Quantcast CMOS and CCD Image Sensors

CMOS and CCD Image Sensors

Sensor technology is constantly changing and improving. At FLIR (formerly Point Grey), we work closely with the world's top sensor manufacturers to offer a wide variety of the most advanced sensor technologies to our customers.

We take the best sensors, optimize them for maximum performance, then combine them with the latest interfaces, our flexible SDKs, and rich feature-sets to give our customers a competitive edge. 

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CMOS technology offers higher frame rates, significant improvements in quantum efficiency and dynamic range, and greatly reduced read noise compared to CCD sensors. The high speed of CMOS sensors enables them take full advantage of USB 3.1 Gen 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

CMOS sensors are available using either global or rolling shutter. To understand the differences, click here.

Global Shutter CMOS

The benefits of global shutter CMOS include crisp, distortion-free images.

right blue arrowPregius Sensor Technology from Sony
From 2.3 to 12 MP

Sony Pregius is today’s leading machine vision line of sensors. This global shutter CMOS technology provides crisp, clear, distortion-free images at high speeds. With temporal dark noise (read noise) below 3 e-, Pregius sensors also deliver great images under low light.

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right blue arrow PYTHON Sensor Technology  from ON Semiconductor
From 1.3 to 3.2 MP

ON Semiconductor PYTHON sensors are global shutter CMOS devices offer high speed and good imaging performance at a competitive price.

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Rolling Shutter CMOS
The benefits of rolling shutter CMOS include high FPS, lower costs, and lower noise.

right blue arrow Exmor R & Starvis Technology from Sony
12 MP

Originally designed for outdoor security applications, Sony Exmor R and Starvis CMOS sensor technology feature a back-illuminated pixel structure for excellent sensitivity and on-sensor image noise reduction. These sensors offer excellent low light performance and excellent color fidelity.

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CCD sensors are used for a wide range of applications. They are well suited for low light and long exposure imaging where low dark current is critical. CCD sensors utilize global shutter.

right blue arrowExview HAD CCD II from Sony
From 0.9 to 12 MP

Sony’s Exview HAD CCD II sensor technology provides greater sensitivity to visible and NIR wavelengths than other CCDs. Sony has announced discontinuation of these sensors by 2020. To discuss your long-term requirements, please contact us to understand all your options.

Learn more about Exview HAD CCD II Sensor Technology.
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right blue arrowSHARP
From 1.2 to 5.0 MP

Sharp offers CCDs improved sensitivity and image quality compared with conventional CCDs.

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