JP2016048831A - Imaging device, imaging method, and program - Google Patents

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JP2016048831A
JP2016048831A JP2014172754A JP2014172754A JP2016048831A JP 2016048831 A JP2016048831 A JP 2016048831A JP 2014172754 A JP2014172754 A JP 2014172754A JP 2014172754 A JP2014172754 A JP 2014172754A JP 2016048831 A JP2016048831 A JP 2016048831A
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憲 谷
Akira Tani
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敏 宮崎
Satoshi Miyazaki
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An imaging apparatus, an imaging method, and a program capable of interrupting imaging even during a series of pattern imaging are provided. When an interruption instruction signal for instructing interruption of a composite image by an image composition unit 162 is input from an input unit 17, an imaging apparatus 1 is configured to generate composite image data and a mount image that are being generated by the image composition unit 162. A temporarily saved file that stores image data before resizing processing in the captured image combined in the pasting area, mount image data, and layout information including the positions of each of the plurality of captured images in the mount image in association with each other. And a file generation unit 233 for generating and recording the recording medium 5. [Selection] Figure 3

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  The present invention relates to an imaging apparatus, an imaging method, and a program for imaging a subject and generating image data of the subject.

  2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, in an imaging apparatus such as a digital camera, when a series of pattern photographing is continuously performed with different compositions for an object, a plurality of guide images based on a plurality of guide image data corresponding to a series of sample images are displayed on the screen. The technique of displaying simultaneously is known (for example, refer patent document 1). According to this technique, since a plurality of guide images are simultaneously displayed on the screen, it is easy to set a shooting procedure, and it is possible to efficiently capture a plurality of images.

JP 2004-215157 A

  However, in Patent Document 1 described above, there is a problem in that, since a plurality of images obtained by a series of pattern imaging cannot be recorded unless all the series of pattern imaging are completed, the imaging cannot be completed midway. . For this reason, there has been a demand for a technique capable of temporarily interrupting shooting even during a series of pattern shooting.

  The present invention has been made in view of the above, and provides an imaging device, an imaging method, and a program capable of temporarily interrupting imaging even during a series of pattern imaging. With the goal.

  In order to solve the above-described problems and achieve the object, an imaging apparatus according to the present invention records an image capturing unit that captures an image of a subject and generates image data of the subject, and the image data generated by the image capturing unit. And a plurality of pasted areas corresponding to a plurality of image data sequentially generated by the imaging unit with respect to a mount image having a plurality of pasting areas to which a recording medium and an image can be pasted An image synthesizing unit that sequentially synthesizes the generated image data, an input unit that receives an input of an instruction signal that instructs the image synthesizing unit to stop generating the synthesized image data, and the instruction signal is received from the input unit. When input, it corresponds to the composite image data being generated by the image composition unit, the image data of the photographed image combined with each of the plurality of pasting regions, and the mount image A file generation unit that generates a temporary storage file in which paper image data and layout information including positions of each of the plurality of captured images in the mount image are associated and stored in the recording medium; It is characterized by that.

  In addition, an imaging method according to the present invention is executed by an imaging apparatus including an imaging unit that images a subject and generates image data of the subject, and a recording medium that records the image data generated by the imaging unit. In the imaging method, each of a plurality of captured images corresponding to a plurality of image data sequentially generated by the imaging unit with respect to a mount image having a plurality of pasting areas to which images can be pasted An image compositing step for sequentially compositing the pasted region to generate composite image data, an input step for receiving an input of an interruption instruction signal for instructing interruption of the composite image corresponding to the composite image data by the image compositing step, and the input When the interruption instruction signal is input in the step, the composite image data being generated in the image composition step is combined with each of the plurality of pasting regions. A temporary storage file storing the image data of the captured image, the mount image data corresponding to the mount image, and layout information including the position of each of the plurality of captured images in the mount image in association with each other; And a file generation step of generating and recording the file on the recording medium.

  According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a program including an imaging unit that images a subject and generates image data of the subject, and a recording medium that records the image data generated by the imaging unit. A plurality of photographed images corresponding to a plurality of image data sequentially generated by the imaging unit are sequentially combined with the plurality of pasting areas and combined with a mount image having a plurality of pasting areas to which can be pasted. An image synthesizing step for generating image data, an input step for accepting an input of an interrupt instruction signal for instructing to interrupt the composite image corresponding to the composite image data in the image synthesizing step, and the interrupt instruction signal being input in the input step When the image is combined, the combined image data being generated in the image combining step and the captured image combined with each of the plurality of pasting regions Generating a temporary storage file in which image data, mount image data corresponding to the mount image, and layout information including positions of each of the plurality of captured images in the mount image are stored in association with each other, and the recording medium And a file generation step to be recorded.

  According to the present invention, it is possible to interrupt shooting even during a series of pattern shooting.

FIG. 1 is a rear view showing a rear surface of an imaging apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a top view of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 3 is a block diagram showing a functional configuration of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating a display example of the mount image information recorded by the mount image information recording unit of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating the position of the mode switching dial in the combined photograph shooting mode of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 6A is a transition diagram of an image displayed on the display unit when the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention is set in the combined photography mode. FIG. 6B is a transition diagram of an image displayed on the display unit when the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention is set in the combined photography mode. FIG. 7 is a diagram schematically showing the configuration of the temporary storage file. FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing an outline of processing executed by the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 9 is a flowchart showing an outline of the normal shooting mode processing of FIG. FIG. 10 is a flowchart showing an overview of the playback mode process of FIG. FIG. 11 is a flowchart showing an outline of the combined photograph shooting mode processing of FIG. FIG. 12 is a diagram schematically illustrating an overview of a temporary storage file management method performed by the file generation unit of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 13 is a diagram schematically illustrating an outline when reshooting occurs in the temporary storage file management method performed by the file generation unit of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 14 is a diagram schematically illustrating an outline when a temporarily saved file is protected by setting in the temporarily saved file management method performed by the file generation unit of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 15 is a diagram schematically showing an outline when a temporarily saved file is saved in the temporarily saved file management method performed by the file generation unit of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 16 is a diagram schematically showing an outline when a temporary storage file and a RAW data of a captured image are stored in the temporary storage file management method performed by the file generation unit of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. is there. FIG. 17 is a diagram schematically illustrating an outline when a temporarily saved file is saved in the protected temporarily saved file management method performed by the file generation unit of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention.

  DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS Hereinafter, embodiments for carrying out the present invention (hereinafter referred to as “embodiments”) will be described with reference to the drawings. In addition, this invention is not limited by the following embodiment. The drawings referred to in the following description only schematically show the shape, size, and positional relationship so that the contents of the present invention can be understood. That is, the present invention is not limited only to the shape, size, and positional relationship illustrated in each drawing.

[Configuration of imaging device]
FIG. 1 is a rear view showing a rear surface of an imaging apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a top view of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 3 is a block diagram showing a functional configuration of the imaging apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention.

  The imaging apparatus 1 shown in FIGS. 1 to 3 includes a main body unit 2, a lens unit 3 that is detachable from the main body unit 2, a movable monitor unit 4 with respect to the main body unit 2, and a detachable unit from the main body unit 2. And a free recording medium 5.

[Configuration of the main unit]
First, the configuration of the main body 2 will be described.
The main body 2 includes a shutter 10, a shutter driving unit 11, an image sensor 12, an image sensor driving unit 13, a signal processing unit 14, an A / D conversion unit 15, an image processing unit 16, and an input unit 17. A rotation determination unit 18, an I / F unit 19, a flash memory 20, an SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) 21, a main body communication unit 22, and a control unit 23.

  The shutter 10 sets the state of the image sensor 12 to an exposure state or a light shielding state. The shutter drive unit 11 is configured using a stepping motor or the like, and drives the shutter 10 in accordance with an instruction signal input from the control unit 23.

  The imaging device 12 is configured using a CCD (Charge Coupled Device), a CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor), or the like that receives the light collected by the lens unit 3 and converts it into an electrical signal. The image sensor 12 has at least a partial function of an imaging unit that images a subject and generates image data of the subject.

  The image sensor drive unit 13 causes the signal processing unit 14 to output image data (analog signal) from the image sensor 12 at a predetermined timing. In this sense, the image sensor driving unit 13 functions as an electronic shutter.

  The signal processing unit 14 performs analog processing such as noise reduction processing and gain increase processing on the analog signal input from the image sensor 12 and outputs the analog signal to the A / D conversion unit 15.

  The A / D conversion unit 15 generates digital image data by performing A / D conversion on the analog signal input from the signal processing unit 14 and outputs the digital image data to the control unit 23.

  The image processing unit 16 performs predetermined image processing on the image data generated by the image sensor 12. The image processing unit 16 includes a basic image processing unit 161 and an image composition unit 162.

  The basic image processing unit 161 performs basic image processing including optical black subtraction processing, white balance (WB) adjustment processing, color matrix calculation processing, gamma correction processing, color reproduction processing, and edge enhancement processing on image data. . In addition, the basic image processing unit 161 performs finish effect processing for reproducing a natural image based on preset image processing parameters to generate finish effect image data. Here, the parameters of each image processing are values of contrast, sharpness, saturation, white balance, and gradation.

  The image composition unit 162 has a plurality of image data corresponding to the plurality of image data generated by the image sensor 12 with respect to a mount image having a plurality of pasting areas to which images corresponding to the image data generated by the image sensor 12 can be pasted. Resize processing is performed on each photographed image, and the resultant image is sequentially combined with the pasting area to generate combined image data.

  As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the input unit 17 instructs a power switch 171 for starting the imaging device 1, a release button 172 for accepting a release signal input during still image shooting, and mode switching of the imaging device 1. A mode switching dial 173 for receiving an input of a switching instruction signal to be performed, a MENU button 174 for receiving an input of an instruction signal for instructing display of a menu of the imaging apparatus 1, and a DEL button 175 for erasing image data recorded on the recording medium 5 And a cross button 176 and an enter button 177.

  The rotation determination unit 18 determines whether or not the monitor unit 4 is separated from the main body unit 2 by rotation.

  The I / F unit 19 writes or reads image data to or from the recording medium 5 that is detachably attached to the main body unit 2. The recording medium 5 is configured using a computer-readable memory card such as an SD card, for example, and records a file storing image data taken by the imaging device 1.

  The flash memory 20 is used during execution of a mount image information recording unit 201 that records a plurality of mount images combined by the image combining unit 162, various programs for operating the image pickup apparatus 1, and an image pickup program. And a program storage unit 202 for recording various data and various parameters necessary for the image processing operation by the image processing unit 16.

  Here, the mount image information recorded by the mount image information recording unit 201 will be described. FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating a display example of the mount image information (template in the mount image of the combined photograph) recorded by the mount image information recording unit 201.

  The table T1 shown in FIG. 4 includes a standard T11 in which various combinations and atmospheres can be enjoyed as types of mount images (combined photographs), a speed T12 in which images captured by continuous shooting are combined, a wide angle photographed at the same timing, and A zoom-in / out T13 in which the images of the telephoto are combined to make a work, a layout T14 in which the arrangement of the images is set in advance, and a fan frame T15 in which the mount is set in advance are described.

  In the standard T11, a frame T111 indicating the type of the frame border on the mount image and a division number T121 indicating the type of arrangement and the number of divisions (frame number) of the captured image are described. Specifically, a black border and a white border are described in the frame T111. In addition, the division number T112 describes the layout of the arrangement of each captured image and the division number. More specifically, for the division number T112, the pasting area on the mount image is divided into two, the layout diagram in which each captured image is arranged at 4: 3, and the pasting area on the mount image is divided into three. The layout diagram in which each captured image is arranged, the pasting area on the mount image is divided into two, the layout diagram in which each photographed image is arranged in 1: 1, the pasting area on the mount image is divided into three, and each 1: 1 Layout diagrams for arranging the captured images are described respectively.

  In the speed T12, a division number T121 indicating the arrangement of the captured image on the mount image and the type of the division number is described. Specifically, for the division number T121, the pasting area on the mount image is divided into two, the layout diagram in which each captured image is arranged at 4: 3, the pasting area on the mount image is divided into four, and 1: 1. A layout diagram in which each captured image is arranged, and a layout diagram in which the pasted area on the mount image is divided into five and each captured image is arranged at 16: 9 are described.

  In the zoom-in / out T13, a frame T131 indicating the type of frame border on the mount image and a division number T132 indicating the arrangement of the captured image and the type of division number are described. Specifically, the frame T131 includes black borders and white borders. For the division number T32, the pasting area on the mount image is divided into two, the layout diagram in which each captured image is arranged at 4: 3, the pasted area on the mount image is divided into two, and each captured image is arranged at 16: 9 A layout diagram is shown.

  In the layout T14, a frame T141 having a layout diagram in which the arrangement and the number of photographed images are different from each other on a predetermined mount image is described.

  In the fan frame T15, a frame T151 having a layout diagram in which the arrangement and the number of photographed images are different from each other on a preset mount image is described. For example, layout diagrams of instants, films and stripes are described.

Next, the configuration of the imaging device 1 will be described.
The SDRAM 21 temporarily records image data input from the A / D conversion unit 15, image data after image processing input from the image processing unit 16, and information being processed by the imaging apparatus 1.

  The main body communication unit 22 is a communication interface for performing communication with the lens unit 3 attached to the main body unit 2. The main body communication unit 22 includes an electrical contact with the lens unit 3.

  The second communication unit 24 is an interface for communicating with an accessory attached to the main body unit 2. The second communication unit 24 also includes an electrical contact with the accessory. As an accessory, for example, an electronic flash that projects auxiliary light can be cited.

  The control unit 23 is configured using a CPU (Central Processing Unit) or the like. The control unit 23 includes a capacity determination unit 231 that determines the capacity of the recording medium 5, a touch detection unit 232 that detects a touch position according to a signal received from the touch panel 42 included in the monitor unit 4 described below, and an image composition unit 162. Display mode of the display unit 41 included in the monitor unit 4, a file generation unit 233 that generates a temporary storage file that temporarily stores image data in the middle of combining, a shooting control unit 234 that controls shooting of the imaging apparatus 1 A display control unit 235 for controlling.

  The capacity determination unit 231 determines whether or not the temporary storage file generated by the file generation unit 233 has a data amount that can be recorded on the recording medium 5.

  The touch detection unit 232 detects a touch position on the touch panel 42 based on a signal received from the touch panel 42 included in the monitor unit 4 described later.

  When the interruption generation signal for instructing interruption of the composite image is input from the input unit 17, the file generation unit 233 has combined the combined image data that is being generated by the image combination unit 162 with the pasted area on the mount image. Temporary storage in which image data (RAW data) before image resize processing, mount image data corresponding to the mount image, and layout information including the positions of a plurality of captured images in the mount image are stored in association with each other. A file is generated and recorded on the recording medium 5.

  The shooting control unit 234 performs setting of exposure conditions (AE processing) when performing still image shooting or moving image shooting, and automatic focus adjustment (AF processing) of the imaging apparatus 1. The control unit 23 performs overall control of the operation of the imaging apparatus 1 by transmitting control signals and various data to the respective units constituting the imaging apparatus 1. In addition, when the release signal of the shooting operation is input from the input unit 17, the shooting control unit 234 performs control to start the shooting operation. Here, the photographing operation means that the signal processing unit 14, the A / D conversion unit 15, and the image processing unit 16 are predetermined for the image data output from the imaging device 12 by driving the shutter driving unit 11 and the imaging device driving unit 13. This is the operation to perform the process. The image data thus processed is compressed in accordance with a predetermined format and recorded on the recording medium 5 under the control of the photographing control unit 234. Here, examples of the predetermined format include a JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) system, a Motion JPEG system, and an MP4 (H.264) system.

  The display control unit 235 controls the display mode of the display unit 41 of the monitor unit 4 described later. Specifically, the display control unit 235 displays the captured image in the pasting area on the mount image and displays the live view image corresponding to the image data continuously generated by the image sensor 12 in the next pasting area. Display on the unit 41.

  The main body 2 having the above configuration transmits and receives data to and from an external device via a voice input / output unit, an auxiliary light emitting unit that emits auxiliary light (flash) to the subject, and a predetermined communication network. A communication unit or the like may be further provided.

[Lens configuration]
Next, the configuration of the lens unit 3 will be described.
The lens unit 3 includes an optical system 31, a lens driving unit 32, a diaphragm 33, a diaphragm driving unit 34, a lens operation unit 35, a lens recording unit 36, a lens communication unit 37, a lens control unit 38, Is provided.

  The optical system 31 is configured using one or a plurality of lenses. The optical system 31 collects light from a predetermined visual field region. The optical system 31 has an optical zoom function for changing the angle of view and a focus function for changing the focus.

  The lens driving unit 32 is configured using a DC motor, a stepping motor, or the like, and changes the focus position, the angle of view, and the like of the optical system 31 by moving the lens of the optical system 31 on the optical axis L.

The diaphragm 33 adjusts the exposure by limiting the amount of incident light collected by the optical system 31.
The aperture drive unit 34 is configured using a stepping motor or the like, and drives the aperture 33.

  The lens operation unit 35 is, for example, a ring provided around the lens barrel of the lens unit 3, and instructs to input an operation signal for starting the optical zoom operation in the lens unit 3 or to adjust the focus position in the lens unit 3. An instruction signal input is received. Specifically, the lens operation unit 35 includes a focus ring 351 that adjusts the focus of the optical system 31 and a zoom ring 352 that changes the angle of view of the optical system 31. The lens operation unit 35 may be a push switch or the like.

  The lens recording unit 36 includes a lens characteristic information recording unit 361 that records information on the optical characteristics of the optical system 31. The lens recording unit 36 records a control program and various parameters for determining the position and movement of the optical system 31.

  The lens communication unit 37 is a communication interface for communicating with the main body communication unit 22 of the main body unit 2 when the lens unit 3 is attached to the main body unit 2. The lens communication unit 37 includes an electrical contact with the main body unit 2.

  The lens control unit 38 is configured using a CPU or the like. The lens control unit 38 controls the operation of the lens unit 3 in accordance with an operation signal from the lens operation unit 35 or an instruction signal from the main body unit 2. The lens control unit 38 cooperates with the main body unit 2 by transmitting and receiving lens communication signals with the control unit 23 of the main body unit 2 at a predetermined cycle. Specifically, the lens control unit 38 drives the lens driving unit 32 in accordance with the operation signal of the lens operation unit 35 included in the lens communication signal to adjust the focus of the lens unit 3 and change the zoom. The drive unit 34 is driven to change the aperture value. When the lens unit 3 is mounted on the main body unit 2, the lens control unit 38 transmits lens characteristic information, focus position information, focal length, unique information for identifying the lens unit 3, and the like to the main body unit 2.

[Monitor configuration]
Next, the configuration of the monitor unit 4 will be described.
The monitor unit 4 includes a display unit 41 and a touch panel 42. The display unit 41 and the touch panel 42 are electrically connected to the main body unit 2. The monitor unit 4 has a hinge and a connecting arm, and is connected to the main body unit 2 via a tilt mechanism (not shown) that changes the tilt angle of the display screen 41 with respect to the main body unit 2.

  The display unit 41 has a configuration capable of displaying an image corresponding to the image data, and is configured using a display panel made of liquid crystal, organic EL (Electro Luminescence), or the like. The image display method on the display unit 41 includes a confirmation display for displaying image data immediately after photographing for a predetermined time (for example, 3 seconds), a reproduction display for reproducing image data recorded on the recording medium 5, and an image sensor 12 continuously. Live view display that sequentially displays live view images corresponding to image data to be generated in time series. In addition, the display unit 41 appropriately displays operation information of the imaging device 1 and information related to shooting.

  The touch panel 42 is provided on the display screen of the display unit 41 so as to receive an input of a signal corresponding to the contact position from the outside. As a method of the touch panel 42, any method such as a resistive film method, a capacitance method, and an optical method can be applied.

  The image pickup apparatus 1 having the above configuration corresponds to a normal shooting mode in which normal shooting is performed, a combined photograph shooting mode in which a plurality of images are combined and combined on a mount image, and image data in a file recorded on the recording medium 5. It is possible to set a reproduction mode for reproducing an image to be reproduced. Therefore, in the following, the combined photo shooting mode will be described in detail.

[Built-in photography mode]
FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating the position of the mode switching dial 173 in the combined photograph shooting mode. 6A and 6B are transition diagrams of images displayed on the display unit 41 when the imaging apparatus 1 is set in the combined photography mode. In the following, the standard of the above-described combined photography mode will be described as an example.

  First, as shown in FIG. 6A, when the user rotates the mode switching dial 173, aligns the combined photography mode mark 173b with the mode setting position 173a, and presses the MENU button 174, as shown in FIG. The display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display a combined photograph selection screen M1. The selection screen M1 indicates a standard icon B1 to which an instruction signal for instructing the standard template described above in FIG. 4 is input, a speed icon B2 for receiving an input of an instruction signal for instructing a speed template, and a zoom template. A zoom icon B3 that accepts an input of an instruction signal, a fan frame icon B4 that accepts an input of an instruction signal that instructs a fan frame template, and an input of an instruction signal that instructs reading of data during taking (interruption) of a combined photograph A temporary save list icon B5 to be received.

  Subsequently, when the user selects a desired mount image, for example, the standard icon B1 with the cross button 176 and presses the enter button 177, the display control unit 235 displays the display unit 41 as shown in FIG. 6A (b). A template R1 (mounting image) having a layout in which the pasting area (hereinafter referred to as “window”) is divided into three is displayed, and a live view image LV corresponding to image data continuously generated by the image sensor 12 is displayed on the window A1. Display. Further, the display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display the other windows A2 and A3 in gray. In the following, the window for synthesizing the captured image is referred to as an active window.

  Thereafter, when the user presses the release button 172, as shown in FIG. 6A (c), the display control unit 235 displays the captured image W1 (captured image) generated by the image sensor 12 on the window A1, and The live view image LV corresponding to the image data continuously generated by the image sensor 12 is displayed on the window A2. At this time, the RAW data of the captured image W <b> 1 generated by the image sensor 12 is temporarily recorded in the SDRAM 21. Further, the image composition unit 162 generates composite image data obtained by combining the captured image W1 with the template R1, and temporarily records the composite image data in the SDRAM 21. In this case, the file generation unit 233 generates a file storing the combined image data generated by the image combining unit 162 and the RAW data of the captured image W1, and records this file on the recording medium 5. When the user presses the DEL button 175, the display control unit 235 deletes the captured image W1 and displays the immediately preceding template R1 on the display unit 41 (see FIG. 6A (b)).

  Subsequently, as shown in FIG. 6A (d), when the user presses the release button 172 and shooting of all the windows A1 to A3 is completed, the image composition unit 162 adds the shot images W1 to W3 to the template R1. The composite image data of the combined photograph obtained by resizing the image data and generating the composite data is generated. The file generation unit 233 compresses the latest combined image data generated by the image combining unit 162 using the JPEG method and records (saves) the data on the recording medium 5 and also records the captured images W1 to W1 recorded on the SDRAM 21 and the recording medium 5, respectively. The RAW data of W3 is deleted.

  6A (c), when the user presses the release button 172 and the user presses the MENU button 174 after the imaging device 1 finishes shooting the window A2, the screen shown in FIG. 6A (e) is displayed. As shown, the display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display the selection screen M2. The selection screen M2 indicates a save icon B10 that accepts an input of an instruction signal for saving the current image, a temporary save icon B11 that accepts an input of an instruction signal that instructs to temporarily save the current image, and an instruction to end the combined photography mode. And an end icon B12 for receiving an instruction signal to be input.

  Subsequently, when the user operates the cross button 176 and selects the temporary save icon B11, the image composition unit 162 composes composite image data of a combined photograph obtained by compositing the captured images W1 and W2 with the template R1 shown in FIG. 6A (f). Then, composite image data compressed by the JPEG method is generated, and this composite image data is temporarily recorded in the SDRAM 21. At this time, the file generation unit 233 temporarily stores the combined image data temporarily recorded in the SDRAM 21 and the RAW data of the captured image W1 and the captured image W2 temporarily recorded in the SDRAM 21 in association with each other. A file is generated, and this temporary storage file is recorded on the recording medium 5.

  FIG. 7 is a diagram schematically showing the configuration of the temporary storage file. As illustrated in FIG. 7, the file generation unit 233 includes layout information (for example, the arrangement of each of a plurality of captured images in the template of the mount image, the number of windows, the type of template, and the presence / absence of a border (mount image data)). , The composite image K1 corresponding to the composite image data compressed by the JPEG method, and the RAW image data corresponding to each captured window (for example, the captured image W10 and the captured image of the RAW data corresponding to the captured image W1 and the captured image W2, respectively) A file F100 in which the image W11) is stored in association with each other is generated, and this file F100 is recorded in the recording medium 5. In the unphotographed window A3, a file W12 (data) embedded with 0 is stored instead of the RAW data. Thereby, even in the middle of a series of photographing patterns for photographing a plurality of images with different compositions, that is, in the middle of a series of combined photographs, photographing can be temporarily interrupted to perform another photographing. Here, a series of shooting patterns is shooting in which a story is developed by shooting a plurality of images with different subjects, times, or compositions.

  6A (e), when the user operates the cross button 176 and selects the save icon B10 without the imaging device 1 shooting the window A2, the image composition unit 162 displays the image in FIG. 6A. The combined image data of the combined photograph in which the captured image W1 is combined with the template R1 shown in (g) is generated. At this time, the image synthesizing unit 162 synthesizes the white image H1 preset in the unphotographed windows A2 and A3 with the template R1 to generate synthesized image data. In addition, the file generation unit 233 generates a file that is stored by compressing the combined data generated by the image combining unit 162 using the JPEG method, and records the file on the recording medium 5.

  6A (a), when the user operates the cross button 176 and selects the temporary save list icon B5, the display control unit 235 displays the recording medium 5 as shown in FIG. 6B (h). The combined image K1 to K4 of the combined photograph stored in each of the plurality of temporarily saved files recorded in the screen is displayed on the display unit 41.

  Subsequently, when the user operates the cross button 176 to select a desired composite image, for example, the composite image K4, the display control unit 235 displays the template R2 on the display unit 41 as shown in FIG. 6B (i). The captured images W20 and W21 are displayed on the windows A1 and A2, respectively, and the live view image LV corresponding to the image data continuously generated by the image sensor 12 is displayed on the window A3. The display control unit 235 displays the window A4 on the display unit 41 in gray. Thereby, the user can restart the combined photograph in the middle of photographing.

[Processing of imaging device]
Next, operation processing executed by the imaging apparatus 1 will be described. FIG. 8 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of processing executed by the imaging apparatus 1.

  As shown in FIG. 8, first, the case where the imaging device 1 is set to the normal shooting mode (step S101: Yes) will be described. In this case, the imaging apparatus 1 executes normal shooting mode processing for shooting according to the release button 172 (step S102). Details of the normal shooting mode process will be described later.

  Subsequently, when the power switch 171 is operated and the power supply of the imaging apparatus 1 is turned off (step S103: Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 ends this process. On the other hand, when the power switch 171 is not operated and the power of the imaging device 1 is not turned off (step S103: No), the imaging device 1 returns to step S101.

  Next, the case where the imaging device 1 is set to the reproduction mode when the imaging device 1 is not set to the normal shooting mode (step S101: No) will be described. At this time, the imaging apparatus 1 executes a reproduction mode process for reproducing the image data recorded on the recording medium 5 (step S105). Details of the playback mode process will be described later. After step S105, the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S103.

  In step S104, when the imaging device 1 is not set to the reproduction mode (step S104: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S106.

  Subsequently, when the imaging apparatus 1 is set to the combined photograph shooting mode (step S106: Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 executes combined photograph shooting mode processing for generating a combined photograph in which a plurality of captured images are combined (step S107). . After step S107, the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S103.

  In step S106, when the imaging device 1 is not set to the combined photography mode (step S106: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S103.

[Normal shooting mode processing]
Next, details of the normal shooting mode processing described in step S102 of FIG. 8 will be described. FIG. 9 is a flowchart showing an outline of the normal photographing mode process.

  As illustrated in FIG. 9, the imaging control unit 234 controls the imaging device driving unit 13 to cause the imaging device 12 to perform imaging (step S <b> 201).

  Subsequently, the display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display a live view image corresponding to the image data generated by the image sensor 12 (step S202).

  Thereafter, when there is a release signal from the release button 172 (step S203: Yes), the imaging control unit 234 controls the imaging element driving unit 13 to cause the imaging element 12 to perform imaging (step S204).

  Subsequently, the display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display a captured image corresponding to image data generated by imaging by the imaging element 12 for a predetermined time (for example, 1 second) (step S205). After step S205, the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine in FIG.

  In step S203, when there is no release signal from the release button 172 (step S203: No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine of FIG.

[Playback mode processing]
Next, details of the playback mode processing described in step S105 of FIG. 8 will be described. FIG. 10 is a flowchart showing an outline of the playback mode process.

  As shown in FIG. 10, first, the display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display a list of images recorded on the recording medium 5 (step S301).

  Subsequently, when any of the plurality of images displayed on the display unit 41 is selected via the input unit 17 (step S302: Yes), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S303 described later. On the other hand, when any of the plurality of images displayed on the display unit 41 is not selected via the input unit 17 (step S302: No), the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S311 described later.

  In step S303, when the image selected via the input unit 17 is a combined photograph (step S303: Yes), if it is a combined photograph corresponding to the temporary storage file recorded on the recording medium 5 (step S304: Yes). The control unit 23 acquires the temporary storage file selected via the input unit 17 from the recording medium 5, and expands the acquired temporary storage file in the SDRAM 21 (step S305).

  Subsequently, the display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display the template stored in the temporary storage file developed in the SDRAM 21 (step S306), and causes the display unit 41 to display the captured image in each window (step S307). . For example, the display control unit 235 displays the template R1 shown in FIG. 6B described above on the display unit 41 and displays the captured image W1 on the window A1.

  Subsequently, when the MENU button 174 is pressed (step S308: Yes), when protection of the temporary storage file is selected (step S309: Yes), the file generation unit 233 performs protection setting of the temporary storage file. (Step S310). Here, the protection setting is a process for setting prohibition of overwriting and deletion of a temporarily saved file temporarily saved in the middle of a combined photograph (composite image). After step S310, the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S311.

  Subsequently, when an instruction signal for ending image reproduction is input from the input unit 17 (step S311: Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine of FIG. On the other hand, when the instruction signal to end the reproduction of the image is not input from the input unit 17 (step S311: No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S301.

  In step S309, when protection of the temporarily saved file is not selected (step S309: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S312.

  Subsequently, when the cancellation of the protection of the temporarily saved file is selected via the input unit 17 (step S312: Yes), the control unit 23 performs the cancellation setting of the protection of the temporarily saved file (step S313). Here, the cancellation setting is a process for canceling the prohibition of overwriting and deletion of the temporary storage file temporarily stored in the middle of the combined photograph. After step S313, the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S311.

  In step S312, when cancellation of protection of the temporarily saved file is not selected via the input unit 17 (step S312: No), the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S311.

  If the MENU button 174 is not pressed in step S308 (step S308: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S311.

  In step S304, when it is not a combined photograph of a temporarily saved file (step S304: No), the display control unit 235 displays an image of the combined photograph on the display unit 41 (step S314). For example, the display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display an image corresponding to the composite image data of the combined photograph shown in FIG. After step S314, the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S311 described below.

  In step S303, when the image selected through the input unit 17 is not a combined photograph (step S303: No), the display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display the selected image in a full screen display (step S315). . After step S315, the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S311.

[Built-in photography mode processing]
Next, details of the combined photograph shooting mode processing described in step S107 in FIG. 8 will be described. FIG. 11 is a flowchart showing an outline of combined photograph shooting mode processing.

  As shown in FIG. 11, first, a description will be given of a case where combined photo shooting is not restarted (specifically, restart of shooting corresponding to a temporarily saved file recorded on the recording medium 5) (No in step S401). In this case, the display control unit 235 causes the display unit 41 to display a plurality of templates in the mount image of the combined photograph (step S402).

  Subsequently, when any one of a plurality of templates in the mount image of the combined photograph is selected via the input unit 17 (step S403: Yes), the capacity determination unit 231 inputs the recording medium 5 via the input unit 17. Then, it is determined whether or not the storage file or the temporary storage file when the image is taken using the selected combined photograph template has a data amount that can be recorded on the recording medium (step S404). Specifically, the capacity determination unit 231 includes the amount of composite image data generated by the image composition unit 162 corresponding to the mount image template selected via the input unit 17, and each window of the mount image template. It is determined whether or not the amount of data of the image data (RAW data) of the photographed image to be combined can be recorded on the recording medium 5. When the capacity determination unit 231 determines that the storage file or the temporary storage file has a data amount that can be recorded in the recording medium 5 (step S404: Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S408 described later. On the other hand, when the capacity determination unit 231 determines that the storage file or the temporary storage file does not have a data capacity that can be recorded in the recording medium 5 (step S404: No), the display control unit 235 A warning that the data capacity is insufficient is displayed on the display unit 41 (step S405). After step S405, the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine in FIG.

  Next, a description will be given of a case (step S401: Yes) in which the combined photograph photographing is resumed (specifically, photographing resume corresponding to the temporarily saved file recorded in the recording medium 5) in step S401. In this case, when a temporarily saved file is selected via the input unit 17 (step S406: Yes), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S407 described later. On the other hand, when the temporary storage file is not selected via the input unit 17 (step S406: No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S401.

  In step S <b> 407, the control unit 23 develops the temporary storage file selected via the input unit 17 in the SDRAM 21.

  Subsequently, the display control unit 235 displays a template of the mount image on the display unit 41 (step S408), causes the captured image to be displayed on the display unit 41 (step S409), and displays the image sensor on the active window. The live view image continuously generated by 12 is displayed (step S410). For example, as shown in FIG. 6A (c) described above, the display control unit 235 displays the mount image template R1 on the display unit 41, displays the captured image W1 on the window A1, and displays the live view image on the window A2. LV is displayed. As a result, it is possible to resume shooting in which a series of combined photographs are interrupted.

  Subsequently, when the DEL button 175 is selected (step S411: Yes), the control unit 23 deletes the previously captured image from the SDRAM 21 (step S412). Specifically, the control unit 23 deletes from the SDRAM 21 the RAW data corresponding to the photographed image immediately before being combined with the photographed window. In this case, when RAW data corresponding to another photographed image is recorded in the SDRAM 21, the image composition unit 162 synthesizes the photographed image with the template to generate composite image data of the combined photograph, and performs this composition. Image data is recorded in the SDRAM 21. After step S412, the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S409.

  In step S411, when the DEL button 175 is not selected (step S411: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S413.

  Subsequently, when the touch detection unit 232 detects that a slide operation has been performed on the photographed window based on a signal input from the touch panel 42 (step S413: Yes), the display control unit 235 is touched first. The window image at the selected position and the window image in the sliding direction are exchanged and displayed on the display unit 41 (step S414). Specifically, the display control unit 235 replaces the captured image W1 of the window A1 (captured image) and the live view image LV of the window A2 in the template R1 of the mount image in FIG. 41 is displayed. When the window in the slide direction is an active window, the display control unit 235 switches the captured image and the live view image and causes the display unit 41 to display them. After step S414, the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S409.

  In step S413, when there is no slide operation with respect to the photographed window (step S413: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S415.

  Subsequently, when the touch detection unit 232 detects that a touch operation has been performed on the captured window based on a signal input from the touch panel 42 (step S415: Yes), the display control unit 235 performs the shooting with the touch operation. The photographed image in the finished window is erased (step S416). In this case, the file generation unit 233 deletes the RAW data corresponding to the captured image combined with the captured window from the SDRAM 21 and the recording medium 5 respectively. Furthermore, when RAW data corresponding to other captured images is recorded in the SDRAM 21, the image composition unit 162 synthesizes the captured image with the template to newly generate composite image data of the combined photograph, and performs this composition. Image data is recorded in the SDRAM 21. After step S416, the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S409.

  In step S415, when there is no touch operation on the captured window (step S415: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S417.

  Subsequently, when the touch detection unit 232 detects that a touch operation has been performed on the active window based on a signal input from the touch panel 42 (step S417: Yes), the imaging control unit 234 causes the image sensor driving unit 13 to operate. Control is performed to cause the image sensor 12 to perform photographing (step S418). After step S418, the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S409.

  In step S417, when there is no touch operation in the active window (step S417: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S419.

  Subsequently, when the MENU button 174 is selected (step S419: Yes), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S427 described later. On the other hand, when the MENU button 174 is not selected (step S419: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S420 described later.

  In step S420, when there is a release signal from the release button 172 (step S420: Yes), the imaging control unit 234 controls the imaging element driving unit 13 to cause the imaging element 12 to perform imaging (step S421). After step S421, the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S422 described later.

  In step S420, when there is no release signal from the release button 172 (step S420: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S422 to be described later.

  Subsequently, when shooting of all frames for each window in the template of the mount image is completed (step S422: Yes), when the determination button 177 is operated (step S423: Yes), the image composition unit 162 displays the mount image. The combined image data of the combined photograph is generated by resizing the RAW data of the photographed image in each window recorded in the SDRAM 21 in the template of (2). Note that when there is no RAW data of a captured image in each window, the image composition unit 162 generates a combined image data of a combined photograph by combining a preset white image with a window having no captured image ( (See FIG. 6A (g)).

  Subsequently, the file generation unit 233 deletes the combined photograph temporary storage file recorded in the recording medium 5 (step S425), and stores the latest combined image data of the combined photograph generated by the image composition unit 162 in the recording medium 5. The file is recorded (step S426). After step S426, the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine in FIG.

  In step S422, when imaging of all frames for each window in the template of the mount image has not been completed (step S422: No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S409.

  In step S423, when the enter button 177 is not operated (step S423: No), the imaging device 1 returns to step S409.

  In step S427, when the cross button 176 is operated and the save icon B10 described above with reference to FIG. 6 is selected (step S427: Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S424.

  In step S427, when the save icon B10 is not selected (step S427: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S428.

  Subsequently, when the cross button 176 is operated and the temporary save icon B11 described above with reference to FIG. 6 is selected (step S428: Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S429 described later. On the other hand, when the temporary storage icon B11 is not selected (step S428: No), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S430 described later.

  In step S429, the file generation unit 233 generates a temporary storage file in the middle of taking a combined photograph. After step S429, the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S426.

  Here, a management method of the temporary storage file generated by the file generation unit 233 will be described in detail. FIG. 12 is a diagram schematically illustrating an overview of a temporary storage file management method performed by the file generation unit 233. In the following, the standard (three divisions) described with reference to FIG. 6 will be described as an example of the template of the mount image in the combined photograph.

  As shown in FIG. 12, the file generation unit 233 first generates a DCIM folder on the recording medium 5 when the first combined photograph is taken, and generates an image file F10 dedicated to the combined photograph under the DCIM folder. To do. The image file F10 includes a file F1 (JPG data) that stores composite image data in the middle of a combined photograph, and files F2 to F4 that store RAW data (TPS) of a photographed image to be combined in each window. The file generation unit 233 stores the composite image data (P1010001.JPG) generated by the image composition unit 162 in the file F1 and captures the first captured image in the file F2 when the first combined photograph is captured. RAW data (P1010001.TPS) is stored.

  Subsequently, when the imaging device 1 captures the second image and the temporary storage is selected via the input unit 17, the file generation unit 233 converts the composite image data (P1010001.JPG) of the file F1 to the image synthesis unit. 162 overwrites the newly generated latest synthesized image data (P1010001.JPG) and overwrites the file F3 with the RAW data (P1010001.TPS) of the second captured image. Further, the file generation unit 233 retains (keep) the memory capacity of the files F2 and F4 while ensuring the memory capacity. As a result, the composite image data can be updated with only one combined photograph file, and the memory capacity of the recording medium 5 can be saved.

  FIG. 13 is a diagram schematically illustrating an outline when re-shooting occurs in the temporary storage file management method performed by the file generation unit 233.

  As illustrated in FIG. 13, when the second image of the combined photograph is taken and the first image is taken again, the file generation unit 233 displays the composite image data (P1010001.JPG) of the file F1 and the image composition unit 162 newly Is overwritten on the latest synthesized image data (P1010001.JPG) generated at the same time, and the RAW data (P1010001.TPS) of the first photographed image is overwritten on the file F2.

  FIG. 14 is a diagram schematically showing an outline when a temporary storage file is protected by setting in the temporary storage file management method performed by the file generation unit 233.

  As shown in FIG. 14, when an instruction signal for prohibiting deletion of the temporarily saved file of the combined photograph taken only from the first sheet from the recording medium 5 is input from the input unit 17, the file generating unit 233 stores the temporary saved file. Set protection.

  Subsequently, the file generation unit 233 generates files F5 to F8 obtained by duplicating the files F1 to F4 when the imaging device 1 captures the second image and the temporary storage is selected via the input unit 17. The file F5 stores composite image data (JPG data) in the middle of a new combined photograph. Files F6 to F8 store the RAW data (TPS) of the captured image to be combined in each window. The file generation unit 233 stores, in the file F5, the composite image data (P1010002.JPG) generated by the image composition unit 162 by combining the first and second captured images with the template of the mount image, The RAW data (P1010001.TPS) of the first photographed image of the file F2 is duplicated and stored in F6, and the RAW data (P1010002.TPS) of the second photographed image is stored in the file F7. As a result, the combined image data of the combined photo included in the protected temporary storage file can be used as a template for a new mount image, and the combined image data of the combined photo can be generated by replacing other windows with other captured images. it can.

  FIG. 15 is a diagram schematically illustrating an outline when a temporarily saved file is saved in the temporary saved file management method performed by the file generation unit 233.

  As illustrated in FIG. 15, when the imaging device 1 captures the second image and save is selected via the input unit 17, the file generation unit 233 generates a file F <b> 5 that stores the final combined image data. Then, the latest synthesized image data (P1010001.JPG) generated by the image composition unit 162 is compressed and stored in the file F5 by the JPEG method. Furthermore, the file generation unit 233 deletes the composite image data (P100001.JPG) of the file F1 and deletes the RAW data (P100001.TPS) of the first captured image of the file F2. As a result, only data compressed by the JPEG method can be recorded on the recording medium 5, so that the memory capacity of the recording medium 5 can be saved.

  FIG. 16 is a diagram schematically illustrating an outline when the temporary storage file and the RAW data of the captured image are stored in the temporary storage file management method performed by the file generation unit 233. In the following, it is assumed that a mode for recording compressed data (JPEG format image data) and uncompressed data (RAW data) on the recording medium 5 is set via the input unit 17.

  As illustrated in FIG. 16, when the imaging device 1 captures the second image and save is selected via the input unit 17, the file generation unit 233 generates a file F <b> 5 that stores the final combined image data. At the same time, files F6 to F8 for storing RAW data (TPS) of the photographed image to be combined with each window are generated. Further, the file generation unit 233 stores the latest combined image data (P1010004.JPG) generated by the image combining unit 162 in the file F5, and the RAW of the captured image combined with each window of the template in the files F6 to F8. Data (P1010001.ORF, P1010002.ORF, P1010003.ORF) is generated and stored. Thereafter, the file generation unit 233 deletes the composite image data (P100001.JPG) of the file F1, and deletes the RAW data (P100001.TPS) of the first captured image of the file F2. Thereby, combined image data of a combined photograph can be obtained, and RAW data corresponding to the photographed image of each window can also be obtained.

  FIG. 17 is a diagram schematically illustrating an outline when a temporarily saved file is saved in the method for managing a protected temporarily saved file performed by the file generation unit 233.

  As shown in FIG. 17, when an instruction signal for prohibiting deletion of the temporarily saved file of the combined photograph taken only from the first sheet from the recording medium 5 is input from the input unit 17, the file generating unit 233 stores the temporary saved file. Set protection.

  Subsequently, the file generation unit 233 captures a file F5 (JPG data) that stores composite image data of a new combined photograph when the imaging device 1 captures the second image and save is selected via the input unit 17. Generate. The file generation unit 233 stores the combined image data (P1010002.JPG) generated by the image combining unit 162 by combining the first and second captured images with the template of the mount image in the file F5. Thus, the combined image data of the combined photograph included in the protected temporary storage file can be used as a new mount image template, and the stored combined image data of the combined photograph can be obtained.

Returning to FIG. 11, the description from step S430 is continued.
In step S430, when the cross button 176 is operated and the end icon B12 described above with reference to FIG. 6 is selected (step S430: Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 proceeds to step S431 described later. On the other hand, when the end icon B12 is not selected (step S430: No), the imaging device 1 returns to step S409.

  In step S431, when there is a temporarily saved file in the SDRAM 21 (step S431: Yes), the imaging device 1 proceeds to step S429. On the other hand, when there is no temporarily saved file in the SDRAM 21 (step S431: No), the imaging device 1 returns to the main routine of FIG.

  According to the embodiment of the present invention described above, when an interruption instruction signal for instructing interruption of generation of composite image data by the image composition unit 162 is input from the input unit 17, the file generation unit 233 displays the image composition unit. 162, the combined image data being generated, the image data (RAW data) before resize processing in the captured image combined with each window, the number of windows on the mount image and each of the plurality of captured images. Since the temporary storage file that stores the layout information including the position of the image in association with each other is generated and recorded in the recording medium 5, the shooting is interrupted even during the pattern shooting of a series of combined photos. Can do.

  In addition, according to the embodiment of the present invention, the image composition unit 162 applies image data (RAW data) before resizing processing in a captured image to be composed for each of a plurality of windows in the template of the mount image. Since the temporary storage file is generated with the data capacity secured, a series of combined photograph data is stored in the recording medium 5 even when the photographing is interrupted and resumed while the pattern photographing of the series of combined photographs is being performed. Can be prevented from being recorded.

  Further, according to an embodiment of the present invention, when the shooting of a temporarily saved file in the middle of pattern shooting of a series of combined photographs is resumed and shooting of all windows in the template of the mount image is completed, Since the generation unit 233 records the combined image data of the combined photograph generated by the image combining unit 162 on the recording medium 5, the temporary storage file in the middle of performing a series of combined photograph pattern shooting is deleted from the recording medium 5. The memory capacity of the recording medium 5 can be saved.

  Further, according to the embodiment of the present invention, when the file generation unit 233 resumes shooting corresponding to the temporary storage file for which deletion is prohibited from the recording medium 5, the image sensor 12 performs a new shooting. When the completed image is generated, a duplicate file is created by duplicating the temporary storage file, and the composite image data stored in the duplicate file is overwritten on the latest composite image data newly generated by the image composition unit 162, and a new Since the image data before resizing processing in a photographed image is stored in a duplicate file and recorded in the recording medium 5, a composite image in the middle of a series of combined photograph pattern photographing is used as a template for a new mount image. Can do.

  Further, according to an embodiment of the present invention, when shooting corresponding to the temporarily saved file is resumed, the file generation unit 233 generates a new captured image by the image sensor 12, and the input unit 17 When the end signal is input, the composite image data stored in the temporary storage file is overwritten with the latest composite image data newly generated by the image composition unit 162 and the captured image stored in the temporary storage file is overwritten. Since the image data before the resizing process is deleted, the memory capacity of the recording medium 5 can be saved.

  In the embodiment of the present invention, the image compositing unit 162 generates composite image data of a combined photograph by combining a captured image or a white image with each window in the template. Or a figure may be synthesized. In this case, the image compositing unit 162 may generate combined image data of the combined photograph by compositing characters, figures, and captured images corresponding to the user's touch operation trajectory with the template via the touch panel 42.

  Further, in the embodiment of the present invention, the file generation unit 233 records the temporarily saved file or saved file of the combined photograph on the recording medium 5, but for example, another mobile phone, a portable terminal, a server, It may be transmitted to an external device such as a computer and recorded on a recording medium or hard disk of the external device. In this case, the imaging apparatus 1 includes a communication unit that can transmit data to the outside. This communication unit performs wireless communication of various data including signals necessary for communication with an external device such as a mobile phone in accordance with a predetermined protocol. The communication unit employs Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) (registered trademark) communication. In addition to the Wi-Fi communication, the communication unit may employ other communication such as communication using 3G wireless, WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) communication, or the like. For example, in the case of Wi-Fi, a local network is assumed, and there is a relationship between an access point and a station as the role of a device. As a rough connection process, a station connects to a wireless network constructed by the access point. It becomes a relationship. As a rough connection sequence, first, the access point constructs a wireless network and notifies its own network identifier (SSID). Subsequently, the station searches for the broadcasted network identifier (SSID) and connects to a desired network (access point). Since a network with many devices is assumed, the coverage is wide and a strict identification step is taken while considering the problem of interference. For this reason, it may take time to establish a connection. However, in data communication, data can be transmitted and received at the timing of each access point and station.

(Other embodiments)
In addition to the digital still camera, the imaging apparatus according to the present invention is used for medical and industrial imaging with a digital video camera, an electronic device such as a mobile phone or a tablet-type mobile device having an imaging function, and an endoscope or a microscope. The present invention can also be applied to a display device that displays an image corresponding to image data in a field of use. In particular, it can be effectively used in a scene in which images observed from various viewpoints are arranged in a specific layout and presented in an easy-to-understand manner to what is seen. Therefore, it goes without saying that various applications are possible, such as applying a special filter to each image or using light of different wavelengths. By expressing the same object in different expressions in this way, it is possible to perform image expression for comprehensive examination, observation, diagnosis and judgment. In this case, which frame has what characteristics and specifications may be unified. According to the present invention, it is easy to create and present such an image regardless of the shooting order and timing.

  Further, the imaging apparatus according to the present invention or a program to be executed by the imaging apparatus is an installable format or executable file data in a CD-ROM, flexible disk (FD), CD-R, DVD (Digital Versatile Disk). , Recorded on a computer-readable recording medium such as a USB medium or a flash memory.

  The program to be executed by the imaging apparatus according to the present invention may be configured to be stored on a computer connected to a network such as the Internet and provided by being downloaded via the network. Furthermore, a program to be executed by the imaging apparatus according to the present invention may be provided or distributed via a network such as the Internet.

  In the description of the flowchart in the present specification, the context of the processing between steps is clearly indicated using expressions such as “first”, “after”, “follow”, etc., in order to implement the present invention. The order of processing required is not uniquely determined by their representation. That is, the order of processing in the flowcharts described in this specification can be changed within a consistent range.

  As described above, the present invention can include various embodiments not described herein, and various design changes and the like can be made within the scope of the technical idea specified by the claims. Is possible.

  DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 ... Imaging device; 2 ... Main-body part; 3 ... Lens part; 4 ... Monitor part; 5 ... Recording medium; 7 ... Control part; ··· Shutter drive unit; 12 ··· Image sensor; 13 ··· Image sensor drive unit; 14 ··· signal processing unit; 15 ··· A / D conversion unit; ..Input unit; 18 ... Rotation determination unit; 19 ... I / F unit; 20 ... Flash memory; 21 ... SDRAM; 22 ... Body communication unit; 24 ... second communication unit; 31 ... optical system; 32 ... lens drive unit; 33 ... aperture; 34 ... aperture drive unit; 35 ... lens operation unit; Lens recording unit: 37 Lens communication unit: 38 Lens control unit: 41 Display unit: 42 Touch panel; 161 ... Main image processing unit; 162, image composition unit; 171, power switch; 172, release button; 173, mode switching dial, 173a, mode setting position, 173b, combined photography mode 174 ... MENU button; 175 ... DEL button; 176 ... cross button; 177 ... decision button; 201 ... mounting image information recording unit; 202 ... program storage unit; .. Capacity determination unit; 232 ... Touch detection unit; 233 ... File generation unit; 234 ... Shooting control unit; 235 ... Display control unit; 351 ... Focus ring; Ring; 361 ... Lens characteristic information recording section

Claims (9)

  1. An imaging unit that images a subject and generates image data of the subject;
    A recording medium for recording the image data generated by the imaging unit;
    For a mount image having a plurality of pasting areas to which images can be pasted, each of a plurality of photographed images corresponding to a plurality of image data sequentially generated by the imaging unit is sequentially combined with the plurality of pasting areas. An image composition unit for generating composite image data;
    An input unit that receives an input of an instruction signal instructing to interrupt generation of the composite image data by the image composition unit;
    When the instruction signal is input from the input unit, the combined image data being generated by the image combining unit, the image data of the captured image combined with each of the plurality of pasting regions, and the mount image A file generation unit that generates a temporary storage file in which the mount image data corresponding to the image data and layout information including the positions of each of the plurality of captured images in the mount image are stored in association with each other and recorded on the recording medium; ,
    An imaging apparatus comprising:
  2. The image composition unit
    Resize processing is performed on each data of the plurality of captured images and sequentially combined with the plurality of pasting areas to generate the composite image data,
    The file generator
    2. The temporary storage file is generated by securing a data capacity of the image data before the resizing process in the captured image to be combined for each of the plurality of pasting regions. The imaging device described.
  3. The file generator
    When synthesis of all the photographed images by the image synthesis unit is completed for each of the plurality of pasting areas, a file storing the synthesized image data generated by the image synthesis unit is generated and recorded. While recording on the medium,
    The imaging apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the temporary storage file is deleted from the recording medium.
  4. The file generator
    In the case where shooting corresponding to the temporarily saved file for which prohibition of deletion has been set from the recording medium is resumed, a duplicate file in which the temporarily saved file is duplicated when the imaging unit generates the new taken image And the new composite image data newly generated by the image composition unit is overwritten with the composite image data stored in the duplicate file, and the image data before the resizing process is performed on the new photographed image. The image pickup apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the image is stored in the duplicate file and recorded on the recording medium.
  5. The input unit is
    Further accepting an input of an end signal to end the generation of the composite image data by the image composition unit;
    The file generator
    When shooting corresponding to the temporarily saved file is resumed, the imaging unit generates a new taken image, and when the end signal is input from the input unit, the image is stored in the temporarily saved file. The composite image data is overwritten with the latest composite image data newly generated by the image composition unit, and the image data before the resizing process in the captured image stored in the temporary storage file is deleted. The imaging apparatus according to any one of claims 2 to 4, wherein
  6. A display unit capable of displaying an image corresponding to the image data;
    A capacity determination unit that determines whether or not the temporary storage file has a data amount that can be recorded on the recording medium;
    When it is determined by the capacity determination unit that the recording medium does not have a data amount that can record the temporarily saved file, a warning that the data capacity of the recording medium is insufficient is displayed on the display unit. A display control unit to be displayed on
    The imaging apparatus according to claim 2, further comprising:
  7.   The imaging apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the recording medium is detachable from the main body of the imaging apparatus.
  8. An imaging method executed by an imaging apparatus comprising: an imaging unit that images a subject and generates image data of the subject; and a recording medium that records the image data generated by the imaging unit,
    For a mount image having a plurality of pasting areas to which images can be pasted, each of a plurality of photographed images corresponding to a plurality of image data sequentially generated by the imaging unit is sequentially combined with the plurality of pasting areas. An image compositing step for generating composite image data;
    An input step for receiving an input of an interruption instruction signal for instructing interruption of a composite image corresponding to the composite image data in the image composition step;
    When the interruption instruction signal is input in the input step, the combined image data being generated in the image combining step, the image data of the photographed image combined in each of the plurality of pasting regions, and the mount A file generation step of generating a temporary storage file in which the mount image data corresponding to the image and the layout information including the positions of each of the plurality of captured images in the mount image are stored in association with each other and recorded on the recording medium When,
    An imaging method comprising:
  9. An imaging apparatus comprising: an imaging unit that images a subject and generates image data of the subject; and a recording medium that records the image data generated by the imaging unit;
    For a mount image having a plurality of pasting areas to which images can be pasted, each of a plurality of photographed images corresponding to a plurality of image data sequentially generated by the imaging unit is sequentially combined with the plurality of pasting areas. An image compositing step for generating composite image data;
    An input step for receiving an input of an interruption instruction signal for instructing interruption of a composite image corresponding to the composite image data in the image composition step;
    When the interruption instruction signal is input in the input step, the combined image data being generated in the image combining step, the image data of the photographed image combined in each of the plurality of pasting regions, and the mount A file generation step of generating a temporary storage file in which the mount image data corresponding to the image and the layout information including the positions of each of the plurality of captured images in the mount image are stored in association with each other and recorded on the recording medium When,
    A program characterized by having executed.
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