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Improved depth estimation with the light field camera
Author(s): Huachun Wang; Xinzhu Sang; Duo Chen; Nan Guo; Peng Wang; Xunbo Yu; Binbin Yan; Kuiru Wang; Chongxiu Yu
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Paper Abstract

Light-field cameras are used in consumer and industrial applications. An array of micro-lenses captures enough information that one can refocus images after acquisition, as well as shift one’s viewpoint within the sub-apertures of the main lens, effectively obtaining multiple views. Thus, depth estimation from both defocus and correspondence are now available in a single capture. And Lytro.Inc also provides a depth estimation from a single-shot capture with light field camera, like Lytro Illum. This Lytro depth estimation containing many correct depth information can be used for higher quality estimation. In this paper, we present a novel simple and principled algorithm that computes dense depth estimation by combining defocus, correspondence and Lytro depth estimations. We analyze 2D epipolar image (EPI) to get defocus and correspondence depth maps. Defocus depth is obtained by computing the spatial gradient after angular integration and correspondence depth by computing the angular variance from EPIs. Lytro depth can be extracted from Lyrto Illum with software. We then show how to combine the three cues into a high quality depth map. Our method for depth estimation is suitable for computer vision applications such as matting, full control of depth-of-field, and surface reconstruction, as well as light filed display

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10459, AOPC 2017: Optical Storage and Display Technology, 1045905 (24 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2282897
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Huachun Wang, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Xinzhu Sang, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Duo Chen, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Nan Guo, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Peng Wang, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Xunbo Yu, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Binbin Yan, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Kuiru Wang, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Chongxiu Yu, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10459:
AOPC 2017: Optical Storage and Display Technology
Byoungho Lee; Yongtian Wang; Xiaodi Tan; Xiangping Li, Editor(s)

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