Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd (N/A)
1. Field of the Invention
The invention typically relates to a mobile device having a display and camera module (e.g. camera phone) in particular to a portable terminal adapted to enable its user to change the location of focusing andphotometry during photography as well as a method to take photographs using the terminal’s portable.
2. Description of the Prior Art
As generally known in the art of technology, portable devices (e.g. portable phones, MP3 players, digital cameras) tend to feature a display and camera module, the function of which was developed to increase user convenience. Particularly, theautomatic focusing and photometry functions allow users to snap photos simply by pressing the corresponding key button.
When a conventional portable device is used capture images, it typically locates the focus at the middle of the screen. It then determines the brightness of the region where the focus is. In some cases however, the device might focus on an unwelcome object and not measure its luminosity. The device may focus on the top right-hand corner of the screen but the focus may be in the middle. The device might not be able to focus on the object, even though it’s in the upper right corner. This is because the focus of the device is restricted to specific locations. The device may not be able focus on the object of interest or determine its proper luminosity. This is because photography is not conducted as desired by the user.
In this way, the present invention was developed to solve the above-mentioned problems occurring in the prior art. The present invention provides an adapter for portable devices that allows you to target a desired object on the screen and measure its luminosity so that the proper exposure is identified in addition to the method of taking photos using the portable device.
The present invention also provides an adapter for portable devices that allows you to focus on a number of desirable objects displayed on the screen and to measure their luminosity as well as a method for taking images using the portable device.
According to one aspect of the invention, a portable communication device is provided that includes a transceiver designed to allow communication with an external device through a wireless network. A touchscreen, a memory and an imaging device are included in the portable communication device. The processor is operatively coupled to the transceiver and memory. It is built to produce a firstimage using an imaging device which comprises a number of objects outside of the portable communication device. The first image is built at a minimum on the focus and exposure. The processor is able to display the initial image through the touchscreen, if the objects are human. The processor is also configured to move at minimum one of the GUI items according to a user input detected via the touchscreen. Based at least in part on the user input to replace the first image with a different image that is at minimum one of a second focus or an exposure determined with respect to the moved position.
In accordance with another aspect of the present invention a portable communication device is provided that includes a transceiver that is configured to communicate with an external device over an wireless network. A touchscreen, a memory as well as an imaging device are part of the portable device for communication. The processor is operatively connected to the transceiver as well as memory. The processor is designed to obtain, using the device for imaging, a firstimage that includes a variety of people external to the portable communication device, which is based at a minimum in part on a first focal point and a first exposure. The processor is also configured to display, via the touchscreen, the first image, a plurality of a GUIitems corresponding to the respective face regions. Upon receiving a command for storage of the first image the processor can be further set to store the initial image by focusing on a first face region corresponding to a particular GUI item, and also by changing the brightness of a face region corresponding to a second GUI item.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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