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Nikon Patent - Camera and Lens With Biometric Sensors

Nikon Biometric Sensors

Tnenewcamera Exclusive –  Latest patent from Nikon shows they are working on Biometric Sensors, these senors will be placed in various parts of the lens as well as just in front of shutter button of the camera to record Bio-metric information of the photographer.

Since the patent is on Japanese language, I am not able to resolve the entire details through electronic translation.

Patent says not only Biometric Sensors details, mood of the subject will be also recorded.. take a look at the translated lines

Nikon sensors


Translated Details from Patent Document

The display device includes: an input unit for inputting biometric information of a photographer at a time of photographing an image; a display unit for displaying the image; and a processing unit for estimating an emotion at the time of photographing from the biological information of the photographer and processing an image to be displayed on the display unit on the basis of the estimated emotion.

More interesting part of the patent, the Camera will also have information about the mood of photographer

Feelings entertaining when the photographer to take to face the subject, elation, anxiety, emotions, such as disappointment is an infinite variety. However, it is generally difficult to express such emotions during shooting the subject image itself. In some cases, the photographer sometimes try not to expose his feelings to the subject image. On the other hand, a viewer viewing the captured image, if understood photographer emotion at the time of shooting, it is possible to enjoy more deeply captured image. 

Also take a look – Nikon Patent – Lens with Touch and Pressure Sensor


Beware - Nikon P900 Successor Patent Images are of Nikon DL 24-500

Few websites are showing the patent images of Nikon DL 24-500 camera and saying that it’s a successor of Nikon P900 camera aka Nikon P1000. The images you see above and below are of Nikon DL 24-500mm camera we are adding the patent details images screen shot as well as side by side comparison of Nikon DL real vs patent images .

We, were first to tell you that due to integrated circuit issue the DL series camera shipment was first delayed and finally cancelled by Nikon [See all Nikon DL series saga here including its free leaked images].

Take a look at the side by side images of Nikon DL 24-500 camera along with the patent image

patent PDF is here

Nikon DL 24-500 mm link B&H

Nikon Patent - Lens with Touch and Pressure Sensor

The New Camera Exclusive – Nikon is working on completely new technology. We have spotted a Nikon Lens with Touch and Pressure Sensor.  So, you can now zoom your lens with the touch of your hand. Future DSLR/ Mirrorless lenses may carry advance sensor controls.


Nikon lens with touch sensors

Description: (Translated Version) To allow a lens position when a hand is released from a lens barrel to be held.SOLUTION: A lens barrel 10 of a digital camera 1 comprises: a barrel that houses an imaging optical system 20; and touch sensors 12, 14 and 16 that are provided in a periphery of the barrel, and detect a state where an operator contacts with respect to the barrel or a contactless state. When the touch sensors 12, 14 and 16 detect the contact, a CPU 32 allows a zoom lens 21, a focus lens 23 and an aperture stop 25 which correspond to each sensor to move or open/close, and when the touch sensors 12, 14 and 16 do not detect the contact, the CPU 32 locks the movement of the zoom lens 21 and the focus lens 23 or the opening/closing of the aperture stop 25 via a locking section 34.

Application number: JP20130049952 20130313
Priority number(s): JP20130049952 20130313

New camera tocuh sensor

(Translated version ) In a digital camera equipped with a retractable lens, when a pressure sensor is attached to the grip portion of the digital camera and it is detected by the pressure sensor that the camera is in a non-gripping state from the state of gripping the camera, the camera is falling (For example, refer to Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. Hei 11-94926). In this technique, the lens is collapsed to prevent breakage.

[0009] The zoom ring 11 is an operation ring that manually moves the zoom lens in its optical axis direction. The zoom ring touch sensor 12 is a sensor that detects contact of an object by detecting changes in electrostatic capacitance and electric resistance. The zoom ring touch sensor 12 is provided on the zoom ring 11 and can detect contact with the zoom ring 11. It should be noted that the zoom ring touch sensor 12 may be provided in the vicinity of the zoom ring 11 with a high possibility of being touched when operating the zoom ring 11.

[0010] The focus ring 13 is an operation ring for manually moving the focus lens in its optical axis direction. Similarly to the zoom ring touch sensor 12, the focus ring touch sensor 14 is a sensor for detecting contact of an object. The focus ring touch sensor 14 is provided on the focus ring 13 and can detect contact with the focus ring 13. It should be noted that the focus ring touch sensor 14 may be provided in the vicinity of the focus ring 13 with a high possibility of being touched when operating the focus ring 13.

Nikon Patent 28mm F1.4 FX Lens

Nikon 28mm lens image

check out 28mm F1.4 Lens at B&H

Nikon new patent surfaced over the web, that shows up Nikon and KONIKA-MINOLTA working on a 28mm F1.4 lens for fullframe DSLRs cameras.

Details of the patent is below
[Public number] Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publication No. 2017-227799 (P2017-227799A) click here
[Publication date] December 28, Heisei 20 (2017.12.28)
Image pickup lens, imaging optical apparatus and digital apparatus
【Applicant】 Applicant
[Identification number] 000001270
【Name or Title】 Konica Minolta Co., Ltd. KONIKA-MINOLTA Co.
Applicant】 Applicant
[Identification number] 000004112
【Name or Name】 Nikon NIKON Co., Ltd.

Specification and lens arrangement of embodiment 1
Focal length: 28.41 mm
F No: 1.45
2ω: 75.42
y’max: 21.6 mm
Lens length: 144.38 mm
Back focus: 38.47 mm

Nikon 28mm F1.4 lens was announced back in May 2017.  So, we are not sure the lens patent above is new or may be old. BTW, we will update you soon as we get any new information.

See more – Nikon Lens Patent


Nikon Projector Compact Camera Patent

Nikon projector cam patent

Is Nikon projector compact camera really dead ? Nikon discontinued the Nikon Projector compact camera line more than a year ago and the last model of projector compact was Nikon Coolpix S1100pj [Amazon | B&H]

We have received a projector camera patent document that shows a bit different design the existing Projector compact cameras.

Not only design of the patent is different the date of the patent is also new. Take a look at the patent details

Patent Details

Application number: US201629569144F 20160623
Priority number(s): JP20150029012F 20151225
Filed on June, 23 2016
Date of patent Sep 19, 2017

Patent Images

Nikon projector cam patent

Continue reading Nikon Projector Compact Camera Patent

Nikon Patent One More PDAF Sensor

Nikon patent Hybrid sensor patent

A new patent surfaced over the web that shows Nikon is working on Phase Detect Autofocus Sensor. However we have published several patent in past that shows Nikon is actively working to bring Phase AF sensor inside DSLRs and Mirrorless.

Patent Details

Japanese Unexamined Patent
Application Publication No. 2017-216578 (P2017-216578A)
[Publication date] December 7, Heisei 20 (2017.12.7)
Patent application title: Imaging device and electronic camera

The patent isn’t new and we have also published Nikon AF adapter for Mirrorless cameras and also a New Hybrid sensor, take a look.

Also see one more Hybrid AF sensor patent Published on Aug 2018.

Also see Nikon working on Multilayer Hybrid AF sensor patent.

I personally do believe that Nikon will bring Hybrid AF sensor to its DSLR very soon. Can you guess the name of Nikon upcoming model that will carry a Hybrid AF sensor inside it. Do share your thoughts in the comment box below

EXCLUSIVE - Nikon Patent AF Adapter to use DSLR Lenses on Mirrorless

Nikon Patent

Nikon done a bit complex patent, in the image above you can see that Nikon is working on compact Mirrorless system with Hybrid sensor. The figure shows the camera adopt a Hybrid AF adapter built in Pellicle (Transparent) Mirror and a dedicate phase AF module. With the use of Hybrid AF adapter Mirrorless system camera will get converted into DSLR system.

The AF adapter will compensate the flange distance and will allow you to use traditional DSLR lenses in your APS-C or FF Mirrorless camera.

Nikon Hybrid Sensor for Mirrorless Camera

The image taken from Nikon patent document that shows a Hybrid PDAF sensor. We do expect that the upcoming cameras (including DSLRs and Mirrorless) will feature Hybrid sensor for enhanced AF support.

Nikon Patent Details

[Publication No.] JP 2017-138624 (P2017-138624A) Crick Here
[publication date] 2017 August 10 (2017.8.10)
[invention [ Image pickup device] [Focusing detection sensor PDAF sensor] [Intermediate adapter Mount adapter] Although the intermediate adapter of the application is similar to Sony’s LA-EA 4, it seems to detect the phase by the area image instead of the line sensor. This mount adapter looks like Sony’s LA-EA 4, but with PDAF area, not line, image sensor.

Stay with us and we will update you soon as we get any new information.