Imatest provides customers with software, charts and equipment to meet and exceed image quality testing standards.

Imatest gives companies the right tools to test their image capture technology and has been a leader in image quality testing for over 10 years. Whether it’s still shots or video, visible light or infrared, Imatest has helped businesses in a variety of industries, including mobile, automotive, medical and manufacturing.

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2022 Retrospective

Happy Holidays from Imatest. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season spent with friends and family. We want to thank you all for your continued support throughout 2022 and into 2023. Cheers to a new year filled with opportunity and advancements!

Take a look back at some of our notable product releases of this year:

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Imatest releases new Version 22.2

11 October 2022, Boulder, CO. Imatest releases version 22.2 with new updates and features including Stray Light (Flare) Analysis, Auto […]

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Imatest wins Best Validation Simulation Tool award at AutoSens Brussels 2022

Imatest is excited to announce we were awarded Best Validation Simulation Tool for our software and charts at AutoSens Brussels […]

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Imatest Releases Stray Light (Flare) Analysis with Upcoming Version 22.2

September 13th, 2022, Brussels, Belgium, and Boulder, CO. Imatest announced at AutoSens Brussels the release of its new stray light […]

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Renew expired support through year-end and save 40%

Maintaining current support on your Imatest license provides access to all new version releases and priority technical assistance from our […]

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Imatest Internal Photo Contest Winners

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Upcoming events

Weekly Office Hours

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Weekly Office Hours

Join us and an imaging science engineer will answer your support questions.
See the complete schedule

Imatest will attend AutoSens in Detroit on May 10-12, 2022. AutoSens is a 3-day workshop, conference, and exhibition advancing the education for and development of vehicle perception technology. It brings together over a thousand minds in vehicle perception, ADAS, and autonomous vehicles twice a year—in Detroit, Michigan USA in May, and Brussels, Belgium in September. Each event includes conference sessions, discussions, collaborations, debates, networking, business meetings, interactive learning, autonomous driving demonstrations, and technology exhibition showcasing. With a full COVID-safe exhibition of over 30 key industry players, a range of round table sessions and two drinks receptions, you can maximize the opportunity to network with expert engineers, academics, and professionals.

Imatest is advancing autonomous technology with software, equipment, and expertise around image quality. Our engineers are actively involved in defining automotive imaging standards as part of the IEEE-SA P2020 working group. P2020’s goal is to resolve the current ambiguity around automotive imaging standards by defining a coherent set of key performance indicators.

Come visit booth #36 for more information on the groundbreaking software, charts, and equipment has to offer. We’ll have a team of imaging engineers on site to answer any of your questions.

AutoSens Detroit will take place at:

The Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
May 10-12, 2022

You can find a program of events here, and if you are not already going, register here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at sales at We hope to see you there!

Imatest is excited to attend Electronic Imaging 2023 in San Francisco, California! For the first time in three years, the conference will take place in-person January 15-19th. Imatest will have a strong presence, with several of our engineers giving talks and presentations. You can also check out our booth to talk with one of our expert engineers and watch a demo of our new stray light (flare) fixture. Click the drop-downs below to learn more about Imatest’s involvement (events listed in chronological order):

Monday, January 16, 2023, 10:40AM – Image Quality and Systems Performance (IQSP) Conference

The global impact of camera phones is multi-faceted, influencing technological advances, user interface design, cloud storage, and image sharing methodologies.  The sheer volume of camera phone ownership has dwarfed the existing number of digital still cameras as the camera phone market segment grew from tens of millions in early acceptance years in Japan to annual global sales volumes of over 1 billion for nearly 10 years and counting.  This has enabled and pushed forward revolutionary image quality advancement of the incorporated cameras in the multifunctional devices, progressing from 0.11MP image sensors with 2-inch displays in 1999 to current maximums of 200 MP sensors and 8-inch foldable displays.  This overview will provide example images and image quality metrics showing the progression over the past twenty years.  Content will also highlight significant technological advancements impacting image quality attributes such as resolution, low light performance, dynamic range, zoom, and bokeh.

Monday, January 16, 2023, 11:20AM – Image Quality and Systems Performance (IQSP) Conference

We describe a new calculation of camera information capacity, C, derived from standard 4:1 contrast ratio slanted edges, that takes advantage of an overlooked capability of the slanted edge that allows the variance and hence the noise of the edge to be calculated in addition to the mean. The average signal and noise power derived from the edge can be entered into the Shannon-Hartley equation to calculate the information capacity of the 4:1 edge signal, C[4]. Since C[4] is highly sensitive to exposure, we have developed a more consistent metric, C[max], derived from the maximum allowed signal in the file, making it an excellent approximation of the camera’s maximum information capacity. Information capacities C[4] and C[max] are excellent figures of merit for system performance because they combine the effects of MTF and noise. They have great potential for predicting the performance of Machine Vision and Artificial Intelligence systems. They are easy to calculate, requiring no extra effort beyond the standard slanted-edge MTF calculation.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 12:00PM – Autonomous Vehicles and Machines (AVM) Conference

Stray light (also called flare) is any light that reaches the detector (i.e., the image sensor) other than through the designed optical path. Depending on the mechanism causing stray light, it can introduce phantom objects (ghosts) within the scene, reduce contrast over portions of the image, and effectively reduce system dynamic range. These factors can adversely affect the application performance of the camera and, therefore, stray light measurement is to be included in the upcoming IEEE-P2020 standard for measuring automotive image quality. The stray light of a camera can be measured by capturing images of a bright light source positioned at different angles in (or outside of) the camera’s field of view and then processing those captured images into metric images with associated summary statistics. However, the setup and light source can have a significant impact on the measurement. In this paper, we present lessons learned and various technical elements to consider for stray light (flare) testing of digital imaging systems. These elements include the radiometric (e.g., brightness) and geometric (e.g., size) qualities of the light source and setup. Results are to be presented at the conference.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 5:30PM to 7PM – Imaging Sensors and Systems 2023 Interactive Papers Session

The EMVA 1288 Standard offers a unified method for the objective measurement and analysis of specification parameters for image sensors, particularly those used in the computer vision industry. Models for both linear and non-linear sensor responses are presented in the version 4.0 release of the standard, and are applied in the characterization of a commercial DSLR camera sensor. From image capture to analysis, this paper details the equipment, methodologies, and analyses used in the implementation of the latest standard in a controlled lab setting, serving as both a proof of concept and an evaluation of the presentation and comprehensibility of the standard from a user perspective. Measurements and analyses are made to quantify linearity, sensitivity, noise, nonuniformity, and dark current of the chosen sensor, according to the methods laid out in the EMVA 1288 standard. This paper details the realistic implementation of these processes in a controlled lab environment and discusses potential flaws and difficulties in the standard, as well as complications introduced by nonideal experimental variables.

Main Exhibit

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17 and 18, 2023, Daytime

Imatest LLC, Thad Baringer

Learn more about the Imatest Stray Light (Flare) Fixture


Demonstration Session

Tuesday, January 18, 2023, 5:30-7PM 

Imatest LLC, Jackson Knappen, Meg Borek

The highly-popular symposium demonstration sessions provide authors with an additional opportunity to showcase their work.