Patent Number: 6,167,200

Title: Exposure operation mechanism of camera

Abstract: A mechanism, of a camera, to let an exposure operation be performed with a higher precision in a shorter time. The mechanism includes: a first device for taking an image of a region to be photographed and for outputting image information; a second device for detecting a subject region on the basis of the image information and for outputting subject region information; a third device for outputting a plurality of photometric values relative to a plurality of divided photometric regions; a fourth device for selecting and outtputting at least one of the photometric values which are output from the third device, on the basis of the subject region information; and a fifth device for calculating an optimal exposure value on the basis of the at least one, selected by the fourth device, of the photometric values.

Inventors: Yamaguchi; Motoshi (Sakai, JP), Kawabe; Koutaro (Sakai, JP), Seki; Reiji (Tondabayashi, JP), Fujino; Akihiko (Sakai, JP)

Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G03B 7/099 (20060101); G03B 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017