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ISO-less?
Author(s): Henry Gordon Dietz; Paul Selegue Eberhart
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Paper Abstract

To determine the proper exposure, cameras generally use the concept of “film speed” – a number representing the film’s sensitivity to light. For film, this number was a function of the emulsion and processing, changeable only in batches. However, digital cameras essentially process each shot individually, so most adopted the idea that the film speed of the sensor could be changed for each shot. The catch is that it isn’t clear that the sensitivity of a sensor used in a digital camera can be adjusted at all: many digital cameras have been claimed to be “ISO-less,” capable of producing similar images for the same exposure independent of the ISO setting used. This paper will present the results of testing the ISO-less behavior of various digital cameras, concluding with a simple proposal for how these results could be used to create a new paradigm for computing exposure and processing parameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2015
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9404, Digital Photography XI, 94040L (27 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2080168
Show Author Affiliations
Henry Gordon Dietz, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Paul Selegue Eberhart, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9404:
Digital Photography XI
Nitin Sampat; Radka Tezaur; Dietmar Wüller, Editor(s)

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