From Photon to Pixel – Revised and Updated 2nd Edition

The Digital Camera Handbook

From Photon to Pixel – Revised and Updated 2nd Edition

Henri Maître, Télécom ParisTech, France

ISBN : 9781786301376

Publication Date : February 2017

Hardcover 466 pp

155 USD



This second edition of the fully revised and updated From Photon to Pixel presents essential elements in modern digital photographic devices.

Our universal infatuation with photography profoundly affects its usage and development.
While some sides of photographic “culture” remain wholly unchanged – art photography, journalistic and advertising photography, scientific photography, etc. – new facets emerge: leisure or travel photography, everyday life photography, anecdotal, observational or unusual photography, and microcosm, or micro-community, photography with its culmination in the narcissistic selfie.

These new forms combine an often simplified manner of photographing and modern means of instantaneous, remote and mass communication.

This book does not extend into the sociological study of photography, instead it explains how the digital camera works by examining in detail each of the components that constitutes it to provide the reader with a preliminary guide into the inner workings of this device.


1. First Contact.
2. The Photographic Objective Lens.
3. The Digital Sensor.
4. Radiometry and Photometry.
5. Color.
6. Image Quality.
7. Noise in Digital Photography.
8. Image Representation: Coding and Formats.
9. Elements of Camera Hardware.
10. Photographic Software.

About the authors/editors

Henri Maître is Emeritus Professor at Télécom ParisTech in France. He specializes in image processing and pattern recognition, exploring aspects of computing and digital signal processing.