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Term: Gain (image)

In practical discussions of digital cameras and scanning devices, gain is described as a means of increasing the ISO of the device and apparent sensitivity to light. In more technical terms, gain in a digital imaging device represents the relationship between the number of electrons acquired on an image sensor and the analog-to-digital units (ADUs) that are generated, representing the image signal. Increasing the gain amplifies the signal by increasing the ratio of ADUs to electrons acquired on the sensor. The result is that increasing gain increases the apparent brightness of an image at a given exposure.
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