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Digital Camera Access View Mirror

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022108D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

If you are standing in a crowd at an event with a digital camera you may want to photograph the action by holding your camera above people's heads at arms length. But then you can't see the LCD screen. This article offers an inexpensive solution.

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Digital Camera Access View Mirror

If you are standing in a crowd at an event with a digital camera you may want to photograph the action by holding your camera above people's heads at arms length. But then you can't see the LCD screen. This article offers an inexpensive solution.

    Some digital cameras enable you to do this by having an LCD display with rotates relative to the camera optics. The problem with this is that the electrical connection to the LCD display must flex, introducing manufacturing costs and bulk.

    An alternative solution is a mirror placed at 45 degrees in front of the LCD display which reflects the image of the LCD display downwards.

    A mirror slightly larger than the LCD display is fitted in a small cradle which can be fixed on the back of a digital camera so that the mirror is at 45 degrees to the LCD display.

The advantages over a hinged LCD display are:

         Reduced manufacturing costs. Reduced bulk . Can be fitted to any digital camera with an LCD display. To use it you fit the mirror in its cable then when you hold the camera above your head pointing forwards you can see the image in the mirror. There is a slight disadvantage that the image is reversed but this was not found to present a difficulty in practice.

It would not be a big problem for manufacturers to provide an image reversal feature in the camera to correct for this.

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