Research Article

Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 403-411

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Comparison of CCD, CMOS and intensified cameras

  • Rainer HainAffiliated withInstitut für Strömungsmechanik, Technische Universität Braunschweig Email author 
  • , Christian J. KählerAffiliated withInstitut für Strömungsmechanik, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • , Cam TropeaAffiliated withFachgebiet Strömungslehre und Aerodynamik, Technische Universität Darmstadt

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The properties of digital cameras are often important to obtain accurate results with image based measurement techniques. Unfortunately, a detailed comparison of the sensor specifications and performance is not accessible as this information is normally not provided by the manufacturers and no generally accepted comparison standard exists. Therefore, a detailed quantitative comparison was performed to evaluate and assess the characteristics of state-of-the-art CCD, CMOS and intensified CMOS sensors. These results may be of assistance when selecting the appropriate sensor for a desired application.