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Optimum color filters for CCD digital cameras
Author(s): Kai Engelhardt; Rino E. Kunz; Peter Seitz; Harald Brunner; Karl Knop
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Paper Abstract

As part of the ESPRIT II project No. 2103 (MASCOT) a high performance prototype color CCD still video camera was developed. Intended for professional usage such as in the graphic arts, the camera provides a maximum resolution of 3k X 3k full color pixels. A high colorimetric performance was achieved through specially designed dielectric filters and optimized matrixing. The color transformation was obtained by computer simulation of the camera system and non-linear optimization which minimized the perceivable color errors as measured in the 1976 CIELUV uniform color space for a set of about 200 carefully selected test colors. The color filters were designed to allow perfect colorimetric reproduction in principle and at the same time with imperceptible color noise and with special attention to fabrication tolerances. The camera system includes a special real-time digital color processor which carries out the color transformation. The transformation can be selected from a set of sixteen matrices optimized for different illuminants and output devices. Because the actual filter design was based on slightly incorrect data the prototype camera showed a mean colorimetric error of 2.7 j.n.d. (CIELUV) in experiments. Using correct input data in the redesign of the filters, a mean colorimetric error of only 1 j.n.d. (CIELUV) seems to be feasible, implying that it is possible with such an optimized color camera to achieve such a high colorimetric performance that the reproduced colors in an image cannot be distinguished from the original colors in a scene, even in direct comparison.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1987, Recording Systems: High-Resolution Cameras and Recording Devices and Laser Scanning and Recording Systems, (29 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.165215
Show Author Affiliations
Kai Engelhardt, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
Rino E. Kunz, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
Peter Seitz, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
Harald Brunner, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
Karl Knop, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1987:
Recording Systems: High-Resolution Cameras and Recording Devices and Laser Scanning and Recording Systems
Leo Beiser; Reimar K. Lenz, Editor(s)

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