Imatest announces new Target Generator Library

We are happy to announce the release of the new Target Generator Library today. The Imatest Target Generator is free software that will facilitate rapid, iterative lens and camera design by enabling simulations that can help a designer make better informed decisions about what components are appropriate  in advance of costly prototyping phases.

 

The new Imatest Target Generator provides virtual chart solutions. Quantitative and qualitative results from applying ray tracing, noise effects, and image signal processing to virtual charts aid engineers in communicating the impact of various lens and camera design parameters. Image quality deficiencies can be observed and mitigated using a virtual chart during the simulation phase. Virtual charts can aid engineers in comparing and resolving discrepancies between designs and builds. (more…)

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Imatest announces new partnership with Edmund Optics

Imatest is proud to announce a new partnership with Edmund Optics.

The partnership will enable customers to seamlessly buy Imatest software and charts via Edmund Optics’ website, and will help both Imatest and Edmund Optics customers develop quality optical systems.

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Imatest Customer Profile – Dr. Brian Deegan

Imatest is happy to introduce customer profiles! Each month, we will interview one of our Imatest users to share why they use the software and create a sense of community among our users. Interested in being featured? Reach out to mia@imatest.com.

 

The first customer profile is Dr. Brian Deegan. Based in Ireland, Brian is a long-time user who has utilized the Imatest software across multiple disciplines. Read more about our interview with Brian:

 

Mia: How long have you been using Imatest?

Brian: It must be ten years now at this stage. I started at Valeo in 2011 and have used it throughout my entire career there. I started in university this year and I’m still using it.

Mia: Awesome. And you’re still using it now that you’re at the university?

Brian: Yeah, not as much and not as much directly, but one of the PhD students here is using it as part of this project.

Mia: That’s very cool. Segueing into the next question, what do you do for work?

Brian: I used to work for Valeo vision systems and that’s how Norman [Koren], Henry [Koren], and the team would know me. I was working in automotive image quality, so everything from simple backup cameras to surround view cameras, mirror replacement cameras, cameras for autonomous driving; everything to do with that. In my career I was primarily responsible for, I suppose, image quality, assessment tuning and optimization. So, everything from measuring the sharpness and noise performance of the cameras to trying to get the best image quality for reviewing, machine vision, and performance; that kind of thing.

Mia: What feature in the software do you find yourself using the most or kind of what’s been your favorite feature, if that’s the avenue you want to take it in?

Brian: Yeah, sure. The most common ones that I’ve used would have been the SFR test for measuring the sharpness of the cameras. I’ve used that quite a bit. The step chart tools for measuring color accuracy with the color checker charts as well. I’ve also used the uniformity measurement quite a bit for measuring the color and shading uniformity of lenses. So, those that have been the ones that I’ve used most commonly. There are other ones I’ve used as well for measuring aliasing using the wedge targets, and I use some of the newer ones for the ISO-16505 standard. I do use some of the dynamic range measurements and some of the CPIQ measurements–less often, but I do use those too.

Mia: Well that’s very cool. It seems like you got to cover a lot of the software.

Brian: Yeah. I know that you mentioned features that that I liked: I like the chart order feature. So obviously yours is everywhere, Imatest manufacturers test targets. But every now and again it’s nice to just print off a chart, quick and dirty, for doing quick tests. The chart order function has proved very useful over the years. Another one that’s nice—it’s basically an image quality simulator where you can simulate different MTF curves for illustration and demonstration purposes.

Mia: Cool, thank you. Being that you’re in the image quality industry directly, is there any direction you’d kind of like to see Imatest go?

Brian: Not particularly as such. In terms of image quality assessment, there’s only a handful of companies that are involved, and Imatest is one of the leaders in the area. I’ve given feedback over the years as time has gone by. But you know, a team like Norman and Henry, and even Paul Romanczyk, they go to the standards meetings and are heavily involved. Whatever is going on in the industry, Imatest has had people that are either at the conferences or involved with the standards. So I think in terms of the developments that are going on in the industry, it’s safe to say Imatest has a reasonable, good finger on the pulse from that point of view. In terms of features and stuff like that, I suppose a couple of years ago I would have said that Imatest weren’t as good as some of the competitors in terms of some of the hardware, Imatest was more refined for targets and software. However, that gap has closed in the last few years.

 

Thank you to Brian for his valuable feedback and participation!

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Imatest Releases Version 22.1

Imatest Version 22.1 introduces new features including Automatic Chart Identification, Internationalization, ISO 12233 Standards Support, Sagittal/Tangential MTF Plot Updates, and more. (more…)

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Imatest partners with SphereOptics

Imatest is proud to announce our new authorized reseller with SphereOptics. Based in Germany, SphereOptics is a major supplier of technical equipment for the photonics industry. To learn more about our other partnerships and resellers, visit our about page.

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Imatest will Attend AutoSens Detroit on May 10-12, 2022

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
http://www.mi-sci.org
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 sales@imatest.com. We hope to see you there!

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Veiling glare and Dynamic Range measurement from two images Presentation

Stray light (veiling glare) degrades image quality by fogging important details in darker areas, but it can be challenging to measure.

Imatest founder and CTO Norman Koren presents a technique that uses two images of the Contrast Resolution chart, taken without and with a mask, to obtain:

• A measurement of veiling glare
• insight into its effect on camera performance, especially the visibility of objects in darker areas
• two DR measurements

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Imatest Resolution Webinar

 

English Version

 

English with Mandarin Translation

 

 


Download the study   Imatest Sharpness & Resolution Webinar 2022

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Google’s Android Image Quality Expert Pursues New Role With Imatest

Imatest is happy to welcome Jonathan Phillips, previous Google Android head of imaging, to the team as Vice President of Imaging. Under Phillips’ technical leadership, Imatest will be expanding its software features, equipment portfolio, and consulting services across imaging market segments. As the previous leader of image quality in Google’s Android organization, Phillips focused on the launch and establishment of Google’s Pixel phone line, particularly its camera and display image quality and features. In addition, Jonathan has an extensive background in image quality with NVIDIA and Kodak, and is a co-author of “Camera Image Quality Benchmarking”. (more…)

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Camera to Chart Alignment

Centering test charts is critical for image quality testing. If the camera is not properly aligned with the test chart, your image may not be suitable for analysis; you may not know if the results are truly indicative of the camera system, or from an error in positioning the chart.  (more…)

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