This MINIATURE-GLOSSARY give a very short describtion of terms used in coherence with digital photographing and CHDK, detailed informations can be found e.g. in the Wikipedia.


AEB[edit | edit source]

Automatic Exposure Bracketing, taking a series of pictures with automatically increasing or decreasing exposure

ARM[edit | edit source]

Advanced RISC Machine - an architecture for 32-bit microprocessors, dominant in the mobile electronics market

Av[edit | edit source]

Aperture value - often used as a setting that allows to choose a specific aperture value while the camera selects a shutter speed to match, the camera will ensure proper exposure (Aperture priority).

AWB[edit | edit source]

Automatic White Balance - a feature of most digital cameras whereby the camera calculates the best-fit white balance to the image

Bayer filter[edit | edit source]

a color filter array for arranging RGB color filters on a square grid of photosensors in digital cameras

Bracketing[edit | edit source]

a general technique of taking several shots of the same subject using different or the same camera settings

Bv[edit | edit source]

Brightness value

CMOS[edit | edit source]

Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor, a class of integrated circuits, used in microprocessors, microcontrollers, RAM and other digital logic circuits, also used for a wide variety of analog circuits

CMYK[edit | edit source]

short for cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black), a subtractive color model used in color printing & to describe the printing process itself

CRT[edit | edit source]

Cathode Ray Tube, a vacuum tube containing an electron gun (a source of electrons) and a fluorescent screen, the mean part of a TV or a monitor

Dark frame subtraction[edit | edit source]

a way to minimize image noise for pictures taken with long exposure times; it works by taking a picture with the shutter closed, then this “dark frame” is subtracted from the picture

DigiC[edit | edit source]

a proprietary (32 bit) image processor developed by Canon for cameras (Digic I - IV), video cameras (Digic DV, DV II) and webcams; based on ARM architecture.

DNG[edit | edit source]

a royalty free RAW image file format designed by Adobe Systems →Digital Negative (file format)

DOF[edit | edit source]

Depth Of Field - the portion of a scene that appears sharp in the image. Although a lens can precisely focus at only one distance, the decrease in sharpness is gradual on either side of the focused distance, so that within the DOF, the unsharpness is imperceptible under normal viewing conditions. The DOF increases with the f-numbers.

DPOF[edit | edit source]

Digital Print Order Format, a format for digital camera to define which captured images on the storage card are to be printed

DryOS[edit | edit source]

an Operating system from Canon for digital cameras and other Canon hardware, such as digital video cameras and high-end webcams

DSLR[edit | edit source]

Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera, a digital camera with an automatic mirror system. Based on the single-lens reflex (SLR) principle such cameras uses a mirror to show in a viewfinder the image that will be captured. On shooting the mirror swings beside, the shutter opens and the image is projected and captured on the sensor.

EFL[edit | edit source]

Effective Focal Length, see FL

Eye-Fi[edit | edit source]

A memory card in SD-format with wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) capabilities, bundled with additional software to upload photos from the camera to photo sharing sites such as Flickr, Facebook, and PhotoBucket.

Ev[edit | edit source]

Exposure value - denotes all combinations of camera shutter speed and relative aperture that give the same exposure. Also used to indicate an interval on the photographic exposure scale, with 1 EV corresponding to a standard power-of-2 exposure step, commonly referred to as a 'stop'.

EXIF[edit | edit source]

Exchangeable Image File Format, a specification for the image file format used by digital cameras --> Wikipedia link

F-number[edit | edit source]

the focal length divided by the 'effective' aperture diameter. It is a dimensionless number that is a quantitative measure of lens speed, an important concept in photography. A typical notation is F/2.8 or F/8.0

FAT[edit | edit source]

File Allocation Table, a computer file system architecture from Microsoft

FL[edit | edit source]

Focal Length - a measure of how strongly an optical system converges (focuses) or diverges (diffuses) light. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length.

HDR (HDRI, DRI)[edit | edit source]

High Dynamic Range (Imaging), a technique that allows a greater dynamic range of exposures. The Dynamic Range(DR) is the range of luminance values between light(strongest highlight) and dark areas(darkest shadow).

Hyperfocal distance[edit | edit source]

the distance beyond which all objects can be brought into an "acceptable" focus. There are two commonly used definitions, leading to values that differ only slightly (he distinction between the two meanings is rarely made, since they are interchangeable and have almost identical values):

1)the closest distance at which a lens can be focused while keeping objects at infinity acceptably sharp; that is, the focus distance with the maximum depth of field. When the lens is focused at this distance, all objects at distances from half of the hyperfocal distance out to infinity will be acceptably sharp.
2)the hyperfocal distance is the distance beyond which all objects are acceptably sharp, for a lens focused at infinity.

IDA[edit | edit source]

Interactive Disassembler - a commercial disassembler software for code analysis and debugging

IS[edit | edit source]

Image Stabilizer

ISO[edit | edit source]

International Organization for Standardization, an scale for measuring color-negative film speed

JPEG (JPG)[edit | edit source]

Joint Photographic Experts Group, a method of compression for photographic images, media type format

Lua[edit | edit source]

A script programming language → www.lua.org

ND filter[edit | edit source]

Neutral Density filter, "grey" filter on cameras

NTSC[edit | edit source]

National Television System Committee, the analog television system used in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan

OSD[edit | edit source]

On Screen Display

PAL[edit | edit source]

short for Phase Alternating Line, a colour encoding system used in broadcast television systems, e.g. in europe

PictBridge[edit | edit source]

An industry standard from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing which allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer.

RAW[edit | edit source]

Unprocessed photo file / format, see also DNG

RGB[edit | edit source]

short for Red, Green, Blue, an additive color model in which red, green, and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors

Sv[edit | edit source]

Speed value (determined by ISO setting)

Tone mapping[edit | edit source]

a technique used in image processing and computer graphics to map a set of colours to another; often to approximate the appearance of high dynamic range images in media with a more limited dynamic range.

Tv[edit | edit source]

Time value (determined by shutter speed)

VxWorks[edit | edit source]

a real time operating system from Wind River, licensed by Canon for many of their cameras

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