A Novel Method to Increase LinLog CMOS Sensors’ Performance in High Dynamic Range Scenarios
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AuthorMartínez Sánchez, Antonio; Fernández, Carlos; Navarro Lorente, Pedro Javier; Iborra García, Andrés José
Knowledge AreaTeoría de la Señal y las Comunicaciones
SponsorsThe work was carried out as part of the projects EXPLORE (TIN2009-08572) and SiLASVer (TRACE PET 2008-0131) funded by the Spanish National R&D&I Plan. It has also received funding from the Government of the Region of Murcia (Séneca Foundation)
PublisherSensors ISSN 1424-8220
Bibliographic CitationMartínez-Sánchez, A., Fernández, C., Navarro, P. J., & Iborra, A. (2011). A novel method to increase LinLog CMOS sensors’ performance in high dynamic range scenarios. Sensors, 11(9), 8412-8429.
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Images from high dynamic range (HDR) scenes must be obtained with minimum loss of information. For this purpose it is necessary to take full advantage of the quantification levels provided by the CCD/CMOS image sensor. LinLog CMOS sensors satisfy the above demand by offering an adjustable response curve that combines linear and logarithmic responses. This paper presents a novel method to quickly adjust the parameters that control the response curve of a LinLog CMOS image sensor. We propose to use an Adaptive Proportional-Integral-Derivative controller to adjust the exposure time of the sensor, together with control algorithms based on the saturation level and the entropy of the images. With this method the sensor’s maximum dynamic range (120 dB) can be used to acquire good quality images from HDR scenes with fast, automatic adaptation to scene conditions. Adaptation to a new scene is rapid, with a sensor response adjustment of less than eight frames when working in real time video ...
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