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Originally posted by tauristercus
Originally posted by wildespace
Why are so few of the Cassini pictures in color?
Creating color images is a complex task requiring much more labor and computer time than black and white images.
Errrrrr .... why ? Since when does taking a colour pic become such a complex task ?
My smartphone takes brilliant, hi res pics with no effort at all.
Are you trying to tell me that the equivalent of a cheap smartphone colour capable cmos chip is impossible to mount on the craft and if it was, that it would be incapable of taking a real-time colour pic and then beam it back to Earth ?
C'mon ... really ???
Originally posted by winterkill
Ok, the reason pics are not taken in color.
1. Black and white holds better definition for the process.
2. Power for transmission is limited, very limited and so black and white is logical
3. Sensors checking other wavelengths can reveal way more material than the human visible spectrum.
4. These are RAW images. You then put them into the computer and have the computer measure the tones and supply the matching colors. You don't waste important data onboard a ship when it can be done on Earth.
I hope that helps people understand