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Fuji Patent - Smart Mode Dial Button for Fuji X-Series

TNC Exclusive content – Fuji is working on smart dial buttons for future X-Series camera. The single smart mode dial button above the camera can be used to set shutter, exposure and ISO of the camera. As details reveled from the patent document, the smart mode dial button will have a touch display and every time when a users click the top of the display it automatically switch to different modes. A very impressive move by Fuji to bring such a feature inside the X-series camera.

In the image below you see the the different interface of same mode dial button, once you select the desired value (for example ISO 1600) and click on lock on center, you get the option to set shutter speed and so on.

shutter mode

Patent Details Translated from Japanese

And the operation dial rotatable,
A display unit provided on an upper surface of the operation dial,
A contact detection unit for detecting a contact to an upper surface of the operation dial,
A locked state switching unit for alternately switching between the locked state and the unlocked state each time the contact to the upper surface of the operation dial is detected,
A rotation detector for detecting rotation of the operation dial,
A setting switching portion that switches sequentially set in accordance with only the rotation of the operation dial in the case of the unlock state,
Said a display control unit that controls the display of the display unit, the display control unit for displaying images and setting currently selected lock button,
Setting device equipped with.

Provided are a setting device and a camera having improved usability and capable of preventing erroneous operation with a simple configuration. A display part (110A) is provided on the upper surface of a shutter speed dial (110). The display part (110A) displays settable shutter speeds and an image (Lb) of a lock button. A touch sensor (136) detects the touch of a user on the upper surface of the shutter speed dial (110). The switching of shutter speeds using the shutter speed dial (110) is locked and unlocked each time the touch sensor (136) detects a touch.

Setting device and camera

The present invention relates to a setting apparatus and a camera, in particular setting device using the operation dial rotary, and a camera with the setting device.

Setting device using operating dial of the rotary is capable intuitive, also, since the setting status at a glance, are employed in many devices. In particular, in a camera, various photographing conditions (e.g., shutter speed, sensitivity, exposure correction value, shooting mode, etc.) as a means for setting a setting device using the operation dial rotary have long been used.

As this type of setting device, Patent Document 1, the setting device having a display portion on the upper surface of the operation dial is described. In setting device of Patent Document 1, in accordance with the rotation of the operating dial, the display is switched in the display unit. Further, Patent Document 2, the setting device having a display unit and the touch panel on the upper surface of the operation dial is described. In setting device of Patent Document 2, by a touch operation on the touch panel, it is switched items displayed on the display unit.

Further, in this type of setting device, sometimes mechanism is provided for preventing the setting unintentionally would change. For example, Patent Documents 3 and 4, the setting device having a mechanism for locking the operation dial mechanically is described. Further, Patent Document 5, even if the operation dial is operated to rotate, so as not to change the setting, are described setting device provided with means for inhibiting change of the settings.

Also see – Fuji Patent – Tillable Top Display

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Fuji Patent - Tillable Top Display

Fuji working on a tillable top display above the camera that look like a hybrid viewfinder as well as it will also work as Top display unit for X-mount cameras.  A secondary monochrome display unit is being added in the camera system help you to capture low-angle shots. The secondary small display unit is also optimized for low-light shooting for viewing your subject. And one more thing, it has designed to consume very less amount of energy and it will get activated in saving mode also, when your battery is about to end and approx 15 or 20% charge left.

More details in the patent details below


Translated details

Digital camera and display method of digital camera
 The present invention relates to a display method of a digital camera and a digital camera, and more particularly to a technique of displaying a live view image or the like used for framing.
 Conventionally, a transmission type color liquid crystal display and a reflection type monochrome liquid crystal display are provided on the rear face of the camera body, respectively. When the power supply voltage drops or when the power saving mode is set, a color liquid crystal display A digital camera has been proposed in which only a monochrome liquid crystal display device is controlled without driving a device, and a live view image, various setting screens, and the like are displayed in monochrome (Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2004-194943).

Further, Patent Document 2 discloses a technique in which when the amount of ambient light is detected by an ambient light amount sensor or the like and the amount of ambient light is lower than a predetermined level or in a backlight state, the person as a subject , It is presumed that the live view image displayed on the front display panel can not be visually confirmed satisfactorily and the display on the front display panel is controlled to be off.

More Images – Fuji Patent – Tillable Top Display


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Fuji Patent a DSLR System


One of the big question is why the hell Fuji will patent a DSLR camera system when they are selling fantabulous amount of mirrorless cameras. So, here is a tweak, the DSLR you see in the image above is isn’t a a actual camera. According to the patent hunting website – FUJI FILM filed patent of new DSLR camera system for a binocular. And everything else is written in Japanese.

Patent Details (Via Google Translation)

[Publication number] Japanese Unexamined Patent
Application Publication No. 2017-207524 (P2017-207524A)
click here [Publication date] November 24,
Heisei 20 (2017.11.24) Optical observation apparatus and binoculars

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Sony Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Fujifilm

Sony vs Fuji

Just like Nikon Fuji also feeling some heat waves. According to News Mag the U.S international is soon going to launch a investigation into Fujifilm (FUJIY) magnetic tape cartridge and component imports following a patent infringement complaint by Sony.

The complaint was filed back in January 2017. Sony claims that magnetic tap cartridge uses Sony tech without a license / permission from Sony.

It’s look like world leading Mirrorless makers fight is going beyond ring.


Fujifilm Patent - 20mm F1.8


Fuji  patent 20mm F1.8 Lens for its X series camera. Fujifilm already have XF 16mm f/1.4 and XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens. The 20mm lens will fill the gap in-between.

Fujifilm Patent – 20mm F1.8 Lens

Patent publication number 2016-218170
Release date 2016.12.22
Application date 2015.5.18
Example 1
Β 0 – -0.03 – – 0.13
F ‘1.01
FNo. 1.90 1.92 1.97
2 ω 96.4 95.8 93.2
Fujifilm patents
Negative restriction
Rear focus

Also see – Fuji X100F Coming on Jan 19, 2017  | See Early comparison – Fuji X100F vs Fuji X100T

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Fujifilm Patent - 16-55mm F2.8 OIS Lens


We already have non IS version of the lens for Fuji X-series camera [B&H and Amazon] but the recent patent document suggest the upcoming version of the 15-55mm F2.8 lens will have built-in image stabilization system and improved optics. The lens is weather sealed and features internal Focus motor as of its predecessor.

Fuji patent image

Description, self-interpretation of the patent literature (translated by google)

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-109719
    • Published 2016.6.20
    • Filing date 2014.12.2
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 16.492 31.059 53.436
    • Bf 22.000
    • FNo. 2.88 2.74 2.89
    • Angle of view 2ω 87.0 48.6 28.8
    • Positive and negative positive and negative positive 5-group zoom
    • Anti-vibration (part of the third group)
    • Inner focus (group 4)

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Fujifilm 16mm F1.8 Lens Patent

Latest Fujifilm Patent surfaced over the web that shows a 16 mm wide angle prime lens with F1.8 aperture designed for a APS-C sensor based mirrorless camera.

Fuji 16mm

Patent details translated by google

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-99543
    • Published 2016.5.30
    • Filing date 2014.11.25
  • Example 1
    • Focal length 16.439
    • BF 27.209
    • Fno. 1.85
    • Total angle of view 83.0

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