Modular digital camera

  • US 9,019,397 B2
  • Filed: 07/03/2014
  • Issued: 04/28/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/29/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A modular video camera, comprising:

  • a housing, comprising;

    a front portion including an opening through which light passes from outside the housing into the housing; and

    a rear portion;

    a first interface;

    an image sensor within the housing and configured to digitize light passing through the opening of the front portion of the housing;

    a memory device receptacle configured to releasably retain a memory device; and

    an image processing system configured, when the modular video camera is in at least one operational mode, to deliver digital image data derived from the digitized light for recording onto a memory device releasably retained within the memory device receptacle, at a frame rate of at least 23 frames per second and a horizontal resolution of at least 2k,the first interface configured to support the weight of (a) an optional raw recorder module of a type that is compatible with the modular video camera and (b) an optional power module of a type that is compatible with the optional raw recorder module and with the modular video camera, the first interface comprising;

    a power signal portion configured to receive a power signal;

    a recording signal portion configured, when the modular video camera is in at least one operational mode, to communicate raw digital image data derived from the digitized light at a rate of at least 23 frames per second and at a horizontal resolution of at least 4k; and

    an engagement mechanism configured to connect the optional raw recorder module to the modular video camera, the engagement mechanism comprising;

    a multi-pin electrical connector positioned on a rear face of the housing; and

    an engagement feature formed on the rear face of the housing and shaped to mate with a corresponding feature provided on an interface of the optional raw recorder module,the engagement feature having one of a female configuration or a male configuration,the corresponding feature having the other of the female configuration or the male configuration,wherein user actuation of a mechanism provided on the optional raw recorder module from a fastening position, in which the engagement feature and the corresponding feature provided on the interface of the optional raw recorder module interact with one another to fasten the optional raw recorder module to the first interface, to a release position, causes a change in the positional arrangement of the engagement feature and the corresponding feature provided on the interface of the optional raw recorder module with respect to one another, allowing detachment of the optional raw recorder module from the first interface.

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