Abstract

We propose to add an optical component in front of a conventional camera to improve depth estimation performance of depth from defocus (DFD), an approach based on the relation between defocus blur and depth. The add-on overcomes ambiguity and the dead zone, which are the fundamental limitations of DFD with a conventional camera, by adding an optical aberration to the whole system that makes the blur unambiguous and measurable for each depth. We look into two optical components: the first one adds astigmatism and the other one chromatic aberration. In both cases, we present the principle of the add-on and experimental validations on real prototypes.

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