Patent Number: 6,167,201

Title: Camera having a power zoom function

Abstract: A camera is provided with a varifocal lens including a zoom lens system driven by a motor and by a zoom lens drive control section and a focusing lens system driven by a motor and by a focusing lens drive control section for performing focusing before the zoom lens system is driven or while the zoom lens system is being driven. The camera is also provided with a lens switch sensor for determining whether an operation member for starting an exposure operation has been operated and a body control section and a lens control section for halting the driving of the zoom lens system when it is determined that the operation member has been operated by the sensor to re-start the driving of the focusing lens system.

Inventors: Hara; Yoshihiro (Kishiwada, JP), Ishibashi; Kenji (Sakai, JP), Akahoshi; Kimiharu (Osaka, JP), Akamatsu; Norihiko (Suita, JP)

Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G02B 7/10 (20060101); G03B 017/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013