Yet another Canon patent for a curved sensor design

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Another Canon patent for a curved sensor design. The fourth if I am not wrong, previously: 1 | 2 | 3

  • Patent publication number 2016-213571
    • Release date 2016.12.15
    • Application date 2015.4.30
  • Canon patent
    • Curved state based on the measurement result of the bending state to control the
    • Measurement method is pressure sensor, laser light

For those who dare: after the break you can read a machine translated excerpt from the patent literature.

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Canon patent for 12-60mm f/2-4 lens for 1.5″ sensors (PowerShot G1 X Mark III?)

Canon Patent For 12-60mm F/2-4 Lens For 1.5″ Sensors (PowerShot G1 X Mark III?)

Canon patent for an optical formula for a 12-60mm f/2-4 lens for 1.5″ sensors. This resolves to 24-105mm on 35mm equivalent. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II has an 1.5″ sensor, and a similar lens. Does this patent refer to the Powershot G1 X Mark III?

  • Patent publication number 2016-212248
    • Release date 2016.12.15
    • Application date 2015.5.8
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 4.72
    • Focal length 12.84 20.16 60.62
    • F number 2.06 3.50 4.02
    • Half angle of view (degree) 41.74 28.80 10.33
    • Image height 9.22 10.23 11.25
    • Lens total length 83.06 84.07 101.55
    • BF 8.02 12.32 13.44
powershot g1 x mark ii

Is this patent referring the next iteration of the PowerShot G1 X series?

Excerpt for the patent literature (machine translated):

[Claim(s)] [Claim 1] In order, it comprises an object side to the image side from a rear group which has the 1st lens group of positive refracting power, the 2nd lens group of negative refracting power, the 3rd lens group of positive refracting power, and one or more lens groups,
It is a zoom lens from which an interval of said 1st lens group and said 2nd lens group spreads on the occasion of zooming from a wide angle end to telephoto end, and an interval of a lens group in which an interval of said 2nd lens group and said 3rd lens group is adjacent to on the occasion of narrowing and zooming changes,
Said 1st lens group has a positive lens and a negative lens,
When an Abbe number of material of a positive lens contained in said 1st lens group is set to nu1p and relative partial dispersion is set to thetagF1p, it is said 1st lens group,
nu1p<60.0
1.571×10 -5xnu1p2-3.437×10 -3xnu1p+6.976×10 -1<thetagF1p
It has the positive lens G1p with which it is satisfied of a becoming conditional expression,
When an Abbe number of material of a negative lens contained in said 1st lens group is set to nu1n and relative partial dispersion is set to thetagF1n, it is said 1st lens group,
nu1n<27.0
thetagF1n<-2.750×10 -3xnu1n+6.820×10 -1
It has the negative lens G1n with which it is satisfied of a becoming conditional expression,
When setting a focal distance of the whole system [ in / for a focal distance of the aforementioned positive lens G1p / f1p and a wide angle end ] to fw,
2.6<f1p/fw<30.0
A zoom lens satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 2] When setting an aforementioned negative lens [ G1n ] focal distance to f1n,
-50.0<f1n/fw<-6.0
The zoom lens according to claim 1 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 3] When setting a focal distance of d1n and said 1st lens group to f1 for aforementioned negative lens [ G1n ] center thickness,
0.005<d1n/f1<0.050
The zoom lens according to claim 1 or 2 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 4] When setting a focal distance of d1p and said 1st lens group to f1 for center thickness of the aforementioned positive lens G1p,
0.030<d1p/f1<0.200
A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-3 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 5] When the aforementioned positive lens G1p is arranged at the aforementioned negative lens [ G1n ] image side and a focal distance of d1a and said 1st lens group is set to f1 for distance on an optic axis from a lens surface on the image side which is the aforementioned negative lens G1n to a lens surface on the object side of the aforementioned positive lens G1p,
0.002<d1a/f1<0.070
A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-4 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 6] In a zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-5,
-0.002<(thetagF1n-thetagF1p)/(nu1 n-nu 1p) <0.002
A zoom lens satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 7] When setting a refractive index of aforementioned negative lens [ G1n ] material to N1n,
1.77<N1n
A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-6 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 8] When setting a focal distance of said 1st lens group to f1,
3.0<f1/fw<50.0
A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-7 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 9] When setting a focal distance of said 2nd lens group to f2,
-5.0<f2/fw<-0.5
A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-8 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 10] When setting a focal distance of said 3rd lens group to f3,
1.3<f3/fw<8.0
A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-9 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 11] When setting movement magnitude of said 1st lens group for zooming from a wide angle end to telephoto end to M1,
-20.0<M1/fw<-0.7
A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-10 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 12] When setting movement magnitude of said 3rd lens group for zooming from a wide angle end to telephoto end to M3,
-6.0<M3/fw<-0.1
A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-11 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 13] A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-12, wherein the aforementioned rear group comprises an object side in order to the image side from the 4th lens group of negative refracting power, and the 5th lens group of positive refracting power.
[Claim 14] A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-12, wherein the aforementioned rear group comprises the 4th lens group of positive refracting power.
[Claim 15] A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-12, wherein the aforementioned rear group comprises an object side in order to the image side from the 4th lens group of positive refracting power, the 5th lens group of negative refracting power, and the 6th lens group of positive refracting power.
[Claim 16] A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-12, wherein the aforementioned rear group comprises an object side in order to the image side from the 4th lens group of positive refracting power, and the 5th lens group of negative refracting power.
[Claim 17] An imaging device comprising:
A zoom lens of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-16.
An optoelectric transducer which carries out light reception of the image formed by the zoom lens.

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Canon patent for 3.6-255mm f/2.8-7 PowerShot lens with built-in extender

Canon Patent For 3.6-255mm F/2.8-7 PowerShot Lens With Built-in Extender

Interesting Canon patent for a 3.6-255mm f/2.8-7 lens for PowerShot cameras. The interesting fact: the lens has a built-in extender. With the extender, this lens becomes a 1000mm f/10 (35mm equivalent).

  • Patent publication number 2016-212210
    • Publication date 2016.12.15
    • Application date 2015.5.7
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 66.07
    • Focal length 3.71 10.16 245.00
    • F number 2.90 4.99 7.07
    • Half angle of view (degree) 40.59 20.88 0.91
    • Lens total length 94.31 86.88 150.26
    • BF 9.45 16.24 9.56
    • Lens construction 11 groups 14 pieces
    • Aspheric surface 3 surfaces 2 pieces
    • UD 2
    • Super UD 1
  • Super telephoto (D)
    • Focal length 359.99
    • F number 10.39
    • Half angle of view (degree) 0.62
    • Lens total length 150.26
    • BF 3.56
    • Lens composition 13 groups 17 sheets
    • Aspheric surface 3 surfaces 2 pieces
    • UD 3
    • Super UD 1

Excerpt from the patent literature (note: machine translated):

[Claim(s)] [Claim 1] They are a main lens system which has a focus lens system which moves on the occasion of focusing, and an optical system which has a converter lens system which expands a focal distance of the whole system,
The aforementioned converter lens system is removable to space formed when the aforementioned focus lens system moves on the occasion of focusing,
When the aforementioned converter lens system has the lens part Gn of negative refracting power, and the lens part Gp of positive refracting power from the object side in order to the image side bordering on the widest air spacing in optical axis direction and a focal distance of fN and the aforementioned lens part Gp is set to fP for a focal distance of the aforementioned lens part Gn,
-9.3<fP/fN<-1.0
An optical system satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 2] When [ of the aforementioned converter lens system ] setting a curvature radius of a lens surface on the object side to Rf and setting to Rr a curvature radius which is a lens surface on the image side most most,
2.0<(Rf+Rr)/(Rf-Rr)<100.0
The optical system according to claim 1 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 3] the aforementioned lens part Gn — most — a curvature radius of a lens surface on the image side — a time of setting a curvature radius of a lens surface on the object side to Rpf most of Rnr and the aforementioned lens part Gp,
-600.0<(Rnr+Rpf)/(Rnr-Rpf)<0.0
The optical system according to claim 1 or 2 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 4] An optical system of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-3 characterized by comprising the following.
A positive lens of meniscus shape in which the aforementioned lens part Gn turned a concave surface to the image side in order from the object side at the object side.
Both lens surfaces comprise a cemented lens which joined a negative lens of concave shape, and, as for the aforementioned lens part Gp, the image side is a positive lens of a convex configuration.

[Claim 5] The aforementioned optical system is Sk about distance of the aforementioned converter lens system when it consists of zoom lenses and equips with the aforementioned converter lens system on an optic axis which it is most on an optic axis from a lens surface on the image side to the image surface. When [ of the aforementioned main lens system when the aforementioned main lens system is not equipped with the aforementioned converter lens system in telephoto end ] setting distance on an optic axis from a lens surface on the object side to the image surface to TD most,
0.005<Sk/TD<0.060
An optical system of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-4 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 6] When [ of the aforementioned focus lens system / in / the aforementioned optical system consists of zoom lenses, and / telephoto end ] setting thickness on an optic axis of SSk and the aforementioned converter lens system to CTD for distance on an optic axis from a lens surface on the image side to the image surface most,
0.50<SSk/CTD<1.40
An optical system of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-5 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 7] When setting thickness on an optic axis of M and the aforementioned converter lens system to CTD for movement magnitude of the aforementioned focus lens system when the aforementioned optical system consists of zoom lenses and it equips with the aforementioned converter lens system on an optic axis in telephoto end,
0.50<M/CTD<1.40
An optical system of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-6 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 8] The aforementioned optical system is TD most about distance on an optic axis from a lens surface on the object side to the image surface, when it consists of zoom lenses and is not equipped with the aforementioned converter lens system on an optic axis in telephoto end. It is TD/TDA=1.0, when it equips with the aforementioned converter lens system on an optic axis and distance on an optic axis from a lens surface on the object side to the image surface is most set to TDA.
An optical system of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-7 satisfying a becoming conditional expression.
[Claim 9] It is a zoom lens provided with a focus lens system which the aforementioned main lens system has a plurality of lens groups, and an interval of a lens group which is adjacent to on the occasion of zooming changes, and moves on the occasion of focusing,
An optical system of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-8, wherein space formed when the aforementioned focus lens system moves in telephoto end is equipped with the aforementioned converter lens system.
[Claim 10] To order, the aforementioned main lens system is the 1st lens group of positive refracting power from the object side to the image side. The 2nd lens group of negative refracting power, the 3rd lens group of positive refracting power, the 4th lens group of negative refracting power, It is a zoom lens from which an interval of a lens group which comprises the 5th lens group of positive refracting power, and is adjacent to on the occasion of zooming changes, An optical system of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-8, wherein space which said 5th lens group is the aforementioned focus lens system, and is formed when said 5th lens group moves in telephoto end is equipped with the aforementioned converter lens system.
[Claim 11] To order, the aforementioned main lens system is the 1st lens group of positive refracting power from the object side to the image side. The 2nd lens group of negative refracting power, the 3rd lens group of positive refracting power, the 4th lens group of negative refracting power, It comprises the 5th lens group of positive refracting power, and the 6th lens group of positive refracting power, It is a zoom lens from which an interval of a lens group which is adjacent to on the occasion of zooming changes, An optical system of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-8, wherein space which said 5th lens group is the aforementioned focus lens system, and is formed when said 5th lens group moves in telephoto end is equipped with the aforementioned converter lens system.
[Claim 12] An imaging device having a solid state image pickup device which carries out light reception of the image formed by Claim 1 thru/or an optical system and the optical system of a description in any 1 item of Claim 11.

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Canon patent for 135mm f/2 lens with Apodization Filter

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Canon patent for a 135mm f/2 lens with apodization filter. This is not the first Canon patent for an optical formula with apodization filter, we got a 135mm f/2.8 and a 180mm f/3.5.

  • Patent publication number 2016-218444
    • Release date 2016.12.22
    • Application date 2015.5.20
  • Example
    • Focal length 130.98
    • F number 2.06
    • Field of View 9.38
    • Image height 21.64
    • Lens total length 159.05
    • BF 53.99
  • Canon patent
    • Even in the presence of vignetting, a good blurred image at all angle of view
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Canon Patent for RGWB 12 image sensor array

canon patentCanon patent for an RGWB image sensor.

  • Patent publication number 2016-208093
    • Release date 2016.12.8
    • Application date 2015.4.15
  • Canon patent
    • RGBW 12 array
    • Generate resolution data and color data, synthesize resolution data and color data, upconvert, process with mosaic processing (Bayer conversion), demosaic order

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Canon patent for electrically bending image sensor

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Indefatigable Canon Labs produced a new, innovative patent, an image sensor that bends when electricity is applied. Such a sensor would allow for optics with larger apertures, and also reduces light falloff at the edges that’s typical for flat CMOS sensors. This is not the first Canon patent for a curved sensor.

  • Patent publication number 2016-201425
    • Release date 2016.12.1
    • Application date 2015.4.8
  • Canon patent
    • Coupling the imaging element and the expansion / contraction section
    • As the stretchable portion expands, the amount of curvature of the imaging surface increases
    • The expansion and contraction section is electrically controlled

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Excerpt from the patent literature:

[Claim(s)] [Claim 1] An image sensor which has the 2nd page of an opposite side in the 1st page including an imaging region and said 1st page,
It is an imaging device provided with an elastic member combined with said 2nd page of the aforementioned image sensor,
The aforementioned elastic member can respond to an electrical signal input into the aforementioned elastic member, and it can expand and contract it over said 2nd page,
An imaging device characterized by said curved quantity of the 1st page enlarging as the aforementioned elastic member develops over said 2nd page.
[Claim 2] The aforementioned elastic member,
A plate-like elastic section,
A first electrode that was arranged at the aforementioned image sensor side to the aforementioned elastic section,
With the aforementioned image sensor side, a second electrode which was arranged at an opposite side is included to the aforementioned elastic section,
In plane view over said 1st page, said first electrode and said second electrode are arranged so that it may lap with the aforementioned imaging region at least among the aforementioned image sensors,
The imaging device according to claim 1, wherein it responds to voltage applied between said first electrode and said second electrode and the aforementioned elastic section expands and contracts over said 2nd page.
[Claim 3] The imaging device according to claim 1 or 2, wherein it expands [ the aforementioned elastic member ] and contracts radiately from a center of the aforementioned elastic member over said 2nd page in plane view over said 1st page.
[Claim 4] In plane view over said 1st page, the aforementioned imaging region has the rectangular shape which has a long side and a shorter side,
The imaging device according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the aforementioned elastic member expands and contracts in the direction of the aforementioned long side.
[Claim 5] The aforementioned imaging device further contains a substrate for mounting the aforementioned image sensor,
The aforementioned elastic member is combined with the aforementioned substrate via a coupling member,
An imaging device of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-4 having a circle configuration to which the aforementioned coupling member laps in the center of the aforementioned imaging region in plane view over said 1st page.
[Claim 6] The aforementioned imaging device further contains a substrate for mounting the aforementioned image sensor,
The aforementioned elastic member is combined with the aforementioned substrate via a coupling member,
The imaging device according to claim 4 having the outline to which the aforementioned coupling member was along said side of the 1st page in plane view over said 1st page.
[Claim 7] An imaging device of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-4, wherein the aforementioned elastic member is a substrate for mounting the aforementioned image sensor.
[Claim 8] An imaging device of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-7, wherein the aforementioned elastic member is a piezoelectric device.
[Claim 9] An imaging device of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-8, wherein thickness of a semiconductor layer at which a photoelectric conversion part of the aforementioned image sensor was arranged is 100 micrometers or less and distance of a semiconductor layer and the aforementioned elastic member at which a photoelectric conversion part of the aforementioned image sensor was arranged is 1000 micrometers or less.
[Claim 10] An imaging device of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-9, wherein black resin is arranged between the aforementioned elastic member and the aforementioned image sensor.
[Claim 11] An imaging device of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-10 to which the aforementioned image sensor and the aforementioned elastic member are characterized by having combined with each other in a region with which the aforementioned imaging region and the aforementioned elastic member lap at least among the aforementioned image sensors in plane view over said 1st page.
[Claim 12] An imaging device of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-11 to which a product of Young’s modulus of the aforementioned image sensor and a cube of thickness is characterized by being smaller than a product of Young’s modulus of the aforementioned elastic member, and a cube of thickness.
[Claim 13] An imaging device of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-12 to which a coefficient of linear expansion of the aforementioned image sensor and a coefficient of linear expansion of the aforementioned elastic member are characterized by a mutually equal thing.
[Claim 14] The aforementioned image sensor has a silicon layer,
An imaging device of a description in any 1 item of Claims 1-13, wherein coefficients of linear expansion of the aforementioned elastic member are 3.0 or more ppm/K and 4.0 ppm/K or less.

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