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18 May 2009 A signal-to-noise ratio comparison of high dynamic range CMOS image sensors
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There have been many reports of application-specific or custom designed high dynamic range (HDR) CMOS image sensors. To achieve their extended dynamic range, these sensors utilize techniques that can significantly degrade their signal-to-noise ratios (SNR). We utilize a simplified sensor model to compare two HDR techniques with a conventional APS sensor regarding their SNR and dynamic range (DR). We perform a new analysis of a mixed APS and time-to-saturation sensor that shows that it can detect similar high illuminations levels that the multiple capture sensor without degrading the SNR at lower levels. Furthermore, the time-to-saturation sensor can be adjusted on-the-fly to detect specific illumination levels with optimized image quality.
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Leo H. C. Braga, Suzana Domingues, José G. Gomes, and Antonio C. Mesquita "A signal-to-noise ratio comparison of high dynamic range CMOS image sensors", Proc. SPIE 7356, Optical Sensors 2009, 735619 (18 May 2009);

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