28 January 2008 Matching image color from different cameras
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Can images from professional digital SLR cameras be made equivalent in color using simple colorimetric characterization? Two cameras were characterized, these characterizations were implemented on a variety of images, and the results were evaluated both colorimetrically and psychophysically. A Nikon D2x and a Canon 5D were used. The colorimetric analyses indicated that accurate reproductions were obtained. The median CIELAB color differences between the measured ColorChecker SG and the reproduced image were 4.0 and 6.1 for the Canon (chart and spectral respectively) and 5.9 and 6.9 for the Nikon. The median differences between cameras were 2.8 and 3.4 for the chart and spectral characterizations, near the expected threshold for reliable image difference perception. Eight scenes were evaluated psychophysically in three forced-choice experiments in which a reference image from one of the cameras was shown to observers in comparison with a pair of images, one from each camera. The three experiments were (1) a comparison of the two cameras with the chart-based characterizations, (2) a comparison with the spectral characterizations, and (3) a comparison of chart vs. spectral characterization within and across cameras. The results for the three experiments are 64%, 64%, and 55% correct respectively. Careful and simple colorimetric characterization of digital SLR cameras can result in visually equivalent color reproduction.
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Mark D. Fairchild, David R. Wyble, Garrett M. Johnson, "Matching image color from different cameras", Proc. SPIE 6808, Image Quality and System Performance V, 68080E (28 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.766409; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.766409
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