We describe a system for transforming an off-the-shelf flatbed scanner into a $200 scan hackend for large format cameras. While we describe both software and hardware aspects, the focus of the paper is on software issues such as color calibration and removal of scanner artifacts. With current scanner technology, the resulting camera system is capable of taking black&white, color, or near-infrared photographs with up to 490 million pixels. Our analysis shows that we achieve actual optical resolutions close to the theoretical maximum, and that color reproduction is comparable to commercial camera systems. We believe that the camera system described here has many potential applications in image-based modeling and rendering, cultural heritage projects, and professional digital photography.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design