Can we have too much Dynamic Range?

Started May 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Can we have too much Dynamic Range?

Glen Barrington wrote:

I suspect meland is playing dumb to make a point. But like his vision of DR, it is too widely focused and diffused for anyone to get it.

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OK, thanks for that Glen.  Well let's focus in a bit then to make it easier, if indeed people are struggling with the question.

Aptina, for example, make some very high dynamic range image sensors for automotive use where extremes of light ranging from a car's headlights to dark ditches can be captured in the one image.

However if you were to try and use such a sensor in a camera the results would probably be horrible, mainly because colour accuracy and tonal range wouldn't be acceptable to photographers.

So, what if anything, gets sacrificed in making, say, a CMOS sensor capable of rendering a wider dynamic range?

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