Rotary Switch

  • US 20150124116A1
  • Filed: 01/16/2015
  • Published: 05/07/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/18/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A digital camera, comprising:

  • a rotary switch,a switching unit, anda restricting member,wherein;

    a rotating operation of the rotary switch causes a control corresponding to first and second functions respectively assigned to two states selected by the switching unit;

    a switching unit is configured to switch between two states, independently of a third function other than the first and second functions assigned to the respective states of the rotary switch, the two states including a restricted state and a non-restricted state;

    in the restricted state,the rotation of the rotary switch is restricted with a clicking feel, anda function of at least one of a shutter speed and an aperture as the first function with discrete output values is related to the rotating operation of the rotary switch;

    in the non-restricted state,the rotation of the rotary switch is not restricted, anda function of at least one of focusing, and a zoom magnification of a lens, as the second function with continuous output values, is related to the rotating operation of the rotary switch; and

    a restricting member configured to restrict rotation of the rotary switch in a case where the restricted state is set by the switching unit.

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