Devices: Digital Cameras

What is Digital Camera

What is Digital Camera
What is Digital Camera

What is Digital Camera

A digital camera encodes images and videos digitally and stores them for later reproduction. These cameras are incorporated and integrated into many devices, such as smartphones, computers, and so on.  Many digital cameras can also record moving videos with sound. Some digital cameras can crop and stitch pictures, as well as perform other image editing.

It existed digital cameras which used a camera tubes, in the 1960ies, but Steven Sasson invented and built the first electronic camera using a charge-coupled device image sensor in 1975, and it early uses were mainly military, scientific and medical applications.

In the mid to late 1990s digital cameras became more accessible and thus popular among consumers.  Gradually they replaced film cameras and most cameras sold today throughout the world are digital.

The resolution of a digital camera is often limited by the image sensor that turns light into signals. Depending on the physical structure of the sensor, a color filter array may be used. The number of pixels in the sensor determines the camera’s “pixel count”. In a typical sensor, the pixel count is the product of the number of rows and the number of columns. For example, a 1,000 by 1,000 pixel sensor would have 1,000,000 pixels, or 1 megapixel.

There are three methods to take a picture with a digital camera. The choice of method for a given capture is determined largely by the subject matter.  For example, it is usually inappropriate to attempt to capture a subject that moves with anything but a single-shot system. However, the higher color fidelity and larger file sizes and resolutions available with multi-shot and scanning backs make them attractive for commercial photographers working with stationary subjects and large-format photographs.

Most current consumer digital cameras use a Bayer filter mosaic in combination with an optical anti-aliasing filter to reduce the aliasing due to the reduced sampling of the different primary-color images.  The Bayer filter pattern is a repeating 2×2 mosaic pattern of light filters, with green ones at opposite corners and red and blue in the other two positions.

Cameras with digital image sensors that are smaller than the typical 35mm film size have a smaller field or angle of view when used with a lens of the same focal length. This is because angle of view is a function of both focal length and the sensor or film size used.

A variety of additional features are available depending on the model of the camera. Such features include ones such as GPS, compass, barometer and altimeter. Some of them are rugged and waterproof.

Digital cameras come in a wide range of sizes, prices and capabilities. Specialized digital cameras including multispectral imaging equipment and astrographs are used for scientific, military, medical and other special purposes.

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What is Digital Camera

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