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24 October 2017 Improved depth estimation with the light field camera
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Proceedings Volume 10459, AOPC 2017: Optical Storage and Display Technology; 1045905 (2017)
Event: Applied Optics and Photonics China (AOPC2017), 2017, Beijing, China
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
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Huachun Wang, Xinzhu Sang, Duo Chen, Nan Guo, Peng Wang, Xunbo Yu, Binbin Yan, Kuiru Wang, and Chongxiu Yu "Improved depth estimation with the light field camera", Proc. SPIE 10459, AOPC 2017: Optical Storage and Display Technology, 1045905 (24 October 2017);

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