Patent Number: 7,043,153

Title: Image capturing unit and image capturing device

Abstract: An image capturing unit comprises a variable optical element, an optical unit, and a light-flux limiting section. The variable optical element includes a first liquid member, a second liquid member, and a container which contains the first liquid member and the second liquid member. An interfacial shape between the first liquid member and the second liquid member varies according to a voltage which is applied to the liquid members. The light-influx limiting section satisfies following condition 0.1<(.PHI.-2.times.h)<20.0 where .PHI. (mm) indicates a maximum diameter for an axial light-flux in the variable optical element and h (mm) indicates a highest position of the axial light-flux on the light-incident end of the variable optical element. By doing this, it is possible to restrict a flare light and a ghost light and prevent impurities in the liquid members from being observed in the captured image.

Inventors: Takeyama; Tetsuhide (Tokyo, JP), Nagaoka; Toshiyuki (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Olympus Corporation

International Classification: G03B 5/00 (20060101); G02B 1/06 (20060101); G02B 3/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018