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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Autofocus method using dual aperture and color filters
Author(s): Kwanghyun Koh; Jung Gap Kuk; Bora Jin; Wooseok Choi; Nam Ik Cho
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Paper Abstract

We propose a new autofocus method for digital cameras based on the separation of color components from the incoming light rays and the measure of their disparity. For separating color components, we place two apertures with the red and blue color filters on them. This enables us to get two monochromatic images that have disparities proportional to the distances of the objects from the camera. We also propose a new measure to find the disparity of these color components because the conventional disparity measures show low accuracy for the pair of different color channel images. The measure is based on the observation that the overlap of images with disparity has many weak gradients, whereas the overlap with no disparity has a small number of strong gradients. One of two images is shifted from left to right, and the measure is computed for each position. Then, the position with the maximum measure is considered as the disparity, and the direction and distance of focus are computed from the estimated disparity and camera parameters. The proposed method is implemented in a commercial compact camera, and it has been demonstrated that the method finds the focus in a wide range of distance and illumination conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2011
PDF: 7 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 20(3) 033002 doi: 10.1117/1.3602213
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 20, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Kwanghyun Koh, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Jung Gap Kuk, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Bora Jin, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Wooseok Choi, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
Nam Ik Cho, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)


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