Camera-lens calibration

The coordinates on the sensor are expressed in a base of vectors called (u,v).

The distortion of a camera-lens system can be expressed by an operator that transforms the coordinates with distortion (u,v) into coordinates without distortion (u’,v’) or vice versa.

Therefore as a general rule we can write:


With A, a generic operator.

Classic modelling requires A to be a function:




The factor can be developed in series to divide the contributions of the different degrees of r.

To also take spurious effects into account, the equation can be redefined as:


The effects of the main coefficients are graphically shown as follows:

Camera Calibration Coefficients
Effects of the main coefficients

Determining the transformation values makes it possible to calculate and correct the distortion.

Final remarks:

  • The model is applied to the camera and lens system. Any change in these components makes it necessary to recalculate the coefficients.
  • The parameters are intrinsic, therefore they do not depend on what is observed.
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