More Nikon patents – hint for a mirrorless Nikon camera?

Nikon filed a bunch of patents at the end of 2008 – here is the patent search result of Nikon + lens. Please note that most of those are just patent applications and may or may not lead to a final production model.

  • Here is another patent (20090154915) that will cover the lens mount while the lens is removed (Note that the camera on the figure below is mirrorless!):

“Heretofore, lens-interchangeable type cameras provided with a barrier that, in a state in which an interchangeable lens is not attached, closes off an aperture that is provided in a casing for allowing the passage of object light has been known.”


  • Patent 20090167927 – Image sensor, focus detection device, focus adjustment device and image-capturing apparatus:

“It’s a patent for having auto focus pixels on a sensor. They have suggested that we can have some rows on the sensor of a camera dedicated to auto-focus. The pixel rows on either side of the auto focus pixels will have slightly different sensitivities to make up for the ‘lost’ row of data.”

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