19 January 2009 Extended depth-of-field using sharpness transport across color channels
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In this paper we present an approach to extend the Depth-of-Field (DoF) for cell phone miniature camera by concurrently optimizing optical system and post-capture digital processing techniques. Our lens design seeks to increase the longitudinal chromatic aberration in a desired fashion such that, for a given object distance, at least one color plane of the RGB image contains the in-focus scene information. Typically, red is made sharp for objects at infinity, green for intermediate distances, and blue for close distances. Comparing sharpness across colors gives an estimation of the object distance and therefore allows choosing the right set of digital filters as a function of the object distance. Then, by copying the high frequencies of the sharpest color onto the other colors, we show theoretically and experimentally that it is possible to achieve a sharp image for all the colors within a larger range of DoF. We compare our technique with other approaches that also aim to increase the DoF such as Wavefront coding.
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Frédéric Guichard, Frédéric Guichard, Hoang-Phi Nguyen, Hoang-Phi Nguyen, Régis Tessières, Régis Tessières, Marine Pyanet, Marine Pyanet, Imène Tarchouna, Imène Tarchouna, Frédéric Cao, Frédéric Cao, } "Extended depth-of-field using sharpness transport across color channels", Proc. SPIE 7250, Digital Photography V, 72500N (19 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.805915; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.805915
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