Thursday, March 12, 2015

Adimec Compares CCD vs CMOS, Now and Then

In the wake of CCD discontinuation news, Adimec blog starts a series of posts comparing them with CMOS sensors. Adimec looks at QE/Read Noise metric and notes that today's CMOS sensors became better than CCDs, while in a similar 2011 comparison, CCDs were the winner:

QE/RN in 2011
QE/RN in 2015

1 comment:

  1. Harvey (Herve) HornungMarch 15, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    I don't understand why QE/RN should be the right metric to compare imaging sensors, a 10% increase of QE is not equivalent to a 10% decrease of the read noise.
    There are 2 use cases:
    High light: exposure time is limited by highlights clipping, so a 10% increase of QE only leads to a shorter exposure time, no benefit in this case, while a 10% decrease of read noise improves dynamic range.
    Low light (or sports): exposure time is limited by motion blur, a 10% increase in QE will improve the shot noise SNR by 5%, while a 10% decrease in read noise will only impact the darkest features.


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