Sony Camera Vibration Patent

A patent from Sony was found that appears to communicate the status of the camera to the user using vibrations. This could be a useful technology, but I think most would prefer dials with useful markings on them that communicate the information over vibrations.


    • [Publication number] P2023150183
    • [Release date] 2023-10-16
    • [Name of the invention] Imaging device
    • [Application date] 2022-03-31
    • [Applicant]
      [Identification number] 000002185
      [Name] Sony Group Corporation
    • [ Background Art]
      In an imaging device such as a camera, an image sensor is placed inside the housing, and an optical image of a subject captured by an optical system such as a lens is photoelectrically converted in the image sensor to generate an image or video. be done.
    • [0003]
      Such an imaging device is provided with various operating parts such as a shutter button and a mode switching knob, and is configured such that a vibration device disposed inside vibrates when a predetermined operating part is operated. (For example, see Patent Document 1).
    • [0004]
      In an imaging device equipped with a vibration device, when the operator operates a predetermined operation unit, such as a shutter button, the vibration device vibrates, thereby giving the operator a feeling of operation when operating the operation unit. It is possible to recognize this by the vibrations transmitted to the fingers.
    • [0006]
      By the way, in an imaging apparatus equipped with a vibrating device as described above, it is desirable that the operator be able to obtain a high operational sensation when a predetermined operating section is operated and the vibrating device vibrates.
    • [0007]
      In order for such an operator to obtain a high operational sensation, it is necessary that the vibrations generated in the vibration device be reliably and well transmitted to the operator’s fingers. In particular, when a camera is provided with a vibration device, the camera is heavier than a mobile phone or the like, and there is a risk that vibrations generated in the vibration device will be attenuated and not accurately transmitted to the operator.
    • [0008]
      Therefore, an object of the imaging apparatus of the present technology is to ensure that vibrations generated in a vibration device are transmitted reliably and favorably to the fingers of an operator operating the vibration device.
    • [Means for Solving the Problem]
      An imaging device according to the present technology includes a housing configured by connecting a plurality of cabinets in which an imaging element is disposed, and a housing that vibrates during a predetermined operation. A part of the cabinet is located inside a grip part held by an operator, and the vibration device is attached to the cabinet inside the grip part.
    • [0010]
      As a result, the vibration device attached to the cabinet inside the grip portion vibrates during a predetermined operation.

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