Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 403–411 | Cite as

Comparison of CCD, CMOS and intensified cameras

  • Rainer HainEmail author
  • Christian J. Kähler
  • Cam Tropea
Research Article


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.


Particle Image Velocimetry Particle Tracking Velocimetry CMOS Camera Dark Image Pressure Sensitive Paint 
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This research has been partially supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the priority program 1147 “Bildgebende Messverfahren für die Strömungsanalyse". The authors acknowledge the support of Dr. N. Andersen from Dantec Dynamics for the operation of the DantecDynamics iNanoSense MK7 camera and of Mr. C. Knieß from VKT Video Kommunikation GmbH for providing the Photron APX and APX-i2 system. Finally, the authors gratefully acknowledge the critical comments of Dr. G. Holst from PCO AG.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Hain
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian J. Kähler
    • 1
  • Cam Tropea
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für StrömungsmechanikTechnische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2.Fachgebiet Strömungslehre und AerodynamikTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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