Portable digital video camera configured for remote image acquisition control and viewing

CAFC
  • US 8,890,954 B2
  • Filed: 09/13/2011
  • Issued: 11/18/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/13/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An integrated, hands-free, portable, viewfinderless point of view digital video camera, comprising:

  • a lens and an image sensor, the image sensor capturing light propagating through the lens and representing a scene to be recorded, and the image sensor producing real time video image data of the scene;

    a wireless connection protocol device configured to send real time image content by wireless transmission directly to and receive control signals or data signals by wireless transmission directly from a wireless connection-enabled controller; and

    a camera processor configured to;

    receive the video image data directly or indirectly from the image sensor,generate, from the video image data, first video image content at a first resolution and second video image content at a second resolution, wherein the first resolution is lower than the second resolution,communicate the first video image content using the wireless connection protocol device to the wireless connection-enabled controller without displaying the first video image content, the second video image content, or the video image data at the video camera,receive the control signals from the wireless connection-enabled controller,adjust image capture settings of the video camera prior to recording the scene based at least in part on at least a portion of the control signals, andin response to a record command, cause the second video image content to be stored at the video camera, whereinthe wireless connection-enabled controller comprises executable instructions for execution on a handheld personal portable computing device, wherein when executed, the executable instructions cause the handheld personal portable computing device to;

    receive the first video image content from the wireless connection protocol device,display the first video image content on a display of the handheld personal portable computing device, the first video image content comprising a preview image of the scene, the preview image allowing a user of the video camera to manually adjust a position or orientation of the video camera to record the scene,generate the control signals based at least on input received at the handheld personal portable computing device, wherein the control signals comprise at least one of a frame alignment, a multi-camera synchronization, remote file access, and a resolution setting and at least one of a lighting setting, an audio setting, and a color setting, andcommunicate the control signals to the wireless connection protocol device.

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