The following calculations have been put together to assist with choice of lenses, by determining the horizontal angle of view that will be generated for a lens with a given focal length, or by showing the focal length you would need to find in order to achieve a given horizontal angle of view.

The results list a number of a different lens types:

  • Rectilinear : a lens that displays straight lines as straight lines
  • Fisheye lens, using equidistant, stereographic, orthographic or equisolid projection.

A rectilinear lens is what we would generally use in filming and photography, as the projected image appears the same as it looks to the naked eye. Fisheye lenses appear distorted to the eye, however this visual distortion is caused by the lens maintaining an accurate proportional separation between objects; it is therefore more useful for scientific measurement and immersive applications.

The calculations assume that the lens will conform to the projection perfectly. In reality, lenses aren’t perfect, you will therefore see visual deviations (e.g a barrel effect on a wide angle rectilinear lens), this will also translate to variances in focal length and angles of view. The calculations should therefore be used as a guide only.

You will need to know the image circle of the camera/sensor you are using.

This can be calculated using the following form by entering the vertical and horizontal resolution of the active portion of the sensor (generally the resolution that you are filming in), and the pixel pitch of the sensor.

Specific to the IO Industries cameras:

  • 4KSDI-Mini and 2KSDI-Mini have a pixel pitch is 3.45 µm
  • 4KSDI-MiniRS and 2KSDI-MiniRS have a pixel pitch of 2.4µm

(You will find a list of other common cameras at the bottom of this page)

Field of View Characteristics – Underwater Flat Port

The following provides field of view characteristics when using a camera and lens underwater with a flat port. the calculations take account of the difference between the refractive index of water and air, and the apparent magnification that will happen to the image as a result.

The calculation assume that water has a refractive index of 1.336, which places it roughly in the centre of fresh water (1.334) and salt water (1.339)

The above calculations use the following equations

  • Rectilinear lens : R = f . tan (𝛩)
  • Equidistant fisheye lens : R = f . 𝛩
  • Equisolid fisheye lens : R = 2f . sin ( 𝛩 / 2 )
  • Stereographic lens: R = 2f . tan ( 𝛩 / 2 )
  • Orthographic fisheye lens : R = f . sin (𝛩)

Where

  • R = Radial position of a point on the image sensor
  • f = Focal length of the lens
  • 𝛩 = The angle between an object and the optical axis, expressed in radians

Pixel Pitch of Various Cameras

This list will be updated periodically, please feel free to pop us a message if there is a camera that you would like to be included.

For cameras other than those manufactured by IO Industries, please use the information as a guide only. Please also take note of the “1:1 Pixel Mapping” column;

  • “Yes” : Each pixel of resolution is mapped directly to a pixel on the sensor, the pixel width given can be used in the image circle calculation.
  • “No” : pixels from the sensor have been sampled in some way, e.g over sampling or pixel binning, in order to combine or reduce the pixel read out to obtain the required resolution. The pixel width cannot therefore be used in the image circle calculation.

ManufacturerCameraPixel Pitch (µm)1:1 Pixel Mapping
IO IndustriesVictorem 4KSDI-Mini
Victorem 2KSDI-Mini
3.45Yes
IO IndustriesVictorem 4KSDI-MiniRS
Victorem 2KSDI-MiniRS
2.4Yes
IO IndustriesFlare 4K
Flare 2K
5.5Yes
PanasonicGH43.74Yes
PanasonicGH53.33No
SonyA7iii5.91No
SonyA7 ii5.93No
SonyA7s ii8.32Yes