8.4 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor Just as Good as CCD

8.4 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor Just as Good as CCD

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It seems like today is Samsung day with all these new announcements. They’ve got solid state drives, fusion semiconductors, and new camera components. Here is an 8.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor (CIS) by Samsung which they claim “provides the same image quality as the charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensors currently used in most digital cameras and camcorders.”

Previously, the trade-off was that CCD image sensors took much higher quality pictures, whereas CMOS used only one-tenth of the power. Now that the supposed picture quality is equal, there’s little reason to consider CCD, if Samsung is to be believed. You get higher light sensitivity and saturation levels, as well as a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) too.

Should we be expecting this picture-taker in a Samsung cameraphone? I think so.

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