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Evaluation of LED flash performance for camera phones
Author(s): John Pincenti; Cole Sheldon; By-Her Richards; George John
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Paper Abstract

In this work, LED based flash solutions are evaluated for use in a camera phone application. The performance of a given flash solution is measured in terms of color accuracy and signal to noise ratio (SNR), both of which are standard test methods used in industry. Early in a camera phone design before completed camera modules are available, color accuracy and SNR are evaluated through a model which is based on knowledge of a given image sensor's color response as well as the power spectral distribution of the flash. Later in the design, when working camera modules become available, the evaluation is performed through direct measurement. These direct measurements are also used to verify the results of the aforementioned model. Color accuracy, SNR, how they are related, and the compromise between the two are discussed as well as the efficiency at which electrical power is converted to light that is detectable by the image sensor. Though many issues remain to be investigated, measuring color accuracy and SNR provides an evaluation method that builds on developed techniques and provides a practical foundation for flash evaluation as it applies to the camera phone industry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7876, Digital Photography VII, 787612 (24 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876666
Show Author Affiliations
John Pincenti, Motorola, Inc. (United States)
Cole Sheldon, Motorola, Inc. (United States)
By-Her Richards, Motorola, Inc. (United States)
George John, Motorola, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7876:
Digital Photography VII
Francisco H. Imai; Feng Xiao, Editor(s)

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