Article | August 24, 2016

Specifying Lenses For Megapixel Cameras

Source: Schneider Optics

Advances in high-resolution sensors with higher pixel densities and smaller pixels are challenging optics manu­facturers to produce lenses of increased per­formance. To understand how lenses can affect the performance of imaging systems, it is necessary to grasp the physics behind diffraction, lens aperture, focal length, and the wavelength of light. Additionally, other design limitations restrict the optical capabilities of a lens, even before manufac­turing tolerances are taken into account. This article discusses how to specify lenses for megapixel cameras.