Camera Tiering and Measurements

To help maintain acceptable levels of quality in European HDTV programme making, the EBU has specified a series of measurements that will reveal a camera's ability to produce high definition television pictures.


The measurements and advice on how they may best be performed are published in EBU Tech 3335. This document augments previous EBU publications concerning camera quality measurements.


Knowing the performance of your HD cameras is one thing, but understanding how this performance relates to a camera's suitability for a given programme genre is quite another. This is where tiering comes in.




EBU Recommendation R 118 is an innovative document in that it uses the published technical specifications and measured performances (according to Tech 3335) of HDTV cameras to categorize them into a set of levels, or tiers.


Once a camera has been allocated to a tier, its suitability for a HDTV production may quickly be determined, which will simplify production budgeting and facilities procurement.


Technically, the criteria used to identify which tier a camera falls into concern its:

  - Resolution

  - Sensitivity

  - Noise

  - Aliasing

  - Exposure Range

  - Codec used (see EBU R 132)


Software Package


Click on the image for a software package that contains RGB and other targets to assist you with the camera measurements in Tech 3335.


R118 Tiering of HD Cameras
T3335 Measurements of HD Cameras
T3281 Measurement of CCD Cameras
T3281s1 Measurement of 16:9 CCD Cameras
T3294 Back focal distance offsets in CCD Cameras
R132 Signal Quality in HDTV Production & Broadcast Services