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Fuji Patent - Smart Mode Dial Button for Fuji X-Series

TNC Exclusive content – Fuji is working on smart dial buttons for future X-Series camera. The single smart mode dial button above the camera can be used to set shutter, exposure and ISO of the camera. As details reveled from the patent document, the smart mode dial button will have a touch display and every time when a users click the top of the display it automatically switch to different modes. A very impressive move by Fuji to bring such a feature inside the X-series camera.

In the image below you see the the different interface of same mode dial button, once you select the desired value (for example ISO 1600) and click on lock on center, you get the option to set shutter speed and so on.

shutter mode

Patent Details Translated from Japanese

And the operation dial rotatable,
A display unit provided on an upper surface of the operation dial,
A contact detection unit for detecting a contact to an upper surface of the operation dial,
A locked state switching unit for alternately switching between the locked state and the unlocked state each time the contact to the upper surface of the operation dial is detected,
A rotation detector for detecting rotation of the operation dial,
A setting switching portion that switches sequentially set in accordance with only the rotation of the operation dial in the case of the unlock state,
Said a display control unit that controls the display of the display unit, the display control unit for displaying images and setting currently selected lock button,
Setting device equipped with.

Provided are a setting device and a camera having improved usability and capable of preventing erroneous operation with a simple configuration. A display part (110A) is provided on the upper surface of a shutter speed dial (110). The display part (110A) displays settable shutter speeds and an image (Lb) of a lock button. A touch sensor (136) detects the touch of a user on the upper surface of the shutter speed dial (110). The switching of shutter speeds using the shutter speed dial (110) is locked and unlocked each time the touch sensor (136) detects a touch.

Setting device and camera

The present invention relates to a setting apparatus and a camera, in particular setting device using the operation dial rotary, and a camera with the setting device.

Setting device using operating dial of the rotary is capable intuitive, also, since the setting status at a glance, are employed in many devices. In particular, in a camera, various photographing conditions (e.g., shutter speed, sensitivity, exposure correction value, shooting mode, etc.) as a means for setting a setting device using the operation dial rotary have long been used.

As this type of setting device, Patent Document 1, the setting device having a display portion on the upper surface of the operation dial is described. In setting device of Patent Document 1, in accordance with the rotation of the operating dial, the display is switched in the display unit. Further, Patent Document 2, the setting device having a display unit and the touch panel on the upper surface of the operation dial is described. In setting device of Patent Document 2, by a touch operation on the touch panel, it is switched items displayed on the display unit.

Further, in this type of setting device, sometimes mechanism is provided for preventing the setting unintentionally would change. For example, Patent Documents 3 and 4, the setting device having a mechanism for locking the operation dial mechanically is described. Further, Patent Document 5, even if the operation dial is operated to rotate, so as not to change the setting, are described setting device provided with means for inhibiting change of the settings.

Also see – Fuji Patent – Tillable Top Display

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