Patent Number: 7,822,321

Title: Image pickup device and reproduction control method

Abstract: An image pickup device includes an image pickup including an image pickup lens system and an image pickup element operable to obtain a pickup image; a recording device operable to record image data based on the pickup image to a predetermined recording medium; a reproducing section operable to reproduce the image data recorded in the recording medium; and a reproduction controller operable to control switching between an image pickup mode in which the image pickup operation by the image pickup and recording of the image data by the recording device are possible, and a reproduction mode in which the reproduction of the image data by the reproducing section is possible, to control the reproduction of the image data based on a last recorded image when the mode is changed to the reproduction mode for the first time after recording of the image data in the image pickup mode, and to control the reproduction of the image data based on a point at which the reproduction has been terminated in the previous reproduction mode when the mode is changed to the reproduction mode other than the first time after recording of the image data in the image pickup mode.

Inventors: Watanabe; Katsuhiko (Saitama, JP), Morimoto; Tetsuo (Kanagawa, JP), Imai; Kenichiro (Kanagawa, JP), Kobayashi; Kou (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: H04N 5/76 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00