Digital camera with rotary switch

DC
  • US 9,264,614 B2
  • Filed: 01/16/2015
  • Issued: 02/16/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/18/2012
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A digital camera, comprising:

  • a rotary switch,a state changing switch, anda restricting member,wherein;

    the rotary switch has a surface with a plurality of depressed portions or trough portions, and the restricting member engages with the depressed portion or the trough portion of the rotary switch in a case where a restricted state is set by the state changing switch so as to restrict rotation of the rotary switch, such that engagement and disengagement of the restricting member with the depressed portion or the trough portion of the rotary switch mechanically generate a clicking feel;

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

    the state changing switch 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 the restricted state and a non-restricted state;

    in the restricted state,the rotation of the rotary switch is restricted with the 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 and does not generate the clicking feel, 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

    the restricting member comprises a mechanical structure that restricts rotation of the rotary switch in a case where the restricted state is set by the state changing switch.

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