Compact digital cameras are widely used because they are easy to both carry and
use, and more now include functions like high-power zoom and full
high-definition video recording in response to diversifying needs. As electronic
devices become more sophisticated, their parts have to be made smaller and must
provide advanced functionality, such as the ability to control multiple
The existing SSCM Series two-way detector switch for use with zoom levers of
compact digital cameras has been valued highly by the market. By giving the
switch two detection positions in each direction and reducing its size, ALPS has
now developed the industry-smallest SSCQ Series compact two-way, two-stage
detector switch. Mass production is already underway. Two detection positions in
each direction, or four positions in total, allows control over zoom speed
depending on how far the zoom lever is moved.
The size of the switch was reduced using proprietary design simulation and
precision processing technologies acquired by ALPS over the years. But despite
being the smallest in the industry, with a mounting area approximately 30%
smaller than earlier products, and height reduced by approximately 40%, the SSCQ
Series also achieves high functionality by enabling two-stage detection in each
The switch lever is longer than levers of earlier switches and is taller than
the main body of the switch. This design makes the switch lever easier for the
protrusion on the device’s zoom lever to catch. The result is greater freedom in
device zoom lever design. (See Fig. 1)
The SSCQ Series detector switch is the industry’s smallest and realizes high
functionality with two-position detection
- Two-way detector switch with the smallest mounting area.
- Single circuit with four contacts (two detection positions on each side)
supports greater functionality of devices.
- Longer, taller lever ensures reliable position detection.
Control of high-power zoom for digital cameras and other mobile devices.
For more information on the new product please visit:
ALPS Electric Co., Ltd.