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Mobile Imaging: the big challenge of the small pixel

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Mobile Imaging: the big challenge of the small pixel
As the number of imaging pixels in camera phones increases, users expect camera phone image quality to be comparable to digital still cameras. The mobile imaging industry is aware, however, that simply packing more pixels into the very limited camera module size need not improve image quality. When the size of a sensor array is fixed, increasing the number of imaging pixels decreases pixel size and thus photon count. Attempts to compensate for the reduction in light sensitivity by increasing exposure durations increase the amount of handheld camera motion blur which effectively reduces spatial resolution. Perversely, what started as an attempt to increase spatial resolution by increasing the number of imaging pixels, may result in a reduction of effective spatial resolution. In this paper, we evaluate how the performance of mobile imaging systems changes with shrinking pixel size, and we propose to replace the widely misused "physical pixel count" with a new metric that we r...
Feng Xiao, Joyce E. Farrell, Peter B. Catrysse, Br
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Type Journal
Year 2009
Where DPHOTO
Authors Feng Xiao, Joyce E. Farrell, Peter B. Catrysse, Brian A. Wandell
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