Patent Number: 7,787,037

Title: Imaging method that continuously outputs a signal based on electric charges generated by a selected pixel unit without performing an operation of deselecting the selected pixel unit

Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a pixel unit array and a driving unit. Each pixel unit includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, a charge-voltage converter common to the plurality of photoelectric conversion units, a plurality of transfer units which transfer electric charges generated by the plurality of photoelectric conversion units to the charge-voltage converter, an output unit which outputs a signal based on the electric charges to a signal line, and a setting unit which sets the electric potential of the charge-voltage converter. Each pixel unit is selected or deselected in accordance with the electric potential set in the charge-voltage converter. The driving unit drives the pixel unit array so that the output unit continuously outputs, to the signal line, the signal based on the electric charges generated by the plurality of photoelectric conversion units in the selected pixel unit without performing an operation of deselecting the selected pixel unit.

Inventors: Ono; Toshiaki (Ebina, JP), Noda; Tomoyuki (Atsugi, JP), Takahashi; Hidekazu (Zama, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: H04N 9/64 (20060101); H04N 5/335 (20060101); H04N 3/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018