The latest patents from Sony and Canon

Sony camera smartphone attachment patent1 Sony camera smartphone attachment patent2 Sony camera smartphone attachment patent3
Sony patented a new way to attach a better camera to a smartphone (maybe something similar to the current XQ1).

Canon 28mm f:1.4 lens patent
Canon has a patent for a 28mm f/1.4 lens.

Canon in-camera image stabilizations patent
→ Canon filed for a patent for in-camera image stabilizations.

Canon moving sensor patent
→ Another one from Canon: moving sensor to improve contrast AF. More info available here.

Canon curved sensor patent Canon curved sensor patent 2
→ There is also a curved sensor patent. Update: the sensor is actually flat, but the lens produces a spherical image plane. This spherical image plan is flattened out using a curved fiber bundle (image a bunch of fiber optics smashed together). It has the same purpose as a curved sensor, but the actual sensor is flat.

Canon smart lens patent
→ Canon also has a patent for a smart-lens camera similar to the Sony QX1.

Canon AF fine tuning patent
→ Canon filed a patent for AF fine tuning for each distance measuring point.

The latest Ricoh patents can be found at PentaxRumors.

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