Imatest, a global image quality testing solution provider, is pleased to announce Imatest 2020.1 that adds new features on top of the major enhancements made in version 5.2. This new release further enhances the software with stability updates and regular improvements. See the Imatest Change Log for details.
We now offer a complete, customizable image quality testing solution for Security camera systems to provide our customers with an easy, effective way to outfit their labs. While working with some of the top security camera manufacturers, our engineers have compiled all of the necessary lab materials in a convenient package. The package includes options for software; reflective, transmissive, tunable, and ultra-wide light sources; test fixtures for a variety of fields-of-view and focus distances; and applicable test charts to analyze crucial image quality factors.
Our engineers are continually adding new features and updating Imatest software to provide you with the best analysis tool on the market. In our most recent release, our team has added several new modules to provide you better analysis tools. Here are the top three new features, and why should upgrade to Imatest 5.1:
The release of Imatest 5.0 introduced a number of powerful new features, including the Arbitrary Charts module which enables Imatest analysis of test chart designs which would be otherwise unsupported by the software. This new module allows user-defined chart layouts for any situation which requires one.
The primary concept of Arbitrary Charts is that the user supplies a chart-definition text file which declares the location and properties of features on a test chart. The features can be placed in essentially any configuration and Imatest will still be able to automatically analyze the chart. (more…)
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.
Imatest’s charts and software allow you to measure the characteristics and parameters of imaging systems. Quite often these measurements simply indicate the limits of system performance and expected image quality.
But some Imatest results let you improve image quality— and subsequent images taken by the same system— by correcting measured aberrations. No new components need to be purchased; no judgement calls need to be made. All it takes is some math and computation, which you can apply in our own external program or with an Imatest module. This is an aspect of image processing pipeline tuning, which is usually done by a dedicated Image Signal Processing (ISP) chip in a device to transform raw sensor data into an appropriate image.
At Imatest, we informally call this “closing the loop”, because it completes the cycle from the camera-under-test to measurement, back to the camera (in the form of an adjustment).
Today, we’re going to illustrate how to use radial distortion measurements from Imatest to correct for optical distortion (without buying a new lens). (more…)
The most uniform light source available would be an integrating sphere, but these come with considerable size and expense. After considering how the light source uniformity impacts their results, most lab & manufacturing tests use LED or fluorescent lightboxes with flat-panel diffusers. Some customers choose a larger lightbox because that leads to greater uniformity within the central image plane area. Compare models of several different uniform light sources.
To perform tests with a transmissive chart setup, devices with built-in light sources will need to have that light source disabled. (more…)
Imatest’s Checkerboard module is our new flagship module for automated analysis of sharpness, distortion and chromatic aberration from a checkerboard (AKA chessboard) pattern. The big benefit of using the checkerboard is that there are looser framing requirements than with other kinds of test targets. While checkerboard lacks the color and tone analysis provided by SFRplus and eSFR ISO, these features are not available on the high precision chrome on glass substrate, so the checkerboard is the optimal pattern for this test.
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 distance—the role of the autofocus system in a camera is to set this point accurately every time.
Imatest 4.5 is the most powerful version of the platform yet with enhancements and additions for a variety of industries, including automotive, medical, consumer electronics, security, and more. The newest features give users increased flexibility in the range of target distances and light levels to improve your high-speed, automated testing.
To learn more, please visit imatest.com/4.5.
Update: Starting in Imatest 4.5, a pre-built, ready-to-run version of the Operator Console now ships with all Imatest IT Windows installations, allowing users to take advantage of the simplicity of the Operator Console without writing a single line of code. It can be found in the /samples/OperatorConsole directory.
Here at Imatest we recognize that not every company has an in-house team of software engineers to create a user interface for Imatest IT to suit the needs of a production environment. To address this need, we have created the Operator Console, which we are releasing as an open-source Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 project written in C++ on github: QT Operator Console or MFC legacy Operator-Console . (more…)
Imatest is pleased to announce their partnership with Sofica, a group of camera algorithm validation and test automation experts based in Finland. This partnership will bring mobile device customers a revolutionary, robot-aided R&D test automation system integrated with Imatest analysis software and test charts.
Imatest is pleased to announce the release of version 4.4, which includes the following features:
Support for all 2016 Camera Phone Image Quality (CPIQ) standard metrics for mobile device image quality. CPIQ serves as a way to assess and communicate image quality to the vast majority of consumers who are unsure how to judge and compare device image quality. See a full CPIQ overview.
Now available for download
Main features include:
- Support for all CPIQ metrics for 2016 international standards for mobile device image quality.
- Autofocus, Auto White Balance, and Auto Exposure metrics for faster image adjustments.
- Additional controls for Image Sensor (IS) device management.
- Floating Licenses adds flexibility for shared work environments.
- Image processing module to assess the effect of standard image processing algorithms on image quality.