Empirical Characterization of Camera Noise

  • Jeremy Baumgartner
  • Markus Hinsche
  • Roberto Manduchi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7914)


Noise characterization is important for several image processing operations such as denoising, thresholding, and HDR. This contribution describes a simple procedure to estimate the noise at an image for a particular camera as a function of exposure parameters (shutter time, gain) and of the irradiance at the pixel. Results are presented for a Pointgrey Firefly camera and are compared with a standard theoretical model of noise variance. Although the general characteristic of the noise reflects what predicted by the theoretical model, a number of discrepancies are found that deserve further investigation.


Noise Variance Exposure Parameter Gamma Correction Exposure Setting CMOS Image Sensor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremy Baumgartner
    • 1
  • Markus Hinsche
    • 2
  • Roberto Manduchi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.Hasso Plattner InstitutePotsdamGermany

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