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No Cartesian Duality Between Camera Software & Hardware | How Many Stops Have Cameras Improved In A Decade?

By Kishore Sawh on November 27th 2016

We’re rounding out the end of 2016, and that means it’s a time for a bit of reflection, and not on trivial, yawn-inducing, boring matters like social pro-or-digression, or on our behavioral growth, but on the things that truly matter, like camera development. I kid; that’s a bit tongue in cheek but it is the weekend of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a season loosely associated with, well, presents. So, as many of us will undoubtedly be looking into all that the camera tech world has released this year in order to make judgements and even purchases, it’s interesting to consider just how far camera tech has come in the last decade. 10 years is a long time, and with technology racing at the speed of thought, cameras of today should be tens of stops better that so many years ago, given Moore’s Law. Shouldn’t they? Well….

Sort of, but around 1.5 stops of sensor improvement is more precise.

That may be less than you’d have thought given the number of cameras released each year and the number of times you’ve felt it imperative to upgrade, but according to DxO, that’s the magic number. At the Automotice Sensor And Perception Conference (AutoSens) a presentation was given by DxO tited, ‘Dealing with the Complexities of Camera ISP Tuning’ this was revealed.