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Development of new family of wide-angle anamorphic lens with controlled distortion profile
Author(s): Jonny Gauvin; Michel Doucet; Min Wang; Simon Thibault; Benjamin Blanc
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Paper Abstract

It is well known that a fish-eye lens produces a circular image of the scene with a particular distortion profile. When using a fish-eye lens with a standard sensor (e.g. 1/3", 1/4",.), only a part of the rectangular detector area is used, leaving many pixels unused. We proposed a new approach to get enhanced resolution for panoramic imaging. In this paper, various arrangements of innovative 180-degree anamorphic wide-angle lens design are considered. Their performances as well as lens manufacturability are also discussed. The concept of the design is to use anamorphic optics to produce elliptical image that maximize pixel resolution in both axis. Furthermore, a non-linear distortion profile is also introduced to enhance spatial resolution for specific field angle. Typical applications such as panoramic photography, video conferencing, and homeland/transportation security are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5874, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering VI, 587404 (25 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617505
Show Author Affiliations
Jonny Gauvin, INO (Canada)
Michel Doucet, INO (Canada)
Min Wang, INO (Canada)
Simon Thibault, Immervision (Canada)
Benjamin Blanc, Immervision (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5874:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering VI
Pantazis Z. Mouroulis; Warren J. Smith; R. Barry Johnson, Editor(s)

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