Imatest is pleased to announce our partnership with isMedia, a specialist in building digital imaging test machines and custom test solutions. This partnership will provide customers with a wide range of highly customizable test machines capable of extensive image quality analysis on manufacturing lines.
We are pleased to announce our new High Dynamic Range (HDR) test chart with a density range exceeding 120dB (optical density >6.0).
This chart allows you to the measure the dynamic range, tonal response and noise of HDR cameras with a single image instead of multiple, exposure bracketed images. It also contains slanted edges for MTF measurements. (more…)
Imatest version 4.2 is now available as a public beta. Join our Beta Test Group to access 4.2 updates. Highlights include:
- SFRreg Module: Analyze the SFR of slanted edges through the automatic
detection of registration mark patterns (circles with two light and two dark quadrants). Use arrays of registration mark targets to test unique imaging systems, including systems with ultra wide angle fisheye lenses (>180 degrees), multiple camera combinations, video and more.
- Point Spread Function (PSF): Imatest can now estimate an imaging system’s loss of resolution (PSF)
using a pair of collocated, near-sagittal and tangential slanted edges on SFRplus, eSFR ISO and SFRreg targets. Easily analyze and improve sharpness, chromatic aberration, and distortion measurements.
New Photographic eSFR ISO
Photographic prints have over twice the resolution of inkjet prints, making them more suitable for higher resolution camera systems like DSLRs. The photographic substrate will benefit customers interested in testing high-resolution sensors as well as those performing close-range macro tests.
New Product: Imatest IT Parallel
Increasing testing throughput
The new Imatest Industrial Testing Parallel (IT-P) edition uses parallel processing to improve the throughput of Imatest IT and maximize the image processing power of your computing hardware. IT-P enables up to 3x more throughput to support test equipment that requires a high volume of images to be analyzed. IT-P improves the PPH (parts per hour) on assembly lines.
Standard Imatest inkjet-printed test charts produced prior to February 2016 work in Near InfraRed (NIR) wavelengths out to approximately 1 micron.
In February 2016 we upgraded our printers and found (to our disappointment) that our new printers do not have the same reflective densities for NIR wavelengths as for visible wavelengths. We are working out solutions to this issue. Please contact us if your needs include NIR.
Our specialized Infrared targets support testing in short and medium wavelengths (3-5 microns) and long wavelengths (8-15 microns) where they can produce adequate contrast to effectively test a range of infrared camera systems.
These test charts include high resolution slanted-edges that can measure sharpness variations across the entire image sensor. The targets support analysis of other key IR image quality factors, including noise and distortion.
Shenzhen Training Reminder for March 25 and 26. Imatest 4.1 released with new enhancements. New High Stress Targets for Environmental Chambers.
Imatest just released the white paper ”Managing Supply Chain Quality with Imatest” to outline best practices for putting in place a rigorous manufacturing quality control regime.
Imatest is excited to announce our new Chrome on Glass Target sizes. We have increased our target selection from 2″ x 2″ Chrome on Glass SFRplus Targets to a variety of sizes and highly customizable solutions. The chrome on glass substrate provides extremely high resolution targets to satisfy a variety of testing needs. We offer larger targets for customers using high resolution cameras within compact testing systems, as well as extremely small targets for testing equipment like endoscopes and microscopes at varying magnifications.
Wishing all our customers, partners and resellers very happy holidays and a prosperous New Year. Imatest is offering 25% off all software support renewals through the end of the year.
Imatest is proud to announce the official release of its new 4.0 image quality testing software. The Imatest 4.0 upgrade includes a number of refinements including enhanced automation capabilities and a more robust image quality testing experience. Improvements are found across all three of Imatest’s core products: Master, IS (Image Sensor) and IT (Industrial Testing). Below is an in-depth and complete list of all Imatest 4.0 enhancements. (more…)
Imatest 3.10 Released
The latest version of Imatest has been optimized for speed and includes many improvements and new features. A new image stabilization module allows users to test the efficacy of a camera’s optical image stabilization (OIS). To see a rundown of all of the new additions to version 3.10, take a look at our blog detailing the release. (more…)
The release of version 3.10 of Imatest brings a host of improvements to make image quality testing faster and more relevant to advances in cameras. Look for performance, stability, interface and measurement improvements across the board as well as some excellent new modules and features.
- An Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) module has been added to measure OIS effectiveness using images of the SFRplus chart. This module compares three images: unshaken, shaken without OIS, and shaken with OIS. It can also be used to compare SFRplus images from different imaging systems.
- The new Multitest module can analyze all of the color and grayscale charts supported by the interactive Multicharts module in a non-interactive mode that allows batch runs. (Multitest was called ColorTest in early 3.10 releases.)
- Five existing Rescharts modules─ Random (which supports the new “Spilled Coins” texture chart), Log F–Contrast, Wedge, Star (Siemens), and Any Image Sharpness ─ are now available as non-interactive modules that can be run in batches.
- New hue and saturation displays have been added to the Multicharts color accuracy, tonal response and noise modules.
- The new Random/Dead Leaves module provides stronger support for Dead Leaves-type texture charts, particularly for the new Imatest Spilled Coins chart, which is more uniform and has better scale-invariance resulting in more consistent measurements for different image sizes.
Imatest 3.9 Released
New features include:
- Support for high-speed manufacturing testing in the Imatest IT version
- Flat screen display testing via an improved Blemish Detect module
- Dynamic range testing with our new high precision transmissive 36 patch chart
- More robust SFRplus automated region detection, and improved Field of View and geometrical measurements
Imatest Industrial Testing (IT) version
In the past year we have deployed Imatest IT on assembly lines in the mobile imaging industry supply chain, including camera module manufacturers and device assembly factories. Many performance, functionality and documentation enhancements have been added to ensure accurate high-speed assembly line testing. Contact us to learn more, or request a free trial license.
Test flat screen displays with Blemish Detect
Manufacturers can now use Blemish Detect to test displays in the lab and on assembly lines. Blemish Detect can test for stuck on/off pixels, luminance uniformity, and color uniformity. Testing can be done on any type of flat screen display – including smart phones, tablets, computer monitors, and large-screen TVs. Contact us to learn more.
High-precision Dynamic Range Test Target
This chart offers a wider dynamic range and low noise. Compared to the previous chart, this chart is easier to frame, easier to select regions, and will give more consistent exposures. It is also affected very little by light falloff of the lens.
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Introducing Jeff Herman
Imatest is growing with the help of Jeff Herman, who we’ve brought aboard to lead business operations. Jeff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and he welcomes any comments or feedback you have on Imatest.
Happy holidays from everyone at Imatest. We wish you sharp resolution in the new year.
Imatest now has strong support for I3A (International Imaging Industry Association) CPIQ (Camera Phone Image Quality) standards, including Lateral Chromatic Aberration and Distortion (in the new Dot Pattern module), Color Uniformity, and Acutance. Read more about Imatest’s I3A CPIQ Support.
The Dot Pattern module analyzes images of a dot pattern target (a Cartesian grid of circular dots) and estimates the optical distortion, SMIA-TV distortion, and the lateral chromatic aberration using the I3A CPIQ phase 2 standard methodology. (more…)
Now Available – Infrared Test Charts
Imatest’s new Infrared SFRplus test charts support testing of visible light through Medium Wavelength Infrared (MWIR). The large charts have a sturdy aluminum substrate and are suitable for outdoor field testing, as well as lab testing. Details here. (more…)
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, and Imatest LLC, maker of the world’s most popular image quality testing software, have teamed up to enhance Imatest’s Image Sensor (IS) Edition, a highly anticipated and powerful tool to help engineers responsible for configuring Toshiba image sensors.