Patent Number: 6,311,020

Title: Camera having autofocusing function and self timer function

Abstract: A camera turns on or off an autofocus magnet in accordance with range to object information during a normal photographing mode, as a first photographing specification, to drive a lens barrel to a far range in-focus position or to a near range in-focus position. During a self timer photographing mode, as a second photographing specification, the autofocusing magnet remains on for a predetermined self timer time measuring duration, and after the elapse of the duration, the autofocus magnet is turned off to open and close a shutter. In this way, the autofocus magnet is operated in the autofocusing driving and the self timer control. A compact and low-cost camera thus results.

Inventors: Torikoshi; Yuichi (Tsukui-gun, JP)

Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G03B 17/38 (20060101); G03B 17/40 (20060101); G03B 013/36 (); G03B 017/40 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018