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Industry News: Sony Develops a Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor with Pixel-Parallel A/D Converter That Enables Global Shutter Function

Industry News: Sony Develops a Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor with Pixel-Parallel A/D Converter That Enables Global Shutter Function

By Canon Rumors | February 17, 2018 | Industry News

Sony CorporationSony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation Tokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation today announced that it has developed a 1.46 effective megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor equipped with a Global Shutter function*¹. The newly developed pixel-parallel analog-to-digital converters provide the function to instantly convert the analog signal from all pixels, simultaneously exposed, to a digital signal in parallel. This new technology was announced at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) on February 11, 2018 in San Francisco in the United States.

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Patent: 20x Zoom Optical Formula for 1″ Sensor

Patent: 20x Zoom Optical Formula for 1″ Sensor

By Canon Rumors | February 16, 2018 | Canon Patents | Canon Rumors General

Three patents related to a 20x zoom lens optical formulas for 1″ sensors have appeared.

P2018-25623A
Specification and lens arrangement of embodiment 2

  • Zoom ratio: 20.00
  • Focal length: 8.50 54.45 170.00 mm
  • F No.: 2.70 3.96 4.50
  • Half image angle: 37.14 7.74 2.49
  • Image height: 6.44 7.40 7.40 mm
  • Lens length: 144.32 144.32 144.32
  • Back focus: 11.37 11.37 11.37 mm

P2018-25624A
Specification and lens arrangement of embodiment 5

  • Zoom ratio: 20.00
  • Focal length: 8.30 55.00 166.00 mm
  • F No.: 2.70 4.80 5.60
  • Half image angle: 37.84 7.67 2.56
  • Image height: 6.45 7.41 7.41 mm
  • Lens length: 149.39 149.39 149.39 mm
  • Back focus: 13.43 13.43 13.43 mm

P2018-25625A
Specification and lens arrangement of embodiment 1

  • Zoom ratio: 19.50
  • Focal length: 10.60 72.07 206.68
  • F No.: 3.61 3.61 3.61
  • Half image angle: 36.10 5.85 2.03
  • Image height: 7.41 7.41 7.41
  • Lens length: 198.01 198.01 198.01
  • Back focus: 30.92 37.81 16.95

Currently, we can only confirm that one PowerShot G series camera in coming in 2018.

Mobile Redirects Currently Plaguing the Mobile Web

Mobile Redirects Currently Plaguing the Mobile Web

By Canon Rumors | February 16, 2018 | Industry News

There is an internet wide annoyance currently affecting popular web sites. What used to only be a problem with clickbait junk sites has now hit the mainstream.

It’s not just Canon Rumors, this is an internet wide issue with sites like Yahoo, CNN and the New York Times suffering the same issues. We serve ads through Google and other top networks, and they are working hard to find a fix.

For example, last evening I was browsing Autoblog and I was hit by a redirect while using Chrome/Android. My system administrator has had the redirects pop up on Yahoo! It seems to happen to sites the user visits a lot, I’m on Autoblog 4-5 times a day and this is the only place I’ve had a redirect personally hit me. If I see a redirect, I dump my cache and restart my device.

Just because it only happens on Canon Rumors for you, doesn’t change the fact that this is a randomized issue affecting most popular web sites on the internet. As far as I know, this only affects mobile operating systems. I haven’t heard anything from desktop users.

What can you do about it?

  • Try viewing our site directly and not through Facebook or Twitter links.
  • Others have found clearing their cache and browsing history has eliminated or reduced the occurrences.
  • Try the latest version of Chrome to see if it reduces or eliminates it from happening.
  • You could turn off JavaScript and that should eliminate the issue. I’m not sure what affect that will have on browsing. (thanks docsmith)

Here is a story explaining this annoyance.

Every ad network that I know of is working on how to prevent this new and effective annoyance.

Thanks for your understanding.

Patent: Improved Eye Detection on Viewfinders

Patent: Improved Eye Detection on Viewfinders

By Canon Rumors | February 15, 2018 | Canon Patents

A patent showing improved eye detection for viewfinder showing conserving battery life based on how and when the LCD turns off.

From Canon News:

This patent uses a combination of sensors to detect if the LCD is open, viewable or tucked away to determine the distance thresholds automatically.

For instance, if you have the LCD open and twisted to the front, it’s less particular about objects coming close to the viewfinder than it would be if the LCD is twisted and closed.

Anything to improve battery life is always welcomed.