Nikon has filed a patent for a rotating, semi-transparent LCD screen that will allow users to change settings on their cameras in live view mode.
It’s natural for big companies to try to constantly innovate in order to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. Nikon is one of the firms which try to be the best in what they do and its latest patent application will surely light up the imagination of photographers worldwide. According to a description from the Japanese Patent Office, Nikon is looking to develop a semi-transparent LCD screen that will put the viewfinder on the aforementioned display.
Nikon believes that this hybrid display will give photographers the possibility to track fast-moving objects like cars, motorcycles, birds or airplanes outside liveview mode. If photographers will track the objects in real-time on the transparent LCD screen, then they will be able to keep the objects in the finder.
Many photographers come across this issue in their lifetime therefore Nikon’s solution to the problem will get rid of a few extra steps when trying to set the finder because the object is moving at fast speeds in narrow visual fields.
The technology is similar to the Fujifilm FinePix X100 hybrid viewfinder, but Nikon is taking it to a whole new level with the help of its rotating, semi-translucent LCD screen. The patent is thoroughly described, however, it’s clear that Nikon still needs to do a lot of work before releasing cameras with this display. It will be interesting to see how the Japan-based company will make the display readable especially because it’s semi-transparent.
In the patent application we’ve noticed that users will be able to change settings on the screen, while keeping the camera in live view mode and an eye on the subject. The company’s patent includes several solutions that will save photographers a lot of time when shooting therefore a lot of people will be disappointed that it took a lot of time for this patent to be approved as it was filed on June 9th, 2011.
Nikon’s 2012-257100 patent is described here and knowing how to speak Japanese will help a lot though Google Translate does a pretty good job.