Patent Number: 7,046,286

Title: Video camera

Abstract: In disposing a display part, such as an LCD panel, on a side face of the body of a compact video camera of a rectangular parallelepiped shape extending longer in the direction of height for use as a viewfinder as well as for a reproduction display, an attempt to minimize the whole size of the video camera for improvement in portability severely limits the size of a major side of the display part, preventing the display image plane from having an easily viewable size. To solve this problem, an intermediate connection part disposed between the video camera body and the display part is arranged to enable the display part to rotate in opening and closing directions with respect to the video camera body and also to rotate in directions included in a plane at which the display part is connected to the video camera body. Further, the axis of rotation of the intermediate connection part with respect to the video camera body is arranged to deviate a predetermined distance from the center line of a minor side of the display part.

Inventors: Kobayashi; Junji (Tokyo, JP), Narita; Hitoshi (Yokohama, JP), Tamura; Kyoji (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: H04N 5/222 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/16/02018