Practical photoquantity measurement using a camera

Abstract : An image output by a camera is generally not a faithful representation of the real scene, because it undergoes a series of radiometric disturbances during the imaging process. This paper proposes a method for obtaining a more accurate measure of the light seen by a camera. Our method requires no specific calibration apparatus and only minimal supervision. Nevertheless, it is quite comprehensive, since it accounts for response function, exposure, vignetting, spatial non-uniformity of the sensor and colour balancing. Our method works in two steps. First, the camera is calibrated off-line, in a photoquantity sense. Then, the photoquantity of any scene can be estimated in-line. Our method is therefore geared to a wide range of computer vision applications where a camera is expected to give a measurement of the visible light. The paper starts by presenting a photoquantity model of the camera imaging process. It then describes the key steps of calibration and correction method. Finally, results are given and analyzed to evaluate the relevance of our approach.
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IET Image Processing, Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2012, 5 (4), pp.417 - 425. 〈10.1049/iet-ipr.2010.0130〉
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Julien Dehos, Eric Zéghers, Laurent Sarry, François Rousselle, Christophe Renaud. Practical photoquantity measurement using a camera. IET Image Processing, Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2012, 5 (4), pp.417 - 425. 〈10.1049/iet-ipr.2010.0130〉. 〈hal-00727103〉

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