The usage of digital cameras as luminance meters

Helke Gabele, FRAMOS GmbH

This paper presents a method for the usage of digital still cameras as luminance meters independent of the exposure settings. A calibration of the camera is performed with the help of an OECF (opto-electronic conversion function) measurement and the luminance is calculated with the camera’s digital RGB output values. The test method and computation of the luminance value irrespective of exposure variations is described. The error sources which influence the result of the luminance measurement are also discussed...

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