Patent Number: 6,166,764

Title: Camera and vehicle-surroundings visual-recognition apparatus using the same

Abstract: A camera provided with entrance windows, through each of which extraneous light are taken in, in both side portions of a housing, respectively. Further, an image pickup device is mounted in the housing. Moreover, an optical element is placed in a stage prior to the aforesaid image pickup device. This optical element reflects the extraneous light once, which is incident from a one of the aforesaid entrance windows, and forms an inverted mirror image on an area of an imaging plane of the aforesaid image pickup device, which corresponds to the one of the aforesaid entrance windows. Moreover, this optical element reflects the extraneous light once, which is incident from the other of the aforesaid entrance windows, and forms an inverted mirror image on an area of said imaging plane of said image pickup device, which corresponds to the other of the aforesaid entrance windows. Thus, in accordance with this camera, the reflection of the extraneous light is performed once. Thereby, the configuration of the camera is simplified. Further, the miniaturization of the camera is achieved.

Inventors: Sakata; Kazuki (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B60R 1/00 (20060101); H04N 7/18 (20060101); H04N 007/18 (); H04N 013/02 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017