Camera Exposure and Computer Vision

What is Camera Exposure?

Exposure can be thought of as a DC bias in the overall brightness of an image.

Exposure can be measured by the Exposure Value using a series of grey patches. Exposure is not the "brightest bright" relative to the "darkest dark" of an image: that's dynamic range.​​

What is Exposure?

Correct exposure is important to all computer vision tasks as any over-exposure or under-exposure results in degradation of contrast and in extreme cases, a complete los of information. Here is a picture of a simulated vehicle under various exposure values. 

Even to the human observer, it is difficult to see details in over or under-exposed images.

What is Camera Exposure Value

Blasinski & Farrell, "Optimizing Image Acquisition Systems for Autonomous Driving" 

Exposure Has a Major Impact on Computer Vision and Machine Vision

Blasinski et al demonstrated how the mean average precision of detection networks SSD-Mobilenet and Resnet drop significantly with incorrect exposure. Even after training the networks using multiple exposure values, the mean average precision dropped by 25% when over-exposed by 4 exposure values.

Computer Vision Degradation due to Exposure

References and Related Links

Blasinski & Farrell, "Optimizing Image Acquisition Systems for Autonomous Driving" 

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