Oliver Fleischmann, Reinhard Koch


Multi-focus portable plenoptic camera devices provide a reasonable tradeoff between spatial and angular resolution while enlarging the depth of field of a standard camera. Many applications using the data captured by these camera devices require or benefit from correspondences established between the single microlens images. In this work we propose a lens-based depth estimation scheme based on a novel adaptive lens selection strategy. Coarse depth estimates serve as indicators for suitable target lenses. The selection criterion accounts for lens overlap and the amount of defocus blur between the reference and possible target lenses. The depth maps are regularized using a semi-global strategy. For insufficiently textured scenes, we further incorporate a semi-global coarse regularization with respect to the lens-grid. In contrast to algorithms operating on the complete lightfield, our algorithm has a low memory footprint. The resulting per-lens dense depth maps are well suited for volumetric surface reconstruction techniques. We show that our selection strategy achieves similar error rates as selection strategies with a fixed number of lenses, while being computationally less time consuming. Results are presented for synthetic as well as real-world datasets.

Result images


  • Paper preprint to appear in the proceedings of the GCPR 2014
  • Complete supplemental material for the article including the final depth maps, coarse depth maps and confidence maps: supplementary.zip

Last updated: 25.07.2014