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Smart Mini-Cameras

1st Edition

Edited by Tigran V. Galstian

CRC Press

339 pages | 221 B/W Illus.

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Achieve the Best Camera Design: Up-to-Date Information on MCMs

Miniature camera modules (MCMs), such as webcams, have rapidly become ubiquitous in our day-to-day devices, from mobile phones to interactive TV systems. MCMs—or "smart" cameras—can zoom, adjust their frame rate automatically with illumination change, focus at different distances, compensate for hand shake, and transform captured images.

With contributions from academics and field engineers, Smart Mini-Cameras discusses the structure, operation principles, applications, and future trends of miniature mobile cameras. It compares this technology with traditional digital still cameras and explains the specific requirements of MCM components (imposed by the size or type of application) in terms of optical design, image sensor, and functionalities. The book describes the implementation of several active functionalities, including liquid crystal auto focus (AF) and optical image stabilization (OIS). It also explores how new technologies, such as the curved detector and transforming optics, are stimulating novel trends, including a miniature panoramic lens on mobile phones.

By providing you with an understanding of the components and performance tradeoffs of MCMs, this book will help you achieve the best camera design. It also answers frequently asked questions, such as the importance of the number of megapixels in a mobile phone camera and the value of AF and OIS features.


"… an important survey of the latest camera technologies in a developing branch of camera design. … The book is well organized and the material is clearly presented. It should serve as a basic reference for many years to come."

—Christian Brosseau, Optics & Photonics News, 2014

"… a pragmatic, useful primer to those wishing to know more about this amazing technology, the camera phone."

—From the Foreword by Tom Killick, LensVector Inc.

Table of Contents

Lens Design and Advanced Function for Mobile Cameras

Peter P. Clark

Modern Image Sensors

Junichi Nakamura

Voice Coil Motors for Mobile Applications

Luke Lu

Extended Depth of Field Technology in Camera Systems

Dmitry Bakin

Liquid Lens: A Key Adaptive Component for Cameras

Bruno Berge

Electrically Variable Liquid Crystal Lenses

Tigran V. Galstian

Optical Image Stabilization for Miniature Cameras

Eric Simon

Multiaperture Cameras

Andreas Brückner

Future Trends: Panoramic Mini-Cameras

Simon Thibault


About the Editor

Tigran V. Galstian is a professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics at the Université Laval in Québec, Canada. He is president of the Canadian section of the International Optics Commission, associate editor of the European Journal of Physics: Applied Physics, and member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec and the Société Française d’Optique. He received an MSc and a PhD in quantum electronics from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute. His main research interests are new optoelectronic materials and their applications in the areas of optical information and biomedical optics, including behavioral biophysical systems.

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