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Noise that is made apparent by increasing the ISO setting. This noise is primarily random "photon shot" noise, and usually has little to do with the electronics of the camera.

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What is “ISO” on a digital camera?

What is "ISO" in general, and how is the scale defined? How does the ISO scale for film speed differ from ISO sensitivity as used in digital cameras? Is lower ISO always better?
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Should higher ISOs really be preferred (all other things being equal)?

My understanding of the ISO setting on digital cameras is that, unlike film-cameras, changing the ISO does not evoke any physical change in the camera. Rather, it simply tells the camera to multiply ...
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What is noise in a digital photograph?

What kinds of effects are present in digital images that are referred to as "noise"? What are the different sources of noise? What causes each type of noise? What are the characteristics of the ...
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Is there any noise difference between averaged and long exposure photos?

Let's suppose I'm on a tripod, photographing a perfectly still scene (also dark) and I take these photos: 5 photos at ISO 3200 and 1s exposure 1 photo at ISO 100 and 5s exposure There is a common ...
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How much “noise” is acceptable in a photograph?

I've been at photography for a little over a year, and I primarily do landscape and wildlife/bird photography. Most of my work has been a learning experience so far, with few shots actually something ...
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Might future advances in sensor technology reduce or eliminate noise?

Is there a possibility that future tech advances may reduce or eliminate the noise when using high ISO setting, or is this noise unavoidable and inherent to all digital sensors? If there is a ...
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Longer exposure & lower ISO or shorter exposure & higher ISO - what gives better results when photographing stars?

I've been dabbling with night landscapes and star photography with varying levels of success. I know I don't have the ideal lens (Canon 17-40mm f4 on a Canon 6D body) but I've seen some great shots ...
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What are the pros/cons of the high-ISO noise reduction feature on D90?

So my D90 offers "High-ISO Noise Reduction". Sounds like a good thing, but obviously there must be a cost of some kind. The settings are "Off", "Low", "Normal", and "High", and the default is ...
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Why aren't there any cooled CCD sensors to reduce noise?

Sensor cooling is a common technology to get less noise. Why isn't it available on high-end D-SLRs ? (see http://www.andor.com/scientific_cameras/ikon-m_cooled_ccd/ for an extreme example) I'm not ...
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Are hot pixels just one pixel?

I have been taking a few astro photos on a very high ISO, and have found what I think to be a few hot pixel. I though at first that I had managed to get a few very sharp pic of some red and blue ...
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What exactly is “base ISO” and how do I find what is base ISO on my camera?

If I understood correctly, base ISO is in full stop steps from the lowest possible ISO setting on my camera. For example if the lowest setting on my camera is ISO 100, than the following table would ...
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What is the statistical distribution of sensor noise?

Sensor noise is a random variation in pixel values, but what kind of random is it? Does it follow a normal distribution, one of the gamma distributions, or something funky like an F distribution? ...
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Astrophotography picture with too much noise. How do I correct this in postprocessing?

This is the Milky Way above Kakadu National Park, Australia, and my first try at astrophotography. Thirty second exposure, f/4.0 at 17mm with ISO 12800 (!!) which in hindsight probably was way too ...
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How does averaging images or lowering resolution reduce noise?

This answer lists 3 techniques to reduce noise: Keep the camera's sensor cool. Take a burst of photos, then average them. Lower the resolution. Can someone shed more light about the last two ...
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Loss of image quality after sensor cleaning?

I use a 550D for photography. I got dust in my sensor few days ago while I was doing reverse macro and cleaned it from Canon Service Center. After cleaning I checked my sensor (taking picture of blue ...
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Do low ISO photographs need Long Exposure Noise Reduction?

I usually took long exposure photo with ISO 100, so do I really need to turn on Long Exposure NR on? It really take time for processing.
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Does noise in images depend upon “Megapixels” or “ISO”?

I have a question about image quality. Does noise in an image is depends upon "Megapixels" or on "ISO"?
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How to best filter away high ISO noise in Gimp?

So I took a picture at a high ISO value in poor light conditions. I can't retake it, the grain effect is bad, I'm aware this will never be a good photo, but I still want to make the best out of it. ...
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Why am I getting such high noise when using ISO 320/640?

I'm taking photos at night with a GH1 at ISO 640 and getting a ton of noise in the dark areas. I've seen a bunch of other peoples night time photos and they never have this much noise. I tried using ...
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Is higher ISO noise evenly distributed, or does it affect colors differently?

It's obvious that higher ISO affects the photograph by adding noise or grains. But will that grain or noise be distributed equally over all parts of the photograph, or will it specifically affect ...
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Which noise reduction software has the best results?

Have you tried different software, compared the results and reached a conclusion? I only used Nikon's DFine and Lightroom's noise reduction tool and found the results very similar. Lightroom's has ...
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How to make the faces clear and bright in dim light photography?

I have a Fujifilm Finepix S2980 with which I do a lot of experiments. One thing which really bothers me is taking pictures in dim light. I wish to take decent quality pictures in dim light without ...
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How to denoise a dark photo with extremely high ISO?

There are situations where I would reluctantly have to turn the ISO to the larger extreme. Nevertheless I can get some photos that I pretty much like under these circumstances. Here is an example. ...
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What makes a good sample image for ISO comparison?

To be more specific this image is always used by Digital Photography School for ISO comparison. What are those features that make this image suitable for ISO comparison.
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What do the different noise reduction options in Silkypix mean?

I'm playing around with RAW files in Silkypix that came with my Panasonic camera and I am thoroughly confused by the sliders for the noise reduction and the Silkypix manual isn't of much help (at ...
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Is noise related to shutter speed as well as ISO?

I understand that as I increase ISO, I'll increase the amount of noise in the resulting image. With a constant aperture I can decrease ISO and slow the shutter speed (assume a non-moving subject, ...
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Why does raising ISO make image quality appear lower even though my measurements suggest it shouldn't?

I know this may be rehashing one of the most discussed topics, but I would like to take it a slightly different direction and solicit input. First of all, I am familiar with the electrical ...
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Why do the 600D/7D sensors have more noise at high ISO than 5Dmk2 or 1Dmk4?

Hi I'm wondering why the high ISO performance in a 5Dmk2 or 1Dmk4 is so much better than a 600D or 7d? I've been trying to photograph the milky way galaxy and when I use an ISO of 6400 I have an ...
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Which is the factor that creates noise in a photo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is noise in a digital photograph? This happens while talking photos on dark or night. The Black color is not black, it has some noise. What would be the reason for ...
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Noise Issue / Canon 5D Mark II

Just curious if anyone can help with this? I am using a Canon 5D Mark II and it seams to be having noise issues at ISO 250 and up and especially at ISO 400? What is going on? In low light when my ...
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Signal:noise ratio not really decreasing with ISO for Pentax

In SNR graphs for Pentax K-30 and Pentax K5 there is something I do not get. For ISO after 1600 the SNR doesn't really decrease. Moreover comparing with Nikon D3200, we can clearly see that until ISO ...
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What is the precise definition of SNR, as used by DxOmark?

What is the precise definition of signal to noise ratio, as used by DxOmark? Please see here, after clicking Measurements, SNR 18% (it's not directly linkable). I am looking for an explanation (in ...
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Noise comparison for sensors the D800 vs the D600

If the main criteria of buying new FX camera for landscape photography is low sensor noise, what camera do you suggest to buy (Nikon): D800 ~2.5k, D600 ~1.7k. Does it make sense to pay extra money for ...
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What is the Base ISO of a Canon 5D MK III?

Can anyone tell me what the base ISO is of a Canon 5D MK III? I was reading this great piece on ETTR (1) and (2) and it repeatedly mentions how important shooting at Base ISO is when using ETTR. I ...
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Noise in JPEG file after processing RAW file in photoshop

Recently i started shooting in RAW after understanding its advantages over JPEG format. While processing the RAW file there is an option to reduce noise in a captured picture. It works great when i ...
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How do I reduce noise in a sequence of photos of the same subject over time?

I'm making a timelapse sequence on my iPhone 5s. It looks good enough when it's bright outside, but when the sun sets, the video quality really suffers due to the poor low-light performance of the ...
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Too much “Grain” in photos [duplicate]

i'm trying to produce a few mockup pictures of a person using a tablet around the house. These are the conditions: Camera Nikon D90, Lens 18-55 The pictures were taken in the morning Indoors but the ...
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How much does noise reduction let me increase ISO without a visible decrease in quality?

When I take low-light photos with my Sony NEX-5R, I find that I stick to ISO 200 to ensure acceptable noise. I was told that fear of ISO will hold me back, and that I should do noise-reduction in ...
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What's a good software to combine all the frames in a video into a photo?

The goal is to reduce noise. This is on my iPhone 5s, which has bad low-light performance, as you can imagine. So I wanted to see if I could take a video (without the phone moving), and then merge ...