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These have been discussed in CIPA since July 2002. Bulletins on the discussion are issued and the completed final draft is also posted.

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JCIA Standards

JCIA Standards

These were established by the JCIA (Japan Camera Industry Association), the predecessor of CIPA, before June 2002. CIPA inherits, maintains and promotes the JCIA Standards.

Exif & DCF

This was established by the JCIA (Japan Camera Industry Association), the central organization for deliberations and the predecessor of CIPA. JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association) manages the standards, while CIPA discusses technology and promotes the standards.

*CIPA and JEITA have jointly established and managed these standards since 2009.

CIPA Standards

Below is a list of new or revised standards established by CIPA.

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THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT.

IN NO EVENT SHALL EITHER CIPA, CIPA'S MEMBERS, THEIR SUBSIDIARIES OR THEIR AFFILIATES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, LOSS OF BUSINESS INTERRUPTION OR OTHER COMPENSATORY, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF THESE DOCUMENTS OR THE USE THEREOF EVEN IF CIPA, CIPA'S MEMBERS, THEIR SUBSIDIARIES OR THEIR AFFILIATES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

CIPA, CIPA'S MEMBERS, THEIR SUBSIDIARIES OR THEIR AFFILIATES DISCLAIMS AND SHALL HAVE NO OBLIGATION OF DEFENSE, CONTRIBUTION OR INDEMNIFICATION WITH RESPECT TO ANY ACTUAL OR ALLEGED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT ARISING OUT OF THESE DOCUMENTS OR THE USE THREROF.

Digital Cameras

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CIPA DC-010-2017 Exif2.31 metadata for XMP

Standard Title CIPA DC-010-2017  
Exif2.31 metadata for XMP
Publication 2017-08-31
Deliberated by Standard Development Working Group
Note The previous version is here.
Corrected mistyping of Table 15 "GPSStatus" Description. (2017-09-20)

CIPA DC-008-Translation-2016 Exchangeable image file format for digital still cameras : Exif Version 2.31

Standard Title CIPA DC-008-Translation-2016  
Exchangeable image file format for digital still cameras: Exif Version 2.31
Publication 2016-07-14
Deliberated by Standard Development Working Group, Exif/DCF Working Group
Note Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) and Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) jointly worked out this draft.

This Standard is the revised edition of CIPA DC-008-2012.
The previous version is here.

CIPA DC-011-Translation-2015 Measurement and Description Method for Image Stabilization Performance of Digital Cameras (Optical Systems)

Standard Title CIPA DC-011-Translation-2015  
Measurement and Description Method for Image Stabilization Performance of Digital Cameras (Optical Systems)
Publication 2015-02-06
Deliberated by Technical Working Group, Anti-blur Sub-Working Group
Note [Application Policy]
(1) For new products released onto the market after the publication date of this standard, it is practicable that the relevant articles of this standard be presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
(2) For all new products released onto the market after August 1, 2015, the aim is to have the relevant articles of this standard presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.

This Standard is the revised edition of CIPA DC-011-2012.

CIPA DC-009-2010 Design rule for Camera File system : DCF Version 2.0 (Edition 2010)

Standard Title CIPA DC-009-2010  
Design rule for Camera File system : DCF Version 2.0 (Edition 2010)
Publication 2010-04-26
Deliberated by Standard Development Working Group,
Exif/DCF Working Group
Note Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) and Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) jointly established this standard.

This Standard is the revised edition of CIPA DC-009-2009.
The previous version is here.

CIPA DC-007-2009 Multi-Picture Format

Standard Title CIPA DC-007-2009 White paper
Multi-Picture Format
Publication 2009-02-04
Deliberated by Standard Development Working Group, Multi-Picture Format Sub-Working Group
Note  

CIPA DC-006-2008 Stereo Still Image Format for Digital Cameras

Standard Title CIPA DC-006-2008 White paper
Stereo Still Image Format for Digital Cameras
Publication 2008-08-08
Deliberated by Standard Development Working Group, Stereo Image Format Sub-Working Group
Note  

CIPA DC-005-2005 “Picture Transfer Protocol” over TCP/IP networks (PTP-IP)

Standard Title CIPA DC-005-2005 White paper
“Picture Transfer Protocol” over TCP/IP networks (PTP-IP)
Publication 2005-11-08
Deliberated by Standard Development Working Group, PTPIP Sub-Working Group
Note This was proposed to be a CIPA standard on 2005-04-06 by the following FotoNation Inc.

CIPA DC-004-Translation-2004 Sensitivity of digital cameras

Standard Title CIPA DC-004-Translation-2004 White paper
Sensitivity of digital cameras
Publication 2004-7-27
Deliberated by Technical Working Group, Sensitivity Sub-Working Group
Note [Application Policy]
This standard has been established to help to avoid consumer confusion by standardizing the method of presenting the sensitivity of each type of digital camera in future catalogs, operation manuals, etc.
CIPA will recommend its own members as well as worldwide manufacturers and sellers of digital cameras to employ this standard.
This standard is not enforceable but observation of the following rules when presenting the camera sensitivity in catalogs is advised.
(1) For new products released onto the market after the publication date of this standard, it is practicable that the relevant articles of this standard be presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
(2) For all new products released onto the market after March 1, 2007, the aim is to have the relevant articles of this standard presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
Provided, however, that this standard does not apply any restrictions to the products currently being manufactured or sold in the market.

CIPA DC-003-Translation-2003 Resolution Measurement Methods for Digital Cameras

Standard Title CIPA DC-003-Translation-2003 White paper
CIPA DC-003-Translation-C-2003 Chinese
Resolution Measurement Methods for Digital Cameras
Publication 2003-12-17
Deliberated by Technical Working Group, Resolution Sub-Working Group
Note [Application Policy]
This standard has been established to help to avoid consumer confusion by standardizing the method of presenting the resolution of each type of digital camera in future catalogs, operation manuals, etc.
CIPA will recommend its own members as well as worldwide manufacturers and sellers of digital cameras to employ this standard.
This standard is not enforceable but observation of the following rules when presenting the camera resolution in catalogs is advised.
(1) For new products released onto the market after the publication date of this standard, it is practicable that the relevant articles of this standard be presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
(2) For all new products released onto the market six months after the publication date of this standard, the aim is to have the relevant articles of this standard presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
Provided, however, that this standard does not apply any restrictions to the products currently being manufactured or sold in the market.

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CIPA DC-002-Translation-C-2003 Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption

Standard Title CIPA DC-002-Translation-2003 White paper
CIPA DC-002-Translation-C-2003 Chinese
Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption
Publication 2003-12-17
Deliberated by Technical Working Group, Battery-Life Sub-Working Group
Note [Application Policy]
This standard has been established to help to avoid consumer confusion by standardizing the method of presenting the battery consumption of each type of digital camera, which is now being inconsistently described in catalogs, operation manuals, etc.
CIPA will recommend its own members as well as worldwide manufacturers and sellers of digital cameras to employ this standard.
This standard is not enforceable but observation of the following rules is advised.
(1) For new products released onto the market after the publication date of this standard, it is practicable that the relevant articles of this standard be presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
(2) For all new products released onto the market six months after the publication date of this standard, the aim is to have the relevant articles of this standard presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
Provided, however, that this standard does not apply any restrictions to the products currently being manufactured or sold in the market.

CIPA DC-001-2003 Digital Photo Solutions for Imaging Devices

Standard Title CIPA DC-001-2003 White paper
Digital Photo Solutions for Imaging Devices
Publication 2003-02-03
Deliberated by Standard Development Working Group, DPS Sub-Working Group
Note This was proposed to be a CIPA standard on 2002-12-04 by the following six companies; Canon, Fuji, HP, Olympus, Seiko Epson and Sony.

CIPA Guidelines

CIPA DCG-002-Translation-2016 Specification Guideline for Digital Cameras (Revised version)

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THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT.

IN NO EVENT SHALL EITHER CIPA, CIPA'S MEMBERS, THEIR SUBSIDIARIES OR THEIR AFFILIATES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, LOSS OF BUSINESS INTERRUPTION OR OTHER COMPENSATORY, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF THESE DOCUMENTS OR THE USE THEREOF EVEN IF CIPA, CIPA'S MEMBERS, THEIR SUBSIDIARIES OR THEIR AFFILIATES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

CIPA, CIPA'S MEMBERS, THEIR SUBSIDIARIES OR THEIR AFFILIATES DISCLAIMS AND SHALL HAVE NO OBLIGATION OF DEFENSE, CONTRIBUTION OR INDEMNIFICATION WITH RESPECT TO ANY ACTUAL OR ALLEGED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT ARISING OUT OF THESE DOCUMENTS OR THE USE THREROF.

CIPA Guidelines

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CIPA DCG-002-Translation-2016 Specification Guideline for Digital Cameras (Revised version)

Guideline Title CIPA DCG-002-Translation-2016
Specification Guideline for Digital Cameras (Revised version)
Publication 2016-02-19
Deliberated by Technical Working Group,  DSC Specification Sub-Working Group
Note [Application Policy]
This guideline has been established to help to avoid consumer confusion by unifying the notation method of the items of the digital camera currently used inharmonious in future catalogs, operation manuals, etc.
CIPA will recommend its own members as well as worldwide manufacturers and sellers of digital cameras to employ this guideline. This guideline is not enforceable but observation of the following rules when presenting the camera specifications in catalogs is advised.
(1) For new products released onto the market after the publication date of this guideline, it is practicable that the relevant articles of this guideline be presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
(2) For all new products released onto the market six months after the publication date of this guideline, the aim is to have the relevant articles of this guideline presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
Provided, however, that this guideline does not apply any restrictions to the products currently being manufactured or sold in the market.

[Others]
This Guideline is the revised edition of CIPA DCG-002-2012.
The 2007 version is here. English / Chinese

CIPA DCG-007-Translation-2015 Description Method for Image Stabilization Performance of Digital Cameras (Electronic/Hybrid Systems)

Guideline Title CIPA DCG-007-Translation-2015
Description Method for Image Stabilization Performance of Digital Cameras
(Electronic/Hybrid Systems)
Publication 2015-02-06
Deliberated by Technical Working Group, Anti-blur Sub-Working Group
Note [Application Policy]
(1) For new products released onto the market after the publication date of this standard, it is practicable that the relevant articles of this guideline be presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
(2) For all new products released onto the market after August 1, 2015, the aim is to have the relevant articles of this guideline presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.

CIPA-DCG-001-2014 "JCIA GLA03 Guideline for Noting Digital Camera Specifications in Catalogs" Revised Version

Guideline Title CIPA-DCG-001-Translation-2014  
   
"JCIA GLA03 Guideline for Noting Digital Camera Specifications in Catalogs" Revised Version
Publication 2014-02-26
Deliberated by Technical Working Group, Sensitivity and Documentation Rule Sub-Working Group
Note [Application Policy]
This guideline has been established to help to avoid consumer confusion by unifying the notation method of the items of the digital camera currently used inharmonious in future catalogs, operation manuals, etc.
CIPA will recommend its own members as well as worldwide manufacturers and sellers of digital cameras to employ this guideline.
This guideline is not enforceable but observation of the following rules when presenting the camera specifications in catalogs is advised.
(1) For new products released onto the market after the publication date of this guideline, it is practicable that the relevant articles of this guideline be presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
(2) For all new products released onto the market six months after the publication date of this guideline, the aim is to have the relevant articles of this guideline presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
Provided, however, that this guideline does not apply any restrictions to the products currently being manufactured or sold in the market.

[Others]
This Guideline is the revised edition of CIPA-DCG-001-2005.
The previous version is here

CIPA DCG-006-Translation-2012 Implementation Guidelines for DPS over IP

Guideline Title CIPA DCG-006-Translation-2012 White paper
Implementation Guidelines for DPS over IP
Publication 2012-02-09
Deliberated by Standard Development Working Group, DPS Sub-Working Group
Note  

CIPA DCG-003-Translation-2009 The Guideline for the Graphical Symbols of Digital Cameras

Guideline Title CIPA DCG-003-Translation-2009  
CIPA DCG-003-Translation-C-2009 Chinese
The Guideline for the Graphical Symbols of Digital Cameras
Publication 2009-10-30
Deliberated by Technical Working Group, Graphical Symbol Sub-Working Group
Note [Application Policy]
This guideline has been established to help to avoid consumer confusion by unifying the notation method of the items of the digital camera currently used inharmonious in future catalogs, operation manuals, etc.
CIPA will recommend its own members as well as worldwide manufacturers and sellers of digital cameras to employ this guideline.
This guideline is not enforceable but observation of the following rules when presenting the camera specifications in catalogs is advised.
(1) For new products released onto the market after the publication date of this guideline, it is practicable that the relevant articles of this guideline be presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
(2) For all new products released onto the market six months after the publication date of this guideline, the aim is to have the relevant articles of this guideline presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
Provided, however, that this guideline does not apply any restrictions to the products currently being manufactured or sold in the market.

[Others]
This Guideline is the revised edition of CIPA DCG-003-2008.
The previous version is here. English / Chinese

CIPA DCG-005-Translation-2009 Measurement and Description Method for Weight and Dimensions of Digital Cameras

Guideline Title CIPA DCG-005-Translation-2009  
CIPA DCG-005-Translation-C-2009 Chinese
Measurement and Description Method for Weight and Dimensions of Digital Cameras
Publication 2009-09-14
Deliberated by Technical Working Group, Weight & Dimensions Sub-Working Group
Note [Application Policy]
This guideline has been established to help to avoid consumer confusion by unifying the notation method of the items of the digital camera currently used inharmonious in future catalogs, operation manuals, etc.
CIPA will recommend its own members as well as worldwide manufacturers and sellers of digital cameras to employ this guideline.
This guideline is not enforceable but observation of the following rules when presenting the camera specifications in catalogs is advised.
(1) For new products released onto the market after the publication date of this guideline, it is practicable that the relevant articles of this guideline be presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
(2) For all new products released onto the market six months after the publication date of this guideline, the aim is to have the relevant articles of this guideline presented in catalogs and operation manuals, etc.
Provided, however, that this guideline does not apply any restrictions to the products currently being manufactured or sold in the market.

CIPA DCG-004-Translation-2009 Guidelines for Handling Exif/DCF

Guideline Title CIPA DCG-004-Translation-2009  
Guidelines for Handling Exif/DCF
Publication 2009-1-26
Deliberated by Standard Development Working Group, Exif/DCF Sub-Working Group
Note  

There are three standards, Japan Camera Industrial Standards (JCIS), Digital Camera Graphical Symbol (DSCSG), and Digital Camera Specifications in Catalogs (JCIA GLA), which were enacted by the Japan Camera Industry Association (JCIA) and transferred to the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

JCIS

These standards have been established through standardization of the technology in the camera industry since about 40 years ago and were technically supported by the JCIA standards committees. At present, 12 standards* exist.( *Our standards are available in only Japanese .)

DSCSG

These are the guidelines that the former JCIA DSC Committee created. Only the following guideline exists.

DSCSC002: 1999 Digital Camera Graphical Symbol (established in July 1999)

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