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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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How much of digital sensor noise is thermal?

Is all digital sensor noise thermal? And what is the relationship between temperature and noise? For example, as we cooled a CMOS towards absolute zero, would we discover that high-ISO images would ...
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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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Is there a way to determine a camera's quantum efficiency?

I need to know my camera's quantum efficiency for a research project which involves the usage of a Nikon Coolpix A10. Is there some way to know it?
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Would APS-C be better for shooting wildlife?

Considering the magnification effect of APS-C sensors, they theoretically have to extend the zoom range of telephoto lenses. Accordingly, would it be wiser to use an APS-C camera for shooting wildlife ...
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Why is ISO counted as part of the exposure triangle?

My understanding of ISO is that it is electronic gain from recorded light in a sensor, ie it doesn't actually change the sensitivity of the sensor (because that is dictated by the quantum efficiency ...
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Why is the IR filter present when there is already the Bayer filter on an image sensor?

I have been trying to remove the Bayer filter from the CCD image sensor of my camera. Now I see there's an IR filter before the lens, however I don't understand the point of it because isn't the Bayer ...
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Can condensation be formed in the camera sensor?

When entering a hot place after leaving a cold place, some condensation can be formed in the lens and manufacturers recommend you to avoid using the equipment in this state. So, if condensation can ...
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What processing is done on RAW files in the camera?

Recently I came across a debate about whether it's fair to call RAW 'unprocessed' or 'unaltered' sensor data of a DSLR. As far as I know, the analog sensor data is processed into a digital RAW file ...
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Canon APS-C: what is the maximum sensor size EF-S lenses are designed to support?

Given that Canon APS-C cameras differ in sensor size (e.g. 70D has a 22,5 x 15,0 mm and 700D has 22,3 x 14,9) is it possible for future models to switch from a 1,6 to 1,5 factor like Nikon crop ...
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Is it dangerous to use Auto Sensor Cleaning with lens attached?

Straightforward question: Is it dangerous to use auto sensor cleaning when the lens is attached?
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Can the same sensor have different dynamic range and color depth in different camera makes?

The Nikon D7000 and Sony A55 were found to have the same sensor. But during testing, which I understand is subjective- DxoMark (dubious reputation, I'm aware) revealed that the D7000 has a much ...
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Pixels and Subpixels usage in TIFF and RAW

The first answer to this question says that when saving images in TIFF, each pixel holds three colors' data and because of that, the file is larger... and RAW only hold monochrome data in each ...
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Image stabilization in interchangeable lens camera body?

Are there any interchangeable lens cameras which have image stabilization in their body too? If yes, does it help more to compensate images's shakiness or will it negatively affect the lens' image ...
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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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Why the photos captured from my mobile camera doesn't give a same results in same conditions?

Last night I was trying to create a time-lapse of the Orion constellation. Setting all the camera settings to manual (max ISO my mobile camera allows 1600 , shutter speed 1 sec), I was trying to ...
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Example image from sun-damaged sensor

There is obviously a great concern on the Net about getting ones image sensor sun damaged. I am getting interested in what such damage would look like. I have Googled around some to try to find an ...
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Are there industry standards or specs for image sensor resistance to damage from intense light?

While the occasional snapshot that includes the sun is generally safe, there are certainly combinations of lens and duration that can damage an image sensor if the sun or other sufficiently bright ...
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Will sun damage to a sensor create an unusual amount of noise in images?

Recently I was playing with my Sony α6000 camera, taking some shots of birds in the morning and also the sun. It was after taking the shots that I stumbled upon the fact on the internet that sun ...
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How can cameras have the same number of megapixels even when the sensor size differs? [duplicate]

The image resolution for the respective megapixels remains the same whether the camera is of medium format or full frame or APS-C or even mobile phones. However the sensor sizes differ in these ...
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Does front-curtain sync put blur in front of an object, and rear-curtain sync behind it?

I recently watched Adorama's video on rear curtain sync flash photography. At 4.12 to 4.42, the presenter claims that when using front-curtain sync, the background/long exposure blur will be put on ...
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What is meant by the “native ISO” when talking about DSLRs?

The new Nikon D7000 is out, and a lot of previews has touted the "native iso" of D7000 to be 100. What does this actually mean? I'm assuming it means it performs at its best at iso 100, which means ...
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Why do I get white images with black vertical stripes?

Apparently my 3 year old Canon EOS 550D is fed up with my style of photography and decided to explore abstract arts instead. All it shows on the LCD and stores on the SD card is this: When I ...
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How can I use a remote shutter release during IR photography with a D3s without leaking into the image?

I'm using a D3s for infrared photography. I'm trying to use a shutter remote to take the images, but the remote's IR-emitting LED/photodiode is emitting enough light to leak into my image on the ...
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Why is my Canon Digital IXUS/ELPH making distorted photos with purple cast

My ~10 year old Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH S410 (IXUS 430) has been left in a drawer for the past 6 years. I took it out recently to give to my young son as his first camera, but the pictures have ...
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Are the stops of the dynamic range of a cameras sensor the same as the stops the light meter shows?

My name is Elefterios and I am studying photography and audiovisuals. Currently I'm on my last year doing my thesis project related to timelapse. On the HDR Timelapse chapter I'm writing a short ...
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Are mobile phone camera lenses good enough to support 20MP sensors?

With mobile phone cameras approaching 20 MP while maintaining small sensor sizes, pixels dimensions are typically around 1 μm or lower. What about the lenses? Are they good enough to produce an Airy ...
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What factors affect the dynamic range of a sensor?

I understand what dynamic range is, but I'm interested in what it is that allows different sensors to have increased dynamic range over other sensors. For example, the classic explanation of a sensor ...
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A/D conversion, processors marketed less actively than sensor characteristics?

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 Analog-to-digital-...
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Why do cameras use a single exposure rather than integrating across many very quick reads?

I have never understood why cameras need a shutter with a specific speed and why this cannot be adjusted in postprocessing. I think that present sensor works in an integral way: they save the amount ...
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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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How can dynamic-range be larger than sensor bit-depth?

Found something that confused me and so I thought the crowd here can probably answer this one since its camera-related and technical at the same time. How can dynamic-range be larger than sensor bit-...
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Where is the AF sensor located in a DSLR?

As I understand every DSLR has a separate, smaller sensor that handles phase detection focusing. Where is it located? If this location is different for every DSLR, and therefore this broad question ...
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Should I be worried about the pixelation in my photo? [closed]

I took a photo of a lake and while editing it I found that the image actually had sensors pixel view all over the picture. Is this something I should worry about? Here in my photo, Pixels of the ...
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Why do cameras use a slit between two curtains rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly?

Why is it more effective to use "a slit travelling from top to bottom of the sensor" in faster shutter speeds, rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly? And the slit thing only comes in fast ...
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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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Camera cleaning by professionals or by myself? [duplicate]

My camera has accumulated some dust on its chip over the past 3 years and I want to clean it. Do you have experience with cleaning your camera's sensors on your own with appropriate gear? Do you ...
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Why does it seem like large sensors are necessary for good low-light performance?

Phone manufacturers have recently started advertising the size of the photosites on smartphone camera sensors. They argue that larger photosites lead to better low-light performance. I think a good ...
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Does the Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D have 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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Real world Dynamic Range

I am confused with the science of electronics, regarding cameras and sensors. I have read the posts and answers here and elsewhere. All I walk away with is the electronic specs of cameras and sensors. ...
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How Does A 5D Mk3 Generate The Histogram It Displays In Live View?

What is happening under the hood when a 5D Mk3 displays a histogram (luminance or RGB)? What exactly is the data it uses (raw sensor data, jpeg or something else)?
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What camera used the largest EXR sensor, and which one offered the largest EXR pixels?

I learned to appreciate Fuji's EXR sensor technology for travel and reporting photography when I used a Fuji X10. But like with all compact cameras, I feel a larger sensor and / or pixel size would ...
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Black dots on all photos

I took this image with a phone (some Sony). The lens is clean on the outside. The owner of the phone says those black dots started appearing and supposedly are multiplying. Is it some dust in the ...
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How does “crop factor” relate to the area of a sensor compared to full frame?

What is meant when someone says that a 1/2.3 sensor has a crop factor of 6.22? How many times the area of a 1/2.3 sensor is a full-frame sensor? Please include plenty of details. Another ...
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If I set my camera to lower resolution, does that mean more sensor area per image pixel?

My camera is the Nikon D3200 and the specs state that it has a Sensor Pixel Area of 14.85µm2 @ 24MP. When i set my camera to JPEG (fine), I have the ability to set the picture size. Would setting it ...
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Horizontal banding pattern near sun: sensor flare?

Following is a crop from a RAW shot, developed in Lightroom 5.7, into a setting sun from a Sony A77II – ISO 100, f/5, 1/20s, with a TTL fill flash. In the darker regions near the sun a series ...
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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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Why do camera manufacturers advertise image processors but not the sensor itself?

Camera manufacturers often advertise their image processors version in advertisements, such as DIGIC 6 (Canon), EXPEED 5A (Nikon) and many more. But we never see they advertise the sensor they are ...
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Why do electronic shutters expose row by row?

This question connects with my previous question, Why do cameras use a slit between two curtains rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly? This question is about why the slit thing comes with ...
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Why can't digital camera sensors expose each photosite individually?

Why is it impossible for camera sensors to function the way the human eye can? What I mean is, why does a certain portion of the image have to be over/underexposed if we compensate for dark and light ...
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photographing a full moon [duplicate]

I have photographed the moon zoomed out to 500mm or so with my Lumix FZ150 when the sky is not very dark and have successfully captured terrific detail in the moon's features. However, when trying to ...