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Nikon Latest Patent - Better VR, Intelligent Optical Viewfinder and More

Thenewcamera exclusive: We have sorted out some of the best and Recent Nikon patent filled in the year of 2018. let’s have a look at the patent details and information. The good thing to notice here is Nikon haven’t postponed the development Nikon DSLR in favor of Mirrorless system cameras. Their R&D team working continuously to bring out new innovation in next generation of DSLRs

1. Improving DSLR lenses VR (Image Stabilization)

 

In a Recent patent by Nikon, you can clearly see that Nikon is working to improve the VR (image stabilization of Nikon DSLRs lenses). More details co0ming out from patent documents are below

Patent Details

Application Number: 2018034227 Application Date: 28.02.2018
Publication Number: 2018116288 Publication Date: 26.07.2018
Applicants: Nikon Corporation

[ Translated Patent Details ]: To provide a shake correction device that allows for reference value correction excellent in accuracy.SOLUTION: According to the present invention 100, a shake correction device 100 correcting tremors of optical members 1B and 6 comprises: an angular velocity sensor 12 that detects angular velocity of the optical members 1B and 6; a reference value computation unit 34 that computes a reference value of an output signal of the angular velocity sensor 12; an imaging element 3 that generates an image signal for each of continuous frames on the basis of input subject image light; a motion vector computation unit 41 that computes a motion vector of an image between the frames on the basis of the image signal; a reference value correction unit 42 that corrects the reference value on the basis of the motion vector; and a target position computation unit 36 that computes a target position of the optical element to be moved for causing the optical members 1B and 6 to perform a shake correction on the basis of the output signal of the angular velocity sensor 12 and the post-corrected reference value. The target position computation unit 36 is configured to, during an exposure of the imaging element 3, compute the target position on the basis of the post-corrected reference value in a pre-exposure.


2. Nikon Patent Intelligent Optical Viewfinder to Protect Photographer Eyes

To protect eyes from high-brightness subject specifically SUN, the viewfinder will now have a light-sensor to detect the amount of light passing through the viewfinder and will control the out-put whenever required to protect photographers eye. Take a look at the translated patent details below

Patent Details

Application Number: 2018036763 Application Date: 01.03.2018
Publication Number: 2018116291 Publication Date: 26.07.2018

[ Translates Patent Description ] The present invention relates to a camera having a function of protecting the eye from the high-brightness object. When viewed high luminance object such as the sun through the camera viewfinder, it can adversely affect the pupil. Therefore, in order to protect the eyes, and the photometry sensor the finder optical path, provided eyepiece shutter or eyepiece aperture, when the strong light exceeding the reference value the incident, light shielding or reduced by operating the eyepiece shutter or eyepiece diaphragm camera for light quantity control of such light are known


Nikon Z Series Underwater Housing and Adapter Image Spotted

We have searched a lot  int this patent about details, however it’s sometimes hard to dig out all the details from translated machine language. From the translated text it’s very clear that Nikon is working on more new type of adapters for its Mirrorless cameras at the same time it’s really bit strange to see a Camera under-water housing showcased in the patent image. May be they were trying to hide the new Nikon Mirrorless camera models  ?

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Nikon Working on 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 APS-C Mirrorless Lens with Silent AF

The latest patent published this year shows up a 18-135mm Lens with F3.5-5.6 aperture. The lens is designed and developed for APS-C sensor based Mirrorless camera. One of the important feature described in the patent is Lens features silent and Fast AF motor inside, to make it more compatible with Video oriented Mirrorless camera.

TNC Exclusive: Nikon is working on 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 lens for mirrorless camera. The 18-135mm lens is designed specially to record videos without any Auto-Focus Noise. The lens is made for APS-C Sensor based mirrorless camera. Take a look at the details of the patent image.

Nikon working 18-135mm lens with Silent AF Lens Patent Image

Patent Translated Details

To provide a variable power optical system in which a focusing lens group is made more compact and lighter, an optical device and a manufacturing method for the zoom optical system.SOLUTION: A variable power optical system comprises, in order from an object side, a first lens group G1 having positive refractive power, a second lens group G2 having negative refractive power, a third lens group G3 having negative refractive power, a fourth lens group G4 having positive refractive power, a fifth lens group G5 having negative refractive power, and a sixth lens group G6 having positive refractive power, and is configured such that distances between respective lens groups change when varying power from a wide-angle end state to a telephoto end state, the third lens group G3 moves in an optical axis direction when focusing from an infinity object to a short distance object, and at least a part of the fifth lens group G5 moves so as to have a directional component orthogonal to the optical axis. The variable optical system satisfies a following expression: 0.80<f5/f3<1.30, where f3 represents a focal length of the third lens group G3, and f5 represents a focal length of the fifth lens group

Next, the camera is an optical apparatus provided with the variable magnification optical system ZL according to the present embodiment will be described with reference to FIG. 11. The camera 1 is a lens interchangeable type so-called mirrorless camera equipped with a zoom lens system ZL according to the present embodiment as an imaging lens 2. In the camera 1, light from an object (not shown) (object) is focused by the imaging lens 2, not shown OLPF (Optical low pass filter: the optical low-pass filter) through the imaging surface of the imaging unit 3 forming an object image on. Then, the image of the object is generated object image by a photoelectric conversion element provided in the imaging unit 3 is converted photoelectrically. This image, EVF provided in the camera 1: is displayed on the (Electronic view finder electronic viewfinder) 4. Thus photographer can observe an object through the EVF 4.

When the release button (not shown) is depressed by the photographer, an image is photoelectrically converted by the image pickup unit 3 are stored in a memory (not shown). In this manner, the photographer can take a picture of the object by the camera 1. In the present embodiment, an example has been described mirrorless camera, the variable magnification optical system ZL according to the present embodiment in a single-lens reflex type camera to observe the subject by the finder optical system has a quick return mirror in the camera body even when equipped with, it is possible to achieve the same effect as in the camera 1.

Thus, the optical device according to the present embodiment is provided with the variable magnification optical system ZL having the above-described configuration, suppressing the change in the size of the image during focusing (focusing), further, during zooming , and it is possible to realize an optical device well suppressing variation in aberrations upon focusing.

Incidentally, the following description may suitably be applied within limits that do not deteriorate optical performance.

Also see – Nikon Patent 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Lens for APS-C Mirrorless-Camera

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Nikon Patent - Camera That Sends E-Mail

Well I was not in the mood to cover this patent in my websites because the patent look too old to me. Since we are living in the world of Android and iOS where a lot of things are possible with the smartphones. We also have apps of dropbox, onderive where you can easily store your data. images from your tablets and smartphones directly.

But the patent we are talking about is not so old. And it do have some very attractive feature. When you are busy in getting in your images, your camera will going to save all these images in the email address you have shared with it. And not only that the images can be also shared with multiple email address.

Patent Publication Date – Mar 8, 2018
Inventor(s): IWASAWA AKI [JP]; OHMURA AKIRA [JP] +
Applicant(s): NIKON CORP [JP] +

Patent Details

A portable telephone is equipped with a camera and includes an image sensor that is included in the camera and that outputs image data. The portable telephone also includes a processor configured to: (i) associate the image data with position information denoting a position at which the image data is output by the image sensor; (ii) control storage of the image data to a storage medium; (iii) select the image data related to the position information in the storage medium; (iv) acquire information indicating a map based on the position information related to the selected image data; and (v) create textual content to be sent to a destination based on the position information. The portable telephone further includes a communication circuit that sends the textual content, the image data and the information indicating the map to the destination.

Nikon working on Retractable Zoom Lens for Upcoming Mirrorless Camera

Nikon working on Retractable Zoom Lens patent for its Mirrorless camera. Nikon is rumored to announce its Mirrorless camera systems in Sep of this year OR Possibly in the spring months of next year.

Take a look at the Patent Details below

[Publication No.] JP 2018-77520 (P2018-77520A) Click Here
[publication date] 2018, May 17, 2006 (2,018.5 . 17) Title of the
Invention Lens barrel, imaging device

Translated Patent Details

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a lens barrel and an imaging device which can be thinned and downsized.
A lens barrel 100 includes a lens L2, a lens frame 23 supporting the lens L2, a lens frame 23 disposed on a subject side or an image plane side of the lens L2 along the optical axis OA direction, and a first opening 31 A light amount adjusting member 30 that adjusts the amount of light to be transmitted, and a light amount adjusting member 30 that is disposed on the side opposite to the side on which the light amount adjusting member 30 of the lens L2 is disposed along the direction of the optical axis OA and opens or shields the second opening 41 , And the lens frame 23 is fitted to one of the first opening 31 of the light amount adjusting member 30 and the second opening 41 of the exposure time adjusting member 40 in the retracted state The central axis of the lens frame 23 is fixed to be coincident with the optical axis OA and part of the lens L2 and the lens frame 23 is fixed to the first opening 31 of the light amount adjusting member 30 or the second opening portion 31 of the exposure time adjusting member 40 Inserts the other end of the opening 41 It was assumed to be.

Nikon patents Mirror-Less interchangeable Sensor Camera |  look at recent Nikon Mirrorless patents Nikon Patent – EVF for Mirrorless Camera and First Look at the Nikon Mirrorless Camera

Nikon Working on Next Generation of Auto-Focus Tracking System

Nikon Working on Next Generation of Auto-Focus Tracking System, Nikon working on synchronizing multiple camera to track a single subject. We can clearly seen the patent that two of the Nikon cameras are synchronized with each other to track a single subject.

Translated Patent Documents

Figure 1 is a diagram illustrating a usage situation of a camera system constituted by the first digital camera 10 according to an embodiment of and the digital camera 20, the present invention. In Figure 1, the first digital camera 10 and the second digital camera 20 is fixed to a tripod, respectively. Position the digital camera 10 and the digital camera 20 is installed at a position with overlapping regions 51 between the imaging range 10A by the digital camera 10, the imaging range 20A by the digital camera 20. Digital camera 10 and the digital camera 20, so as to secure a wide overlap region 51, is installed in close. Region 53 and the region 54 represent regions not included in any of the imaging range 10A and the imaging range 20A.

Photographer previously established the digital camera 10 and the digital camera 20 performs the imaging instruction to the digital camera 10 camped on the digital camera 10 side. Each digital camera 10 and the digital camera 20 performs a tracking process for the main subject 60 is the object to be tracked while acquiring the live view images. Live view image refers to the image for the monitor to be imaged at a predetermined frame rate (e.g., 60 fps) before shooting instruction.

Digital camera 10 and the digital camera 20 transmits mutual tracking information (position of the main subject 60 in the imaging range) to the other digital camera. Sending tracking information to each other in between the digital camera 10 and the digital camera 20, to share the tracking information between the digital camera 10 and the digital camera 20 is in order to perform the tracking processing each digital camera is continuously .

Figure 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration example of a digital camera 10 and the digital camera 20. In the present embodiment, the digital camera 10 and the digital camera 20 and the same configuration. 2, the digital camera 10 includes an imaging optical system 11, an imaging device 12, the AFE (Analog front end) circuit 13, an image processing circuit 14, an LCD monitor 15, a RAM 16, a flash memory 17, CPU 18 When provided with a communication control circuit 19, and an operating member 20.

Nikon Patent 20mm F2.0 Lens for Curve Sensor  |  Nikon to Bring Advance 5 Axis IS to DSLRs

Nikon Patent 20mm F2.0 Lens for Curve Sensor

Nikon EOS Curve sensor image

Nikon is working on curved sensor camera and this is not new, we have published a patent back in 2016 that was showing a curved image sensor patent by Nikon. In a recent patent document revealed by patent Hunter blog we can clearly see that Nikon is working on a 20mm full frame lens made for curved sensor camera by having a aperture of 2.0.

Nikon Patent Details

[Publication date] May 10, 1998 (2018.5.10)
imaging lens [Title of the invention] the manufacturing method of an imaging apparatus and an imaging lens

Specification and lens — arrangement the of Embodiment 2
Focal length = 20.0 mm
F No. = 2.0
Image height = 20.8 mm

That’s really a great news and we may see Nikon future Mirrorless cameras. We will update you as soon as we get any new information.

Nikon Working on Next Generation of Android Compact Camera | Nikon to Bring Advance 5 Axis IS to DSLRs | Nikon Smartphone Patent – Lens Covers for Camera

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Nikon Working on Next Generation of Android Compact Camera

Nikon is working on new generation of compact camera with android OS. We have spotted a new patent that shows a camera integrated with compact zoom lens.  Nikon announced Nikon COOLPIX S800c with andorid OS five years ago and after that they discontinued the camera and no further successor was announced.

From the patent its very clear that Nikon wants to Re-enter in the compact market with new weapons.  We will update you soon as we get any new information.

Patent Details translated from Japanese

To provide a user-friendly image capturing device.SOLUTION: An image capturing device includes; image capturing means which captures an object image formed by an image capturing optical system that includes a zoom lens for varying focal length and outputs an image signal; zoom drive means which drives the zoom lens in an optical axis direction; a manipulation member which enables optical zooming operation; a first processing unit which runs a predetermined operating system and is capable of executing a program which is entered by a user and is executable on the operating system; and a second processing unit which controls the zoom drive means to drive the zoom lens in accordance with optical zooming manipulation applied on the manipulation member while the program is being run by the first processing unit.

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more translated details

The present invention relates to an imaging apparatus.

Conventionally, an imaging device is known which carries Android (registered trademark) universal OS (operating system) of the. For example, Non-Patent Document 1, a digital camera Android OS mounted sold by the applicant have been described. The OS provides a variety of API for using the camera function (Application Programming Interface).

The digital camera according to Non-Patent Document 1, OS having an API to use a so-called electronic zoom is mounted. Therefore, it not created specifically for the digital camera, if you run a program that was created towards the various electronic devices in which the OS operates, it was not possible to use the optical zoom function.

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Nikon Patent Android Camera Document first page