In this back to basics lesson we’re going to tackle a topic that’s a bit more advanced, CMOS and CCD camera chips.
Inside of professional and consumer cameras across the industry there are two standards of camcorder chips.
CCD or Charge Coupled Device is a camera technology, where all of the processing power of the chip is dedicated to one path and one aspect of creating a high quality picture. CCD Cameras have been the sworn choice for industry professionals for years because they have consistently produced a high quality picture, especially when converting light into electronic signals, and finally out to an analog format.
The positives of CCD Chips include producing a high quality, consistent, and reliable picture. The Negatives of CCD Chips are price and potentially more post-production editing issues that have to be dealt with.
CMOS or Complimentary Metal Oxide Semi-Conductor chips are chips that captures light, and processes that light into electrical signals, and produces an output of a digital picture. Along the way the technology can include amplification, noise reduction, and other factors that can correct the captured image, during the capturing process.
CMOS cameras have become a recent favorite for video professionals because of the high quality images that they produce with minimal post production editing involved for issues such as rolling shutter and other faulty camera conditions.
Advantages of CMOS chips include low costs, high quality picture output and potentially less post-production work that needs to be done on the final image.
No matter what technology camera you choose to film with, be sure to research the compatibility of your camera, your editor, your computer, and your output destination, before investing in the products for your business. Happy Filming!