Monday, October 6, 2014

Camera Geometries for SfM - UPDATE

This is a quick update for my original camera geometry post.

Based on work by Mike James and Stuart Robson (Link) and some of my own research it has become apparent that strictly parallel camera geometries produce some interesting distortions in some SFM reconstructions. The parallel nature can cause systematic distortions in final point clouds, DEMs, etc...

Therefore, it is good practice to not limit yourself to one specific geometry. Convergent geometries seem to work the best in most situations. A variety of camera heights also seem to improve things and helps add to the convergent geometry. My suggestion is to play around with different geometries in an area that's analogous to your study area to get a feel for what type of pattern will work best and be efficient.

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