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Geometric Stability and Lens Decentering in Compact Digital Cameras
Geomatics Engineering Research Group. University of León, Avda. Astorga s/n, 24400 Ponferrada, Spain
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering. University of Vigo, Campus Universitario As Lagoas-Marcosende s/n, 36200 Vigo, Spain
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Received: 25 December 2009; in revised form: 26 January 2010 / Accepted: 20 February 2010 / Published: 1 March 2010
Abstract: A study on the geometric stability and decentering present in sensor-lens systems of six identical compact digital cameras has been conducted. With regard to geometrical stability, the variation of internal geometry parameters (principal distance, principal point position and distortion parameters) was considered. With regard to lens decentering, the amount of radial and tangential displacement resulting from decentering distortion was related with the precision of the camera and with the offset of the principal point from the geometric center of the sensor. The study was conducted with data obtained after 372 calibration processes (62 per camera). The tests were performed for each camera in three situations: during continuous use of the cameras, after camera power off/on and after the full extension and retraction of the zoom-lens. Additionally, 360 new calibrations were performed in order to study the variation of the internal geometry when the camera is rotated. The aim of this study was to relate the level of stability and decentering in a camera with the precision and quality that can be obtained. An additional goal was to provide practical recommendations about photogrammetric use of such cameras.
Keywords: geometric stability; digital camera; photogrammetry; lens decentering
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Sanz-Ablanedo, E.; Rodríguez-Pérez, J.R.; Armesto, J.; Taboada, M.F.Á. Geometric Stability and Lens Decentering in Compact Digital Cameras. Sensors 2010, 10, 1553-1572.
Sanz-Ablanedo E, Rodríguez-Pérez JR, Armesto J, Taboada MFÁ. Geometric Stability and Lens Decentering in Compact Digital Cameras. Sensors. 2010; 10(3):1553-1572.
Sanz-Ablanedo, Enoc; Rodríguez-Pérez, José Ramón; Armesto, Julia; Taboada, María Flor Álvarez. 2010. "Geometric Stability and Lens Decentering in Compact Digital Cameras." Sensors 10, no. 3: 1553-1572.