Patents by Inventor Keiji Kunishige

Keiji Kunishige has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11082619
    Abstract: An imaging device, comprising a movement range restriction section, that, at the time of shooting standby, when rotating the image sensor based on detection result from an angular speed detection sensor or calculation result from a horizontal angle calculation section, restricts a region in which the image sensor is capable of moving to a first region that includes a central region of the optical axis of a photographing optical system, so as to maximize an angular range in which the image sensor can rotate, wherein, based on an instruction of a shooting instruction interface, the movement range restriction section sets a range in which the image sensor is capable of moving to a second region that includes the first region, and that is wider than at the time of shooting standby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Yukitake, Yuki Mishio, Takuya Kobayashi, Takeshi Suzuki, Keiji Kunishige
  • Patent number: 11050930
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imager including an imaging sensor configured to acquire an optical image; and a processor configured to: perform pixel displacement to displace a positional relationship between a subject and the imager in a unit of a pixel pitch or less; detect an amount and a direction of a shake; perform shake correction to correct the positional relationship between the subject and the imager based on a detection result; perform first imaging for a first predetermined number of times for each position of the pixel displacement to generate a first group of images; combine the images of the first group to generate a first high-resolution image; perform second imaging for a second predetermined number of times for each position of the pixel displacement to generate a second group of images; and combine the images of the second group to generate a second high-resolution image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kawawa, Satoshi Miyazaki, Keiji Kunishige
  • Publication number: 20210195116
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup device, a display device including, in a finder loupe visual field, an image display region and an image display outside region, and a display controller configured to control the display device. The display controller determines a difficulty degree of visibility of a boundary between the image display region and the image display outside region and controls the display device to draw a boundary display when the difficulty degree is equal to or larger than a predetermined value and not to draw the boundary display when the difficulty degree is smaller than the predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroki KUDO, Kazuki SAKURAI, Hiroki KOYAMA, Takeshi SUZUKI, Keiji KUNISHIGE
  • Patent number: 10992869
    Abstract: An image apparatus includes: an image sensor configured to successively generate image data by continuously imaging an object scene; a memory configured to successively store the image data generated by the image sensor; a touch panel configured to output a first signal for commanding shooting preparation by a touch operation of a user and a second signal for commanding shooting by a release operation of releasing the touch operation; and a processor configured to successively store the image data successively generated by the image sensor in the memory according to a first storage format when the first signal is input from the touch panel and store the image data successively generated by the image sensor in the memory according to a second storage format when the second signal is input from the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Takahashi, Yuiko Uemura, Takeshi Suzuki, Keiji Kunishige
  • Patent number: 10972660
    Abstract: An imaging device that is capable of having a fisheye lens attached to a main body, and that is capable of shooting digital images, comprising, an image sensor on which photometric domains and/or AF region are arranged, a lens communication circuit that performs communication with a lens that has been attached and acquires lens information, and a processor that detects whether or not a lens that has been attached is a circular fisheye lens based on the lens information, and, if it has been determined that the lens is a circular fisheye lens, restricts the photometric domains and/or AF regions based on an image circle of the circular fisheye lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Kunishige, Masashi Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20210075967
    Abstract: An imaging device, comprising a movement range restriction section, that, at the time of shooting standby, when rotating the image sensor based on detection result from an angular speed detection sensor or calculation result from a horizontal angle calculation section, restricts a region in which the image sensor is capable of moving to a first region that includes a central region of the optical axis of a photographing optical system, so as to maximize an angular range in which the image sensor can rotate, wherein, based on an instruction of a shooting instruction interface, the movement range restriction section sets a range in which the image sensor is capable of moving to a second region that includes the first region, and that is wider than at the time of shooting standby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Akira YUKITAKE, Yuki MISHIO, Takuya KOBAYASHI, Takeshi SUZUKI, Keiji KUNISHIGE
  • Patent number: 10904419
    Abstract: An image magnification ratio indicating device of the invention includes a processor having hardware, and the processor is configured to: magnify, or not, an image at a predetermined magnification ratio and transmit the image; switch an image transmission destination; instruct change of an image as a transmission target, and change a first magnification ratio to a second magnification ratio according to the change of the image as the transmission target or the switching of the image transmission destination and indicate the magnification ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Kunishige, Masashi Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20200267325
    Abstract: An image apparatus includes: an image sensor configured to successively generate image data by continuously imaging an object scene; a memory configured to successively store the image data generated by the image sensor; a touch panel configured to output a first signal for commanding shooting preparation by a touch operation of a user and a second signal for commanding shooting by a release operation of releasing the touch operation; and a processor configured to successively store the image data successively generated by the image sensor in the memory according to a first storage format when the first signal is input from the touch panel and store the image data successively generated by the image sensor in the memory according to a second storage format when the second signal is input from the touch panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Masashi TAKAHASHI, Yuiko UEMURA, Takeshi SUZUKI, Keiji KUNISHIGE
  • Patent number: 10721416
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging unit, a sensor, and a controller. The imaging unit sequentially outputs a digital image by capturing a subject. The sensor includes a photoelectric element for receiving a part of luminous flux from the subject incident on the imaging unit. The sensor detects an AC current component of the luminous flux from the luminous flux received by the photoelectric element. The controller detects a flicker cycle in the luminous flux from the AC current component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Kunishige, Masashi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10691011
    Abstract: An imaging system includes a sound recording apparatus and an imaging apparatus that is connected to the sound recording apparatus and records, as moving-image sounds, sounds collected by the sound recording apparatus. The imaging apparatus detects whether the sound recording apparatus has been connected thereto. Upon detecting that the sound recording apparatus has been connected to the imaging apparatus, the imaging apparatus sets a sound-recording condition associated with the sound recording apparatus as a sound-recording condition for the imaging apparatus in a sound recording process and records sounds under the sound-recording condition that has been set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Kudo, Kazuki Sakurai, Keiji Kunishige
  • Publication number: 20200195843
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imager including an imaging sensor configured to acquire an optical image; and a processor configured to: perform pixel displacement to displace a positional relationship between a subject and the imager in a unit of a pixel pitch or less; detect an amount and a direction of a shake; perform shake correction to correct the positional relationship between the subject and the imager based on a detection result; perform first imaging for a first predetermined number of times for each position of the pixel displacement to generate a first group of images; combine the images of the first group to generate a first high-resolution image; perform second imaging for a second predetermined number of times for each position of the pixel displacement to generate a second group of images; and combine the images of the second group to generate a second high-resolution image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi KAWAWA, Satoshi MIYAZAKI, Keiji KUNISHIGE
  • Patent number: 10645303
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging unit, a controller, and a display. The controller changes a shutter speed series to any one of a first shutter speed series and a second shutter speed series. The controller controls an exposure time of the imaging unit according to the first shutter speed series or the second shutter speed series. The controller changes a live view display mode to any of a first live view display mode and a second live view display mode. The first live view display mode has at least an enlarged live view display mode and a normal magnification live view mode. The enlarged live view display mode is a mode in which a part of the digital image is cut out to be displayed at an enlargement magnification substantially equal to or more than a pixel equal magnification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Kunishige, Masashi Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20200106953
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus includes a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to: sequentially acquire image data; detect a plurality of objects that appear in an image corresponding to the image data every time the image data is acquired; set a priority of each of the objects; change the priority of each of the objects based on a detection result; and change an imaging parameter at a time of imaging, based on an object with a high priority.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi SUZUKI, Akira YUKITAKE, Yuki MISHIO, Keiji KUNISHIGE
  • Patent number: 10542215
    Abstract: An instrument executes: generating pieces of setting information for assigning operation functions to respective operating units; assigning the operation functions to the respective operating units based on first one of the pieces of setting information; setting one of the operating units as a setting operating unit to which an operation function for switching the first one of the pieces of setting information to second one of the pieces of the setting information assigned to the setting operating unit is assigned; changing, upon a first operation of the setting operating unit, the operation functions of the operating units based on the second one of the setting information and inhibiting a change in the operation function assigned to the setting operating unit; and returning, upon a second operation of the setting operating unit after the first operation, the operation functions of the operating units to those assigned before the first operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Kunishige, Masashi Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20200014832
    Abstract: An image magnification ratio indicating device of the invention includes a processor having hardware, and the processor is configured to: magnify, or not, an image at a predetermined magnification ratio and transmit the image; switch an image transmission destination; instruct change of an image as a transmission target, and change a first magnification ratio to a second magnification ratio according to the change of the image as the transmission target or the switching of the image transmission destination and indicate the magnification ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Keiji KUNISHIGE, Masashi TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20190369478
    Abstract: An imaging system includes a sound recording apparatus and an imaging apparatus that is connected to the sound recording apparatus and records, as moving-image sounds, sounds collected by the sound recording apparatus. The imaging apparatus detects whether the sound recording apparatus has been connected thereto. Upon detecting that the sound recording apparatus has been connected to the imaging apparatus, the imaging apparatus sets a sound-recording condition associated with the sound recording apparatus as a sound-recording condition for the imaging apparatus in a sound recording process and records sounds under the sound-recording condition that has been set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroki KUDO, Kazuki SAKURAI, Keiji KUNISHIGE
  • Patent number: 10469746
    Abstract: A camera according to the present invention, which is capable of continuous shooting before and after a still image shot according to photographer's operation, comprises: an imaging section converting an object image into image data; a still image shooting section obtaining image data of the still image according to release operation; a continuous shooting section obtaining the image data by continuous shooting before and after the obtaining of the still image in the still image shooting section; an image processing section performing image processing which is different from that of the image data obtained by the still image shooting section and changed sequentially, on the image data obtained by the continuous shooting section; and a recording section recording the image data image-processed by the image processing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Kunishige, Satoshi Miyazaki, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10459190
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging unit; an image clipping unit configured to clip a predetermined area from each of images; an analyzing unit configured to analyze the sequentially clipped predetermined areas and generate an analysis result indicating an identified subject; an autofocus (AF) target determination unit configured to determine an AF target in the images based on the analysis result; an AF mode determination unit configured to select and determine an optimal AF mode based on the analysis result and a determination result; a touch panel; an input detection unit; and an imaging control unit configured to repeat control of moving a position of the predetermined area, causing the analyzing unit to analyze the predetermined area of a latest image, causing the AF target determination unit to determine the AF target, and causing the AF mode determination unit to select and determine the optimal AF mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Suzuki, Keiji Kunishige, Akira Yukitake, Takeshi Kawawa, Yoichiro Okumura
  • Publication number: 20190289190
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging unit, a sensor, and a controller. The imaging unit sequentially outputs a digital image by capturing a subject. The sensor includes a photoelectric element for receiving a part of luminous flux from the subject incident on the imaging unit. The sensor detects an AC current component of the luminous flux from the luminous flux received by the photoelectric element. The controller detects a flicker cycle in the luminous flux from the AC current component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Keiji KUNISHIGE, Masashi TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 10397436
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a signal output section configured to output a first signal according to first operation and output a second signal according to a second operation, a first image pickup section configured to continue to receive the first signal and continuously perform image pickup of a plurality of images until receiving the second signal, a second image pickup section configured to receive the second signal and perform image pickup, an image selecting section configured to select, out of the plurality of images picked up by the first image pickup section, a desired image different from an image immediately after the reception of the second signal among images picked up by the second image pickup section, and a measuring section configured to measure a time period or a number of images from the image immediately the second signal to the desired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corportion
    Inventors: Satoshi Miyazaki, Keiji Kunishige