US 9,813,625 B2
Rotary switch
Hidehiko Nakajima, Chiba (JP)
Filed by Hidehiko Nakajima, Chiba (JP)
Filed on Jan. 7, 2016, as Appl. No. 14/990,467.
Application 14/990,467 is a continuation of application No. 14/599,397, filed on Jan. 16, 2015, granted, now 9,264,614.
Application 14/599,397 is a continuation of application No. PCT/JP2013/069228, filed on Jul. 14, 2013.
Claims priority of application No. 2012-159132 (JP), filed on Jul. 18, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2016/0119543 A1, Apr. 28, 2016
Int. Cl. H04N 5/232 (2006.01); G03B 17/02 (2006.01); H01H 19/03 (2006.01); H01H 19/54 (2006.01); H04N 5/225 (2006.01); H04N 1/00 (2006.01); H01H 25/06 (2006.01); H01H 3/50 (2006.01)
CPC H04N 5/23245 (2013.01) [G03B 17/02 (2013.01); H01H 19/03 (2013.01); H01H 19/54 (2013.01); H04N 5/2251 (2013.01); H04N 5/2254 (2013.01); H04N 5/232 (2013.01); H04N 5/23216 (2013.01); G03B 2217/002 (2013.01); H01H 3/50 (2013.01); H01H 25/06 (2013.01); H04N 1/00397 (2013.01)] 6 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A digital camera, comprising:
a rotary switch rotatably mounted in a peripheral area of a lens barrel, wherein the rotary switch has a plurality of depressed/trough portions concentrically arranged with respect to an axis of rotation of the rotary switch, a photographing function is assigned to the rotary switch, the rotation of the rotary switch is detected, a value is outputted based on a detected rotation of the rotary switch, and the photographing function is controlled based on the value;
a restricting member comprising a mechanical structure configured to press against the depressed/trough portions in of the rotary switch, and selectively engages with the depressed/trough portions during rotation of the rotary switch for generating a clicking feel; and
a selector switch comprising a coupling mechanism configured to adjust a force applied by the restricting member against the depressed/trough portions for switching between a restricted state with the clicking feel and a non-restricted state free of the clicking feel at a time of photographing wherein the rotary switch is configured to rotate without exerting mechanical control over a mechanism separate from the rotation and the selector switch.