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A sensor is the digital camera's equivalent to film. It contains millions of tiny light-detecting areas called photosites, which convert light into an electric charge. After exposing the sensor to light, this charge is read from each pixel and converted into a digital image.

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Big sensor and landscape photography, DoF

I've been an owner of point & shot cameras for some years. Now, I'm considering to move to bigger sensor cameras (4/3, asp-c) because I really hate the noise that small sensors produce on low ...
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Does the Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D has any dust related problems?

I’m planning on purchasing the Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D very soon, it’s the only DSLR that fits my budget (other one is the Nikon D3100 which I don’t plan to get). I like everything about the camera ...
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Canon 1Ds Mk II's scratched Low Pass filter. Now what?

Besides our workhorses (Canon 5D3 and 60D), we have an old camera - Canon 1Ds Mk II which has its OLPF scratched. That is, the camera works (ok, more or less because the signs of time are present on ...
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Auto Capture with Camera - Sensor Activated

I have a camera challenge that I'm trying to solve. Are there ways to configure a camera to take images automatically, upon the the target being in a specified location? For example see, the video ...
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Why and how do “bigger pixels” make a better picture?

This is going off of today's iPhone 5S announcement, when Phil Schiller said that "bigger pixels" is the key to a better picture. What does this mean? Is it true or just a marketing ploy?
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Is it possible to calculate f-stop gain/loss for different sensor size? [duplicate]

I would like to know if it is possible to calculate f-stop gain/loss for different sensor size. For example, how much light can capture an aps-c vs a 1/2.3 sensor ? Thank you
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Can exposure parameters be kept high even at high ISO sensitivity, to keep image quality up?

Following is from Film speed Film speed is the measure of a photographic film's sensitivity to light, determined by sensitometry and measured on various numerical scales, the most recent being the ...
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Does it matter which way the camera is orientated for the sensor cleaning to work?

With the advent of sensor cleaning in newer bodies - does it matter which way up you hold the camera whilst it is cleaning? I understand that the sensor cleaning works by vibrating the sensor to knock ...
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Are Nikon DSLR sensors actually better than Canon's?

I've been a happy Canon user for a while. When I was doing my initial research on what brand to buy several years ago, I came to the conclusion that both Nikon and Canon are equally good (which I ...
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Question About the D600 Dirty Sensor Test - Why Use a High f-Stop? [duplicate]

There is a lot of buzz about the dirty sensor problem on the D600, which is apparently caused by some lubricant splattering onto the sensor and accumulating over time. My question is about the test ...
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Canon 6d color noise (and compared to 50d)

my first day with 6D, upgraded form 50D. Wouldn't be pixel peeping but something unusual caught my eye when I opened photos in Lightroom this morning. The color noise pattern is completely different ...
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Do megapixels matter with modern sensor technology?

Are more megapixels good? Are more megapixels bad? Do more megapixels increase detail? Do they make my images sharper? On the other side, is there a point that is too much? Do megapixels cause ...
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Why is there a grid pattern of darker pixels in this twilight sky flat field? [closed]

This is the first time that I'm really inspecting the calibration images we were taught to take/use during data reduction, and I've noticed something in all the flat fields. The image below clearly ...
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Contradiction in information resources on capturing UV light with a digital sensor [duplicate]

I encounter a contradiction. Many resources state that a digital sensor are unsensitive to UV light. Even wikipedia, "However, newer photographic film and digital cameras are highly insensitive to ...
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What are these strange lines on images from my Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR?

My camera recently started displaying lines on captured images along with some discoloration (you don't see the lines or any discoloration when simply looking through the lens). There was no ...
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Which is better: a smaller f-number lens or a bigger sensor size?

When choosing a camera, which of the following options would be the best in taking photo in low light situation and cropping photo situation? A smaller f-number lens with a bigger sensor size A ...
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Why is a camera's dynamic range expressed as its photosite capacity divided by the read noise level?

For example, if a camera has a dynamic range of 44900/10, why would the range of greyscale levels available is equal to 4490? I know that 44900/10=4490 but this kind of reply didn't satisfy me. Let's ...
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Does a smaller sensor give shallow depth of field? [duplicate]

I have read that a full frame sensor gives a more shallow depth of field if using the same lens as on a crop frame sensor. Is this true? What I actually want to know is how does this relate to a point ...
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How are pixel value and intensity related?

How does the value of a pixel at any point correspond to the intensity of light photons striking at that point? Is there any mathematical relation between these two? 1 pixel value = ?? lumen.
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What does “expanded ISO” mean?

The ISO specification for the Canon EOS 7D reads as follows: High ISO For handheld shooting in low light, the EOS 7D offers ISO speeds of up to 6400. Expandable to ISO 12800, for low light ...
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Does a deeper photosite increase the dynamic range?

As I understand, a bigger photosite (on the sensor) enables a bigger dynamic range and also better high ISO performance. Is there a reason not to make the photosite deeper?
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What effect does UV filter provide?

I know that I should always use a filter on my lens to protect the camera lens, however, exactly what impact to the picture does using a UV filter have since that is the one most often used? Do I ...
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Are these weirdly-shaped purple stains really from particles under the first layer of the sensor, and if so, what can I do about it?

I have those little particles on my pictures. There are a lot of them, as you can see, and they have different weird shapes: I already sent my camera for a sensor cleaning and the guys at the shop ...
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Why are there no rotatable sensors instead of grips for portrait photography?

Why are there (at least to my knowledge) no rotatable sensors instead of grips for portrait photography. It seems like a great solution to obtain a lightweight DSLR for both landscape and portrait ...
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What are causes for image sensor getting heated? Does Live View cause more heat?

As I have known so far, image sensor gets heated when being exposed to light for longer time. Is there any other reason why an image sensor gets heated? Does heating depends on sensor type (like CCD, ...
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is a camera sensor size cropped according to the change in pixel aspect ratio of a resolution?

As an example, canon 6d full frame has the highest resolution of 5472 x 3648 with a pixel aspect ratio of 3:2 . As this is the highest I assume this is utilising the full size of the sensor. If the ...
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Why are blown highlights particularly bad in digital photography?

I've heard that digital sensors are less "forgiving" of blown highlights than film. Why is this? There's something called "characteristic curves". How does this relate, in film and in digital? Can ...
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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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Why is the main sensor not used instead of the separate AF sensor to focus a DSLR?

From this answer I understand that the reflex mirror of a DSLR is actually not reflecting all the light, but it passes a certain amount on to the AF sensor. So if the reflex mirror can pass light, ...
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What is the MECHA DEVICE SERVICE in the Sony Alpha 7

It just came back from the repair with a listing that this part was changed out A1976128A. Any idea what it is? I'm guessing it's the sensor, but it's weirdly named.. nothing else comes up on google.
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What is Snapsort's true resolution?

On Snapsort I found this explanation: True resolution Manufacturers advertise high megapixels to sell their cameras, Snapsort calculates the true resolution of each camera based on the ...
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Same mfg process = same performance in FF vs. cropped sensor?

I've seen generalizations that full-frame sensors tend to exhibit better low-light performance and dynamic range than a cropped-sensor specifically because they tend to use larger photosites that ...
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How relevant are the DxOMark scores and tests?

To me the DxOMark sensor rating seems a bit bizarre. They recently rated the sensor of Nikon D3300 to the same score as the Canon 1Dx got which I find unlikely to reflect their performances, and which ...
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Does a larger sensor resolution increase the difficulty of shooting hand-held?

I'm thinking of upgrading to a D800 and I think I read something about the 36MP resolution of the sensor to be a liability when hand-holding the camera at lower shutter speeds. Unfortunately I cannot ...
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What are the main limiting factors for dynamic range in modern cameras?

Another question got me thinking about what is limiting dynamic range in digital cameras. From my understanding the precision of the analogue-to-digital converter, i.e. how many discrete levels it can ...
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Are there digital cameras with a RGBW sensor?

I have seen on Dpreview that fujifilm has been granted a patent for a new type of sensor with a strange non-Bayer pattern. Thinking about it... Is there a camera using a simpler Bayer RGBW pattern? ...
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Why don't sensors have a wider aspect ratio?

than 3:2, like 16:9 or 16:10? Given the popularity of widescreen TVs and computer monitors with wide aspect ratios, and that most photos are viewed on a screen, rather than printed, and that the eye ...
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Nikon D5100 half bright-half dark image with horizontal thin black line

I am getting half bright-half dark image with horizontal thin black line on my Nikon D5100. Does anyone has any idea ? i am extremely worried. Warranty just expired. I have sample images uploaded at ...
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What is causing this one line on all my photos from Nikon D3100?

Whenever I take a picture with my dslr, there is a strange line that shows up on the left of the picture all the time. Can this be fixed my myself, or do I have to send this one in?
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Could a damaged sensor cause stripes on the image?

Today I discovered that my camera has started to save pictures like this: But, when I use the camera viewfinder, everything looks fine, both via LCD and via the EVF. I thought it could be the SD ...
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why is a compact sensor brighter than a APS-C size sensor

So I may be missing something but I cannot think what it can be. I have a Sony compact hx9v and an NEX-6. the 16mm on the NEX is very similar to the compact at its widest, so I thought I would ...
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How does the spectral sensitivity of different sensors affect the resulting photo?

I am learning about light and color formation but I don't understand how does the sensitivity affects an image. Take for instance the different sensitivities for two "cameras" for each RGB channel ...
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What are the lens-mount benefits of mirrorless systems?

There are plenty of comparisons between DSLR cameras and mirrorless/EVIL/system cameras, and the overall picture is that the two systems target different users and different uses. But I'd like to ...
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Convert RGB camera to infrared, but 3 channels not just 1?

A common way to make an infrared camera is to remove a commodity camera's IR-blocking filter (and add another filter to block the visible spectrum). Is there a similarly cheap way to convert an RGB ...
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A/D conversion, processors marketed less actively than sensor characteristics?

Two questions: In most literature about digital photography, there is some info-graphics about the path of the light signal from sensor to the storage. It starts with sensor, then there is the ...
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Sony A7R Noise compared to Nikon D800/E Sample Explanation

I am looking for a high resolution camera for fine art prints and the Sony A7R seems great since it has the same Sensor res as the D800 in a smaller enclosure. For some reason when I look at sample ...
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What is the benefit of the sensor marker?

I know that this marker on my Canon EOS shows me where my sensor is: Form technical point of view this is interesting, but is there benefit for me as a photographer to know exactly on which level ...
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Can a laser pointer damage the sensor in a digital camera?

I once experimented with standing in a dark room and directing a laser pointer towards my digital camera with a long shutter speed while moving the two about. I made a few images that way; one was ...
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Why is a 1" sensor actually 13.2 × 8.8mm?

I'm wondering how sensor sizes are calculated. The Sony RX100 reportedly has a sensor size of 1" which is 13.2 x 8.8 mm according to the press release and various sites. How does that work? That's a ...
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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 ...