Analog Devices CCDThe actual CCD is located on the back of the main system board, or at least the side that faces the camera's rear casing. The FinePix Z1 features a CCD manufactured by Analog Devices. You can see it here, clearly labeled with white lettering, in the top left corner. CCD stands for charge-coupled device. The CCD plays a critical role in picture quality and color reproduction.
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