Photo Comparison: CCD versus CMOS


This is a shot from a Nikon D70 with a Nikon 35mm F1.8G lens. The lens is good enough to resolve the detail on a camera with 24 million pixels, so it can easily handle the D70 which is just 6 million pixels. And the D70 was introduced in 2004. That’s ancient in digital cameras.

However, as I mentioned in an earlier post, it uses a CCD sensor rather than the CMOS sensors used in more modern cameras.

As I said in that post, the photographer in the video I referenced thought the photos from CCD sensors had a more film-like quality than photos from CMOS sensors.

Next is a shot from a Fuji X-E3, which was introduced in 2017. And it has a CMOS sensor. Actually, it has a proprietary kind of CMOS sensor named X-Trans, which refers to the arrangement of the pixels but is still CMOS.

The lens on the Fuji is the 27mm f2.8, introduced in 2013.

So, does the first photo look more ‘film-like’ to your eyes?


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