Imaging photometers refer to instruments that measure the luminous intensity of a light source, by comparing it with the standard source. This comparison could be done with a photoelectric cell (Pritchard photometer), or with the human eye (SEI exposure photometers or Lummer Brodhun). In flicker photometer, the visual photometer observer sees a field illuminated alternately with two sources which are to be compared. Once the flicker sensation disappears, the intensity of the test source could be concluded by reading the reference standard source with which it is compared. To determine the difference, frequency of alteration at a point which is below critical fusion frequency, but for the determination of distinction in the color or color difference, the frequency of alteration is chosen at a point which is above the critical fusion frequency. In other words, imaging photometers refer to instruments which find application in measurement of light intensity and understanding optical properties of surface and solutions. The imaging photometer finds application in detection of photomultipliers or photodiodes and photo resistors. The photometer measures light following the passage of light through monochromatic or filter fir the determination at defined wavelengths for analyzing the spectral distribution of light. Imaging photometers find application in photography to determine the correct exposure for the photograph. Modern cameras with latest technology have built in imaging photometers. Advanced imaging photometers with latest technology are capable of measuring light intensity at different positions of the image or picture. Further, the imaging photometers use a wide range of algorithms for the determination of the most appropriate exposure in the final picture. Traditionally, a photometer used to be separate from the body of the camera.
The demand for imaging photometers is ever increasing with the increase in application of imaging photometers for high-speed recording quantity which has spatial resolutions which attract increasing interest. Key factors that have led to the increasing preference toward imaging photometers include widespread image processing of software which automates the method analysis. Moreover, the application of imaging photometers saves substantial time with simultaneous capture of considerable number of measurements for small images. Imaging photometers are utilized to measure color distribution and luminance of switches, panel graphics, and instrument clusters for vehicles.
In terms of type, the imaging photometers market can be segmented into interline transfer CCD, full frame CCD, and others. The transfer CCD segment leads the market in terms of revenue share. In terms of application, the imaging photometers market can be segmented into light measurement, display test, surface inspection, automotive solutions, keyboard inspection, and others. The light measurement segment in the imaging photometers market segmented by application led the market in terms of revenue share. The display test segment is estimated to expand rapidly in the near future.
In terms of geography, the global imaging photometers market can be segmented into Latin America, North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East &Africa. Europe led the imaging photometers market in terms of revenue share. North America followed Europe in the imaging photometers market in terms of revenue share. Asia Pacific is anticipated to expand rapidly in the near future.
Key players operating in the imaging photometers market include Westboro Photonics Inc. (Canada, U.S.), Radiant, Photo Research Inc. (U.S.), Konica Minolta, Inc. (Japan), Admesy B.V. (The Netherlands), ELDIM S.A. (France), and Techno Team Bildverarbeitung GmbH (Germany). The key players operating in the imaging photometers market adopt various strategies to expand their business activities. Major strategies adopted by the key players include product development, mergers and acquisition, partnerships, and collaborations. The key players focus a significant amount of their revenue in research and development, for developing new products and gain competitive advantage over its competitors.
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