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Digital camera performance where spatial resolution is determined by the optical component

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Abstract

The spatial resolution attributed to digital cameras is usually based on the number or size of the pixels in the sensor. On closer examination it can often be shown that the real limit to the level of detail recorded by a camera will in practice be due to the performance of the optical system. An example of how this happens is given with a comparison between two satellite camera systems.
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Keywords: Airy disc; diffraction limit; digital camera systems; ground sample distance; image patch; spatial resolution; sub-pixel location

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: ( )Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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