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Sensor type CCD vs CMOS
Old 03-29-2008, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I hope that I have gotten the "letters" correct. The point is with the new cameras coming out with the different sensor should I even consider getting the camera brands with the soon to be out of date style sensor? I am assuming that within the next year or so everything will be using the new "bigger and better" (non obsolete).
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It's like this... You can bite the bullet and buy a camera, or you can spend your life waiting for the "next new thing" in image sensors.

What possible difference is the sensor type going to make to you as long as you get images that make you happy?

ANY camera you buy is largely obsolete the day you buy it. It's the way technology works... it's always advancing and it takes time to get to market in the form of products.

But if you always wait for the "next new thing", you'll never have ANY images.
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Re: Sensor type CCD vs CMOS
Old 03-30-2008, 12:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Very true. I have a good camera but need to upgrade mainly for higher ISO but I can take some time. Since Nikon and Sony have the newer sensor available I wanted some feed back about the capability and longivity of the new technology.
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Old 03-30-2008, 07:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It makes no difference whether its CCD or CMOS or XYZ. Its how the technology is programmed into the camera. If the camera takes great photos, works fantastic at higher ISOs, is fast, has fast auto focus, then really the type off sensor is a moot point.
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CCD is not going away. CMOS isn't going anywhere either. Get a camera that has the quality and features you need at the price you want to pay. Let the engineers worry about which technology to use to get you that!
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What none of you know above is Microelectronics -
Here it is from a former Microelectronis Eng Mgr and photog ...

CCD was up in production in early 70's and CMOS started in late 79.
The first digital camera {Kodak 1977} used a Farichild CCD at 100K Pixels.
No one builds CCD fabs today and all the real tuff stuff like MPU, Memory is all CMOS. CCD fabs are kinda grandfathered in and eventually will be closed due to EPA regulations {most have in US}. It still produces good chips w old technology but CMOS get all the attention. The ONLY thing they can fab w CCD are image chips. CMOS Fabs compete for Computer MPU and all the thousands of other state of art electronic items. So its economical to image chips in OLD CCD fabs. 200mm CMOS fabs today at 65NM tech level cost over 3 Billion to build.
So plan on the future being all CMOS and it is a better technology from a noise and image basis today.
Will you be able to tell the difference in your photos ??? Prob not unless you have formal education in photo engineering.
The most important thing to your photos is sensor frame size - bigger is better. Thats why FFDSLR is better than pro consumer APS-C and MFDSLR is better still at 2.8 larger.
MP and Glass are second order but still overall factors.

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While it was an early promise of CMOS to produce multi-purpose chips from the same line, it hasn't been a reality. CCD and CMOS production continues to climb as cameras are put in an increasing number of electronics. Here is a very good article if you're interested: http://www.dalsa.com/markets/ccd_vs_cmos.asp
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Thanks for the referal very informative. This site is the best place to get good practical information that I would struggle to find elsewhere and probably abandon the effort in the process.
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In theory CMOS sensors degrade with use however I'm not sure this is an issue on cameras that have shutters rated at "only" 150,000 cycles.
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