Multispectral camera as spatio-spectrophotometer under uncontrolled illumination

Haris Ahmad Khan*, Jean Baptiste Thomas, Jon Yngve Hardeberg, Olivier Laligant

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Multispectral constancy enables the illuminant invariant representation of multispectral data. This article proposes an experimental investigation of multispectral constancy through the use of multispectral camera as a spectrophotometer for the reconstruction of surface reflectance. Three images with varying illuminations are captured and the spectra of material surfaces is reconstructed. The acquired images are transformed into canonical representation through the use of diagonal transform and spectral adaptation transform. Experimental results show that use of multispectral constancy is beneficial for both filter-wheel and snapshot multispectral cameras. The proposed concept is robust to errors in illuminant estimation and is able to perform well with linear spectral reconstruction method. This work makes us one step closer to the use of multispectral imaging for computer vision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1070
JournalOptics Express
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2019

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