Imaging apparatus capable of switching display methods

  • US 8,599,244 B2
  • Filed: 12/10/2008
  • Issued: 12/03/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/13/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An imaging apparatus comprising:

  • an image pickup unit;

    a cutout image generator which cuts out a specified area in an image picked up by said image pickup unit to generate a cutout image enlarged at a specified magnification;

    an image display unit which displays one or both of the pickup image taken by said image pickup unit and the cutout image generated by said cutout image generator;

    a display image controller which controls a method of displaying an image said image display unit displays;

    an image recorder which records images picked up by said image pickup unit; and

    an image record operation unit by which a user operates start and end timings for recording images by said image recorder,wherein said display image controller determines and switches, on the basis of operation information of said record operation unit, the method of displaying the image by the image display unit; and

    a subject recognition unit which detects a particular subject from an image imaged by the image pickup unit and chases the detected particular subject by using an image processing;

    wherein the cutout image generator changes a cutout area in accordance with a position of the particular subject in the pickup image detected by the subject recognition unit,wherein the image pick up unit, the cutout image generator, the image display unit, the display image controller, the image recorder, the image record operation unit and the subject recognition unit are effected, at least in part, by a hardware processor.

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