Trendy: CMOS Sensors Are the Technology of the Future for Industrial Cameras
There are two types of image sensors for industrial cameras on the market: CCD and CMOS sensors. The right sensor for any given job is a case-by-case question. At the same time, the trend seems to be toward CMOS sensor technology as the wave of the future. This should come as no surprise, as CMOS sensors have made major strides in recent years in two important parameters for area and line scan cameras, namely image rate and noise level. Since the beginning of 2015, it has become official that CMOS technology will be the future technology.
What will the future bring regarding modern cameras?
The future looks very promising for modern cameras and camera technology! Most interesting is the increasing number of new CMOS sensors reaching the camera market. Those sensors come with impressive specs in terms of image quality and frame rate, defining a new category of value for money.
Let’s talk about the camera resolution. Will there be any major breakthroughs?
For the first time, we expect the whole range of standard resolutions from VGA to 5 megapixels and above to be covered by CMOS technology. This technology will become relevant for all existing and new applications in machine vision as well as in applications away from the factory floor, such as medical or intelligent traffic systems. Beyond that it is also becoming clear that the USB 3.0 interface in combination with the new CMOS sensor technology will fuel fast growth for USB 3.0, due to the perfect match in terms of performance.
This sounds very promising. What about the image quality?
Of course, quality is always important. It will be a challenge to optimize the image quality of those new CMOS sensors to fit the market expectation. This requires deep knowledge of CMOS sensor technology. If you have that, the outcome will be small, fast and image-quality-wise perfect cameras, that offer more value than ever before – our ongoing goal at Basler.
For more information on this topic, please see our white paper on "CMOS and CCD — Small Differences Along the Way from Light to a Signal"