How Processors in Cameras Work

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A processor in a camera takes information from the image sensor and puts it onto your storage card. Learn about how processors in cameras work with help from a director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today lets talk about processors in your camera. Now very, very simply put what the processor does is takes the information from your image sensor and then processes it and puts it onto your card. Now lets talk about continuous shooting because this is where your processor comes into play most of all. Say you want to shoot in a raw image format meaning there's very little compression done to it. So it's a very large file size. Now your camera may only be able to take five maybe six, seven, even possibly eight of these raw images in a matter of a second or so. And then process it through and put it onto your card. Now what you have to imagine is how large a file size these raw images actually are. And the processor is doing a ton of work to actually push it through and put them onto your card. So you are actually going to be very limited by your camera's processor on how many pictures you can actually take and how fast you can actually take them. Say you shoot in a smaller format jpg, you can actually process a lot of these images a lot quicker because it's such a smaller file size. So when it comes down to a processor and your processor speed it's all going to be going on how big of a format you are actually shooting with whether it's jpg or raw. But your processor basically, is actually what takes the image from your image sensor and then processes it through. And then puts it onto your camera's card. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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