INF5442 – Image Sensor Circuits and Systems

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Course content

This course looks at digital camera technologies, entire signal chain from light in to compressed images out, CCDs and CMOS image sensors, image noise and mitigation techniques and how to measure signal/noise ratio and camera performance parameters. It also looks at special sensors for low-light capture, high dynamic range image capture, slow motion capture, 3D stereo capture, 3D time-of-flight capture, image signal processing basics (black level compensation, auto-exposure control, auto white-balance), JPEG compression and camera interfaces.

Learning outcome

Successful completion of the course will give the student competency in the following areas:

  • Basic knowledge of analog and digital circuits used in cameras
  • Pixels and readout circuits
  • Basic knowledge of image processing algorithms used in cameras
  • 2D and 3D capture techniques


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Recommended previous knowledge

Some basic image processing knowledge, e.g. INF2310 - Digital bildebehandling, and INF4300 - Digital bildeanalyse, is recommended but not mandatory. Microelectronics knowledge is also recommended, INF3410 - Analog microelectronics.

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures per week. The course includes mandatory project and assignments. Rules for mandatory assignments.


Oral or written examination (4 hours). All mandatory assignments have to be approved in order to take the exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF5440, INF5441 and INF-CBS.

Facts about this course






Every other autumn starting 2015

This course will be given every other autumn from autumn 2015. Autumn 2015, 2017


Every other autumn starting 2015

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)