Review of the latest Nikon patent applications

Those are the latest and most interesting patent applications filed by Nikon:

My guess is that this will be the new kit lens for the upcoming Nikon D90 replacement (the D90 kit currently ships with the 18-105 lens).

  • Patent application 20100013977 is for a picture in picture live view display for better focus and exposure control (the patent contains a drawing of a p&s camera, not sure if it is intended for DSLR):

"A subject tracking technology originated in Patent Document 1 is considered to perform focus adjustment and a control of exposure conditions while keeping a user intended composition when a subject with relatively large motion (person, animal, vehicle, or the like) is photographed by a camera. In the subject tracking technology, a main subject is tracked automatically, and the focus adjustment and the control of the exposure conditions are performed centering on the main subject."

More after the break:

"An electronic camera is capable of recording image, voice, text, line-drawn information and the like. A release switch in the electronic camera is operated to photograph a subject image. When recording voice with the electronic camera, shutter sound effects are not output with the recorded voice. Further, the photographic operation can be indicated to the user by lighting a light-emitting diode in a finder when the release switch is operated."

  • 20100008574 patent application is for improved noise reduction but understanding the details is above my pay level.

Please note that patent applications are not guarantee for future products.

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  • twoomy

    It is yet to begin.

    • nikkor_2

      Yet, begin it will.

  • Phil

    I wonder who in Nikon gets to draw these pictures lol

    And that “video camera” looks like a stove

    • I think they intentionally do not draw the real product (if there is one).

    • haha no the camera looks like a dishwasher!

      • rsm870

        Haha! Well I think that its just a rough sketch, as [NR]admin has said. The real product will look glossy/rugged, cooler, and with grip for fingers rather than a chunk of plastic. [Or magnesium-alloy LOL]

  • Magnuss

    I hope focus tracking will be somethig worth to chek out, Is is wery uself when I m photographing dogshows

    • Anonymous

      Subject tracking is already in Coolpix cameras.

  • Alfamatrix

    it has not will not begun, it will not end..
    it has been always there 😉

  • Actually, I find all the pictures in patents really cute. Considering they are mostly done by scientists and engineers and not from the marketing department with professional designers they are more than discrete.

    Anyway, I like Nikon is working so much on the consumer segment with most of these patents. And the 18-135 lens will be sweet, let’s hope it’s not too heavy though…

  • Dan

    “Please note that patent applications are guarantee for future products.”
    Heh, missed a word.

  • regular

    20100008574 : it looks like converting RGB to Lab colorspace. Then trying to reduce independently luminance noise, and chrominance noise.
    But that’s just a guess :o)

  • NikoDoby

    Dang those are some messed up running “kids”. They could have at least given them smiling faces! 🙂

    • rsm870

      supposedly to illustrate how terrible and non-smiley a photo would look without focus-tracking haha

  • Nau

    FX plz !

  • Poisonberry

    I think you meant the “patents are NOT guaranteed to be future products”.

  • Nix
    • I love the dual controls for the metering pattern!

  • SBGrad

    Admin, you posted the wrong patent info. Put up the patent application for the 100-500 please.

  • xcm

    This is not the end. Not even the beginning of the end. But perhaps this is the beginning of the end.

    WHEEEEN will be announce a new DSLR

  • Zorro

    That 18-135 VR could also be the kit lens for the rumored D40s.

    • fotosniper

      dont u mean d3000?

      • By the way.. there are no rumors about an so called D40s.
        I saw that you insist on many posts about the “rumored D40s”.

        • The comment above was intented for Zorro.

          • santela

            I don’t think you get his humor…

    • I think they will rather release the D4000 than the D40s. A CMOS D40 will be succesfull, and the 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 very apreciated, but I personally dislike the f/5.6 maximum aperture at the tele end, even with VRII.

      • ArtTwisted

        Thats life with cheap kit lenses. To be fair my 18-105 kit lens is still a solid performer all things considered, but even a cheap tamron destroys it as far as sharpness is concerned and im assuming this kit lens will suffer from the same problem.

  • Zorro

    The D40x, D60, and D3000 were downgrades of the D40. The rumored D40s will have:

    Same 6MP CCD sensor
    Same 1/500 flash sync speed (and commander mode)
    EXPEED processor
    460K dot 3″ monitor
    4 FPS continuous shooting

    • David

      The D40s will make my D50 a happy great grand daddy.

  • Zorro

    Nikon closely watches this site for ideas. When, for example, a 16-35 f/4 VR zoom is rumored, they go ahead and produce that item.

  • Henry Nikon Fan

    If this is another plastic mount lens, then I will pass. If it is a metal mount lens, then I will consider.

    I would also have prefered it to be a little faster; f/3.5-4.5 even if this means more cost. I like the AF-S 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5. The f/5.6 is a bit slow.

    • ArtTwisted

      considering the main market for this kind of lens , ie rich uncles and middle aged men with nothing better to do on there days off, id bet on plastic mount. The kit lenses are still built pretty well though, the focus is always smooth on the many ive used and the zoom on my 18-105 doesent creep at all so its not all bad.

      • Henry Nikon Fan

        I hope not. I hope that it is more on the line of the 10-24mm and also with a distance scale. An AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-4.5G VR would make a nice match with the AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G and AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G lenses.

        • I agree.

          An 18-135 f/3.5-4.5 VR DX is what I am waiting for.
          Even an 24-135 f/3.5-4.5 or 35-135 f/3.5-f4.5.

          Fast focusing is also very important.

          • Henry Nikon Fan

            I do not mind the variable aperature that much, but I do not like the wide range. A tighter range would be more preferred.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it s not for Photography!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it is for video continuous AF like the GH1 …….

    • rsm870

      Hey! That must be it… I think 😛 Perhpas Nikon is trying to make the D90 replacement some kind of CanonT2i killer [just launched, check it out its so affordable]

  • Terence

    I really love the drawing of the running kids

  • fixit

    SUBJECT TRACKING — there’s the technology Tiger Wood’s wife can use.

  • Bob

    When will the D90s be out!! Is this just a rumor?

  • burak

    very straightforward question:
    considering to buy a D90.. yes or wait the update?

    thanks a lot!

    • Bob

      Wait. The D90 is pretty old. I’m really waiting the D300s but might wait a few more weeks. If there such a thing as a D90 upgrade it will probably be better than the D300s

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