Temperature Compensation Method for Digital Cameras in 2D and 3D Measurement Applications

Sensors (Basel). 2018 Oct 30;18(11):3685. doi: 10.3390/s18113685.


This paper presents the results of several studies concerning the effect of temperature on digital cameras. Experiments were performed using three different camera models. The presented results conclusively demonstrate that the typical camera design does not adequately take into account the effect of temperature variation on the device's performance. In this regard, a modified camera design is proposed that exhibits a highly predictable behavior under varying ambient temperature and facilitates thermal compensation. A novel temperature compensation method is also proposed. This compensation model can be applied in almost every existing camera application, as it is compatible with every camera calibration model. A two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) application of the proposed compensation model is also described. The results of the application of the proposed compensation approach are presented herein.

Keywords: 3D imaging; camera calibration; structured light; temperature effect.