing apparatus - Provided is a shake correction module including: a base plate; a first movable slider member for accommodating an imaging device; a first drive portion for moving the first slider member in a first axis direction; a second movable slider member coupled with the first slider member; a second drive portion for moving the second slider member in a second axis direction; a support member attached to the base plate for pressing the first and second slider members toward the base plate; a first ferromagnetic support bearing between the base plate and the first slide member; and a second ferromagnetic support bearing between the first slider member and the second slider member. The module further includes at least one magnet for centering the first and second ferromagnetic support bearings in respective first and second bearing grooves that may be formed on the base plate and the first and second sliding members.04-16-2009
20090208194INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, CAMERA BODY, CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME - There is provided an interchangeable lens, a camera body, a camera system, and a method for controlling the same, with which a highly efficient and stable image blur correction effect can be obtained. A camera system 08-20-2009
20090003813Camera system and camera body - This camera system includes: a vibration compensation unit including a vibration compensation optical system and an image-capturing unit; a drive unit that drives the vibration compensation unit; a detection unit that detects vibration; a position detection unit that detects the position of the vibration compensation unit; a target position determination unit that determines a target position for the vibration compensation unit according to the vibration of the camera; a calculation unit that calculates a drive amount for the drive unit; a range of movement limitation unit that limits the position of the vibration compensation unit within a range; a range setting unit that sets a movement permitted range that is within the range in which the vibration compensation unit can be positioned; and a centering unit that controls the drive unit so that the vibration compensation unit is centered in the center of the movement permitted range.01-01-2009
20130121672TILT-CORRECTION UNIT - A tilt correction unit includes: an inner frame, inside which an optical unit is held; an outer frame surrounding the inner frame, with a gap formed between the inner frame and the outer frame around an entire perimeter of the inner frame; an elastic part which is disposed between the outer frame and the inner frame and elastically supports the inner frame inside the outer frame; a rotational movement support part that connects a part of an outer peripheral surface of the inner frame to a part of an inner peripheral surface of the outer frame; and a drive unit that comprises a magnet and a coil disposed opposite each other with a gap therebetween, wherein the inner frame is driven by the drive unit and rotates about the rotational support part, in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis of the optical unit.05-16-2013
20090103910System for compensating camera movement and a calibration method thereof - A method for compensating camera movement solves the problem of the captured image becoming blurred due to involuntary camera movement in the following way. Firstly, a camera with a look-up table is provided. Next, after a trigger signal is received, the camera movement and the environmental brightness are detected to generate a movement value and a brightness index. A compensation mode and a set of parameters that correspond to the movement value and the brightness index are selected from the look-up table. Finally, when an image-capturing signal is received, the movement compensation modules of the camera are driven by referring to the compensation mode and the parameters to capture a sharp image in a best mode.04-23-2009
20090226157DRIVE DEVICE - A drive device is provided having a movable part, a fixed part, and a drive part. The fixed part is provided within a movement range of the movable part. The drive part drives the movable part in a first direction so as to strike said fixed part. The drive part drives the movable part to and fro along the first direction alternately for different time intervals so as to strike the fixed part.09-10-2009
20080260367AUTO STABILIZATION METHOD AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An auto stabilization method and a photographing apparatus using the same are provided. The photographing apparatus having the auto stabilization function includes a voice coil motor actuator (VCMA) to move a photographing element. In the generation of hand tremor, the photographing apparatus controls compensating of the hand tremor. Because one or more dynamic characteristics according to a structure of the VCMA is considered, saturation or delay of displacement of the VCMA is avoided, and a clearer image is provided.10-23-2008
20090245772SHAKING SENSING AND CORRECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A shaking sensing unit includes a sensor sensing a rotation about at least one axis, a high pass filter passing only a signal having a frequency not less than a cutoff frequency of the high pass filter, among electrical signals output from the sensor, and a low pass filter passing only a signal having a frequency not greater than a cutoff frequency of the low pass filter and higher than the cutoff frequency of the high pass filter, among the electrical signals output from the sensor. The cutoff frequency of the high pass filter and the cutoff frequency of the low pass filter are variably determined according to a shaking frequency.10-01-2009
20090245774PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS - A photographic apparatus comprises a movable platform and a controller. The movable platform has an imager, and is movable and rotatable in an xy plane. The controller performs a movement control of the movable platform for an inclination correction based on an inclination angle of the photographic apparatus formed by rotation of the photographic apparatus around the optical axis, as measured with respect to a level plane, for a first stabilization for correcting hand shake caused by yaw around the y direction, and for a second stabilization for correcting hand shake caused by pitch around the x direction. The controller performs at least one of a first determination of whether the first stabilization is to be performed and a second determination of whether the second stabilization is to be performed, on the basis of the inclination angle.10-01-2009
20090252484Image Blur Correction Device and Camera - An image blur correction device includes: a blur correction optical system that corrects for image blur by moving in first and second directions on a plane that is orthogonal to an optical axis; a first actuator that drives the blur correction optical system in the first direction; a second actuator that drives the blur correction optical system in a second direction that is approximately orthogonal to the first direction; and a position measurement device that measures move amount of the blur correction optical system; and in the image blur correction device, the blur correction optical system, the first actuator, the second actuator and the position measurement device are arranged in series approximately along an imaginary straight line that is parallel to the first direction.10-08-2009
20100003023Image stabilizer, lens barrel and imager apparatus - An image stabilizer that stabilizes images by moving a correcting lens for stabilizing images formed by a lens system in a first direction and a second direction which are perpendicular to an optical axis of said lens system and which are perpendicular to each other, includes a driver which is provided at one side of the correcting lens and which moves the correcting lens in the first direction and the second direction.01-07-2010
20100166400PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS - A photographic apparatus comprises a movable platform and a controller.07-01-2010
20090047009Driving device and image pickup apparatus - A driving device includes a fixed section, a holding member, a driving section disposed at the fixed section and having a driving shaft, a first movable body having a bearing section friction-coupled with the driving shaft, a second movable body formed as a body separate from the first movable body and capable of moving in conjunction with the first movable body although not secured to the first moving body, and support means for supporting the second movable body with the fixed section and the holding member so as to allow the movable body to move in a predetermined plane.02-19-2009
20100178044IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS EQUIPPED THEREWITH - An image blur correction device includes: a movable frame which is equipped with a lens or an imaging element and has a guide part; a fixed frame having a guide supporting part which movably supports the movable frame by coming into contact with the guide part; and a drive mechanism which drives the movable frame for correcting image blur by moving the movable frame relative to the fixed frame. The fixed frame has magnetic bodies, and the movable frame has urging magnets at positions corresponding to the magnetic bodies. Specifically, the urging magnets use attractive force between the magnets and the magnetic bodies, so as to urge the movable frame in a direction in which the guide part and the guide supporting part come into contact with each other.07-15-2010
20110058799IMAGE STABILIZER - An image stabilizer that compensates for external vibrations by moving an imaging unit. The image stabilizer includes a first frame on which an imaging unit is installed, a second frame that is connected to the first frame using three points and guides movement of the first frame in a first direction and second direction, and a third frame that is connected to the second frame using three points and guides the first frame and the second frame to move in a third direction and fourth direction, which are perpendicular to the first and second directions.03-10-2011
20100254688IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - Provided is an image shake correction apparatus including: an image taking optical system for taking an image of a subject; an angular velocity detection unit for detecting an angular velocity applied to the apparatus and outputting a first signal; an acceleration detection unit for detecting an acceleration applied to the apparatus and outputting a second signal; an axial rotation angular velocity calculation unit for calculating an axial rotation angular velocity component about a principal point of the image taking optical system based on the first signal; a revolution angular velocity calculation unit for calculating a revolution angular velocity component about the subject based on the second signal and a result of the calculating by the axial rotation angular velocity calculation unit; and a control unit for performing image shake correction control based on a difference between the axial rotation angular velocity component and the revolution angular velocity component.10-07-2010
20100209087IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE USING SAME - In an image blur correction device and an imaging device according to the present invention, a holder for holding an optical component, which is displaced for correcting an image blur, is supported by one or more balls, so as to be freely displaced by sliding on the base, and has a structure to restrict the movement of the holder within a range, which is smaller than a mobile range normally acquired when the ball is assembled, if the ball is omitted in an assembly. Therefore the image blur correction device and the imaging device having this configuration can detect the missing of a ball in an assembly.08-19-2010
20090324208OPTICAL APPARATUS - An optical apparatus includes an image shake correction optical element driven in a movable range including an optical origin position, a detector detecting a position of the optical element, a locking mechanism limiting movement of the optical element within a lock range including the optical origin position and is narrower than the movable range. The apparatus further includes a memory storing a first distance between a first reference position in the movable range and the optical origin position and a second distance between a second reference position in the lock range and the optical origin position. A controller controls a position of the optical element based on a control origin position, and performs correction of at least one of the first distance, the second distance and the control origin position.12-31-2009
20130136437OPTICAL UNIT WITH SHAKE CORRECTING FUNCTION - An optical unit with a shake correcting function may include a fixed body, a movable body holding an optical element, a swing support point which supports the movable body so that the movable body is capable of swinging, a spring member formed in a plate shape for urging the movable body toward the swing support point, a shake correction drive mechanism structured to swing the movable body with the swing support point as a swing center, a first stopper part which is protruded in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis direction on a front side in the optical axis direction of the movable body with respect to the spring member for determining a moving range of the movable body, and a second stopper part which is structured to face the first stopper part in the optical axis direction through the spring member on the rear side in the optical axis direction of the fixed body with respect to the spring member for determining a moving range of the movable body in the optical axis direction by restricting movement of the first stopper part.05-30-2013
20130142502CAMERA MODULE - There is provided a camera module including: a housing; a lens unit mounted in the housing; a hand shake correction unit correcting a movement of the lens unit with respect to the housing; and a damping member disposed between the housing and the lens unit to thereby reduce the movement of the lens unit through the hand shake correction unit.06-06-2013
20090067827MOBILE DEVICE - A mobile device includes a camera module and a magnetism generating part that is different from the camera module. The camera module includes: a movable portion that corrects camera shake; a magnetism detecting element that detects a position of the movable portion. when the camera module is in a photographing state, the magnetism generating part is arranged at a position distant from the magnetism detecting element by at least the distance of D mm or more, where03-12-2009
20110013896IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE STABILIZATION METHOD - An image stabilization apparatus comprises a detection unit that detects camera shake in first and second directions orthogonal to each other, first and second filter units that cut off a low frequency component of an output from the detection unit, a calculation unit that calculates correction amounts for correcting camera shake in the first and second directions based on outputs from the first and second filter units, a control unit that controls cutoff frequencies of the first and second filter units based on the first and second correction amounts, wherein the larger the correction amount the higher the cutoff frequency, a determination unit that determines whether the first and second correction amounts exceed predetermined values, and a correction unit that corrects camera shake based on the calculated correction amounts. The control unit controls the cutoff frequencies of the second/first filter units based on the first/second correction amounts in a case in which the first/second correction amounts exceed the predetermined values.01-20-2011
20110044672OPTICAL ELEMENT DRIVING DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE - An optical element driving device is provided with at least one optical element, a moving member, a fixed member, a first actuator, a first detection element, a second actuator, and a second detection element. The first actuator has a first coil and a first magnet. The first detection element is substantially aligned in a first direction relative to the first coil to detect the position of the moving member in the first direction. The second actuator has a second coil and a second magnet. The second detection element is substantially aligned in the first direction relative to the second coil to detect the position of the moving member in a second direction. The optical element, the first actuator, and the second actuator are substantially aligned in the first direction.02-24-2011
20110085784IMAGING DEVICE WITH IMAGE BLURRING REDUCTION FUNCTION - In an imaging device including a mechanical image blurring correction and a sensitivity image blurring reduction, a subject-shake amount is calculated based on a motion vector size acquired during a through image process display. Usage percentages of the mechanical image blurring correction and a sensitivity image blurring reduction are sequentially set based on the calculated subject-shake amount. When shooting a still-image, still-image data is recorded after blurring reduction is performed on the still-image data by the mechanical image blurring correction and a sensitivity image blurring reduction, based on the most recently set usage percentages.04-14-2011
20110129206IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an optical system, an image pickup device, an image blur correction mechanism, and a holding mechanism having a holding member and a state capable of being switched between a holding state where the holding member is engaged with the image blur correction mechanism so as to mechanically hold the image pickup device and a released state where the engagement of the holding member with the image blur correction mechanism is released, the holding mechanism being set to the holding state when the image blur correction mechanism is not operated. The holding mechanism has a positioning mechanism having an elastic member configured to bias the holding member to position the image pickup device from a held position where the image pickup device is held in the holding state to an original position where the image pickup device is to be electrically held by the image blur correction mechanism. A deviation eliminating operation in which the holding mechanism is set to the released state when the holding mechanism is set to the holding state is executed.06-02-2011
20090263116IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS - An image stabilization apparatus includes a first lens unit, a second lens unit, a supporting unit configured to support the first lens unit and the second lens unit, a driving unit configured to drive at least one of the first lens unit and the second lens unit in the direction perpendicular to an optical axis, a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake added to the image stabilization apparatus, a shake correction unit configured to supply a drive signal to the driving unit to correct the detected shake, and a connecting unit configured to mechanically connect the first lens unit and the second lens unit, wherein the connecting unit is configured to enable the first lens unit and the second lens unit to move in mutually opposite directions on a plane perpendicular to the optical axis.10-22-2009
20090034950IMAGE-BLUR COMPENSATING DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image-blur compensating device including an optical axis changing unit changing an optical axis, an actuator driving the optical axis changing unit, a displacement detector detecting a position of the optical axis changed by the optical axis changing unit, an angular velocity detector detecting an angular velocity applied from outside, and a target displacement calculator calculating a driving amount when the actuator has driven the optical axis changing unit based on the angular velocity detected by the angular velocity detector and the position detected by the displacement detector. The target displacement calculator then obtains, as a result of compensating an amount of influence on the position of the optical axis, a driving amount when driving the actuator based on the calculated driving amount. The image-blur compensating device further includes a driver driving the actuator based on the driving amount calculated by the target displacement calculator.02-05-2009
20090028537PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A photographing apparatus including: a photographing means that photographs a subject to obtain an image representing the subject by receiving an instruction to perform photographing; a camera shake correction means constructed to be driven in a direction different from the optical axis of the photographing means and corrects a camera shake induced blur of an image to be obtained by the photographing; and a correction system driving means that receives an instruction to perform main photographing and initiates driving of the camera shake correction means from a first predetermined position during a period from the time when the instruction to perform main photographing is given to the time when the subject is photographed, and drives the camera shake correction means to a second predetermined position during a period from the time when the driving is initiated to the time when the main photographing is performed.01-29-2009
20110103782OPTICAL UNIT WITH SHAKE CORRECTING FUNCTION AND PHOTOGRAPHIC OPTICAL DEVICE - Provided is a photographing optical device, which is able to reliably correct an unintentional movement by hand of a user by improving the constitution of a camera unit driving mechanism for correcting the deflection of a camera unit. In order that a camera unit is made to be rocked to correct the unintentional movement, a photographing optical device includes a first camera unit drive mechanism and a second camera unit drive mechanism, which are so disposed at two side portions sandwiching a pivot portion therebetween as to make a pair. In these camera unit drive mechanisms, camera unit driving magnets are held on the side of the camera unit as a movable body side, and camera unit driving coils are held on the side of a stationary body. The camera unit is pushed toward the pivot portion by a gimbal spring, which is provided with a plurality of arm portions extending mutually in the same circumferential direction.05-05-2011
20100239237HANDSHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS - A handshake correction apparatus for correcting shake of a camera includes Hall sensors that detect current position of a correction lens. The Hall sensors include a pair disposed along a virtual extension line crossing a correction lens. The apparatus also includes an actuator that drives the correction lens in response to a control signal calculated according to the current position and a target position of the correction lens.09-23-2010
20110075999IMAGE STABILIZER AND ANTI-VIBRATION CAMERA MODULE USING SAME - An image stabilizer includes a stationary member defining a first receiving space and a first central axis, a moveable member received in the first receiving space and spaced from the stationary member, a driving assembly including a first magnetic member fixed to the stationary member and a second magnetic member fixed to the moveable member, a resilient assembly interconnecting the stationary member and the moveable member, and a gyro. The moveable member defines a second central axis coinciding with the first central axis. The first magnetic member faces the second magnetic member. The driving assembly drives the moveable member to rotate about a first axis and a second axis relative to the stationary member through magnetic interaction between the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member. The second axis is perpendicular to the first axis; the first axis and the second axis are perpendicular to the first central axis.03-31-2011
20110150443INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND CAMERA - This invention provides an information processing apparatus for allowing a user to perform operation without any confusion concerning a device which implements a plurality of functions for one operation member in accordance with operation methods for the operation member. A system controller performs control to execute a predetermined function in response to the start of operation on an operation member and terminate execution of the predetermined function in response to the end of the operation. A timer function unit measures the time from the start of operation on the operation member. When a given operation finishes before the time measured by the timer function unit exceeds a predetermined time after the start of the operation, a notification about the operation method for the operation member is output.06-23-2011
20110150442Method and Apparatus for Operating the Automatic Focus or the Optical Imaging Stabilizing System - In accordance with an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a printed wiring board. The printed wiring board comprising a coil and being coupled to an image sensor. The coil, using the magnetic circuitry, is designed to tilt the printed wiring board and automatic focus optomechanics, the automatic focus optomechanics being attached to the printed wiring board over a gimbal pivot system to operate an optical imaging stabilizing system. A second coil is designed to interact with the magnetic circuitry to move the lens barrel at least one of closer and farther from the image sensor to perform an automatic focus.06-23-2011
20110150441Method and Apparatus for Operating the Automatic Focus or the Optical Imaging Stabilizing System - In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus, comprising a printed wiring board. The printed wiring board comprising a coil and being coupled to an image sensor. Further, the coil, using the magnetic circuitry, is designed to tilt the printed wiring board and automatic focus optomechanics, the automatic focus optomechanics being attached to the printed wiring board over at least one of: a pivot point and a tilting axis to operate an optical imaging stabilizing system. Moreover, a second coil is designed to interact with the magnetic circuitry to move the lens barrel at least one of closer and farther from the image sensor to perform an automatic focus.06-23-2011
20100322607Imaging lens device and imaging apparatus - An imaging apparatus and imaging lens device comprises a light path folding optical system having a reflector that folds the optical axis incident perpendicular to the gravitational direction toward the gravitational direction. An imaging element converts an image formed by the light path folding optical system into an electrical signal. A drive unit moves a shake correction lens group including at least one lens in the direction perpendicular to a vertical optical axis, the vertical optical axis being folded toward the gravitational direction by the reflector, wherein the shake correction lens group is moved in the direction perpendicular to the vertical optical axis to move the image in the direction perpendicular to the vertical optical axis.12-23-2010
20100322606LINEAR ACTUATOR AND CAMERA SHAKE CORRECTION MECHANISM - A linear actuator including a multipolar magnet configured such that an S pole and an N pole are linearly aligned in an alternating manner, coil body having a plurality of separate coil units integrally arranged in a lengthwise direction of the coil body being provided to be movable relatively with respect to the multipolar magnet, a magnetic sensor that detects a position of the coil body along the lengthwise direction of the coil body with respect to the multipolar magnet, and an electrifying control circuit that individually controls currents to be supplied to the plurality of coil units based on the position of the coil body detected by the magnet sensor.12-23-2010
20100260493IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A third group barrel 10-14-2010
20100260492IMAGE STABILIZER AND CAMERA MODULE HAVING SAME - An exemplary image stabilizer includes an outer housing, an inner housing, an upper cover and a driving assembly. The inner housing is moveably received in the outer housing. The upper cover is fixedly mounted on the inner housing and moveably supported by the outer housing. The driving assembly includes a first magnetic member and a second magnetic member. The first magnetic member is positioned on the inner housing. The second magnetic member is positioned on the outer housing. The driving assembly is configured for driving the inner housing and the upper cover to move relative to the outer housing in a plane substantially perpendicular to a central axis of the outer housing through interaction between the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member.10-14-2010
20110158621LENS BARREL - A lens barrel which includes an optical system, a support mechanism, a drive correcting mechanism, a retractable lens frame, and a drive retracting mechanism. The optical system includes a corrective lens group and a retractable lens group. The support mechanism movably supports the corrective lens group in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis of the optical system. The drive correcting mechanism is configured to drives the support mechanism so that the corrective lens group moves in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis of the optical system. The retractable lens frame retractably supports the retractable lens group to a first position in which the optical axis of the retractable lens group is offset from the optical axis of the optical system. The drive retracting mechanism is configured to drive the retractable lens frame so that the retractable lens group retracts to the first position.06-30-2011
20110158618OPTICAL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An optical apparatus capable of detecting an attitude of the apparatus in a state where no interference occurs between apparatus components, thereby preventing an error in the attitude detection. A shift lens drive controller of the optical apparatus detects a shake applied to the apparatus, calculates a movement target position of the shift lens based on a result of the detection, detects an actual position of the shift lens, and performs feedback control such that the actual position of the shift lens is converged to the movement target position. An attitude detector detects the attitude of the optical apparatus by using feedback control information, and an interference prevention controller prevents interference between the shift lens and other members.06-30-2011
20110158617DEVICE FOR PROVIDING STABILIZED IMAGES IN A HAND HELD CAMERA - Image stabilization devices and methods are disclosed. In various embodiments, image stabilization is achieved by altering the direction of the optical axis through a flexible lens body by activating actuators attached to the flexible lens body, wherein the amount of applied voltages onto the actuators are proportional to signals provided by motion sensors sensing yawing and pitching movements, respectively.06-30-2011
20120201526Camera for capturing moving images - Provide a camera capable of effectively suppressing image blurring even when high frequency vibrations are imposed. The present invention is a camera for capturing moving images furnished with an image-blur prevention function, including an imaging unit (08-09-2012
20090324207ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING CAPTURING DEVICE - An object is to reduce the effect of defocusing due to the movement of an image plane when a shifting lens group movable in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis for correcting hand jiggling is positionally deviated along the optical axis, thereby maintaining high optical performance at the time of correcting hand jiggling. A zoom lens 12-31-2009
20110211821CAMERA MODULE WITH ANTI-SHAKE DEVICE - The present invention relates to a camera module equipped with a vibration compensation mechanism. The camera module includes a lens unit for changing an image of a subject at a specific magnification, a housing for accommodating the lens unit so that the lens unit can move in the direction of an optical axis, an auto-focus actuator unit installed so that the lens unit can move in the direction of the optical axis, suspension members for supporting the housing so that the housing can float in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the optical axis, a box-type case configured such that the suspension members are fastened thereto and the housing is accommodated therein, a circuit board disposed beneath the case and configured such that an image sensor is installed thereon, and a compensation actuator configured to compensate for a displacement caused by the vibration of the housing.09-01-2011
20110164863IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device includes an optical system, an imaging unit, a movable member, a drive unit, a second detection unit, and a selection unit. The optical system is configured to form an optical image of a subject. The imaging unit is configured to receive an image signal of the optical image. The first detection unit is configured to detect vibration of the imaging device. The movable member includes at least one of a portion of the optical system and a portion of the imaging unit. The drive unit is configured to move the movable member based on the detected vibration. The second detection unit is configured to detect movement of the movable member. The selection unit is configured to select a first image area based on the detected vibration and the detected movement, and the first image area is used to determine a characteristic value based on the image signal.07-07-2011
20110164864Vibration detection device, optical device, and method of operation of vibration detection device - A vibration detection device provided with a vibration detection sensor 07-07-2011
20110019986OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL ANTI-SHAKE FUNCTION - An optical apparatus of the present invention includes shake detectors 01-27-2011
20100329654LENS DRIVING APPARATUS WITH ANTI-SHAKE MECHANISM - An exemplary lens driving apparatus includes a first retaining frame having first retaining portions, first coils of wire received in the first retaining portions, and a voice coil motor movably received in the first retaining frame. The voice coil motor includes a second retaining frame having second retaining portions, magnets received in the second retaining portions, and a core member having a second coil of wire wound around and being movably received in the second frame. The core member receives lens therein. The magnets generate magnetic fields which are capable of driving the core member to move along the lens optical axis when the second coil of wire is electrically powered; the magnets are applied reverse force of Ampere's force when the first coils of wire are electrically powered, such that the voice coil motor together with the lens is moved in a plane perpendicular to the lens optical axis.12-30-2010
20110262122PHOTOGRAPHIC OPTICAL DEVICE - An imaging optical device may include a movable module having a lens drive device on which a lens and an imaging element are mounted; a support body for supporting the movable module; a rocking drive mechanism for rocking the movable module; and a plate spring for rockably supporting the movable module. The plate spring is provided with a holding section for holding the movable module, a fixed section fixed to the support body, and a spring section for connecting the holding section and the fixed section to each other. The spring section can deform in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis and in the direction of the optical axis.10-27-2011
20110052164PHOTOGRAPHING MODULE - This invention provides a photographing module at least including: an electric drive assembly comprising a movable member, a holder, a magnetic circuit system and an elastic member, wherein the magnetic circuit system comprises at least three magnets and at least three coils so as to drive the movable member to perform a linear movement with respect to the optical axis and an angle of inclination with respect to at least an axis, and a magnetic pole direction of each magnet is perpendicular to the optical axis, an axis with respect to the coil winding axis of each coil is perpendicular to the optical axis; a photo sensor positioned on an image side of the photographing module and connected to the holder of the electric drive assembly; and a vibration sensor at a proper position of the photographing module capable of detecting directions and magnitude of a vibration.03-03-2011
20110097061IMAGE STABILIZER - An image stabilizer is provided, which compensates for an external turbulence caused by hand-shake by moving an imaging unit. The image stabilizer includes a first yoke, a second yoke, and a driving frame interposed between the first yoke and the second yoke and movable in a vertical direction, a horizontal direction, and a rotation direction with respect to an optical axis. The imaging unit is mounted in a center of the driving frame. The image stabilizer also includes a coil plate connected to a surface of the driving frame facing the first yoke and having a plurality of pattern coils arranged at locations corresponding to a plurality of magnets of the second yoke. The image stabilizer further includes a support unit disposed on a surface of the driving frame facing the second yoke and supporting the driving frame in pitch, yaw and roll directions with respect to the second yoke.04-28-2011
20100215353CAMERA - A camera includes an optical system, a housing, an image blur corrector, a displacement acquisition section, a rotary driver, a correction computer, and a drive controller. The displacement acquisition section is configured to acquire the amount of displacement of the housing. The rotary driver is configured to rotationally drive the displacement acquisition section with respect to the housing. The correction computer is configured to calculate a first correction amount at the image blur corrector from the displacement amount acquired by the displacement acquisition section. The drive controller is configured to control the operation of the rotary driver, and also controls the operation of the image blur corrector on the basis of the first correction amount.08-26-2010
20100183288SHAKE CORRECTION UNIT AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A shake correction unit comprises a first lens unit that holds a first lens and is movable in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the first lens during a shake correction operation and a second lens unit that holds a second lens and is attached to the first lens unit and moves in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis together with the first lens unit during the shake correction operation, at least one of a shutter and an iris diaphragm having a changeable opening diameter is disposed between the first lens unit and the second lens unit.07-22-2010
20100166401ANTI-VIBRATION ACTUATOR AND LENS UNIT/CAMERA EQUIPPED THEREWITH - To provide an anti-vibration actuator with which a high drive force can be obtained without increasing size. The present invention is an anti-vibration actuator, including a fixed portion, a movable portion, movable portion support means, first drive means having a first drive magnet and coil; second drive means having a second drive magnet and coil; third drive means having a third drive magnet and coil; first, second, and third position detection elements for detecting the positions of each drive magnet; and a control portion for moving the movable portion to a specified position; wherein the first and second position detection elements are disposed within a region diagonally opposed to the region in which the third drive means is positioned, from among four regions partitioned by the lines of action of the drive forces of the first and second drive means.07-01-2010
20100158492PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS - A photographic apparatus comprises a movable platform, an operation unit, and a controller. The movable platform has an imager that captures an optical image through a taking lens, and is movable relative to the taking lens on an xy plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the taking lens. The operation unit is configured to set a movement quantity of the movable platform on the xy plane. The controller performs a controlled movement of the movable platform in accordance to the movement quantity set by using the operation unit.06-24-2010
20100067889OPTICAL APPARATUS - An optical apparatus includes an anti-shake lens L03-18-2010
20100067888CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPENSATING FOR IMAGE SHAKE OF IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - A control system for compensating for image shake of an image capture device is provided, including a shake compensating module, a shake compensating switch, a control unit, and a shutter control element operated between a first operating stage and a second operating stage. The shake compensating switch is switched between an active state to enable the shake compensating module and an inactive state to disable the shake compensating module. The control unit enables the shake compensating module when the shake compensating switch is in the active state. The control unit produces a reset signal to disable the shake compensating module when the shutter control element is in the second operating stage before the shake compensating switch is switched to the inactive state. The control unit enables the shake compensating module after a specific period of time from when the shake compensating module was disabled.03-18-2010
20120207457IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME - An angular velocity sensor detects shake applied to an imaging apparatus. A HPF calculation unit attenuates low-frequency components in the output of the angular velocity sensor. An image blur compensation amount is calculated based on that output, and image blur compensation is executed by drive control of the compensation optical system. An intermediate value is retained as a calculation results for each sampling period by the digital filter that configures the HFP calculation unit. When the panning control unit that detects a panning operation by the imaging apparatus detects the completion of a panning operation, the intermediate value retained in the digital high pass filter is initialized by the panning control unit.08-16-2012
20090175607Image Fluctuation Correction Device - An image fluctuation correction device comprises shake detecting means 07-09-2009
20110188840LENS BARREL AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME - A lens barrel and a photographing apparatus comprising the lens barrel include: a lens module that comprises at least one lens and moves along an optical axis of the at least one lens; a shake correction module arranged near the lens module; at least one fixing member that is disposed between the lens module and the shake correction module and fixes the shake correction module in response to being pressed by the lens module; a frame on which the at least one fixing member is installed; and at least one elastic member that elastically mounts the at least one fixing member on the frame.08-04-2011
20100021150Image blur correction unit, lens barrel device, and camera apparatus - An image blur correction unit includes the following elements. A holder member, holding either an imager or a lens that constitutes a part of a lens system, moves in a straight line on a plane orthogonal to the optical axis of the lens system. A movable member, attached to a frame that serves as an outermost component, supports the holder member. A guide member guides movement of the holder member relative to the frame. A driving section drives the holder member. The guide member includes a guide shaft fixed to the movable member and support portions provided for the frame, the support portions supporting the guide shaft. The movable member moves relative to the frame while being integrated with the guide shaft.01-28-2010
20110217029ANTI-SHAKE STRUCTURE FOR AUTO-FOCUS MODULAR - An anti-shake structure for auto-focus module includes an auto-focus module for driving a lens to move forward and rearward in a light entering path, i.e. in z-axis direction, so that the lens focuses light on an image sensor; a frame for holding the auto-focus module therein; a lens suspender with a compensation lens arranged thereon being connected to a plurality of suspension wires while the latter are connected at respective another end to the top cover plate of the frame, so that the compensation lens is correspondingly suspended in the frame in the light entering path and located behind the lens; and a shake compensation driving unit for driving the lens suspender to move horizontally in x-axis or y-axis direction, so as to compensate any image shift caused by hand shaking.09-08-2011
20100290769OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION IN A DIGITAL STILL CAMERA OR HANDSET - An optical image stabilization system for a camera module is disclosed. The stabilization system comprises a voice coil motor (VCM), at least one digital gyroscope for receiving signals from the VCM, and an angular velocity sensor for receiving signals from the digital gyroscope and outputting an angular position error signal. The stabilization system further comprises signal processing logic for receiving the error signal, and comparing the error signal to a reference signal and providing a stabilized image based upon that comparison, wherein the hard-coded logic, digital gyroscope and rate and position sensor resides on the same chip.11-18-2010
20120039589IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEM - A stabilization system includes a camera module, a fixed body, a movable frame, a pivot member, a motion sensor, a magnetic driving module, and an electric member. The movable frame receives the camera module and includes a first outer surface, a second outer surface, a third outer surface and a fourth outer surface. The motion sensor is attached to the fourth outer surface. The driving module includes a first magnetic driving unit arranged on the fixed body and a second magnetic driving unit arranged on the first, second, and third outer surfaces. The driving module drives the movable frame to rotate around the pivot member to compensate a movement of the camera module based on a motion detection result of the motion sensor through interaction between the first and second magnetic driving units. The electric member interconnects the fixed body and the movable frame.02-16-2012
20110317987IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An image blur correction apparatus includes: a fixed member; a first driven unit pivotally supported by the fixed member around a first support shaft extending in a direction parallel to an optical axis direction; a second driven unit holding a lens or an imaging device and pivotally supported by the first driven unit around a second support shaft extending in the direction parallel to the optical axis direction; a first actuator that produces a thrust force for pivoting the first and second driven units around the first support shaft; and a second actuator that produces a thrust force for pivoting the second driven unit around the second support shaft, wherein the first and second actuators are configured to produce the thrust forces in the same direction.12-29-2011
20110097062OPTICAL UNIT WITH SHAKE CORRECTING FUNCTION - Provided is an optical imaging device which improves the structure of an imaging unit drive mechanism for vibration correction in an imaging unit and can reliably correct the vibrations. An optical imaging device, wherein an imaging unit is displaced to correct the vibrations, and the imaging unit is supported on a stationary object by a total of four suspension wires. A first imaging unit drive mechanism and a second imaging unit drive mechanism are provided as a pair at two positions on either side of the optical axis L. In the imaging unit drive mechanisms, imaging unit drive magnets, are held on the imaging unit side, which is the movable side, and imaging unit drive coils, are held on the stationary object side.04-28-2011
20120014681IMAGE BLURRING CORRECTION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - An image blurring correction device includes a correction member which moves in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis of an imaging optical system to correct blurring of an optical image, two driving units which drive the correction member in different directions, a shake detection unit which detects a shake applied to the image blurring correction device, a correction amount calculation unit which calculates, based on shake information detected by the shake detection unit, a correction amount for correcting blurring of the optical image, and a conversion unit which converts the correction amount to cancel a driving error generated by a rotation moment applied to the correction member. The driving units drive the correction member based on the correction amount converted by the conversion unit, correcting blurring of the optical image.01-19-2012
20080298791IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus having removably attached thereto a lens apparatus including a blur correction unit includes a selection unit configured to select a first mode in which a mechanical shutter is used to start exposure or a second mode in which an electronic shutter is used to start exposure; and a controller configured to output information indicating the start of exposure to the lens apparatus. The controller changes the information indicating the start of exposure depending on whether the first mode or the second mode is selected to control the lens apparatus to perform different blur correction operations.12-04-2008
20120063757OPTICAL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An optical device comprises a shake detection unit adapted to detect shaking of the optical device, an amplifying unit adapted to amplify a difference between an output of the shake detection unit and a reference voltage, an offset calculation unit adapted to calculate an offset component based on an output of the amplifying unit, a changing unit adapted to change the reference voltage so as to remove the offset component, a correction unit adapted to correct the output of the amplifying unit so as to cancel out a change made by the changing unit, and a focal length detection unit adapted to detect a focal length of the imaging optical system, wherein the changing unit changes the reference voltage when the offset component exceeds a threshold, and the threshold is higher when the imaging optical system is on a telephoto side than on a wide-angle side.03-15-2012
20120155843CAMERA DRIVE DEVICE - A camera driving apparatus according to the present invention includes a camera section 06-21-2012
20100172638SHAKE CORRECTION DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A shake correction device includes: a first driving means for driving an imaging component, which is related with either an imaging optical system or an imaging device, in a first direction; a second driving means for driving the imaging component in a second direction which is different from the first direction; and a control means for correcting shake of the imaging apparatus by driving the imaging component on the basis of a detection result of the shake of the imaging apparatus, which is obtained by a shake detection means, using the first and second driving means, wherein the control means sequentially executes first return processing in the first direction using the first driving means and second return processing in the second direction using the second driving means when returning the imaging component to a reference position at a predetermined timing.07-08-2010
20100172639Camera system and camera body - This camera system includes: a vibration compensation unit including a vibration compensation optical system and an image-capturing unit; a drive unit that drives the vibration compensation unit; a detection unit that detects vibration; a position detection unit that detects the position of the vibration compensation unit; a target position determination unit that determines a target position for the vibration compensation unit according to the vibration of the camera; a calculation unit that calculates a drive amount for the drive unit; a range of movement limitation unit that limits the position of the vibration compensation unit within a range; a range setting unit that sets a movement permitted range that is within the range in which the vibration compensation unit can be positioned; and a centering unit that controls the drive unit so that the vibration compensation unit is centered in the center of the movement permitted range.07-08-2010
20110103783IMAGE BLUR CORRECTON DEVICE, LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS - There is provided an image blur correction device including: a correction optical element; a first movable frame; a second movable frame; a fixed frame; a first main guide shaft and a first auxiliary guide shaft; a second main guide shaft and a second auxiliary guide shaft; a first driving part; and a second driving part. The first auxiliary guide shaft is shorter than the first main guide shaft and the second driving part is placed between the first auxiliary guide shaft and the correction optical element. The second auxiliary guide shaft is shorter than the second main guide shaft and the first driving part is placed between the second auxiliary guide shaft and the correction optical element.05-05-2011
20110103781SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS IN DIGITAL CAMERA - A shake correction apparatus for correcting shake of a camera includes: a lens support plate including a correction lens and driven in a perpendicular direction with respect to an optical axis; and a position fixing member that decouplably couples with the lens support plate and fixes a position of the lens support plate according to a rotation of the lens support plate.05-05-2011
20100290770Image pickup apparatus - An image pickup apparatus of the present invention includes: a fixed frame; a zoom lens holding frame; a focus lens holding frame; a focus driving unit and a zoom driving unit; an image pickup device; a base plate that is coupled to the fixed frame and displaceably supports the image pickup device; an X driving unit that drives the image pickup device in an X direction; and a Y driving unit that drives the image pickup device in a Y direction, wherein the focus driving unit is placed in an upper left portion of the fixed frame, the zoom driving unit is placed in a right side portion, and further the Y driving unit is placed in an upper right corner of the base plate and the X driving unit is placed in a lower right corner.11-18-2010
20100290768CAMERA MODULE WITH ANTI-SHAKE MECHANISM - A camera module includes a circuit board, an image sensor mounted on the circuit board, a lens module including a lens, a position sensor, a plurality of electrical wire groups mounted on the lens, and a plurality of magnetic field generators. The lens held a distance from the circuit board by holding wires fixed on the circuit board. The position sensor is mounted on the circuit board and configured for detecting displacements of the lens module and the image sensor relative to the object. The magnetic field generators are arranged adjacent to the respective electrical wire groups, and each configured for generating a magnetic field for allowing the electrical wire groups together with the lens to move to give a correction of the displacements of the lens, such that an image of an object is projected at a predetermined region of the image sensor.11-18-2010
20120128339ANTI-SHAKE DEVICE AND OPTICAL SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - An anti-shake device for use in an optical system comprises a biaxial rotating element and a electromagnetic driving module. The biaxial rotating element is made by grooving a thin resilient plate to form a special multiple-frame structure. The biaxial rotating element, when driven by the electromagnetic driving module, makes limited pivotal movement about two axes so as to provide shake compensation. The electromagnetic driving module, composed of a plurality of permanent magnets and a plurality of coils, is supported and positioned by an inner support frame and an outer support frame, both of which have uniquely designed structures. The resultant anti-shake device is structurally simple, easy to assemble, compact in size, and relatively low-cost.05-24-2012
20120163784LENS CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGE SENSING DEVICE USING SAME - There is provided a lens control device that feeds a motor current to a lens drive motor which drives lens according to the motor current, the lens control device including: a servo computation portion that calculates a motor current setting value such that a deviation of the position of the lens from a target position to which a correction offset has been added is reduced; a motor driver that generates the motor current according to the motor current setting value; and a calibration computation portion that adjusts the correction offset such that an average value of the motor current approaches zero.06-28-2012
20100209088LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A lens barrel capable of reducing the radial size thereof while maintaining the degree of freedom in layout of a shutter and a anti-shake mechanism. A barrier drive ring includes first and second rotation-transmitting protrusions axially protruding toward an imaging area and parallel to and substantially opposed to each other. An image pickup element-holding member includes a first and second cam contact section which are brought into contact with the first and second rotation-transmitting protrusion, when the lens barrel is retracted. Rotation transmission to the barrier drive ring is performed in a varying manner first via a contact between the first rotation-transmitting protrusion and first cam contact section, then via contacts between the first and second rotation-transmitting protrusions and the first and second cam contact sections, and finally via a contact between the second rotation-transmitting protrusion and the second cam contact section.08-19-2010
20100080545MULTI-DRIVE MECHANISM LENS ACTUATOR - Subject matter disclosed herein may relate to lens actuators used, for example, in auto-focus and/or vibration compensation systems of digital cameras.04-01-2010
20110182566IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE, IMAGING LENS UNIT, AND CAMERA UNIT - An image blur correction device according to the present invention includes: a tabular base (07-28-2011
20120315025SHAKE COMPENSATION APPARATUS, SHAKE COMPENSATION CONTROL METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A shake compensation apparatus includes a shake compensation unit configured to compensate the shake by moving non-parallel to an optical axis; a driving unit configured to drive the shake compensation unit based on a drive indication signal; a position detection unit configured to detect the position of the shake compensation unit to output a position detection signal; and a compensation amount calculation unit configured to detect translational shake component in the shake of the apparatus from the movement of the shake compensation unit such that the drive indication signal and the position detection signal serve as input, and calculate the compensation amount of the shake compensation unit from the shake amount of the apparatus including the translational shake component to output it as a drive indication signal.12-13-2012
20120170919POSITION CONTROLLER FOR OPTICAL ELEMENT - A position controller for an optical element of an optical system includes a first movable member supported by a support member to be movable relative thereto in a first direction orthogonal to an optical axis, a second movable member holding the optical element and supported by the first movable member to be movable relative thereto in a second direction nonparallel to the first direction, an electromagnetic actuator that produces a driving force for moving at least the second movable member in the second direction, and an insertion/removal drive mechanism for moving the second movable member between an anti-shake driving position, where a position control for the second movable member can be performed using the electromagnetic actuator, and a removed position where the second movable member is positioned outside a range of the position control that uses the electromagnetic actuator.07-05-2012
20110188841Image Blur Correction Device and Imaging Apparatus Equipped Therewith - An image blur correction device includes: a movable frame which is equipped with a lens or an imaging element and has a guide part; a fixed frame having a guide supporting part which movably supports the movable frame by coming into contact with the guide part; and a drive mechanism which drives the movable frame for correcting image blur by moving the movable frame relative to the fixed frame. The fixed frame has magnetic bodies, and the movable frame has urging magnets at positions corresponding to the magnetic bodies. Specifically, the urging magnets use attractive force between the magnets and the magnetic bodies, so as to urge the movable frame in a direction in which the guide part and the guide supporting part come into contact with each other.08-04-2011
20090129764IMAGE BLUR CORRECTING DEVICE AND CAMERA - It is an object of the present invention to provide an image blur correcting device having a dimension reduced in any one direction perpendicular to the optical axis of the incident light, and a camera equipped with this device. The image blur correcting device 05-21-2009
20120076478IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE STABILIZATION METHOD - An image stabilization apparatus wherein a detection unit detects camera shake in first and second directions that are not parallel to each other and a calculation unit calculates first and second correction amounts for correcting the camera shake in the first and second directions, respectively, based on outputs from the detection unit. A control unit controls correction characteristics of the calculation unit so as to restrain correction of a movement corresponding to a panning operation in the first and second directions as the first and second correction amounts becomes larger, controls the correction characteristics of the second correction amount based on the first correction amount and controls the correction characteristics of the first correction amount based on the second correction amount and a correction unit corrects the camera shake based on the calculated correction amounts.03-29-2012
20100272423SHAKE CORRECTING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A shake correcting apparatus includes a correcting unit operable to correct an optical axis of light from a subject according to a correction signal, a shake detecting unit operable to detect shake of a target to output a detection signal according to an amount of the detected shake, a correction signal generating unit operable to generate the correction signal based on the detection signal output from the shake detecting unit, a natural oscillation detecting unit operable to detect a frequency component of the detection signal in a predetermined frequency band, and a controller operable to control the correction signal generating unit to generate the correction signal according to a detection result of the natural oscillation detecting unit.10-28-2010
20090060485IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE, LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An image blur correction device is provided. The device includes a correction lens, a first movable frame, a second movable frame, a fixed base, a driving part and a guide mechanism. The correction lens is configured to correct an image blur in a lens system. The first movable frame holds the correction lens. The second movable frame supports the first movable frame to be movable in a first direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the lens system. The fixed base supports the second movable frame to be movable in a second direction perpendicular to the optical axis of the lens system and perpendicular to the first direction. The driving part moves the first movable frame in the first direction and moves the second movable frame in the second direction. The guide mechanism has at least one guide shaft guiding both the first movable frame and the second movable frame.03-05-2009
20120082442Image photographing device having function for compensating for hand vibration - Disclosed herein is an image photographing device having a function for compensating hand vibration to simultaneously perform auto focusing and hand vibration compensation. The image photographing device having a function for compensating hand vibration includes: a bobbin having a lens unit mounted therein, a driving coil in a Z axis direction wound on an outer peripheral surface thereof, and a driving coil in an X axis direction and a driving coil in a Y axis direction mounted outside the driving coil in a Z direction; a plurality of magnets mounted outside the driving coil in an X axis direction and the driving coil in a Y axis direction; an elastic member elastically combined with an upper portion and a lower portion of the bobbin; a housing into which the bobbin combined with the magnet and the elastic member is inserted; and a shield case combined with an upper portion of the housing.04-05-2012
20080298790ANTI-SHAKE APPARATUS - An anti-shake apparatus (an image-stabilization apparatus) of a photographing device comprises a movable unit and a controller. The movable unit has an imaging device and is movable and rotatable for an anti-shake operation. The controller controls the movable unit for the anti-shake operation. The controller calculates a hand-shake angle caused by roll. The controller controls whether the anti-shake operation is performed for correcting hand-shake caused by roll, on the basis of the hand-shake angle caused by roll.12-04-2008
20110038622Imaging apparatus - An imaging apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes: (a) an imaging device subunit having an imaging device for creating an image signal associated with a subject and a light-transmitting member mounted ahead of a photosensitive surface of the imaging device; (b) a first driver circuit for driving a first actuator that moves the imaging device subunit in a first direction; (c) a second driver circuit for driving a second actuator that moves the imaging device subunit in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction; and (d) first dust-removing device for shaking off dust adhering to the light-transmitting member by driving a given actuator so as to vibrate the light-transmitting member; wherein the given actuator is driven using the first driver circuit or the second driver circuit.02-17-2011
20110038621DUST REMOVAL APPARATUS OF PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - A dust removal apparatus of a photographing apparatus comprises a movable unit and a controller. The movable unit has an imaging device and is movable. The controller moves the movable unit on a plane that is parallel to a first direction and a second direction. The first direction is perpendicular to an optical axis of a photographing optical system that captures an optical image on a photographing surface of the imaging device. The second direction is perpendicular to the first direction and the optical axis. The controller moves the movable unit to a predetermined position that does not make contact with a boundary of a range of movement of the movable unit, and strikes the movable unit against the boundary of the range of movement in the second direction under the condition where a coordinate value in the first direction of the movable unit is held constant, as a dust removal operation.02-17-2011
20120269499DRIVING MECHANISM AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT - To provide a driving mechanism with which a reduction in size is possible. A driving mechanism comprising: an optical component that is provided to be movable; a first driving member that is movable in a first direction; a second driving member that is movable in the first direction independently of the first driving member; and an abutting portion that is provided at the optical component and abuts against the first driving member and the second driving member, wherein, the optical component is moved by driving force of the first driving member and the second driving member abutting against the abutting portion.10-25-2012
20100226631Image shake correction apparatus and image pickup apparatus - An image shake correction apparatus includes: a fixed member; a first guide shaft; a second guide shaft; an intermediate member; and a movable member.09-09-2010
20100226632Image shake correction apparatus and image pickup apparatus - An image shake correction apparatus includes: a fixed member; a pair of guide shafts; an intermediate member; a movable member; a movement restraining section; and a restrained section.09-09-2010
20090175608Image Fluctuation Correction Device - An image fluctuation correction device includes a shake detecting means 07-09-2009
20120328275IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS - An image stabilizing apparatus comprises: a base; a first frame that is movably coupled to the base in a first direction; a first vibration axis that is disposed on the base and extended along the first direction to movably support the first frame in the first direction; a first vibration unit that vibrates the first vibration axis; a first sensing unit that senses a position variation of the first frame; a second frame that is movably coupled to the first frame in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction; a lens coupled to the second frame; a second vibration axis that is disposed on the first frame and extended along the second direction to movably support the second frame along the second direction; a second vibration unit that vibrates the second vibration axis; and a second sensing unit for sensing a position variation of the second frame.12-27-2012
20100215352IMAGER WITH AUTO FOCUS FUNCTIONALITY - An imager comprising is provided having an image-capturing device, a display, and a view angle controller. The first in-focus detector is movable with respect to a stationary platform, and detects whether a subject image is in focus of an image sensor. The shake detector detects a shake transmitted to the first in-focus detector. The first driver repositions the first in-focus detector with respect to the stationary platform according to a shake detected by the shake detector. The first in-focus detector provided on an in-focus light path is different from a photographing light path on which light is directed to the image sensor, and detects whether a subject image is in focus using incoming light along the in-focus light path.08-26-2010
20100202766CAMERA DRIVER - A camera driving apparatus according to the present invention includes a camera section including an imaging element, a lens for forming a subject image on an imaging plane of the imaging element, and a lens barrel for holding the lens; a fixed unit at least partially formed of a magnetic member and having a protrusion section having a shape of at least a part of a spherical face; a movable unit including a first movable section having an attracting magnet for generating a magnetic attracting force in the magnetic member and a conical contact face with which the protrusion section is loosely engageable by the magnetic attracting force and is contactable, the first movable section being freely pivotable around a sphere center of the spherical face of the protrusion section; and a second movable section having the camera section mounted thereon and fixed to the first movable section, the second movable section having a fall preventive regulation face in a state where a prescribed gap, along which the second movable section is freely pivotable with respect to the fixed unit when the first movable section pivots, is sandwiched between the fall preventive regulation face and the fixed unit; a detector for detecting an inclining angle of the camera section with respect to the fixed unit and a rotating angle of the camera section around an optical axis of the lens; a first driving section for inclining the camera section with respect to the fixed unit; and a second driving section for rotating the camera section around the optical axis with respect to the fixed unit.08-12-2010
20100202765Camera system and camera body - This camera system includes: a vibration compensation unit including a vibration compensation optical system and an image-capturing unit; a drive unit that drives the vibration compensation unit; a detection unit that detects vibration; a position detection unit that detects the position of the vibration compensation unit; a target position determination unit that determines a target position for the vibration compensation unit according to the vibration of the camera; a calculation unit that calculates a drive amount for the drive unit; a range of movement limitation unit that limits the position of the vibration compensation unit within a range; a range setting unit that sets a movement permitted range that is within the range in which the vibration compensation unit can be positioned; and a centering unit that controls the drive unit so that the vibration compensation unit is centered in the center of the movement permitted range.08-12-2010
20110158620LENS APPARATUS - Provided is a lens apparatus supported by a support member, including: a pan/tilt detection portion for determining whether or not a pan operation and a tilt operation of the support member are performed, based on pan/tilt operation information output from the support member; an image blur correction lens for correcting an image blur; a vibration detection portion for detecting vibration of the lens apparatus, and calculating an amount of the image blur; and an image stabilizing portion for driving the image blur correction lens based on the amount of the image blur, in which the pan/tilt detection portion resets the vibration detection portion when the pan/tilt detection portion determines that one of the pan operation and the tilt operation is performed, and releases the reset of the vibration detection portion when the pan/tilt detection portion determines that the one of the pan operation and the tilt operation is not performed.06-30-2011
20110158619LENS APPARATUS - Provided is a lens apparatus supported by a support member, including: a correction lens for correcting an image blur; a correction lens driving portion for driving the correction lens; a vibration detection portion for detecting vibration of the lens apparatus; and a driving signal calculation unit for calculating a driving signal used for driving the correction lens, in which the driving signal calculation unit includes: a detected vibration calculation portion for calculating a vibration signal based on an output from the vibration detection portion; a panning/tilting component calculation portion for calculating a pan/tilt operation signal based on pan/tilt operation information input from the support member; and a subtraction portion for subtracting the pan/tilt operation signal from the vibration signal, and in which the correction lens driving portion drives the correction lens based on an output from the subtraction portion.06-30-2011
20110158616IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEM - An exemplary image stabilization system includes a fixed body having a first receiving cavity therein, a movable unit received in the first receiving cavity, a pivot member located between the fixed body and the movable unit, a motion sensor, a driving module, and a U-shaped magnetic shield. The pivot member is engagingly received in and between the fixed body and the movable unit. The motion sensor is disposed on the fixed body for detecting a movement of the image stabilization system. The driving module is configured for driving the movable unit to rotate around the pivot member to compensate a movement of the image stabilization system based on the motion detection result of the motion sensor. The U-shaped magnetic shield includes a first plate, a second plate, and a connecting plate between the first and second plates. The first vertical is securely mounted on the movable unit. The second plate is located on an opposite side of the first plate to the fixed barrel. The driving module is arranged between the first plate and the second plate.06-30-2011
20120243855IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS APPARATUS HAVING MECHANICAL AND ELECTRONIC SHUTTERS WHERE BLUR CORRECTION IS ADJUSTED ACCORDING TO SHUTTER MODE - An image pickup apparatus having removably attached thereto a lens apparatus including a blur correction unit includes a selection unit configured to select a first mode in which a mechanical shutter is used to start exposure or a second mode in which an electronic shutter is used to start exposure; and a controller configured to output information indicating the start of exposure to the lens apparatus. The controller changes the information indicating the start of exposure depending on whether the first mode or the second mode is selected to control the lens apparatus to perform different blur correction operations.09-27-2012
20080240695MOTION COMPENSATION DEVICE AND PHOTOGRAPHIC DEVICE - A motion compensation device comprising, a detector to detect a vibration of an imaging device which takes an image, a controller to control a compensation amount of an influence of said vibration based on an output of said detector, said controller increasing said compensation amount according to lapse of shooting time of said imaging device.10-02-2008
20130177301IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An image blur correction device includes a lens unit which has at least one lens, and can be pivoted in two directions, which are orthogonal to each other, with respect to an outer housing, and a first driving motor and second driving motor which pivot the lens unit in the directions, in which a coil body having a plurality of coil sections, and a magnet placed to face the plurality of coil sections, are provided in the first driving motor and the second driving motor, a placement area, in which the plurality of coil sections are placed and a non-placement area, in which there are no coil sections, are formed, and the outer circumference of the non-placement area is positioned to the inside of a virtual circle that links the outer circumferences of each coil section in each plurality of coil section.07-11-2013
20080226277ANTI-SHAKE APPARATUS - An anti-shake apparatus (an image-stabilization apparatus) of a photographing device comprises a movable unit and a controller. The movable unit has an imaging device and is movable and rotatable for an anti-shake operation. The controller controls the movable unit for the anti-shake operation. The controller obtains information regarding a resolution at the edge of a lens that is used for an imaging operation of the imaging device. The controller controls a degree of the anti-shake operation that is performed for correcting hand-shake caused by roll on the basis of the resolution at the edge of the lens.09-18-2008
20080226276ANTI-SHAKE APPARATUS - An anti-shake apparatus (an image-stabilization apparatus) of a photographing device comprises a movable unit and a controller. The movable unit has an imaging device and is movable and rotatable for an anti-shake operation. The controller controls the movable unit for the anti-shake operation. The controller calculates a first hand-shake angle caused by yaw, a second hand-shake angle caused by pitch, and a third hand-shake angle caused by roll for the anti-shake operation. The controller commences a calculation of the third hand-shake angle from a first time point after a release switch is set to the ON state. The controller commences calculations of the first and second hand-shake angles from a second time point after the first time point, and before an exposure operation commences.09-18-2008
20080226275LENS DEVICE - A lens device is provided and includes: a vibration-proof lens; a movable lens disposed adjacent to the vibration-proof lens and moving in a direction of an imaging optical axis of the lens device; and a plate-like motor coil disposed around an outer periphery of the vibration-proof lens and driving the vibration-proof lens, the movable lens being located in a retracted position on the imaging optical axis relative to the plate-like motor coil when the movable lens moves closest to the plate like motor coil.09-18-2008
20110274419Lens barrel, camera and lens barrel adjustment device - A lens barrel comprises a fixed optical system though which a subject image enters into the lens barrel along with an optical axis, a retreatable blur correction optical system that corrects an image blur by moving within a plane ranging perpendicular to the optical axis in an operating position and that retreats to a storage position from the operating position, a blur correction optical system drive unit that drives the retreatsble blur correction optical system within the plane ranging perpendicular to the optical axis, and a correction information recording unit at which reference position correction information is recorded, the correction information indicating a reference position for the retreatable blur correction optical system within the plane ranging perpendicular to the optical axis.11-10-2011
20080219653Vibration reduction unit, lens barrel and camera - To provide a compact vibration reduction unit, a lens barrel, and a camera, which can perform positional detection with a high degree of accuracy during operations for vibration reduction. A vibration reduction unit of the present invention is comprising: a shooting optical system; a movable optical member that is part of the shooting optical system or which is another member, and which is provided movably relative to the shooting optical system; a magnetic sensor used to detect a position of the movable optical member; and a coil having a winding center line of a winding wire situated substantially in parallel with and on substantially the same plane as a given plane in which the magnetic sensor is disposed.09-11-2008
20130094843Long Hinge Actuator Snubbing - A device may comprise an upper module cover, a lower module cover, an outer frame, and an actuator having a movable frame. The movable frame may be at least partially disposed intermediate the upper module cover and the lower module cover. A hinge flexure may interconnect the outer frame and the movable frame such that the movable frame is rotatable with respect to the outer frame. The upper module cover and/or the lower module cover may be adapted to limit a movement of the movable frame.04-18-2013
20130114948SHAKE CORRECTION APPARTUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A shake correction apparatus comprises a shake detection unit which detects a shake of an image capture apparatus, a calculation unit which calculates a shake correction amount for correcting an image blur based on an output from the shake detection unit, a shake correction unit which corrects the image blur based on the shake correction amount, a shake level determination unit which determines a shake level of the image capture apparatus based on an output from the shake detection unit, an offset determination unit which determines an offset value based on the shake correction amount and the shake level, and a subtraction unit which subtracts the offset value from the output from the shake detection unit.05-09-2013
20130101277Camera Stabilizing Device - A camera stabilizing device is disclosed. The device consists of an essentially triangular stabilization platform to which the camera is attached, an inverted tripod created by straps attached to the three ends of the stabilization platform and connected to a connecting plate locate below the stabilization platform, a connecting lanyard connected to the connecting plate on one end and to a foot strap on the other end which the photographer can wear on a foot and in a shoe. When the photographer attaches the camera to the platform and lifts it to take a photograph, the lanyard creates tension on the straps, which minimizes movement and stabilizes the camera. The camera can be attached to the stabilization platform by means of a standard thumb screw, or by means of a mounting plate that can be mounted on the platform in either the horizontal or vertical camera orientation.04-25-2013
20130101276SINGLE AXIS GIMBAL OPTICAL STABILIZATION SYSTEM - An optical stabilization system includes a camera, risley prism, a sensor, and a motor. The camera has a field of view and is configured to receive incoming light to image a target. The risley prism is optically coupled to the camera and includes a first wedge prism and a second wedge prism each configured to rotate about a first axis and configured to change an angle of incidence of the incoming light at the camera. The sensor is configured to sense movement of the optical stabilization system and to provide movement data. The motor is coupled to the sensor and to the risley prism and is configured to rotate at least one of the first and second wedge prisms about the first axis to change the angle of the incoming light in response to the movement data to maintain the target within the field of view of the camera.04-25-2013
20080199166IMAGE BLUR CORRECTING MECHANISM AND IMAGE-CAPTURE APPARATUS - A image blur correcting mechanism for effecting image blur correction by moving a lens group in directions orthogonal to an optical axis of the lens group, includes a first guide shaft extending in a first direction which is a predetermined direction orthogonal to an optical axis direction of the lens group, a base frame supporting the first guide shaft, a first correcting moving frame supported by the base frame through the first guide shaft movably in the first direction, a second guide shaft extending in a second direction orthogonal to both of the optical axis direction and the first direction and supported by the first correcting moving frame, and a second correcting moving frame having a lens holding part holding the lens group, the second correcting moving frame being supported by the first correcting moving frame through the second guide shaft movably in the second direction, while being movable in the first direction along movement of the first correcting moving frame with respect to the base frame in the first direction.08-21-2008
20130077945MEMS-BASED OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION - In one example, a camera is provided that includes: a plurality of MEMS electrostatic comb actuators, each actuator operable to exert a force on at least one lens; and an optical image stabilization (OIS) algorithm module operable to command the plurality of actuators to actuate the at least one lens responsive to motion of the camera.03-28-2013
20130148949IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus having removably attached thereto a lens apparatus including a blur correction unit includes a selection unit configured to select a first mode in which a mechanical shutter is used to start exposure or a second mode in which an electronic shutter is used to start exposure; and a controller configured to output information indicating the start of exposure to the lens apparatus. The controller changes the information indicating the start of exposure depending on whether the first mode or the second mode is selected to control the lens apparatus to perform different blur correction operations.06-13-2013
20100316363IMAGE STABILIZING CAMERA SYSTEM - An exemplary image stabilizing camera system includes a camera module. The camera module includes a movable AF unit, a frame having a receiving cavity defined therein, an electromagnetic driving unit, and an elastic member. The receiving cavity is configured for receiving the movable AF unit therein. The electromagnetic driving unit is configured for driving the movable AF unit to move relative to the frame so as to counteract movement of the object relative to the system such that the system can, after a shake of the system, capture a stabilized image of the object which is substantially identical with an image thereof captured without the shake of the system. The elastic member is disposed on a top end of the movable AF unit. The elastic member is configured for connecting the movable AF unit to the frame, thereby suspending the movable AF unit in the receiving cavity.12-16-2010
20130156411OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZER AND IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - An optical image stabilizer includes a magnetic element, a moving platform, at least one first sensor and at least one second sensor. The magnetic element is fixed on a main body. The moving platform is movably disposed on the main body. The first and the second sensors are fixed on the moving platform. When the moving platform moves relatively to the main body, the first sensor senses a variation of a magnetic force applied to the first sensor by the magnetic element for calculating a displacement of the moving platform along a first direction, and the second sensor senses a variation of a magnetic force applied to the second sensor by the magnetic element for calculating a displacement of the moving platform along a second direction. The first direction is perpendicular to the second direction. In addition, an image capturing device having the optical image stabilizer is also provided.06-20-2013
20130156412PHOTOGRAPHIC OPTICAL DEVICE, PHOTOGRAPHIC OPTICAL SYSTEM AND DISTANCE VARIATION AMOUNT DETECTING DEVICE - A photographic optical device may include a reflection type optical sensor comprising a light emitting element and a light receiving element; a support body to which the reflection type optical sensor is fixed; a camera module comprising a lens and an imaging element; a shake correction mechanism structured to swing the camera module; a resistor configured to convert an output current of the light receiving element to an output voltage; a home position voltage creating means configured to create a home position voltage; a comparator configured to compare the home position voltage with a predetermined reference voltage; and a variable current source configured to control an electric current supplied to the light emitting element based on an output signal from the comparator. A relative position of the camera module with respect to the support body may be detected by the reflection type optical sensor.06-20-2013
20120020654Image-Capturing Optical Device - A photographic optical device may include a movable module having a camera module on which a lens and an imaging element are mounted, a support body, and a shake correction mechanism. The movable module may be provided with a sensor for detecting an inclination of the camera module and a cover member which structures an outer peripheral face of the movable module. The shake correction mechanism may be provided with a swing drive mechanism for swinging the movable module so that the optical axis is inclined. The swing drive mechanism may be provided with a drive magnet and a drive coil.01-26-2012
20120020653IMAGE BLUR CORRECTING MECHANISM AND IMAGING DEVICE - An image blur correcting mechanism is provided that includes an imaging element, a movable frame, a fixed frame, and first and second actuators. The imaging element has a light receiving face with first and second edges that intersects. The movable frame holds the imaging element. The fixed frame movably supports the movable frame along first and second directions that intersects. The first and second directions are parallel to the light receiving face. The first actuator is configured to move the movable frame in the first direction, and the second actuator is configured to move the movable frame in the second direction. The actuators are positioned on opposing sides of the imaging element, and disposed relative to a first perpendicular plane located perpendicular to the first edge and coincident with the second edge. The actuators are positioned on opposing sides of a second perpendicular plane located perpendicular to the second edge.01-26-2012
20130195434PANNING DETERMINATION DEVICE, SHAKE CORRECTING DEVICE HAVING PANNING DETERMINATION DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SHAKE CORRECTING DEVICE OR PANNING DETERMINATION DEVICE - A shake correcting device can correct a shake occurring on a target device. The shake correcting device includes an angular velocity detector, a DC component detector, a controller, a panning detector, and a storage unit. When the panning detector changes from a state in which the panning is detected to a state in which the panning is not detected, the controller controls the DC component detector to output the value of a DC component of angular velocity of the target device stored in the storage unit when the panning detector does not detect panning, and then controls the DC component detector to output a DC component based on angular velocity of the target device detected by the angular velocity detector.08-01-2013
20130202280IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an optical system, an imaging unit configured to capture an image incident thereon through the optical system, a shake detector configured to detect shake of the apparatus, a shake correction unit including therein a correction lens, and being configured to move the correction lens in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis of the optical system based on a result of the detection by the shake detector to shift an optical axis of the optical system, and a controller configured to control the shake correction unit to cause the correction lens to minutely vibrate, not based on the result of the detection by the shake detector.08-08-2013
20120063756PHOTOGRAPHIC DEVICE HAVING OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION MODULE AND OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION PHOTOGRAPHIC DEVICE HAVING PERIPHERAL DRIVER CHIP - A photographic device having an optical image stabilization (OIS) module includes a compensation unit, a first position sensor, a second position sensor, a first vibration detection unit, a second vibration detection unit, a first actuator, a second actuator and a central processing unit (CPU). The CPU includes an anti-shake processing unit. The anti-shake processing unit processes vibration signals output by the first vibration detection unit and the second vibration detection unit and position signals output by the first position sensor and the second position sensor, and drives the first actuator and the second actuator to adjust positions of the compensation unit in the first direction and in the second direction and further compensate the shake of the photographic device having the OIS module in the first direction and in the second direction.03-15-2012
20120070138LENS BARREL - A lens barrel includes an optical system, a drive unit, a drive mechanism, a light adjusting mechanism, and an actuator. The optical system has a correcting lens group with a first optical axis and a retractable lens group with a second optical axis. The drive unit is configured to move the correcting lens group perpendicular to the first optical axis. The drive mechanism is configured to move the retractable lens group between an extended and a retracted position. The second optical axis is concentric with the first optical axis in the extended position and offset from the first optical axis in the retracted position. The light adjusting mechanism is configured to adjust light that passes through the optical system. The actuator is configured to drive the adjusting mechanism and is disposed on one side of the adjusting mechanism. The adjusting mechanism is disposed between the actuator and the drive unit.03-22-2012
20120093493IMAGE STABILIZATION CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE STABILIZATION CONTROL METHOD - An image stabilization control apparatus corrects image shake, which is caused by the shake of a camera, using a shake correction unit. An angular velocity sensor detects angular rotational shake in the yaw direction, and an angular velocity sensor detects angular rotational shake in the roll direction. An accelerometer detects acceleration in the horizontal direction. A camera CPU calculates a first correction amount for use in the correction of translational shake in the yaw direction using the outputs of the angular velocity sensor and the accelerometer, and calculates a second correction amount for use in the correction of translational shake in the roll direction using the outputs of the angular velocity sensor and the accelerometer. A driving unit drives a shake correction unit in accordance with the correction amount of translational shake.04-19-2012
20130209080CAMERA APPARATUS - An exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes a position detection unit detecting a position of the camera apparatus, a controller outputting a control signal, in a case the position of the camera apparatus detected by the detection unit is a condition for dropping the camera apparatus, and an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) driving unit receiving the control signal outputted by the controller and being driven to cushion an inner structure of the camera apparatus.08-15-2013

Patent applications in class Having stabilization system