JP3976977B2 - Communication device and its control method - Google Patents

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JP3976977B2
JP3976977B2 JP37256999A JP37256999A JP3976977B2 JP 3976977 B2 JP3976977 B2 JP 3976977B2 JP 37256999 A JP37256999 A JP 37256999A JP 37256999 A JP37256999 A JP 37256999A JP 3976977 B2 JP3976977 B2 JP 3976977B2
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[0001]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present inventionImagedThe present invention relates to a communication apparatus that outputs an image through communication and a control method thereof.
[0002]
[Prior art]
2. Description of the Related Art An electronic still camera that records a captured image as a still image on a recording medium such as an optical disk device, a magneto-optical disk device, or a memory card having a solid-state memory element is well known. Since the memory card has no moving parts and is convenient to carry, it is expected to be used as a recording or storage medium for small information devices such as electronic notebooks and portable computers and as a data carrier medium.
Therefore, for example, when it is desired to use an image captured by an electronic still camera on a portable computer, when a memory card recording the captured image is connected to the portable computer and further transferred to a remote location, Application software (for example, communication software) must be started to read and transmit target captured image information.
That is, even when the captured image is immediately used on the portable computer, a troublesome operation must be performed, which is inconvenient. Also, you have to carry a separate electronic still camera and portable computer together, which is also inconvenient.
As a means for solving this problem, a communication device configured integrally with an imaging device is considered.
[0003]
[Problems to be solved by the invention]
However, if the imaging function and the communication function are configured integrally, the imaging function may be restricted during communication, and conversely, the communication function may be restricted during imaging. For example, if there is a telephone call that must be received or data that must be received, it must be in a communicable state, and imaging cannot be performed unnecessarily. However, this can lead to missed important photo opportunities.
[0004]
The present invention eliminates such inconvenience,Enabled to accept communication even during imagingAn object is to present a communication device and a control method thereof.
[0005]
[Means for Solving the Problems]
  A communication apparatus according to the present invention includes an imaging unit,Photographing instruction means for instructing imaging processing for recording a photographed image by the imaging means;Display means, communication means for communicating with an external device,Priority designation means for designating one of the communication priority mode and the imaging priority mode, an imaging process for waiting for an instruction from the imaging instruction means, and recording a photographed image by the imaging means according to the instruction, and communication of the communication means A communication unit including a control unit that controls an operation, wherein the control unit is configured to respond to an incoming request from an external device to the communication unit during the imaging process by the priority designating unit. Is specified, the display unit displays identification information on the external device on the display unit, the imaging process is continued, and the communication priority mode is specified by the priority specifying unit. Finish the imaging process and process the incoming call requestIt is characterized by that.
[0006]
  The communication apparatus control method according to the present invention includes an imaging unit,Photographing instruction means for instructing imaging processing for recording a photographed image by the imaging means;Display means, communication means for communicating with an external device,Priority designation means for designating one of the communication priority mode and the imaging priority mode;A communication device control method comprising:A step of setting the communication priority mode or the imaging priority mode by the priority designating unit; a step of waiting for an instruction by the imaging instruction unit and executing an imaging process of recording a captured image by the imaging unit in accordance with the instruction; Detecting the incoming request from the external device to the communication means; and specifying the imaging priority mode by the priority specifying means for the incoming request from the external device to the communication means during the imaging process If the display device has the display means to display identification information on the external device on the display means and continue the imaging process, and the external device to the communication means during the imaging process If the communication priority mode is designated by the priority designating unit for the incoming call request, the imaging process is terminated and the incoming call request is processed. And a step ofIt is characterized by that.
[0012]
【Example】
Embodiments of the present invention will be described below with reference to the drawings.
[0013]
FIG. 1 shows a schematic block diagram of an embodiment of the present invention. Reference numeral 100 denotes an imaging unit, and reference numeral 200 denotes a processing unit that records and reproduces an image captured by the imaging unit 100 on the recording medium 300, communicates with the outside, and uses it. The imaging unit 100 is detachable from the processing unit 200, and the recording medium 300 is detachable from the processing unit 200.
[0014]
The configuration of the imaging unit 100 will be described. Reference numeral 10 denotes a photographing lens, 12 denotes a shutter having a diaphragm function, 14 denotes an image sensor that converts an optical image into an electric signal, and 16 denotes an A / D converter that converts an analog output of the image sensor 14 into a digital signal. A process circuit that performs known camera signal processing such as gamma correction, color balance adjustment, and conversion to a luminance / color difference signal may be provided between the image sensor 14 and the A / D converter 16.
[0015]
Reference numeral 18 denotes an image memory, 20 denotes a compression / expansion circuit that compresses / decompresses image data by adaptive discrete cosine transform (ADCT) or the like, and 22 denotes a memory control that controls writing / reading of the image memory 18 and data input / output of the compression / expansion circuit 20. Circuit. The memory control circuit 22 first writes the captured image data from the A / D converter 16 in the image memory 18.
[0016]
When compressing the image data stored in the image memory 18, the memory control circuit 22 reads out the image data stored in the image memory 18 and supplies it to the compression / decompression circuit 20. The compressed data from the compression / decompression circuit 20 is stored in the image memory. 18 is written. When decompressing the compressed image data stored in the image memory 18, the memory control circuit 22 reads the compressed image data stored in the image memory 18 and supplies the compressed image data to the compression / decompression circuit 20. Is written into the image memory 18.
[0017]
Reference numeral 24 denotes an imaging control circuit (CPU) that controls the entire imaging unit 100. Reference numeral 26 denotes an imaging device 14, an A / D converter 16, and a memory control circuit 22 under the control of the memory control circuit 22 and the imaging control circuit 24. This is a clock generation circuit for supplying a predetermined clock.
[0018]
28 is a shutter drive circuit for driving the shutter 12, 30 is a lens drive circuit for driving the focusing lens and zooming lens of the photographing lens 10, 32 is a distance measuring circuit for measuring the distance to the subject, and 34 is the brightness of the subject. , A photometric circuit 36 for measuring the flash.
[0019]
Reference numeral 38 denotes a rechargeable battery that supplies power to each part in the image pickup unit 100, and may be detachable or fixed to the image pickup unit 100. Further, a part is fixed and the rest is detachable. Also good. The battery 38 has a capacity that can sufficiently cope with the charging of the flash 36 and the peak current caused by the motor driving of the shutter driving circuit 28 and the lens driving circuit 30.
[0020]
A power supply control circuit 40 includes a mounting detection circuit that detects the mounting of the battery 38, a voltage detection circuit that detects the output voltage of the battery 38, a DC-DC converter, and a switch that selectively controls a block to be energized. The power supply control circuit 40 detects the presence / absence of the battery 38, the type of battery, and the remaining battery level, controls the DC-DC converter according to the detection result and the instruction of the imaging control circuit 24, and requires the necessary voltage. The period is supplied to each unit in the imaging unit 100.
[0021]
Reference numeral 42 denotes a program storage circuit (ROM) for storing operation programs and control constants of the imaging control circuit 24 and the processing unit 200. Reference numeral 44 denotes bidirectional transmission of captured image data, operation programs, control data, and the like with the information unit 200. An interface 46 for transferring is a connector for connecting the imaging unit 100 to the processing unit 200. The connector 46 includes not only data signal lines and control signal lines, but also power lines for supplying power from the processing unit 200 to the interface 44 and the program storage circuit 42. The power supply control circuit 40 receives a control signal and a charging current of the battery 38 from the processing unit 200 via the connector 46. The power supply control circuit 40 can also supply current from the battery 38 to the processing unit 200.
[0022]
The imaging control circuit 24 drives the focusing lens of the photographic lens 10 via the lens driving circuit 30 according to the measurement result of the distance measuring circuit 32 to control the photographic lens 10 to the in-focus state. The imaging control control circuit 24 also determines the opening time of the shutter 12 by the shutter drive circuit 28 so that the optimum exposure amount is obtained based on the measurement result of the photometry circuit 34. Since these are very general techniques and are not characteristic of the present invention, a detailed description thereof will be omitted.
[0023]
The configuration of the processing unit 200 will be described. Reference numeral 102 denotes a control circuit (CPU) that controls the entire processing unit 200; 104, which includes a ROM and a RAM; a storage circuit that stores an operation program of the CPU 102 and various control variables; and 106, a liquid crystal display that displays characters and images as images. An output device including the device and a speaker for audio output.
[0024]
An operation device 108 inputs predetermined instructions to the imaging unit 100 and the processing unit 200, and includes a main switch, an imaging switch for designating a mode for performing imaging, a release button, a numeric keypad switch for dialing, and A communication switch for instructing communication start is provided. The distance metering switch for instructing distance measurement and metering by the distance measuring circuit 32 and the metering circuit 34 is closed in the middle of the operation of the release switch, and the shooting start switch for instructing the start of shooting has completed the operation of the release button. It is closed at.
[0025]
As the operation device 108, characters, figures, pictograms and the like corresponding to various operation elements are displayed on the display device of the output device 106, and these are operated and input with a mouse, a track ball, a touch panel and an input pen. It goes without saying that this may be done.
[0026]
Reference numeral 110 denotes a communication control circuit (CCU) that controls connection with a communication line, for example, an ISDN line, and includes an incoming call detection circuit 112 therein. Reference numeral 114 denotes a connector for connection with a communication line.
[0027]
116 is an interface for communication with the imaging unit 100, 118 is a connector connected to the connector 46 of the imaging unit 100, and 120 is an imaging unit attachment / detachment detection circuit that mechanically, electrically, or optically detects attachment / detachment of the imaging unit 100. It is.
[0028]
A power supply 122 is detachably attached to the processing unit 200 and includes a battery 124 and a connector 126. Connector 126 connects to connector 128. Reference numeral 130 denotes a power supply control circuit similar to the power supply control circuit 40, which is a mounting detection circuit that detects the mounting of the power supply 122, a voltage detection circuit that detects the output voltage of the battery 124 of the power supply 122, a DC-DC converter, and a power supply. A switch for selecting and controlling the block is provided. The power supply control circuit 130 detects the presence / absence of the battery 124, the type of battery, and the remaining battery level, and exchanges power with the battery 38 of the imaging unit 100 via the connector 46 and the power supply control circuit 40.
[0029]
Reference numeral 132 denotes an interface for communication with the recording medium 300, and 134 denotes a connector for connecting the recording medium 300.
[0030]
The control circuit 102, the storage circuit 104, the output device 106, the operation device 108, the communication control circuit 110, the interface 116, the imaging unit attachment / detachment detection circuit 120, the power supply control circuit 130, and the interface 132 are connected to each other via a bus 136.
[0031]
The recording medium 300 includes a recording element 202, an interface 204 for communication with the processing unit 200, and a connector 206 connected to the connector 134 of the processing unit 200. The recording element 202 includes, for example, a hard disk device, an optical disk, a magneto-optical disk, and a solid-state memory element. In this embodiment, a solid-state memory device such as a flash memory, a battery-backed dynamic random access memory, and a programmable read only memory (PROM) is used.
[0032]
Next, the operation of this embodiment will be described with reference to the flowcharts shown in FIG. FIG. 2 shows a flowchart of the main routine of this embodiment.
[0033]
By connecting the power supply 122 to the processing unit 200, the output of the battery 124 of the power supply 122 is applied to the power supply control circuit 130 via the connectors 126 and 128. The power supply control circuit 130 supplies a necessary power supply voltage to the control circuit 102 and the storage circuit 104, and the control circuit 102 executes a predetermined program stored in the storage circuit 104, and first initializes it (S1).
[0034]
The control circuit 102 checks the main switch of the operating device 108 (S2). If the main switch is off (S2), the control circuit 102 causes the respective units of the processing unit 200 to execute predetermined end processing, and then causes the power supply control circuit 130 to stop supplying power to the entire processing unit 200 (S3). ). If the main switch is on (S2), the control circuit 102 causes the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the entire processing unit 200, and causes the video display device of the output device 106 to display a predetermined video such as characters and icons. (S4).
[0035]
When the entire processing unit 200 is turned on, the presence / absence of an incoming call (S5), the ON / OFF state of a communication switch (S6), and the presence / absence of connection of the imaging unit 100 (S7) are checked. Whether or not the image pickup unit 100 is connected can be detected by the image pickup unit attachment / detachment detection circuit 120. When the image pickup unit 100 is not attached (S7), a predetermined warning by video and / or audio is output from the output device 106 (S8). ), Return to S2.
[0036]
An incoming call detection circuit 112 in the communication control circuit 110 detects an incoming call request from a communication line connected to the connector 114 or an external device. When there is an incoming call request, the incoming call detection circuit 112 notifies the control circuit 102, and the control circuit 102 notifies the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the communication system (S9). The communication control circuit 110 connects the lines (S10) and executes communication (S11). After the communication is executed, the communication control circuit 110 disconnects the line (S12), the power control circuit 130 stops the power supply to the communication system (S13), and returns to S2.
[0037]
When the user desires communication, the communication switch included in the operation device 108 is operated. In response to the operation of the communication switch, the control circuit 102 causes the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the communication system (S14). Then, the control circuit 102 causes the communication control circuit 110 to output a call request (call) in accordance with the telephone number or address of the other party input or registered with the ten key of the operation device 108 (S15). This address includes a user address, a user code, a user ID, and the like in a network such as a WAN or a LAN, or e-mail.
[0038]
When a line with an external device or a communication partner is established (S10), communication is executed (S11). Thereafter, the communication control circuit 110 disconnects the line (S12), and the power supply control circuit 130 supplies power to the communication system. Stop (S13) and return to S2.
[0039]
When the imaging unit 100 is attached to the processing unit 200 (S7), the control circuit 102 checks the imaging switch of the controller device 108 (S16). When the imaging switch is on (S16), the imaging program (program for controlling the imaging unit 100) stored in the program storage circuit 42 is read and stored via the interface 44, the connectors 46 and 118, the interface 116, and the bus 136. The data is stored in the circuit 104 (S17).
[0040]
After the imaging program is stored in the storage circuit 104 (S17), the power supply control circuit 40 of the imaging unit 100 is instructed to place the imaging unit 100 in a power supply state (S18). Next, the imaging program stored in the storage circuit 104 is executed to cause the imaging unit 100 to execute imaging (S19). The details of the photographing routine (S19) will be described later with reference to FIG. 3, but predetermined characters and images relating to imaging are displayed on the display device of the output device 106, and the imaging unit 100 is set in accordance with a predetermined operation of the operation device 108. Control. In the imaging unit 100, image data of an image captured by the image sensor 12 or compressed data thereof is stored in the image memory 18.
[0041]
After completion of the imaging process (S19), the control circuit 102 of the processing unit 200 instructs the power control circuit 40 of the imaging unit 100 to turn off the power supply to each part of the imaging unit 100 (S20). Thereafter, the process returns to S2.
[0042]
When the imaging switch is off (S16), predetermined characters and images are displayed on the display device of the output device 106, and the input of the operation device 108 is accepted, and the process returns to S2.
[0043]
FIG. 3 shows a detailed flowchart of the imaging routine shown in S19 of FIG. The control circuit 102 displays characters and images necessary for imaging on the display device of the output device 106, and the imaging control circuit 24 of the imaging unit 100 initializes each part of the imaging unit 100 according to instructions from the control circuit 102 ( S21).
[0044]
What is displayed on the display device of the output device 106 is an operation mode such as single shooting, continuous shooting, and self-timer shooting, distance measurement / photometry information, the operating state of the flash 36, and a gain-up operation that increases the sensitivity of the image sensor 12. For example, the state of use of the image memory 18, the operation state of the compression / decompression circuit 20, the recording operation state of the recording medium 300, the number of shots, the captured capacity, and the remaining capacity. Furthermore, general camera operation members such as release buttons, electronic dials, and mode select dials are displayed as images, and these can be operated and input using a mouse, trackball, touch panel and input pen. Needless to say, it may be.
[0045]
The control circuit 102 continuously displays the captured images of the image sensor 14 on the entire screen or a part of the screen of the display device of the output device 106 and / or is recorded or stored in the recording medium 300 or the storage circuit 106. Set the viewfinder function for playing back and displaying images. The former is called through mode or through mode display, and the latter is called memory mode or memory mode display. The same area of the screen may be used by switching between the through mode and the memory mode, or different areas of the screen may be assigned in the through mode and the memory mode.
[0046]
The control circuit 102 confirms that the imaging switch of the operation device 108 is on (S22), there is no incoming call (S23), and that even if there is an incoming call, the imaging priority mode is selected (S33). Wait for operation.
[0047]
That is, the control circuit 102 first checks whether or not the imaging switch of the operation device 108 is on (S22). If the imaging switch is off, the control circuit 102 instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to complete the termination process for the imaging unit 100. This is executed (S36), the imaging display and finder display on the display screen of the output device 106 are terminated, and the imaging process (S19) is terminated.
[0048]
When the imaging switch is on (S22), the presence / absence of an incoming call notification from the incoming call detection circuit 112 is checked (S23). If there is an incoming call request (S23), it is checked which of the imaging priority mode that prioritizes imaging or the communication priority mode that prioritizes communication is set in the operation device 108 (S33).
[0049]
In the case of the communication priority mode (S33), the control circuit 102 warns the communication device to give priority to the communication processing and terminates the imaging processing on the display device of the output device 106 (S35), and instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to take the imaging unit. 100 is executed (S36), the imaging display and the finder display on the display screen of the output device 106 are terminated, and the imaging process (S19) is terminated.
[0050]
In the imaging priority mode (S33), the control circuit 102 displays on the display device of the output device 106 that the communication process is prohibited in order to prioritize the imaging process, as well as the telephone number and user ID of the call destination. The incoming call information is displayed (S34), and the release operation is monitored.
[0051]
When the distance measurement / photometry switch is turned on by the release switch (S24), the control circuit 102 instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to perform distance measurement and photometry. The imaging control circuit 24 adjusts the focus of the taking lens 10 on the subject according to the distance measurement and the light measurement by the distance measurement circuit 32 and the photometry circuit 34, and determines the shutter time (S25). Details of the distance measurement and photometry operations will be described later.
[0052]
While the distance measurement / photometry switch is on, the distance measurement and photometry operations (S25) are repeated until the shooting start switch is turned on. If there is an incoming call request during this time (S26), it is checked whether it is an imaging priority mode or a communication priority mode (S33). In the case of the communication priority mode (S33), the control circuit 102 warns the communication device to give priority to the communication processing and terminates the imaging processing on the display device of the output device 106 (S35), and instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to take the imaging unit. 100 is executed (S36), the imaging display and the finder display on the display screen of the output device 106 are terminated, and the imaging process (S19) is terminated. In this end process (S36), a process of recording a captured image on the recording medium 300 that is not recorded on the recording medium 300 is also performed.
[0053]
In the imaging priority mode (S33), the control circuit 102 displays on the display device of the output device 106 that the communication process is prohibited in order to prioritize the imaging process, as well as the telephone number and user ID of the call destination. The incoming call information is displayed (S34), and the process proceeds to S27.
[0054]
When the photographing start switch is turned on (S27), the control circuit 102 checks whether or not the photographed image can be stored or recorded in the storage circuit 106 or the recording medium 300 (S28). When there is no recordable free space or the recording medium 300 is removed, a predetermined warning is output from the display device of the output device 106 (S32), and the process returns to S22. When recording is possible, the control circuit 102 instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to execute imaging, and the imaging control circuit 24 controls the shutter 12 and the like in accordance with this to execute imaging, and the captured image data is stored in the image memory 18. (S29). Details of the photographing operation will be described later.
[0055]
When shooting is continued as in the continuous shooting mode (S30), the process proceeds to S26 and waits for the shooting start switch to be turned on (S27). When shooting is not continued (S30), the control circuit 102 instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to perform a recording operation. Thus, the image data stored in the image memory 18 is transferred to the storage circuit 106 or the recording medium 300, stored or recorded (S31), and the process returns to S26.
[0056]
That is, the imaging control circuit 24 reads the image data from the image memory 18 and transfers the captured image data to the processing unit 200 via the memory control circuit 22, the interface 44, and the connector 46. Is transferred to the storage circuit 104 via the interface 116 and the bus 136 or to the recording medium 300 via the interface 132 and the connector 134. In the recording medium 300, the received data is written into the recording element 202.
[0057]
When the distance measurement / photometry switch is turned off (S24), the process returns to S22 to reconfirm whether the imaging switch is turned on (S22), and the above-described processing is repeated.
[0058]
FIG. 4 shows a detailed flowchart of the distance measurement / photometry operation in S25 of FIG. The distance to the subject is measured by the distance measuring circuit 32, and the imaging control circuit 24 stores the measured distance data in the internal memory (S41). The brightness of the subject is measured by the photometry circuit 34, and the imaging control circuit 24 stores the photometric data in the internal memory (S42). Whether the flash is necessary is determined based on the photometric value (S43). If necessary, the flash flag is set and the flash 36 is charged (S44).
[0059]
FIG. 5 shows a detailed flowchart of the photographing operation in S29 of FIG. The imaging control circuit 24 reads the subject distance data stored in the internal memory, drives the focusing lens of the photographing lens 10 by the lens driving circuit 30, and focuses on the subject (S51). The imaging control circuit 24 also exposes the imaging device 14 by opening the shutter 12 by the shutter driving circuit 28 according to the photometric data stored in the internal memory (S52, 53). It is determined whether or not a flash is necessary based on the flash flag (S54). If necessary, the flash 36 is caused to emit light (S55). Waiting for the end of exposure of the image sensor 14 (S56), closing the shutter 12 (S57), reading out the charge signal from the image sensor 14, and storing it in the image memory 18 via the A / D converter 16 and the memory control circuit 22. The photographed image data is written (S58).
[0060]
FIG. 6 shows a detailed flowchart of the communication process in S11 of FIG. The control circuit 102 performs start processing such as initial setting necessary for communication by the communication control circuit 110 (S61), and when the communication switch of the operation device 108 is on (S62) and the imaging switch is off (S63), Communication is executed (S64). When the communication is continued (S65), the process returns to S62. When the communication is not continued, a predetermined termination process is performed on the communication control circuit 110 (S66), and the communication process is terminated.
[0061]
When the communication switch is off (S62), a predetermined termination process is performed on the communication control circuit 110 (S66), and the communication process is terminated.
[0062]
When the imaging switch is on (S63), it is checked whether the imaging priority mode or the communication priority mode is set by the operation device 108 (S67). In the communication priority mode (S67), the imaging process is performed on the display device of the output device 106. Is prohibited and communication processing is given priority (S68), and the process proceeds to S64 to execute communication. In the imaging priority mode (S67), the display device of the output device 106 interrupts the communication process and warns that the imaging process is given priority (S69), and performs a predetermined end process on the communication control circuit 110 (S66). The communication process is terminated.
[0063]
In S63, the branching is performed based on the on / off state of the imaging switch. However, the branching may be performed according to an input operation related to the operation of the imaging unit 100, such as a release button or a mode switch.
[0064]
With the operation described above, in this embodiment, communication and imaging can be appropriately operated, and any one can be given priority over the other. For example, when an incoming call is received during the imaging operation, in the communication priority mode, the imaging operation is terminated and the communication operation is executed. In the imaging priority mode, shooting is continued while displaying the incoming call. In addition, when it is desired to take a picture during the communication operation, in the imaging priority mode, the communication operation can be immediately terminated and the photographing can be started.
[0065]
FIG. 7 shows a second main operation flowchart of the apparatus of FIG. According to FIG. 7, when the imaging switch is operated during communication, the communication line is put on hold and imaging can be executed.
[0066]
By connecting the power supply 122 to the processing unit 200, the output of the battery 124 of the power supply 122 is applied to the power supply control circuit 130 via the connectors 126 and 128. The power supply control circuit 130 supplies a necessary power supply voltage to the control circuit 102 and the storage circuit 104, and the control circuit 102 executes a predetermined program stored in the storage circuit 104, and first initializes it (S101).
[0067]
The control circuit 102 checks the main switch of the operating device 108 (S102). If the main switch is off (S102), the control circuit 102 causes each unit of the processing unit 200 to execute a predetermined end process, and then causes the power control circuit 130 to stop supplying power to the entire processing unit 200 (S103). ). If the main switch is on (S102), the control circuit 102 causes the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the entire processing unit 200, and causes the video display device of the output device 106 to display a predetermined video such as characters and icons. (S104).
[0068]
When the entire processing unit 200 is turned on, the presence / absence of an incoming call (S105), the communication switch on / off (S106), and the presence / absence of connection of the imaging unit 100 (S107) are checked. Whether or not the imaging unit 100 is connected can be detected by the imaging unit attachment / detachment detection circuit 120. When the imaging unit 100 is not attached (S107), a predetermined warning by video and / or audio is output from the output device 106 (S108). ), The process returns to S102.
[0069]
An incoming call detection circuit 112 in the communication control circuit 110 detects an incoming call request from a communication line connected to the connector 114 or an external device. When there is an incoming call request, the incoming call detection circuit 112 notifies the control circuit 102, and the control circuit 102 notifies the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the communication system (S109). The communication control circuit 110 connects the lines (S110) and executes communication (S111). When the imaging switch is turned on during communication execution, the process jumps to S107 (S112). When the imaging switch remains off (S112), the communication control circuit 110 disconnects the line (S113), and the power control circuit 130 Stops the power supply to the communication system (S114) and returns to S102.
[0070]
When the user desires communication, the communication switch included in the operation device 108 is operated. In response to the operation of the communication switch, the control circuit 102 causes the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the communication system (S115). Then, the control circuit 102 causes the communication control circuit 110 to output a call request (call) in accordance with the telephone number or address of the other party input or registered with the ten key of the operation device 108 (S116). This address includes a user address, a user code, a user ID, and the like in a network such as a WAN or a LAN, or e-mail.
[0071]
When a line with an external device or a communication partner is established (S110), communication is executed (S111). When the imaging switch is turned on during communication execution, the process jumps to S107 (S112). When the imaging switch remains off (S112), the communication control circuit 110 disconnects the line (S113), and the power control circuit 130 Stops the power supply to the communication system (S114) and returns to S102.
[0072]
When the communication switch is off (S106), or when the imaging switch is turned on during communication (S112), it is checked whether the imaging unit 100 is attached to the processing unit 200 (S107). When the imaging unit 100 is attached to the processing unit 200 (S107), the control circuit 102 checks the imaging switch of the operation device 108 (S117). When the imaging switch is on (S117), the imaging program (program for controlling the imaging unit 100) stored in the program storage circuit 42 is read and stored via the interface 44, the connectors 46 and 118, the interface 116, and the bus 136. The data is stored in the circuit 104 (S118).
[0073]
After the imaging program is stored in the storage circuit 104 (S118), the power supply control circuit 40 of the imaging unit 100 is instructed to place the imaging unit 100 in a power supply state (S119). Next, the imaging program stored in the storage circuit 104 is executed to cause the imaging unit 100 to execute imaging (S120). Details of this photographing routine (S120) will be described later with reference to FIG.
[0074]
After completion of the imaging process (S120), the control circuit 102 of the processing unit 200 instructs the power control circuit 40 of the imaging unit 100 to turn off the power supply to each part of the imaging unit 100 (S121). Thereafter, the process returns to S102.
[0075]
When the imaging switch is OFF (S117), predetermined characters and images are displayed on the display device of the output device 106, and the input of the operation device 108 is made acceptable, and the process returns to S102.
[0076]
FIG. 8 shows a detailed flowchart of the imaging routine shown in S19 of FIG. The difference from FIG. 3 is that in the imaging priority mode, processing of the line and control of power supply to the communication system (S144, 147, 148) when the imaging switch is turned on during communication are added. is there.
[0077]
The control circuit 102 displays characters and images necessary for imaging on the display device of the output device 106, and the imaging control circuit 24 of the imaging unit 100 initializes each part of the imaging unit 100 according to instructions from the control circuit 102 ( S131).
[0078]
What is displayed on the display device of the output device 106 is an operation mode such as single shooting, continuous shooting, and self-timer shooting, distance measurement / photometry information, the operating state of the flash 36, and a gain-up operation that increases the sensitivity of the image sensor 12. For example, the state of use of the image memory 18, the operation state of the compression / decompression circuit 20, the recording operation state of the recording medium 300, the number of shots, the captured capacity, and the remaining capacity. Furthermore, general camera operation members such as release buttons, electronic dials, and mode select dials are displayed as images, and these can be operated and input using a mouse, trackball, touch panel and input pen. Needless to say, it may be.
[0079]
The control circuit 102 continuously displays the captured images of the image sensor 14 on the entire screen or a part of the screen of the display device of the output device 106 and / or is recorded or stored in the recording medium 300 or the storage circuit 106. Set the viewfinder function for playing back and displaying images. The former is called through mode or through mode display, and the latter is called memory mode or memory mode display. The same area of the screen may be used by switching between the through mode and the memory mode, or different areas of the screen may be assigned in the through mode and the memory mode.
[0080]
The control circuit 102 confirms that the imaging switch of the operation device 108 is on (S132), there is no incoming call (S133), and that even if there is an incoming call, the imaging priority mode is selected (S143). Wait for operation.
[0081]
That is, the control circuit 102 first checks whether or not the imaging switch of the operating device 108 is on (S132). If the imaging switch is off, the control circuit 102 instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to complete the termination process for the imaging unit 100. This is executed (S146), the imaging display and the finder display on the display screen of the output device 106 are terminated, and the imaging process (S120) is terminated.
[0082]
When the imaging switch is on (S132), the presence / absence of an incoming call notification from the incoming call detection circuit 112 is checked (S133). If there is an incoming call request (S133), it is confirmed which of the imaging priority mode that prioritizes imaging or the communication priority mode that prioritizes communication is set in the operation device 108 (S143).
[0083]
In the case of the communication priority mode (S143), the control circuit 102 warns on the display device of the output device 106 that the communication process is given priority and the imaging process is finished (S145), and instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to take the imaging unit. 100 is executed (S146), the imaging display and the finder display on the display screen of the output device 106 are terminated, and the imaging process (S120) is terminated.
[0084]
In the imaging priority mode (S143), the control circuit 102 determines whether or not to hold the connected communication line (S144), and when holding, holds the communication line on the display device of the output device 106. Then, the priority is given to the imaging process, and the incoming call information such as the telephone number of the destination and the user ID is displayed, and the process proceeds to S137 to monitor the release operation.
[0085]
Further, when the communication line is not put on hold (S144), the control circuit 102 displays on the display device of the output device 106 that the communication processing is prohibited in order to prioritize the imaging processing, and the destination telephone number and user Incoming information such as ID is displayed, the communication line is disconnected by the communication control circuit 110 (S147), the power supply to the communication system is interrupted by the power supply control circuit 130 (S148), and the process proceeds to S137 to monitor the raising operation. To do.
[0086]
When the distance measurement / photometry switch is turned on by the release switch (S134), the control circuit 102 instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to perform distance measurement and photometry. The imaging control circuit 24 determines the shutter time by focusing the photographing lens 10 on the subject according to the distance measurement and the light measurement by the distance measurement circuit 32 and the photometry circuit 34 (S135). Details of the distance measurement and photometry operations are shown in FIG.
[0087]
While the distance measurement / photometry switch is on (S134), the distance measurement and photometry operations (S135) are repeated until the photographing start switch is turned on (S137). If there is an incoming call request during this time (S136), it is checked whether it is an imaging priority mode or a communication priority mode (S143). In the case of the communication priority mode (S143), the control circuit 102 warns on the display device of the output device 106 that the communication process is given priority and the imaging process is finished (S145), and instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to take the imaging unit. 100 is executed (S146), the imaging display and the finder display on the display screen of the output device 106 are terminated, and the imaging process (S120) is terminated. In this end process (S146), a process of recording a captured image on the recording medium 300 that is not recorded on the recording medium 300 is also performed.
[0088]
In the imaging priority mode (S143), the control circuit 102 determines whether or not to hold the connected communication line (S144), and when holding, holds the communication line on the display device of the output device 106. Then, the priority is given to the imaging process, and the incoming call information such as the telephone number of the destination and the user ID is displayed, and the process proceeds to S137 to monitor the release operation.
[0089]
Further, when the communication line is not put on hold (S144), the control circuit 102 displays on the display device of the output device 106 that the communication processing is prohibited in order to prioritize the imaging processing, and the destination telephone number and user Incoming information such as ID is displayed, the communication line is disconnected by the communication control circuit 110 (S147), the power supply to the communication system is interrupted by the power supply control circuit 130 (S148), and the process proceeds to S137 to monitor the raising operation. To do.
[0090]
Note that the time for holding the communication line may be a predetermined time, or may be arbitrarily selected from the plurality of predetermined values by the operation device 108. Needless to say, if the use of the communication line is not started before the holding time elapses, the communication line is naturally disconnected.
[0091]
When the photographing start switch is turned on (S137), the control circuit 102 checks whether or not the photographed image can be stored or recorded in the storage circuit 106 or the recording medium 300 (S138). If there is no recordable free space or the recording medium 300 is removed, a predetermined warning is output from the display device of the output device 106 (S142), and the process returns to S132. When recording is possible, the control circuit 102 instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to execute imaging, and the imaging control circuit 24 controls the shutter 12 and the like in accordance with this to execute imaging, and the captured image data is stored in the image memory 18. (S139). Details of the photographing operation (S139) are shown in FIG.
[0092]
When shooting is continued as in the continuous shooting mode (S140), the process proceeds to S136 and waits for the shooting start switch to be turned on (S137). When shooting is not continued (S140), the control circuit 102 instructs the imaging control circuit 24 to perform a recording operation. Thus, the image data stored in the image memory 18 is transferred to the storage circuit 106 or the recording medium 300, stored or recorded (S141), and the process returns to S136.
[0093]
That is, the imaging control circuit 24 reads the image data from the image memory 18 and transfers the captured image data to the processing unit 200 via the memory control circuit 22, the interface 44, and the connector 46. Is transferred to the storage circuit 104 via the interface 116 and the bus 136 or to the recording medium 300 via the interface 132 and the connector 134. In the recording medium 300, the received data is written into the recording element 202.
[0094]
When the distance measurement / photometry switch is turned off (S134), the process returns to S132 to reconfirm whether the imaging switch is turned on (S132), and the above-described processing is repeated.
[0095]
FIG. 9 shows a detailed flowchart of the communication process in S111 of FIG.
[0096]
When the communication circuit is on hold (S151), the control circuit 102 releases the hold (S158), and proceeds to S155.
[0097]
If the communication line is not on hold (S151), the control circuit 102 performs start processing such as initial setting necessary for communication by the communication control circuit 110 (S152), and the communication switch of the operation device 108 is turned on (S153). When the imaging switch is off (S154), communication is executed (S155). When the communication is continued (S156), the process returns to S153. When the communication is not continued, a predetermined termination process is performed on the communication control circuit 110 (S157), and the communication process is terminated.
[0098]
When the communication switch is off (S153), a predetermined termination process is performed on the communication control circuit 110 (S157), and the communication process is terminated.
[0099]
When the imaging switch is on (S154), it is checked whether the imaging priority mode or the communication priority mode is set by the operation device 108 (S159). In the communication priority mode (S159), the display device of the output device 106 prohibits the imaging process and displays that the communication process is given priority (S160), and proceeds to S155 to execute communication. In the imaging priority mode (S159), the communication line is set on hold, the communication process is interrupted on the display device of the output device 106 to warn that the imaging process is given priority (S161), and the imaging switch is held in the ON state. (S162) The communication control circuit 110 is subjected to interruption processing necessary for line holding (157), and the communication processing is terminated.
[0100]
In S154, the branching is performed based on the on / off state of the imaging switch.
[0101]
With the operation described above, in this embodiment, for example, when an incoming call is received during the imaging operation, in the communication priority mode, the imaging operation is terminated and the communication operation is executed. In the imaging priority mode, the line is put on hold. Continue shooting. In addition, when it is desired to take a picture during the communication operation, in the imaging priority mode, it is possible to start the shooting with the communication line held.
[0102]
If there is an imaging command input during communication operation, in S159 of FIG. 9, communication line hold is determined according to the priority mode determination, but line hold based on a pre-registered telephone number or user ID, etc. Or you may make it determine a cutting | disconnection. In the case of an incoming call during the imaging operation, the communication line hold is also determined according to the priority mode determination in 143 of FIG. 8, but this also holds the line hold or disconnection based on the telephone number or user ID registered in advance. It may be determined.
[0103]
Next, a third operation example of this embodiment will be described. FIG. 10 shows the main flowchart. In FIG. 10, an automatic transmission function is added.
[0104]
By connecting the power supply 122 to the processing unit 200, the output of the battery 124 of the power supply 122 is applied to the power supply control circuit 130 via the connectors 126 and 128. The power supply control circuit 130 supplies the necessary power supply voltage to the control circuit 102 and the storage circuit 104, and the control circuit 102 executes a predetermined program stored in the storage circuit 106, and first initializes it (S201).
[0105]
The control circuit 102 checks the main switch of the operating device 108 (S202). If the main switch is off (S202), the control circuit 102 causes each unit of the processing unit 200 to execute a predetermined end process, and then causes the power supply control circuit 130 to stop supplying power to the entire processing unit 200 (S203). ). If the main switch is on (S202), the control circuit 102 causes the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the entire processing unit 200 and causes the video display device of the output device 106 to display a predetermined video such as characters and icons. (S204).
[0106]
When the entire processing unit 200 is turned on, the presence / absence of an incoming call (S205), communication switch on / off (S206), and presence / absence of connection of the imaging unit 100 (S207) are checked. Whether or not the imaging unit 100 is connected can be detected by the imaging unit attachment / detachment detection circuit 120. When the imaging unit 100 is not attached (S207), a predetermined warning by video and / or audio is output from the output device 106 (S208). ), The process returns to S202.
[0107]
An incoming call detection circuit 112 in the communication control circuit 110 detects an incoming call request from a communication line connected to the connector 114 or an external device. When there is an incoming call request (S205), the incoming call detection circuit 112 notifies the control circuit 102, and the control circuit 102 notifies the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the communication system (S209). The communication control circuit 110 connects the lines (S210) and executes communication (S211). After the communication is completed, the communication control circuit 110 disconnects the line (S212), the power control circuit 130 stops the power supply to the communication system (S213), and returns to S202.
[0108]
When the user desires communication, the communication switch included in the operation device 108 is operated. In response to the operation of the communication switch (S206), the control circuit 102 causes the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the communication system (S214). Then, the control circuit 102 causes the communication control circuit 110 to output a call request (call) in accordance with the telephone number or address of the other party input or registered with the ten key of the operation device 108 (S215). This address includes a user address, a user code, a user ID, and the like in a network such as a WAN or a LAN, or e-mail.
[0109]
When a line with an external device or a communication partner is established (S210), communication is executed (S211). After the communication is completed, the communication control circuit 110 disconnects the line (S212), the power control circuit 130 stops the power supply to the communication system (S213), and returns to S202.
[0110]
When the communication switch is off (S206), it is checked whether the imaging unit 100 is attached to the processing unit 200 (S207). When the imaging unit 100 is attached to the processing unit 200 (S207), the control circuit 102 checks the imaging switch of the operation device 108 (S216). When the imaging switch is on (S216), the imaging program (program for controlling the imaging unit 100) stored in the program storage circuit 42 is read and stored via the interface 44, the connectors 46 and 118, the interface 116, and the bus 136. The data is stored in the circuit 104 (S217).
[0111]
After the imaging program is stored in the storage circuit 104 (S217), the power supply control circuit 40 of the imaging unit 100 is instructed to place the imaging unit 100 in a power supply state (S218). Next, the imaging program stored in the storage circuit 104 is executed to cause the imaging unit 100 to execute imaging (S219). The details of this photographing routine (S219) may be the same as in FIG.
[0112]
After completion of the imaging process (S219), the control circuit 102 of the processing unit 200 instructs the power supply control circuit 40 of the imaging unit 100 to turn off the power supply to each part of the imaging unit 100 (S220). If automatic transmission is set (S221), the control circuit 102 reads and sets the transmission destination address such as the telephone number and user ID of the transmission destination from the program storage circuit 42 or the storage circuit 104 (S222). Proceed and execute communication.
[0113]
If automatic transmission is not set (S221), a predetermined image such as a character or an icon is displayed on the display device of the output device 106 so that the input of the operation device 108 can be accepted, and the process returns to S202.
[0114]
When the imaging switch is OFF (S216), predetermined characters and images are displayed on the display device of the output device 106, and the input of the operation device 108 is made acceptable, and the process returns to S202.
[0115]
In FIG. 10, an auto-dial function is realized, and a captured image can be automatically transmitted to a preset transmission destination. Although an example in which an image is transmitted after the end of the imaging operation has been described, transmission may be performed while imaging.
[0116]
Next, a fourth operation example of this embodiment will be described. FIG. 11 shows the main flowchart. In FIG. 11, a function of automatically registering information (telephone number, user ID, etc.) relating to the communication partner in the recording medium 300 together with the transmitted or received image is added.
[0117]
By connecting the power supply 122 to the processing unit 200, the output of the battery 124 of the power supply 122 is applied to the power supply control circuit 130 via the connectors 126 and 128. The power supply control circuit 130 supplies the necessary power supply voltage to the control circuit 102 and the storage circuit 104, and the control circuit 102 executes a predetermined program stored in the storage circuit 104, and first initializes it (S301).
[0118]
The control circuit 102 checks the main switch of the operating device 108 (S302). If the main switch is off (S302), the control circuit 102 causes each unit of the processing unit 200 to execute a predetermined end process, and then causes the power supply control circuit 130 to stop supplying power to the entire processing unit 200 (S303). ). If the main switch is on (S302), the control circuit 102 causes the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the entire processing unit 200, and causes the video display device of the output device 106 to display a predetermined video such as characters and icons. (S304).
[0119]
When the entire processing unit 200 is turned on, the presence / absence of an incoming call (S305), the communication switch on / off (S306), and the presence / absence of connection of the imaging unit 100 (S307) are checked. Whether or not the imaging unit 100 is connected can be detected by the imaging unit attachment / detachment detection circuit 120. When the imaging unit 100 is not attached (S307), a predetermined warning by video and / or audio is output from the output device 106 (S308). ), The process returns to S302.
[0120]
An incoming call detection circuit 112 in the communication control circuit 110 detects an incoming call request from a communication line connected to the connector 114 or an external device. When there is an incoming call request (S305), the incoming call detection circuit 112 notifies the control circuit 102, and the control circuit 102 notifies the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the communication system (S309). The communication control circuit 110 connects the lines (S310) and executes communication (S311). After the communication is completed, if the other party information such as the telephone number and the user ID is set to be automatically saved (S312), the other party information is recorded on the recording medium 300 in association with the transmitted image (S313). The communication control circuit 110 disconnects the line (S314), the power supply control circuit 130 stops the power supply to the communication system (S315), and returns to S302.
[0121]
When the user desires communication, the communication switch included in the operation device 108 is operated. In response to the operation of the communication switch (S306), the control circuit 102 causes the power supply control circuit 130 to supply power to the communication system (S316). Then, the control circuit 102 causes the communication control circuit 110 to output a call request (call) in accordance with the telephone number or address of the other party input or registered with the ten key of the operation device 108 (S317). This address includes a user address, a user code, a user ID, and the like in a network such as a WAN or a LAN, or e-mail.
[0122]
When a line with an external device or a communication partner is established (S310), communication is executed (S311). After the communication is completed, if the other party information such as the telephone number and the user ID is set to be automatically saved (S312), the other party information is recorded on the recording medium 300 in association with the transmitted image (S313). The communication control circuit 110 disconnects the line (S314), the power supply control circuit 130 stops the power supply to the communication system (S315), and returns to S302.
[0123]
When the communication switch is off (S306), it is checked whether the imaging unit 100 is attached to the processing unit 200 (S307). When the imaging unit 100 is attached to the processing unit 200 (S307), the control circuit 102 checks the imaging switch of the controller device 108 (S318). When the imaging switch is on (S318), the imaging program (program for controlling the imaging unit 100) stored in the program storage circuit 42 is read and stored via the interface 44, the connectors 46 and 118, the interface 116, and the bus 136. The data is stored in the circuit 104 (S319).
[0124]
After the imaging program is stored in the storage circuit 104 (S319), the power supply control circuit 40 of the imaging unit 100 is instructed to place the imaging unit 100 in a power supply state (S320). Next, the imaging program stored in the storage circuit 104 is executed to cause the imaging unit 100 to perform imaging (S321). The details of this photographing routine (S321) may be the same as in FIG.
[0125]
After completion of the imaging process (S321), the control circuit 102 of the processing unit 200 instructs the power supply control circuit 40 of the imaging unit 100 to turn off the power supply to each part of the imaging unit 100 (S322). Then, a predetermined image such as a character or an icon is displayed on the display device of the output device 106 so that the input of the operation device 108 can be accepted, and the process returns to S302.
[0126]
When the imaging switch is off (S318), predetermined characters and images are displayed on the display device of the output device 106, the input of the operation device 108 can be accepted, and the process returns to S302.
[0127]
In FIG. 11, when transmitting a photographed image, partner information such as a recipient address is automatically saved. The other party information may be stored after the communication ends or during the communication.
[0128]
12 is an external perspective view seen from the front side of the imaging unit 100, and FIG. 13 is an external perspective view seen from the connector 46 side. On the front side are a window 302 of the flash 36, a window 304 for distance measurement by the distance measurement circuit 32, a light receiving window 306 for color balance adjustment, a window 308 for light measurement by the light measurement circuit 34, and a window 310 for photographing. Are lined up.
[0129]
FIG. 14 is a perspective view seen from the operation side when the imaging unit shown in FIGS. 12 and 13 is attached to the processing unit 200, and FIG. 15 is a perspective view seen from the imaging window side. As shown in FIG. 14, the image is displayed in the through mode or the memory mode, and the operation state and operation method of the imaging unit 100 are displayed. Of course, part or all of the operation device 108 may be a transmissive touch panel and may be integrated with the display device.
[0130]
FIGS. 16 and 17 are external views configured as a radio device type, FIG. 16 is a perspective view seen from the operation side, and FIG. 17 is a perspective view seen from the imaging window side. The external shape is similar to that of a small mobile phone. Here, a display window for displaying an image in the through mode or the memory mode is overlaid on the display window for displaying the operation state and operation method of the imaging unit 100.
[0131]
Depending on the angle of the imaging unit 100 with respect to the processing unit 200, the imaging switch and the communication switch may be turned on or off. That is, when the imaging unit 100 is set at a predetermined angle with respect to the processing unit 200, the above-described imaging switch may be turned on, and may be configured to be turned off when shifted from the position. Further, the imaging switch may be turned off when it is opened at an angle suitable for communication such as a telephone.
[0132]
For example, the imaging switch is turned off when the processing unit 200 is opened at 90 degrees or more to the extent that it can be placed by the side of the face. When the processing unit 200 is opened at about 90 degrees, the imaging switch is turned on assuming that the imaging unit 100 is used. For this purpose, an imaging switch may be disposed in the vicinity of the hinge portion of the processing unit 200.
[0133]
A cover that covers a part or all of the windows 302 to 310 of the imaging unit 100 may be provided, and the imaging switch may be turned on when the cover is removed, and the imaging switch may be turned off when the cover is applied.
[0134]
In the above embodiment, the semiconductor memory is used as the recording element 202 of the recording medium 300, but the present invention is not limited to the type of the recording medium. In other words, a magnetic disk, a magneto-optical disk, an optical disk, a magnetic tape, etc. can be used. The recording element 202 may be a combination of these different types of recording elements. It is obvious that a plurality of recording media 300 can be connected to the processing unit 200. A part of the recording medium 300 may be fixed and the rest may be removable.
[0135]
The communication control circuit 110 may be detachable from the processing unit 200, or a plurality of communication control circuits 110 may be provided.
[0136]
Although only the image input circuit is illustrated in the imaging unit 100, an audio input circuit may be provided so that imaging and recording can be performed simultaneously. The basic processing is the same as described in the above operation examples.
[0137]
【The invention's effect】
  As can be easily understood from the above description, according to the present invention,The communication operation and the imaging operation can be appropriately operated, and any one can be given priority over the other, and the operability for the user can be improved.
[Brief description of the drawings]
FIG. 1 is a schematic block diagram of an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a main flowchart of a first operation example of the embodiment.
FIG. 3 is a detailed flowchart of S19 of FIG.
FIG. 4 is a detailed flowchart of S25 of FIG.
FIG. 5 is a detailed flowchart of S29 of FIG.
FIG. 6 is a detailed flowchart of S11 of FIG.
FIG. 7 is a main flowchart of a second operation example of the embodiment.
FIG. 8 is a detailed flowchart of S120 in FIG.
FIG. 9 is a detailed flowchart of S111 in FIG.
FIG. 10 is a main flowchart of a third operation example of the embodiment.
FIG. 11 is a main flowchart of a fourth operation example of the embodiment.
12 is an external perspective view of the imaging unit 100 according to the present embodiment as viewed from the front. FIG.
FIG. 13 is an external perspective view of the imaging unit 100 of the present embodiment as viewed from the back side.
FIG. 14 is an overall perspective view seen from the operation side.
FIG. 15 is an overall perspective view seen from the imaging window side.
FIG. 16 is a perspective view of the entire radio device type as seen from the operation side.
FIG. 17 is a perspective view of the whole wireless device type as viewed from the imaging window side.
[Explanation of symbols]
100: Imaging unit
200: Processing unit
300: Recording medium
10: Photography lens
12: Shutter
14: Image sensor
16: A / D converter
18: Image memory
20: Compression / decompression circuit
22: Memory control circuit
24: Imaging control circuit (CPU)
26: Clock generation circuit
28: Shutter drive circuit
30: Lens drive circuit
32: Ranging circuit
34: Photometric circuit
36: Flash
38: Battery
40: Power control circuit
42: Program storage circuit
44: Interface
46: Connector
102: Control circuit (CPU)
104: Memory circuit
106: Output device
108: Operating device
110: Communication control circuit
112: Incoming call detection circuit
114: Connector
116: Interface
118: Connector
120: Imaging unit attachment / detachment detection circuit
122: Power supply
124: Battery
126: Connector
128: Connector
130: Power supply control circuit
132: Interface
134: Connector
136: Bus
202: Recording element
204: Interface
206: Connector
302: Flash window
304: Distance window
306: Light receiving window for color balance adjustment
308: Photometric window
310: Shooting window

Claims (2)

  1. Imaging means;
    Photographing instruction means for instructing imaging processing for recording a photographed image by the imaging means ;
    Display means;
    A communication means for communicating with an external device;
    Priority designation means for designating one of the communication priority mode and the imaging priority mode;
    An imaging process (S22 to S31) that waits for an instruction from the imaging instruction unit and records a captured image by the imaging unit in response to the instruction, and a control unit that controls a communication operation of the communication unit
    A communication device comprising:
    In response to an incoming request from an external device to the communication means during the imaging process (S26), when the imaging priority mode is designated by the priority designation means (S33), the control means (S33) Identification information related to the external device is displayed on the display means on the display means (S34), the imaging process is continued (S27), and when the communication priority mode is designated by the priority designation means (S33) ), The imaging process is terminated (S36), and the incoming call request is processed (S5).
    A communication device.
  2. Imaging means, imaging instruction means for instructing imaging processing for recording a captured image by the imaging means, display means, communication means for communicating with an external device, and priority for designating one of a communication priority mode and an imaging priority mode A communication device control method comprising a specifying means ,
    Setting the communication priority mode or the imaging priority mode by the priority designation means;
    Steps (S22 to S31) of waiting for an instruction from the imaging instruction unit and executing an imaging process of recording a captured image by the imaging unit in response to the instruction;
    Detecting an incoming call request from an external device to the communication means (S26);
    In response to an incoming request from an external device to the communication means during the imaging process (S26), if the imaging priority mode is specified by the priority specifying means (S33), the display means is connected to the external device. Displaying identification information about the device on the display means (S34), and continuing the imaging process (S27);
    In response to an incoming request from the external device to the communication means during the imaging process (S26), if the communication priority mode is designated by the priority designation means (S33), the imaging process is terminated. (S36), processing the incoming call request (S5)
    A method for controlling a communication apparatus , comprising :
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