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Resolution for color photography
Author(s): Paul M. Hubel; Markus Bautsch
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Paper Abstract

Although it is well known that luminance resolution is most important, the ability to accurately render colored details, color textures, and colored fabrics cannot be overlooked. This includes the ability to accurately render single-pixel color details as well as avoiding color aliasing. All consumer digital cameras on the market today record in color and the scenes people are photographing are usually color. Yet almost all resolution measurements made on color cameras are done using a black and white target. In this paper we present several methods for measuring and quantifying color resolution. The first method, detailed in a previous publication, uses a slanted-edge target of two colored surfaces in place of the standard black and white edge pattern. The second method employs the standard black and white targets recommended in the ISO standard, but records these onto the camera through colored filters thus giving modulation between black and one particular color component; red, green, and blue color separation filters are used in this study. The third method, conducted at Stiftung Warentest, an independent consumer organization of Germany, uses a whitelight interferometer to generate fringe pattern targets of varying color and spatial frequency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6069, Digital Photography II, 60690M (10 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.654573
Show Author Affiliations
Paul M. Hubel, Foveon, Inc. (United States)
Markus Bautsch, STIFTUNG WARENTEST (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6069:
Digital Photography II
Nitin Sampat; Jeffrey M. DiCarlo; Russel A. Martin, Editor(s)

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