United States Patent m
Parulski et al.
[li] Patent Number: 5,633,678  Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
 ELECTRONIC STILL CAMERA FOR
CAPTURING AND CATEGORIZING IMAGES
 Inventors: Kenneth A. Parulski; Thomas A.
Napoli, both of Rochester; David M.
Lewis, Waterport, all of N.Y.
 Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y.
 Appl. No.: 574,756
 Filed: Dec 20, 1995
 Int. CI.6 H04N5/30
 U.S. CI 348/232; 348/231; 348/239;
 Field of Search 348/231. 232,
348/239, 222. 552, 207; 358/335; H04N 5/30.
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Primary Examiner—Glenton B. Burgess
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—David M. Woods
An electronic camera captures images representing a variety of subjects and categorizes the image according to subject matter. The camera comprises an image sensor for capturing an image, a converter stage for converting the image into digital image data, and a memory for storing a plurality of categories providing classification of the images by subject. A processor in the camera has the capability of assigning the plurality of categories to the images captured by the camera, with each category providing a subject classification for the images. A user selects one or more categories for a plurality of images prior to capture, and an output image signal is then generated including the digital image data corresponding to a captured image and the particular category selected by the user. The categories can be default identifiers stored in the memory, or can be names, text (i.e.. account number), and/or graphics overlays (i.e., company logo) entered via a host computer and uploaded to the camera memory before the pictures are taken.
30 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets