Patent Number: 8,792,049

Title: Exposure control for an imaging system

Abstract: A device that analyzes an image. The device includes a circuit that receives an image that includes a plurality of pixels. The circuit creates a histogram of the image and analyzes the histogram to determine an acceptable exposure of the image. The histogram may include a plurality of bins versus a population of pixels associated with each bin. By way of example, the bins may be associated with an intensity of light. The images and histograms may include data defined by low dynamic range number of bits and/or an extended dynamic range number of bits. Certain features and criteria of the image may be determined and analyzed to determine whether the image has an acceptable exposure. If the image is unacceptable, an exposure characteristic can be changed and the process can be repeated until an acceptable image is obtained.

Inventors: Tay; Hiok-Nam (Singapore, SG), Yeo; Yunn-En (Singapore, SG)


International Classification: H04N 5/235 (20060101); G03B 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018