Five reasons to use Imatest 5.0

This week, we launched Imatest 5.0. We built Imatest 5.0 to provide users with a streamlined workflow for more efficient image quality analysis. Here are five reasons to start using Imatest 5.0 today.

Refined User Experience

Imatest 5.0 features several new tools and enhancements across our products to help you improve your workflow. Whether you want to reduce the number of images needed for complete system qualification with Arbitrary Charts; process a collection of images with automated analysis routines within the brand new Test Manager, or process batches of images with our enhanced image processing module, Imatest 5.0 is an improved experience for users needing an expedited testing process.

Innovative Image Quality Measurements

The newest release provides several new and enhanced measurements to help your focus on the image quality factors that matter to your business’ camera system.

  • Contrast Resolution was designed for the visualization and measurement of contrast separation. This is particularly important for the automotive industry where camera systems need to distinguish between low contrast objects in a larger field with varying ranges of brightness.
  • The ISO 18844 flare measurement added to the Uniformity module was created to address the need to accurately measure veiling glare.
  • The enhancements to the SFRreg Center Chart provides geometric utilities for measuring tilt and rotational measurements, an especially important factor for users needing to test wide-angled measurements.

Measuring Contrast Resolution using Multicharts.

Focus on the image quality factors that matter most

Imatest tools serve many industries with widely varying requirements, for example testing an automotive camera system is different from testing a consumer device. Even within one industry, companies need to test several image quality factors on several test charts, complicating the capture analysis workflow. Imatest 5.0 lets you zero in on the image quality factors and results that matter most to your business.

  • Customizable reports allows users to more efficiently filter and present select image quality data from a variety of image quality factors.
  • The new arbitrary charts functionality serves a similar purpose by letting users define efficient layouts of analysis features within one chart.

Enhanced support for industry standards

Industry standards provide a foundation for the testing and analysis of imaging systems and clearly define testing methods for reliable measurements of system performance. Imatest 5.0 goes along way to support and supplement industry testing standards.

Run predefined test plans for standard testing procedures such as CPIQ within the new Test Manager.

The new P1858 Variant Combo chart, supported by Arbitrary Charts, combines several analysis features  required by the standard into one chart. This enables users to minimize the number of images needed in the testing process and increases testing efficiency and accuracy.

Imatest 5.0 also features an enhanced Uniformity module to support the ISO 18844 standard for image flare measurements on digital cameras. The standard was created to address some of the difficulties of making ISO 9358 measurements with cameras.

P1858 Variant Combo chart

Streamlined Product Line

The Imatest 5.0 release includes the streamlining of the Imatest product line. As of Imatest 5.0, Imatest Master will now includes image acquisition capabilities that were previously available in Imatest IS, which is now discontinued. Imatest users will now have access to the acquisition library. The library supports direct acquisition from a wide range of frame grabbers and cameras, as well as industry standard interfaces like CameraLink, GigE Vision, and USB through DirectShow (Windows) or QuickTime (OS X). Direct image acquisition cuts out several steps in the image quality testing process and allows for in-the-loop testing with Imatest.

In order to maximize performance in the new Test Manager, we utilized parallel processing. Previously, parallel processing was only available in Imatest IT-P. With the release of Imatest 5.0, Imatest IT-P functionality is now included in Imatest IT . This enables all Imatest users to rapidly process large volumes of images. By utilizing high-performance processors with 6+ cores, parallel processing can improve throughput by over 2.5x.

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Imatest IS Discontinued with Image Acquisition now Available in Imatest Master

As of Imatest 5.0, Imatest Master now features image acquisition capabilities. Previously, image acquisition capabilities were supported by Imatest IS, which has been discontinued as a separate product. This provides all of our customers with access to the acquisition library. The library supports direct acquisition from a wide range of frame grabbers and cameras, as well as industry standard interfaces. Direct image acquisition cuts out several steps in the image quality testing process and allows for in-the-loop testing with Imatest.

Learn more about Imatest’s image acquisition capabilities. 

Sensor Evaluation Boards

  • OnSemi
  • Omnivision
  • Toshiba
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Graphin EasyLab

Capture Interfaces

  • Android
  • DirectShow
  • QuickTime
  • Analog
  • Camera Link
  • GigE Vision
  • DCAM IEEE 1394b
  • Blackmagic Design


Camera Vendors

  • Adimec
  • Allied Vision Tec
  • FLIR
  • Hamamatsu
  • Hitachi
  • Matrox Imaging
  • Microsoft Kinect
  • National Instruments
  • Sony
  • Toshiba Teli
  • Imperx
  • Lumenera
  • Matrix Vision
  • Teledyne DALSA
  • QImaging
  • VRmagic


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Imatest featured as one of three companies changing the autonomous driving landscape

Imatest was recently featured in’s article, Three Companies Changing the Autonomous Driving Landscape. Carl Anthony writes:

“With driverless cars, the implication is huge because cameras will play a vital role in the forthcoming autonomous world. In order for autonomy to deliver on its promises of reducing collisions and traffic fatalities, image quality is essential. Imatest takes this into consideration as today’s automotive trends usher us further into autonomy.”

Read the full article at 

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New Documentation Available for Imatest IT

Imatest is pleased to unveil updated documentation for Imatest IT. The documentation has been updated to include the latest software release (Imatest 4.5), including details for new features, filtering options for preferred languages, and several new Troubleshooting articles.

Users can now filter Imatest IT instructions for their preferred languages and interfaces including C, C++, Python, .NET (C# and Visual Basic), and EXE. In addition, there are now more detailed installation and setup instructions for both Windows and Linux versions.

Imatest IT ships with several example projects in C++, Python, C#, and Visual Basic. You can find them in the samples folder of your IT installation, along with example images of Imatest test charts that can be used for each of IT’s analysis modules.

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Challenges in Automotive Image Quality Testing

Imatest’s Norman Koren presents his vision for challenges in automotive image quality testing.

  • Review the challenges for human observers and/or machine vision algorithms to resolve low-contrast objects over a wide range of background brightness
  • How to distinguish low contrast patches over the full dynamic range of a test chart
  • Comparing the use of hyperbolic wedges in ISO16505 vs. slanted edges to measure MTF10 in automotive applications
  • Misunderstandings about low contrast slanted-edges

This video was previously recorded at Autosens Detroit 2017, the world’s leading vehicle perception conference. See more more at

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For more information on Imatest’s solutions for testing image quality in the automotive industry, please visit our solutions page. 

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Three Companies Changing the Autonomous Driving Landscape [Article]

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Mobile Device Image Quality Workshop

Join us, in conjunction with IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) and Camera Phone Image Quality (CPIQ) Conformity Assessment Steering Committee, on April 3, 2017 for an open discussion on the importance of mobile device image quality and how it can impact a service provider’s quality of service and bottom line. 

Results from a round-robin study will be presented by the IEEE P1858 Working Group, with speakers that include imaging experts, internal carriers, testing laboratories and mobile device and chipset manufacturers who have developed an international standard that can be utilized to measure image quality. 

Date and Time
Monday, April 3, 2017


Networking Luncheon
Lunch will be provided.                                                     

Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

For more information or to register for the workshop, click here

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AutoSens Detroit

Imatest representatives will attend this year’s AutoSens conference in Detroit, MI, May 22-25, 2017. The event is being held at the M1 Concourse. 

AutoSens brings together worldwide leaders in vehicle perception to discuss the future of ADAS technologies. The event brings together engineers from several engineering disciplines including automotive imaging, LiDAR, radar, image processing, computer vision, in-car networking, testing and validation, certification and standards.

We will have a booth set up in the exhibition hall and invite you to learn more about our software, test charts, and hardware solutions. Please contact us to set up an appointment time.

Norman will join the image quality track to present “Challenges in Automotive Image Quality Testing”.  

We look forward to meeting you in person, as well as answering any of your image quality testing questions. 

The Imatest Team

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Shanghai Training Course and Seminar

Imatest in Shanghai

Imatest representatives will visit Shanghai November 15-17, 2017 to offer free Information Seminars and a paid 2-day Training Course to professionals using or considering Imatest software to improve their image quality testing processes.


2-day Training Course

The training course on November 16 & 17 offers attendees insight on the full capabilities of Imatest software in both research & development and manufacturing environments. 

Training starts at 9:00 and will end at 17:00-18:00 depending on questions.

View the detailed training schedule here.

Sign up online or contact a reseller in your area.

Free Information Seminar

If you are interested in finding out more about how Imatest software can improve your image quality testing, we encourage you to come to our free Information Seminar before the 2-day Training Course:

  • November 15 from 13:30 – 18:00. Sponsored by ColorSpace

Please register here if you are interested in attending. 

We look forward to meeting you in person.



Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong

No. 899 Dongfang Road,Pudong New Area, Shanghai


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Using Sharpness to Measure Your Autofocus Consistency

By Ranga Burada

Autofocus plays a major role in many camera system applications with variable focus, including consumer electronic devices. Camera systems must be able to focus at a variety of distances. Optical systems on cameras only allow a certain range of distances from the camera to be in focus at once (this is often known as the depth of field, or depth of focus). The distance from the camera where objects will be most in focus, effectively the center of this range, is the focus distancethe role of the autofocus system in a camera is to set this point accurately every time.

We refer to autofocus consistency as the ability of a camera to focus on a given point correctly, repeatedly. To determine if a point is in focus, we measure the sharpness of an object (specifically, a test chart) at that distance. By taking many images of the chartand letting the autofocus system reset each time and try to focus on the chart anewwe can tell if the camera system is focusing consistently or not. By examining the MTF50 values calculated from these imagesa common objective image quality metric which correlates well with perceived sharpnesswe can tell if sharpness varied between captures, and thus if focus accuracy on the chart varied. (more…)

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