US 9,813,637 B2
Image capturing apparatus and method for controlling image capturing apparatus
Kazunari Kitani, Yokohama (JP)
Assigned to Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Tokyo (JP)
Filed by CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Tokyo (JP)
Filed on Apr. 21, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/692,083.
Claims priority of application No. 2014-092002 (JP), filed on Apr. 25, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0312485 A1, Oct. 29, 2015
Int. Cl. H04N 5/232 (2006.01); H04N 5/243 (2006.01); H04N 5/345 (2011.01); H04N 5/347 (2011.01); H04N 5/3745 (2011.01); H04N 5/374 (2011.01); H04N 5/369 (2011.01); H04N 5/378 (2011.01)
CPC H04N 5/243 (2013.01) [H04N 5/23212 (2013.01); H04N 5/23245 (2013.01); H04N 5/347 (2013.01); H04N 5/3456 (2013.01); H04N 5/374 (2013.01); H04N 5/37457 (2013.01); H04N 5/3696 (2013.01); H04N 5/378 (2013.01)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a pixel region including a plurality of pixel units each having a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit, the plurality of pixel units being arranged in a matrix, and a storage unit configured to store a signal read from the pixel region, one storage unit being provided for each column; and
a driver that drives the image sensor by using a first drive method of, for rows to be read of the plurality of pixel units, combining a signal of the first photoelectric conversion unit and a signal of the second photoelectric conversion unit for each pixel unit and outputting the combined signal to the storage unit while skipping a plurality of rows between the rows to be read, and a second drive method of reading a signal from the first photoelectric conversion unit of each pixel unit to the storage unit in any of the plurality of rows skipped in the first drive method and reading a signal from the second photoelectric conversion unit of each pixel unit to the storage unit in another of the plurality of rows skipped in the first drive method.