Panasonic's Developed a Simple Sensor Tweak That Vastly Improves Low…

Researchers at Panasonic's imaging division have found a way to increase the sensitivity of digital camera sensors, which in turn equates to almost double the brightness in photos taken in low light conditions. But the discovery has nothing to do with the sensor itself; instead, the company's improved the color… » 3/28/13 12:00pm 3/28/13 12:00pm

A Brief History of Williard Boyle and George Smith, CCD Inventors and…

Williard "Mr. Modesty" Boyle and George "Three Page Dissertation" Smith, sailors extraordinaire and co-winners of this year's Nobel prize in physics deserve time in our spotlight: They invented the CCD image sensors which gave our digital cameras eyes. » 10/12/09 7:40pm 10/12/09 7:40pm

Nobel Prize In Physics Rewards Fiber Optics Expert, CCD Creators

So apparently a controversial Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this week. Forget that one. Focus instead on the far geekier one that was also awarded this week. Why? Because we gadget lovers have a lot to be thankful for! » 10/11/09 5:00pm 10/11/09 5:00pm

Flash Memory Sensors: 100x Smaller Than CCDs, Better at Low Light

CCD and CMOS sensors take great images, but that doesn't mean they're perfect. They're bulky and bad in low light. It turns out that flash memory can actually double as a light sensor, and could solve both these problems. » 10/08/09 10:20pm 10/08/09 10:20pm

Canon Adopting dSLR Chips for a New Pro Camcorder?

There's a rumor afoot suggesting that Canon will be ditching CCD and adopting CMOS chips for a new pro-level camcorder. Digital cameras and camcorders never been so indistinguishable. » 3/30/09 11:00am 3/30/09 11:00am

What's the Difference Between CMOS and CCD? Giz Explained It

Almost a year ago, we explained image sensors. This week, with all the camera news, it seems fitting to mention that, along with our explainers on the upside of lenses and the downside of megapixels. » 3/03/09 6:59pm 3/03/09 6:59pm

Digital Photos Act as Unique Fingerprints in Finding Criminals with…

Forensic specialists can now pinpoint the exact make and model of a camera simply by analyzing the pixels in digital photos. This technique would be useful in the future for tracking down criminals, such as kidnappers who've leaked photos of their hostages to the media. Read on to find out how it works.When a digital… » 11/18/08 9:33pm 11/18/08 9:33pm

Your Digital Camera Is Obsolete: Japanese Image Sensor 100x More…

Right now, your camera either has a CCD (most point and shoots) or a CMOS image sensor (lots of DSLRs) inside, which converts pretty pictures into an electrical signal. Japan's Research Center for Photovoltaics has developed a CIGS image sensor that's 100 times more light-sensitive than the silicon chip inside your… » 4/18/08 5:00pm 4/18/08 5:00pm

Toshiba IK-HD1 is World's Smallest HDTV Camera

With vital measurements of 1-6-inches cubed and 2.3-ounces in weight, Toshiba's IK-HD1 waltzes in to easily steal the "Smallest HDTV Camera, Ever" title. Packed to the miniature eyeballs with three CCD chips, the 1K-HD1 can capture video at broadcast-quality at 1080i, but it won't be making its way to your camcorder… » 4/06/08 12:59am 4/06/08 12:59am

Sony Using CMOS Camera For Cars, CMOS!

We're gonna go a little ubergeek on you for a moment and celebrate that Sony is using CMOS video cameras for Nissan's upcoming "around view monitor," a camera system giving you an overhead view of your car for parking and moments when you just want to look like OJ on the highway. These cameras grab 1.3MP at 30 frames… » 11/28/07 8:17am 11/28/07 8:17am

Olympus Shows off Snazzy 360 Cam and Projector

This is the lens for Olympus' new experimental camera and video projector system. The lenses have an "axial symmetrical free curved surface" (no, I am not sure, either) and together with their new system, they can capture and project 360 degree video, which will be as spectacular as probably dizzying. More pics after… » 7/06/07 6:51am 7/06/07 6:51am

Dalsa Develops 111-Megapixel CCD

Dalsa Semiconductor has manufactured a CCD that can record 111 megapixels of data—that's a 10560x10560-pixel frame, needing a gargantuan 425MB of storage space for just one picture. The CDD itself is huge—four inches square. » 6/20/06 12:45pm 6/20/06 12:45pm