Patent Number: 7,046,287

Title: Portable information terminal equipped with camera

Abstract: The information terminal body may be designed to foldably pivot a pair of flat cases each having a display unit through a hinge which is equipped with a photographing optical system for the camera function unit of which optical axis of lens is perpendicular to an axial center of the hinge. The display units display information from communication channels and images taken in by the camera. The cases may have the display units such that the display units face outside in a folded state. At least one of the two display units may be a finder for photographers, while the other may be a finder for the subject persons. The terminal is equipped with a shutter button and a terminal operation button. The terminal operation button works also as a shutter button. The information terminal is also equipped with a viewfinder for the camera lens system.

Inventors: Nishino; Masaaki (Tokyo, JP), Takizawa; Masakatsu (Tokyo, JP), Mitsuyu; Norihisa (Tokyo, JP), Yamaguchi; Shuji (Tokyo, JP), Machida; Satoshi (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: NEC Corporation

International Classification: H04N 5/222 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/16/02018