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I'm an R&D engineer at a medium-sized semiconductor device manufacturer in Silicon Valley.


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comment Why do digital cameras need an exposure time at all?
@BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft, the fundamental reason is what Phil said --- you have to wait for enough photons to arrive to create a low noise image. It basically comes down to the same thing for electrons. On the electronics side, it's also true that our methods for measuring current generally require converting them to voltage first.
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comment Why do digital cameras need an exposure time at all?
@Phil, I think the final para of your answer, where you focus on having to wait for the actual photons to arrive, actually gets to the fundamental limit of why we need non-zero exposure time. I was just trying to hit the key misunderstanding I saw in the OP's premises about the question.
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answered Why do digital cameras need an exposure time at all?