Category Archives: Nikon Patents

Is this the next Nikon Z APS-C based mirrorless camera?

In the past few months I have been reporting rumors about a new Nikon Z APS-C based mirrorless camera potentially without an EVF (see this and this post). Sure enough, there is a new design patent filed in Japan for what appears to be a new Nikon Z APS-C mirrorless camera without an EVF (the EVF will probably […]

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New Nikon patent for a folding/collapsible lens designed for mirrorless cameras

Nikon has a new patent (P2018-77520A) filed on May 17th, 2018 for a folding/collapsible lens with a shutter unit designed for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILC):

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New Nikon patents: 20mm f/2 full frame lens for curved sensor, BSI sensor with dual shutter mode

Nikon filed patents (P2018-72638A, P201872640A) for a 20mm f/2 full-frame lens designed for a curved image sensor: Focal length: 20mm Aperture: 2.0 Image height: 21.1 mm Half angle of view: 53.6 Nikon filed a patent (P2018-67965A) for a stacked BSI image sensor with dual shutter mode: rolling for low-noise and global for less distortion.

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The latest Nikon patents

Nikon filed a patent application (US20180095275) in 2016 for some kind of an image stabilization system designed only for the lens array (other IS systems stabilize the entire sensor): “An image-capturing device includes: a micro-lens array in which a plurality of micro-lenses are arranged in a two dimensional configuration; an image sensor that comprises a plurality […]

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Nikon patents a zoom eyepiece for EVF

Nikon has a new patent (2018-60041) for a zoom eyepiece for EVF. The full title is “Eyepiece Optical system, optical instrument and manufacturing method of eyepiece optical system“. Here is one set of specifications described in the patent:

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The latest Nikon patents

→ In October 2017 Nikon filed a patent for a what appears to be a new mirrorless mount (Z-mount?). It’s interesting to note that the Nikon 1 mirrorless mount also had 12 electronic contacts.

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Another Nikon Backside Illumination Sensor (BSI) patent

Nikon has a new patent (US patent 9894305) for a Backside Illumination Sensor (BSI):

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The latest Nikon design patents

This new Nikon design patent (USD789434) could be for the rumored Nikon Coolpix P900 replacement. The top dials are different when compared to the current Nikon P900 model.  .   

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