Patent Number: 6,434,335

Title: Camera

Abstract: A compact and inexpensive camera is provided, in which an illuminating unitfor illuminating finder indices is arranged so as not to interfere with aquick-return reflecting mirror nor interfere with a built-in electronicflash device. A finder optical system has a focusing screen providedtherein, which has at least one finder index formed thereon. A reflectingmirror is disposed to make upward and downward movements in a flippingmotion area between a reflecting position where the reflecting mirrorreflects and guides a photographic light beam to the finder opticalsystem, and a shooting position where the reflecting mirror recedes from aphotographic light path. An illuminating unit illuminates the at least onefinder index formed on the focusing screen to display the at least onefinder index in superposition on a finder image formed by the photographiclight beam. The illuminating unit is arranged at a lateral side of theflipping motion area of the reflecting mirror. Illuminating light from theilluminating unit is reflected by the reflecting mirror located in thereflecting position to illuminate the at least one finder index.

Inventors: Terashima; Jun (Kanagawa, JP)


International Classification: G03B 15/03 (20060101); G03B 013/18 ()

Expiration Date: 08/13/2014