We describe a simulation of the complete image processing pipeline of a digital camera, beginning with a radiometric description of the scene captured by the camera and ending with a radiometric description of the image rendered on a display. We show that there is a good correspondence between measured and simulated sensor performance. Through the use of simulation, we can quantify the effects of individual digital camera components on system performance and image quality. This computational approach can be helpful for both camera design and image quality assessment.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
(100.0100) Image processing : Image processing
Original Manuscript: October 5, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 23, 2011
Published: February 1, 2012
Joyce E. Farrell, Peter B. Catrysse, and Brian A. Wandell, "Digital camera simulation," Appl. Opt. 51, A80-A90 (2012)