How to Select CCD Cameras Couple-charged device image sensor; Couple-charged device camera Images credits: Ken Rockwell; RMA Electronics Inc.   CCD (couple-charged device) cameras are a type of image capture device that utilize an image sensor to register visible light as an electronic signal. These types of cameras do not use photochemical film to capture stills or video. Instead, the electronic signal is recorded to either an internal memory or a remotely...
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Q & A on CCD Cameras

We asked our users for their input on CCD Cameras. Here are the results of 72 users familiar with CCD Cameras.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing CCD camera design?
10 answers
Answers:
CMOS image sensor, mainly high definition (1.3 Mpixels, 5 Mpixels ) with WDR (Wide Dynamic Range )
~Sergio Kamakura, Architect, Sao Paulo, Brazil
CMOS sensors, communications (gigabit ethernet, USB 3.0, camera link, etc.)
~VP Marketing, Renton, WA
CCD vs.CMOS On-chip circuit integration Reduced power consumption
~Manuel S, Purchaser, Caracas, Venezuela
SCCD Technology, Megapixels and small ccd sensor size
~Kamal Sethi, Research & Development, Gurgaon, India
Availability of large arrays in lower cost cameras.
~Tom H, Engineering Consultant, Socorr0, NM
High resolution and high speed frame rate
~Research & Development, Seoul, Korea (South)
The developed by the CCD chip industry
~Sinachopoulos Dimitris, Faculty/Staff, Athens, Greece
Micro chip tech
~Ricardo G, MD, Ft Lauderdale, FL
InSb sensors
~Gregory G, Research engineer, Dijon, France
Production
~Marcio, Design Engineer, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative CCD cameras?
12 answers
Answers:
NASA and ESA subcontractors, ESO-subcontractors. Amateur level: SBIG, FLI
~Sinachopoulos Dimitris, Faculty/Staff, Athens, Greece
Kodak,, ccd maker ..and cmos maker
~Research & Development, Seoul, Korea (South)
Microscan, Baumer, Sony, Kodak
~VP Marketing, Renton, WA
Sony Nikon LG Samsung
~Manuel S, Purchaser, Caracas, Venezuela
Panasonic Olympus
~Wiesel Y, General Management, Motza Ilit, Israel
Sony Corporation
~Sergio Kamakura, Architect, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sony Hitachi
~Ricardo G, MD, Ft Lauderdale, FL
SONY, KODAK
~Victor Lane, Marketing/Sales, Guangzhou, China
Basler AVT
~Kamal Sethi, Research & Development, Gurgaon, India
Canon
~Tom H, Engineering Consultant, Socorr0, NM
FLIR
~Gregory G, Research engineer, Dijon, France
Sony
~Marcio, Design Engineer, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used CCD cameras for?
17 answers
Answers:
Work surgical use as in arthroscopes, photographs of patients, x-rays. Home picture taking Meetings record conferences
~Manuel S, Purchaser, Caracas, Venezuela
Astronomical imaging, photometry, spectroscopy, astrometry, TDI mode
~Sinachopoulos Dimitris, Faculty/Staff, Athens, Greece
Highlighting risk elements. Showing fractures or other damages.
~Wiesel Y, General Management, Motza Ilit, Israel
We use industrial camera .. machine vision application
~Research & Development, Seoul, Korea (South)
1. making magazine for tv 2. teaching disablde people
~Engineering, Other, Jerusalem, Israel
CCD ( 1/4" and 1/3" ) micro-cameras with fixed focus
~Sergio Kamakura, Architect, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Inspection in pharmaceutical quality control
~Engineering, Consulting, Altavilla Vicentina, Italy
Machine vision, track and trace, auto-ID
~VP Marketing, Renton, WA
UAV Aerial photography for archaeology
~Tom H, Engineering Consultant, Socorr0, NM
Microscopy imaging, machine vision.
~Victor Lane, Marketing/Sales, Guangzhou, China
Operating microscope slit lamp
~Ricardo G, MD, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Machine Vision Surveillance
~Kamal Sethi, Research & Development, Gurgaon, India
For taking Botany Photos
~Research & Development, Toledo, Spain
Build a custom camera
~Marcio, Design Engineer, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Small scale security
~Engineering, Design, New Brighton, PA
Factory security.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Pretoria, South Africa
IR optics
~Gregory G, Research engineer, Dijon, France

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that CCD cameras have been used for.
3 answers
Answers:
Using very low altitude aerial photography to locate Colonial trackways of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (1600 - 1800) and surveying archaeological sites in central New Mexico.
~Tom H, Engineering Consultant, Socorr0, NM
Integration in a burglar prevention security system.
~Wiesel Y, General Management, Motza Ilit, Israel
Special cameras for road applications.
~Sergio Kamakura, Architect, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of CCD cameras?
5 answers
Answers:
Yes, a CCD camera with a small chip was installed on a very long focal length old telescope, which, in addition, was not able to point accurately on the sky. The resulted small FoV of the optical system caused the loss of several hundreds of valuable observing hours to the researchers.
~Sinachopoulos Dimitris, Faculty/Staff, Athens, Greece
Yes. Some past generations of CCD image sensors couldn't be soldered in IR ovens, only by hand. A client of mine processed all the batch production through ordinary IR oven, despite our explicit recommendations against that. He lost 90% of the production.
~Sergio Kamakura, Architect, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Beware of high power laser marking systems - use filters.
~VP Marketing, Renton, WA
Definition of resolution and speed
~Marcio, Design Engineer, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The application might not work.
~Kamal Sethi, Research & Development, Gurgaon, India

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
10 answers
Answers:
+ Electronic closure shutter control + Better specifications ie max stand off voltage on external input
~Tom H, Engineering Consultant, Socorr0, NM
Much faster readout speeds of large CCD chips @ 16bit/pixel with lower noise and higher S/N ratio.
~Sinachopoulos Dimitris, Faculty/Staff, Athens, Greece
Higher frame rates with high resolution, on board processing/pre-processing
~VP Marketing, Renton, WA
I am afraid digital HD designs are taking over, in my field of use.
~Ricardo G, MD, Ft Lauderdale, FL
To make handy APIs and ready to integrate code with application.
~Kamal Sethi, Research & Development, Gurgaon, India
Integration of different light sources UV and "normal" light.
~Manuel S, Purchaser, Caracas, Venezuela
True tlr exchangeable lens system
~Wiesel Y, General Management, Motza Ilit, Israel
Smart quality production
~Marcio, Design Engineer, Sao Paulo, Brazil
WDR = Wide Dynamic Range
~Sergio Kamakura, Architect, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Price lower...
~Gregory G, Research engineer, Dijon, France

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of CCD cameras?
7 answers
Answers:
Try to differentiate between lens and sensor. Lens is used for FOV etc. Sensor is used for resolution etc.
~Kamal Sethi, Research & Development, Gurgaon, India
Don't buy a camera before you know the optics which will be used with it.
~Sinachopoulos Dimitris, Faculty/Staff, Athens, Greece
Take care about the facility to start to learning in practicing.
~Marcio, Design Engineer, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Do not buy technically complex equipment.
~Wiesel Y, General Management, Motza Ilit, Israel
Nothing special
~Sergio Kamakura, Architect, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Same as above
~Manuel S, Purchaser, Caracas, Venezuela
See prior
~VP Marketing, Renton, WA

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using CCD cameras?
8 answers
Answers:
1. Define well your budget. 2. Then, define well what you want to do with your camera. 3. Then, define well the optics you will go to use with the camera. 4. Then, adapt carefully the pixel size and the size of the CCD chip to your optics. 5. From the camera sub-set remained, select and buy the one YOU think is the best choice.
~Sinachopoulos Dimitris, Faculty/Staff, Athens, Greece
1. Understand minimum image quality required - more pixels does not always equate to better images 2. Understand lighting - environment, motion, color vs. b&w, filters 3. Gigo (garbage in garbage out) is critical spec up.
~VP Marketing, Renton, WA
Yes, decide the camera based on application and don't take the camera and try to fit in application. Understand the lens and camera sensor difference.
~Kamal Sethi, Research & Development, Gurgaon, India
Read the specs closely. Many attractive cameras do not allow manual settings.
~Tom H, Engineering Consultant, Socorr0, NM
Check prices first and then see specs offered and warranty
~Manuel S, Purchaser, Caracas, Venezuela
Consult with expert salesman regarding your needs.
~Wiesel Y, General Management, Motza Ilit, Israel
Nothing special
~Sergio Kamakura, Architect, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Not give up
~Marcio, Design Engineer, Sao Paulo, Brazil


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