Quantcast Camera Sensor Review: 60+ Models, EMVA 1288 Tested and Compared

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Sensor Review PDFs 

Download our Camera Sensor Review PDFs to help you narrow down your camera selection. Compare camera sensor performance for quantum efficiency, dynamic range, temporal dark noise (read noise) and more. PDFs are updated quarterly.

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Today, engineers have more choice than ever when it comes to machine vision camera models. To have this much choice is great but it can be a challenge narrowing down the best camera for the job. Different manufactures might use different testing methods and comparing cameras models across brands can be difficult. In an effort to not only simplify our imaging performance test methods but also provide trustworthy measurements for comparison, FLIR adopted the EMVA 1288 standard for camera testing.

Since the beginning of 2013, new FLIR camera models were tested using this standard. We’ve also gone back and retested a number of our existing models and compiled the results in our Imaging Performance Specification PDFs for each camera family. Now, for the first time, we've taken our entire library of tested cameras and put all of the results in one place. If you don’t have the time to research all the Performance PDF documents or if you just want something to print off for easy reference, you've come to the right place.

Viewing Note: For best 2-page side by side viewing please open up PDFs in Adobe Acrobat. Some internet browser's built-in PDF viewers only display 1 page at a time, making it difficult to compare models using our main chart.

Comparison Charts Includes:
• Quantum Efficiency
• Dynamic Range
• Temporal Dark Noise (Read Noise)
• Saturation Capacity (Well Depth)
• Absolute Sensitivity 
...and more!

Read the white paper here:"How to Evaluate Camera Sensitivity"




A couple of notes: for ease of readability, we did not include the full QE curve graphs but instead charted the QE readings at the defined wavelengths stated in the PDFs. If you’d like to see the complete test results for each model please refer to the Imaging Performance Specification PDF for that camera family. We also acknowledge that there are other camera features that come into play, such as camera size, weight, GPIO type, triggering modes etc, but we’re not going to complicate things by comparing these features in this document. For now, this document focuses on the EMVA 1288 imaging performance results.