Which is better - CCD or CMOS ?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by PeterH, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. PeterH

    PeterH Guest

    Which sensor is the better than the other (and why) - a 6mp CCD or a 6mp
    CMOS ?

    Are there any major differences in final image quality and definition?

    I'm looking at buying the Canon 300D (6mp CMOS), but is the senosr just a
    cheap version of a 6mp CCD.

    PeterH, Jan 1, 2004
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    Phil Guest

    Canon CMOS sensors are excellent. Used in the 10D, too.

    Not a "cheap version of a ... CCD".

    Phil, Jan 1, 2004
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    Jim Townsend Guest

    Canon has developed CMOS to the point you can't really tell the difference in
    the final image. CMOS costs less and has some advantages.. 1/5 the power
    power consumption is one.

    Read about it here:

    Jim Townsend, Jan 1, 2004
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    Samuel Paik Guest

    It really depends on the particular sensor. There isn't an inherently
    superior class of technologies here. Until about a decade ago, CCDs
    dominated, but active pixel sensors ("CMOS") improved to the point of
    competitiveness. Canon has developed a line of APS imagers which have
    been very competitive for the D30, D60, 10D, and 300D cameras.
    Samuel Paik, Jan 1, 2004
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    Andrew Guest

    They say that CMOS sensors aren't quite as good at showing subtle differences
    within highlights as CCD sensors. I've noticed my G2 and G3 are very good at
    this. The 1D is supposed to better in this regard than the 1Ds.

    Andrew, Jan 1, 2004
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    Mark Herring Guest

    On Thu, 01 Jan 2004 03:46:49 GMT, "PeterH" <reply to
    Not a simple question. In principle, the CCD has the highest
    performance in low light conditions, but is maybe more difficult to
    make in large formats. CMOS allows processing at each pixel.

    I would look at overall camera performance.
    Mark Herring, Pasadena, Calif.
    Private e-mail: Just say no to "No".
    Mark Herring, Jan 1, 2004
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    The G2 and G3 use CCD sensors.
    Alfred Molon, Jan 6, 2004
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