Part 1: The Sensors
Here, we discuss the different sensor technologies and their distinguishing properties. However, there are always numerous experimental variables to consider when making decisions on the sensor for imaging applications. These include light levels, integration times, optical configuration of your microscope, etc., and as a further complication, many of these variables are related in some fashion.
Part 2: Sampling and Signal
Part 2 of this series attempts to simplify the analysis by separating the discussion between imaging and radiometric considerations as an aid in choosing optimum camera characteristics, such as pixel size, for a given set of experimental conditions.
Part 3: Noise and Signal-to-Noise Ratios
Part 3 complements this analysis by looking more closely at the noise properties of the different sensors and discusses how noise should be calculated as well as its effect on image quality in different imaging scenarios.
Part 4: Signal-to-Noise Ratio and Image Comparison of Cameras
Part 4 shows the reader how to combine these various analyses to generate a signal-to-noise profile as a function of the signal level for different sensors in an effort to identify which sensor would be best for their particular application.