Program Selection Patents (Class 396/243)
  • Patent number: 8139262
    Abstract: A terminal 102 creates setting data 400 and inputs setting data 400 into an image output apparatus 101. The image output apparatus 101 sets the initial settings, operation settings, equipment settings, etc. based on the setting data, holds the setting data, and performs various processes based on the set settings and the held setting data. In addition, the image output apparatus 101 performs a media identification process, a media reader switching process, and the like using a media detection means 117, a media reader switching means 118, and the like, and allows only the use of the insertion opening of a predetermined media reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Hamashima, Jun Yoshida, Naoji Shibasaki, Yasuko Deushi, Nobuho Mori
  • Patent number: 7973832
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus having a plurality of setting items related to an image pickup condition, the image pickup apparatus including: a setting unit adapted to set respective setting information of the plurality of setting items; a storage unit; a specification mean adapted to specify a registration target item to set a registration target from among the plurality of setting items in accordance with an instruction operation of a user; a registration control unit adapted to register the setting information set by the setting unit regarding the registration target item in the storage unit as a registration image pickup condition; and a generation unit adapted to call the registration image pickup condition from the storage unit in accordance with a call operation of the user to generate a new image pickup condition which reflects the registration image pickup condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Miyanishi
  • Patent number: 7761000
    Abstract: In an imaging device, a photographic scene is automatically determined with high accuracy. Distance information is acquired, through a TTL-AF, from an image signal produced by a CCD. Further, a face recognition circuit detects the face of a person in a subject. An AE-AF-AWB value computing section evaluates the reliability of the distance information acquired through the TTL-AF operation, on the basis of a focal length of a lens, an aperture, and a distance to the subject computed from a distance between eyes included in the detected face. A mode-recognition-and-determination-and mode-selection section automatically determines the photographic scene from the distance information acquired through the TTL-AF operation, the reliability of the distance, and an estimated white balance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Kenichi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 7519290
    Abstract: An electronic camera includes: an image sensor that captures an image of a subject and outputs image data; a projection device that projects an image based upon image data; a single mode switching operation member operated to select a mode; and a control device that selects a photographing operation mode in which image data output by the image sensor are saved into a recording medium or a projection operation mode in which an image is projected by the projection device based upon image data read out from the recording medium in correspondence to a position to which the single mode switching operation member is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotake Nozaki
  • Patent number: 7433591
    Abstract: Provided is a method of controlling a digital image processing apparatus such as a digital camera which can continuously photograph the same subject using various setting values stored in advance, and a digital image processing apparatus. The method of controlling the digital image processing apparatus which photographs a subject according to a preset photograph setting value and records the subject as an image file on a recording medium. The method includes: storing a user setting value in which at least one of the photograph setting values is stored by assigning a user setting category for each of the photograph setting values; and continuously photographing a single subject using at least one of the photograph setting values each corresponding to the user setting categories during a single take. Thus, the subject in the same scene can be continuously photographed using the various setting values stored in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-ho Eun
  • Patent number: 6928240
    Abstract: A camera includes a light emitter, a light detector, a clamp circuit, a calculator for outputting an output ratio signal, a converter for converting the output ratio signal into a distance signal corresponding to the distance or a predetermined fixed value, a light meter for measuring the luminance of outside light, and an exposure control that, when the luminance of the outside light measured by the light meter is lower than a predetermined switchover luminance, controls the aperture of the camera lens to a released aperture value, and when higher than the predetermined switchover luminance, controls the aperture of the camera lens to increase corresponding to the luminance. A first auto-focus (AF) signal value corresponds to an infinity determination distance and a second AF signal value corresponds to the switchover luminance. The AF signal value, which corresponds to the shorter range, is set as an infinity determination threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Fujinon Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Miwa
  • Patent number: 6556784
    Abstract: An image recording/reproducing system which includes an image recording apparatus for recording an image on a recording medium and an image reproducing apparatus for reproducing the image by using the image recording medium having the image recorded by the image recording apparatus. The image recording apparatus is provided with a photo-taking mode selecting part for selecting a photo-taking mode, a photo-taking condition setting part for setting a predetermined photo-taking condition in accordance with the photo-taking mode set by the photo-taking mode selecting part, and a photo-taking mode recording part for recording, on the recording medium, information of the selected photo-taking mode. The image reproducing apparatus is provided with an image processing part for performing processing to vary the image on the basis of the photo-taking mode information recorded on the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ichiro Onuki
  • Patent number: 5915133
    Abstract: A camera having a photographic mode automatic selecting apparatus. A photographic mode selecting device selects a photographic mode from a plurality of photographic modes. A photographic distance detecting device detects photographic distance data of a photographic lens. The photographic mode selecting device selects an appropriate photographic mode from the plurality of photographic modes based on the photographic distance data of the photographic lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Isamu Hirai, Hideaki Tsuji, Masahiro Nakata
  • Patent number: 5903786
    Abstract: A multi-function and high function photographic device having optional setting of only those functions desired by the photographer, thereby omitting complicated setting operations, such as the selection of unnecessary function mode settings or function ranges. The photographic device includes an LCD to display plural function operation elements which are operational modes relating to photography or numerical values indicating operation ranges relating to photography. The photographic device further includes a manual operation device to select optional elements from among the function operation elements which are displayed on the LCD. A control device inhibits operation of the optional elements which were selected by the manual operation device. Moreover, control device controls display or non-display of function operation elements on the LCD, to indicate operation or operation inhibition states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuro Goto
  • Patent number: 5809344
    Abstract: A camera includes an operation device having a plurality of operation modes for executing an operation, a mode changing device for changing over operation modes, a designation device for designating a desired operation mode as an initial mode, and a reset device for resetting the operation device to the designated initial mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tokuji Ishida, Yasuo Nakanishi, Toshihiko Ishimura, Takehiro Katoh, Kenji Ishibashi, Yoshihiro Hara, Takashi Kondo, Hiroshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 5799215
    Abstract: A camera system comprises a brightness measuring circuit, a exposure line choosing circuit, an operable switch, a film driver and a film driving mode selector. The brightness measuring circuit measures brightness of a photographic scene to send a brightness value. The exposure line choosing circuit chooses one of a plurality of exposure lines in which each lines selects a combination of an aperture value and a shutter speed value at each brightness value. The film driver drives a film in either of a first mode in which the film is wound only one frame in response to the operation of the operable switch and a second mode in which the film is wound frame by frame continuously as long as the operable member is operated. The film driving mode selector selects one of the modes in accordance with the exposure line chosen by the choosing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehiro Katoh, Yoshihiko Azuma, Masayasu Hirano, Naohiro Kageyama, Toshihiko Ishimura, Kenji Tsuji, Hiroshi Ootsuka
  • Patent number: 5774746
    Abstract: A camera wherein exposure parameters fixed by a program line can be shifted along an exposure value EV line so that exposure parameters for an exposure operation are based on the shifted program line according to the preference of the camera user.The camera has setting means for temporarily changing these exposure parameters at a constant exposure value with respect to the values predetermined by a program line. A counting means counts the number of times that a shutter is released while the program line is shifted in one direction and control means stores the changed values for shifting the program line under certain conditions. In this way a learning function is provided to learn the aforementioned tendency of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadayuki Kirigaya, Hideaki Tsuji, Isamu Hirai, Yasuyuki Haneishi, Masato Yamamoto, Masaaki Haga, Masashi Furuno, Akio Takahashi, Koji Sato
  • Patent number: 5754899
    Abstract: A camera capable of taking pictures selectively in a standard or full size frame and a panorama frame having a reduced vertical dimension. This camera includes vertically movable light-shielding members for partly light-shielding an exposure range of the standard frame to set an exposure range of the panorama frame. When the panorama frame is selected, a warning is given on a display provided on the camera body to the effect that a date and other photographic information cannot be recorded on pictures taken in the panorama frame. The shutter of the camera includes an electronic device for detecting an amount of light traveling from a photographic object to which light is flashed. Output of this device is used for suitably controlling exposure for photography in the standard and panorama frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Taniguchi, Hideo Kajita, Yujiro Mima, Junji Hashimura, Nobuya Miki, Masayuki Ikemura
  • Patent number: 5608491
    Abstract: A camera is provided so that an inexperienced photographer is able to see the data easily regarding the necessary parameter for setting, and furthermore, the setting input operation of that parameter can be accomplished easily. The camera has a display that offers a selection of parameters and a display that verifies the parameter selected. The display showing the selected parameter is easily returned to the original selection display. Two operating modes are provided, a simple mode and an advanced mode. In the simple mode, an automatic preprogrammed mode may be selected at any time by continuously depressing a menu switch. In the advanced mode, continuous depression of the menu switch allows a user to automatically use a prestored favorite mode or the previously selected mode. Thus, operation is easy and selections are quickly executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuaki Sasagaki, Takashi Saegusa
  • Patent number: RE36865
    Abstract: In the disclosed camera, an operation switch for entering information or controlling a function has an information setting button disposed on the camera's upper surface near the shutter release button. An externally directed display behind the information setting button indicates photographic information set by the information setting button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoichi Tosaka, Masami Shimizu