Evaluation of solid-state camera systems in varying illumination conditions

J. Saviaro, H. Ailisto, Laitinen Jyrki

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Abstract

We propose a practical method for the expeditious determination of the performance of imaging CCD and CMOS camera systems. Special attention is paid to the operation of these devices in varying illumination conditions, which is typical to many surveillance and consumer electronics applications. One emerging application utilizing imaging sensors in variable illumination conditions is the third generation mobile phone, which will deliver wirelessly pictures, graphics, and video. In our method, determination of the system performance is based on the imaging of a calibrated gray scale test chart as a function of illuminance. At each level of illumination the system response is characterized by a signal to random noise figure. The signal is calculated as the difference of the system response to the lightest and darkest areas of the gray scale. The random noise is measured as the standard deviation of the gray values in a difference of two successive images of the test pattern. The proposed method is applied in three exemplary cases: 1. comparison of inexpensive CCD and CMOS cameras, 2. analysis of the effect of wireless image transmission, and 3. comparison of the effects of automatic and manual gain controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)896-901
Number of pages6
JournalOptical Engineering
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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gray scale
Cameras
illumination
cameras
random noise
solid state
CCD cameras
Imaging techniques
Charge coupled devices
evaluation
CMOS
Image communication systems
illuminance
Consumer electronics
Gain control
Noise figure
charts
surveillance
Mobile phones

Keywords

  • Evaluation of CCD and CMOS cameras
  • Low light level imaging
  • Surveillance
  • Wireless image transmission

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Saviaro, J. ; Ailisto, H. ; Jyrki, Laitinen. / Evaluation of solid-state camera systems in varying illumination conditions. In: Optical Engineering. 2001 ; Vol. 40, No. 6. pp. 896-901.
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