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US20090021612: MULTIPLE COMPONENT READOUT OF IMAGE SENSOR

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Inventor(s) John F. Hamilton, JR. · John T. Compton ·
Assignee(s) HAMILTON JR JOHN F · COMPTON JOHN T ·
Correspondent EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY;PATENT LEGAL STAFF ·
Application Number US11780523
Filing date 07/20/2007
Publication date 01/22/2009
Predicted expiration date 07/20/2027
U.S. Classifications 348/249  · 348/E09.037  · 348/E09.001  ·
International Classifications H04N964  ·
Kind CodeA1
13 Claims, 19 Drawings


Abstract

A method for obtaining image data from an image sensor array including the steps of: providing an image sensor array having a first component subset of panchromatic pixels for integrating charge and a second component subset of color pixels for integrating charge; reading pixel charge to produce pixel signals from the first component subset of the panchromatic pixels while exposing the second component subset of color pixels and digitizing and storing the first component subset signals; and reading pixel charge to produce pixel signals from the second component subset of color pixels that were exposed for at least a portion of time during the reading of pixel signals from the first component subset of the panchromatic pixels and digitizing and storing the second component subset signals.

Independent Claims | See all claims (13)

  1. 1. A method for obtaining image data from an image sensor array comprising the steps of: a) providing an image sensor array having a first component subset of panchromatic pixels for integrating charge and a second component subset of color pixels for integrating charge; b) reading pixel charge to produce pixel signals from the first component subset of the panchromatic pixels while exposing the second component subset of color pixels and digitizing and storing the first component subset signals; and c) reading pixel charge to produce pixel signals from the second component subset of color pixels that were exposed for at least a portion of time during the reading of pixel signals from the first component subset of the panchromatic pixels and digitizing and storing the second component subset signals.
  2. 11. A method for obtaining image data from an image sensor array comprising the steps of: a) providing an image sensor array and selectively organizing the image pixels into a first organization of a first component subset of panchromatic pixels for integrating charge and a second component subset of color pixels for integrating charge and a second organization with a different first component subset of panchromatic pixels and a different second component subset of color pixels; b) reading pixel charge to produce pixel signals from the first component subset of the panchromatic pixels while exposing the second component subset of color pixels and digitizing and storing the first component subset signals; c) reading pixel charge to produce pixel signals from the second component subset of color pixels that were exposed for at least a portion of time during the reading of pixel signals from the first component subset of the panchromatic pixels and digitizing and storing the second component subset signals; and d) changing the organization of the image pixels in response to photographic conditions.

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