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Remote Sens. 2012, 4(4), 1069-1089; doi:10.3390/rs4041069

SR-4000 and CamCube3.0 Time of Flight (ToF) Cameras: Tests and Comparison

DITAG, Politecnico di Torino, Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, I-10129 Torino, Italy
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Received: 9 February 2012 / Revised: 9 April 2012 / Accepted: 10 April 2012 / Published: 18 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Time-of-Flight Range-Imaging Cameras)
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In this paper experimental comparisons between two Time-of-Flight (ToF) cameras are reported in order to test their performance and to give some procedures for testing data delivered by this kind of technology. In particular, the SR-4000 camera by Mesa Imaging AG and the CamCube3.0 by PMD Technologies have been evaluated since they have good performances and are well known to researchers dealing with Time-of-Flight (ToF) cameras. After a brief overview of commercial ToF cameras available on the market and the main specifications of the tested devices, two topics are presented in this paper. First, the influence of camera warm-up on distance measurement is analyzed: a warm-up of 40 minutes is suggested to obtain the measurement stability, especially in the case of the CamCube3.0 camera, that exhibits distance measurement variations of several centimeters. Secondly, the variation of distance measurement precision variation over integration time is presented: distance measurement precisions of some millimeters are obtained in both cases. Finally, a comparison between the two cameras based on the experiments and some information about future work on evaluation of sunlight influence on distance measurements are reported.
Keywords: Time-of-Flight; SwissRanger; PMD; warm up; measurement precision; sunlight influence Time-of-Flight; SwissRanger; PMD; warm up; measurement precision; sunlight influence

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Piatti, D.; Rinaudo, F. SR-4000 and CamCube3.0 Time of Flight (ToF) Cameras: Tests and Comparison. Remote Sens. 2012, 4, 1069-1089.

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