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Canon Patent: Tilting EVF For Mirrorless Camera

Canon Patent

Here is a new Canon patent application: a tilting Electronic ViewFinder (EVF) for mirrorless cameras. Rather interesting.

Canon patent application  2023-178037 (Japan, published 12/14/2023) discusses technology and methods for a tiltable EVF to build into a mirrorless camera.

From the patent literature:

  • An object of the present invention is to limit movement and deformation of a flexible substrate in response to movement and rotation of a movable unit.
    A display unit such as an electronic viewfinder installed in an imaging device can be pulled out from the main body of the imaging device, and can be rotated in the pulled out state, so that the user can take an image. There is something that expands the degree of freedom in posture.
  • Patent Document 1 discloses an imaging device equipped with a finder unit that can be pulled out and rotated. In this imaging device, a flexible board is used for electrical connection between the board provided in the finder unit and the control unit fixed to the main body, and the flexible board changes as the finder unit is pulled out and rotated relative to the main body. transform.
  • However, in the imaging device disclosed
    in Patent Document 1, there are insufficient restrictions on the movement and deformation of the flexible substrate in response to the pull-out and rotation of the finder unit relative to the main body. Therefore, there is a risk that an excessive load will be applied to the flexible substrate or that the flexible substrate will be caught between other members.
  • The present invention provides an electronic device in which excessive load or pinching of the flexible substrate can be avoided by restricting the movement and deformation of the flexible substrate in accordance with the movement and rotation of a movable unit such as a display unit. provide.

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