Imatest

 

Software

 

Imatest Master Imatest Master is a GUI-based application that can be used to set camera product requirements in R&D. Use Master’s suite of test modules to analyze over 30 popular test charts and nearly every image quality factor. Imatest Master is more efficient and reliable than creating in-house software. Selected features include:
•    Automatic analysis of the new ISO 12233:2014 Edge SFR chart
•    Automatic region detection for X-Rite ColorChecker and more
•    A Pass/Fail monitor to display results immediately after calculations are complete
•    Enhanced video file reading abilities to extract still frames from AVI and MP4 filesThis license includes one year of Support. Maintaining current Support enables you to download all software updates, keeping you current on the latest product enhancements, bug fixes, and customer feature requests.Download Imatest Master Trial Imatest Change Log 

Imatest Image Sensor (IS)

Imatest Image Sensor (IS) combines the features of Master with the ability to directly load images from image sensors and cameras, cutting out several steps in the testing process. Selected features include:
•    Support for over 800 image acquisition devices to accelerate your testing process
•    Real-time viewing of test results from camera adjustments
•    Automatic analysis of the new ISO 12233:2014 Edge SFR chart
•    Automatic region detection for X-Rite Colorchecker, ISO 12233:2014 and more
•    Enhanced video file reading abilities to extract still frames from AVI and MP4 files

This license includes one year of Support. Maintaining current Support enables you to download all software updates, keeping you current on the latest product enhancements, bug fixes, and customer feature requests.
Watch video: Imatest IS

Download Imatest IS Trial

 

Imatest Industrial Testing (IT)

Imatest Industrial Testing (IT) enables rapid production line testing and optimal quality control in manufacturing environments. Imatest IT software allows for the integration of key Imatest Master and Image Sensor (IS) module functionality into your custom testing programs. Manage multiple suppliers using one unbiased testing algorithm and catch issues earlier in your supply chain. Selected features include:
•    Define required quality levels for a camera with Pass/Fail specifications
•    Analysis of the new ISO 12233:2014 Edge SFR chart
•    Analysis of SFRplus, Random/Spilled Coins, Wedge, Log-F Contrast and Siemens Star Targets
•    New operator console, an open source user interface for factory testing
•    Automatic region detection for X-rite Colorchecker and many more targets
•    Even Field Test to measure color and illumination uniformity and detect blemishes and defective pixels on the sensor

This license includes one year of Support. Maintaining current Support enables you to download all software updates, keeping you current on the latest product enhancements, bug fixes, and customer feature requests.
IT Specifications:
Imatest IT includes an Application Programming Interface (API) that contains two different types of interfaces: DLL and EXE. Both interfaces have the same functionality as the corresponding modules in Imatest Master and IS but operate without user intervention, making them suitable for integration with automated systems.
Although IT operates independently of Imatest Master, it is strongly recommended that IT users have at least one Master installation on site to support the process of defining execution parameters and default settings.
Watch video: Imatest IT

Imatest Industrial Testing Parallel (IT-P)

The new Imatest Industrial Testing Parallel (IT-P) edition uses parallel processing to improve the throughput of Imatest IT and maximize the image processing power of your computing hardware. IT-P enables up to 3x more throughput to support test equipment that requires a high volume of images to be analyzed. IT-P improves the PPH (parts per hour) on assembly lines. Selected features include:
• Even Field Test to measure color and illumination uniformity and detect blemishes and defective pixels on the sensor
This license includes one year of Support. Maintaining current Support enables you to download all software updates, keeping you current on the latest product enhancements, bug fixes, and customer feature requests.
IT-P Specifications
Imatest IT-P includes an Application Programming Interface (API) that contains two different types of interfaces: DLL and EXE. Both interfaces have the same functionality as the corresponding modules in Imatest Master and IS but operate without user intervention, making them suitable for integration with automated systems.
DLL allows for parallel processing and includes a Visual Studio C++ project that demonstrates how to perform parallel processing. IT-P includes the EXE interface, however, it does not support parallel processing.
Although IT-P operates independently of Imatest Master, it is strongly recommended that IT-P users have at least one Master installation on site to support the process of defining execution parameters and default settings.

Support Renewals:
All Imatest licenses include Support that expires one year from the date of purchase. By renewing your Support annually, you are eligible to download all updates released within that time period, keeping you current on the latest product enhancements, bug fixes, and customer feature requests. We release over 40 updates each year which can be seen in the Change Log.
Extending Support before the expiration date allows you to take advantage of significant cost savings.

Software Upgrades:
Upgrade your Imatest Master license to Image Sensor or Imatest IT to IT-P by simply paying the difference between the two licenses. Save money and access enhanced versions of Imatest software by upgrading your license.

Test Charts

 

SFRplus Charts

Imatest’s ISO­compliant SFRplus charts are designed to work with all Imatest software to
provide automated, comprehensive image quality analysis. SFRplus charts:
● Test for MTF, noise, lateral chromatic aberration, dynamic range, and many other ​ image
quality factors​ .
● Maximize the use of available chart space compared with standard ISO charts.
● Reduce clipping of high­contrast edges to increase accuracy, consistency and give
better overexposure and underexposure testing performance.
● Contain added signal processing measurement information like sharpening and noise
reduction.
● Support ​ automated region detection​  to identify regions of interest without manual input.
Available sizes:​  0.5 x 0.5 cm to 110 x 182 cm (5 x 5mm to 1100 x 1820 mm)
Available Substrates:​  Matte, Semigloss, Backlit Media (DisplayTrans), Photographic Paper,
B&W or Color LVT Film, and Chrome on Glass for high precision needs.
All Imatest charts can be customized to fit your testing needs. Please contact your
reseller for details.
Additional Information:
Watch video: Anatomy of the SFRplus Chart 
Watch video: Choosing between SFRplus and eSFR ISO

SFRplus Chrome on Glass

Chrome on Glass charts are uni­tone, have 10:1 contrast and do not include a step­chart
(meaning that they do not support the calculation of tonal response curves). The star pattern is
used strictly for a focusing aid and is not intended as a testing feature (i.e., as a star chart).

Available sizes:​  ​ Charts are mounted on a 2 x 2 inches (50.8 x 50.8mm) substrate that is 0.059″
(1.5mm) thick.

All Imatest charts can be customized to fit your testing needs. Please contact your
reseller for details.

Additional Information:
Transmissive Chart Quality Comparison

SFRreg Charts

The SFRreg test target consists of a slanted­edge quadrant pattern enclosed within a circle. It is
used for measuring MTF and lateral chromatic aberration. A test image typically contains
several targets that are automatically detected and analyzed by the ​ SFRreg module.

SFRreg targets can be placed at arbitrary positions and angles to accommodate a wide variety
of test cases:

● Long distance tests​  where conventional charts would be impractically long

​● Ultra­wide Field of View tests ​ (>180) where a flat target cannot reach the outer field

● Autofocus tests​  where a single frame can contain several targets placed at different
distances.

Watch the SFRreg video

eSFR ISO Charts

All Imatest ​ ISO 12233:2014​  E­SFR charts are fully compliant with the ISO Low Contrast Edge
SFR test chart standard. eSFR ISO charts available in three versions:

● Standard​ : basic, no extra measurement features, inkjet prints.
● Enhanced​ : extra squares, wedges and color patterns when printed with technologies
that allow color. Inkjet and photographic print options.
● Extended​ : similar to Enhanced, but with a 16:9 aspect ratio, suitable for HDTV and
cinema, inkjet prints.
Available sizes:​  0.5 x 0.5 cm to 110 x 182 cm (5 x 5mm to 1100 x 1820 mm)
Available Substrates:​  Matte, Semigloss, Backlit Media (DisplayTrans), Photographic Paper,
B&W or Color LVT Film, and Chrome on Glass for high precision needs.
All Imatest charts can be customized to fit your testing needs. Please contact your
reseller for details. Additional Information:
Watch video: Using eSFR ISO
Watch video: Choosing between SFRplus and eSFR ISO 

Texture Charts

Imatest texture charts measure texture sharpness and come in color and black and white.
The “Dead Leaves” chart was the first chart to test a camera’s ability to reproduce texture.
Imatest has improved upon this with our “Spilled Coins” chart, which is perfectly scale invariant,
producing reliable and consistent test results.

Available sizes:
● Matte and Semigloss: about 10 x 14 ­ 17 x 22 inches (254 x 355.6 ­ 431.8 x 558.8 mm)
● LVT Film: about 8 x 10 inches (203.2 x 254 mm)

Available Substrates:​  Matte, Semigloss, LVT Film

Dynamic Range Charts

Our dynamic range charts are designed to test tonal response, noise, basic resolution and color.
When used with the Stepchart module, a high range of density levels may be tested.

Available Substrates:​  Semigloss, Photographic Paper, Color LVT Film.
Additional Information:
Dynamic range charts are supported by the ​ Stepchart​ , ​ Multicharts​  and ​ Multitest​  modules and
can be used with the ​ Dynamic Range​  postprocessor if several manual exposures are available.
Dmax >= 3.4 is sufficient for camera phones and digital cameras with small pixel sizes, but
high­end DSLRs generally have higher dynamic ranges (and also manual exposure), which
makes them well suited for Dynamic Range.

High Dynamic Range Charts

The target is well suited for measuring both camera and sensor Dynamic Range, which are ​ fundamentally different. Measure the dynamic range, tonal response and noise of HDR cameras with a single image instead of multiple, exposure bracketed images. The
chart contains slanted edges for MTF measurements and gray background density to enable
proper exposure with automatic exposure cameras. The HDR target has a density range exceeding 120 dB (optical density >6.0).

Color Charts
ColorGauge + Rez Checker

Use the miniaturized ColorGauge and Rez Checker for close range measurements of color,
tone, exposure error, white balance and noise. These charts are of particular interest for
medical imaging, especially endoscopes.

At center are 12 spectrally neutral gray patches to assess correct exposure and white balance
in close­up or macro photography applications.

 

ColorGauge Charts

Color pigments match the X­Rite™ ColorChecker®. The patches are mounted on aircraft grade
anodized aluminum and are set below the top surface to help protect from damage.

Available Sizes:

Available Substrates:
Gloss:​  ​ Gray patches have an extended dynamic range (density ~ 2.4) and are suitable for
measuring camera imager noise. Specular reflections from the gloss surface may occur for
illumination geometries less than 45°/0° when used without crossed polarizers.

Matte:​  Gray patches have a lower dynamic range (density ~ 1.6) but are more suited to narrow
illumination geometries such as those used in endoscopic imaging or direct on­camera flash units. Because the matte surface can be interpreted as imager noise, we do not recommend
using matte gray patch targets for evaluating imager noise in high magnification applications.

Rez Checker Charts

The ​ Rez Checker’s​  high precision reflective printing process enables precise resolution
measurements. Fine detail is 13x sharper than in Inkjet prints and twice as sharp as black and
white film.

The slanted edges can be used to reliably measure SFR or MTF out to 3000 dots­per­inch or 60
cy/mm with the appropriate software. Five, line visual hyperbolic wedges are also included to
aid in the visual assessment of limiting resolution to 850 dpi.

The patches are mounted on aircraft grade anodized aluminum and are set below the top
surface to help protect from damage.

Available Size:​  ​ Height: 1­7/8”   Width: 1­5/8”  Thickness: 0.060” (47.625 x 41.275 x 1.524 mm)

Available Substrates:
Gloss:​  Gray patches have an extended dynamic range (density ~ 2.4) and are suitable for
measuring camera imager noise. Specular reflections from the gloss surface may occur for
illumination geometries less than 45°/0° when used without crossed polarizers.

Matte:​  Gray patches have a lower dynamic range (density ~ 1.6) but are more suited to narrow
illumination geometries such as those used in endoscopic imaging or with direct on­camera
flash units. Because the matte surface can be interpreted as imager noise, we do not
recommend using matte gray patch targets for evaluating imager noise in high magnification
applications.

 

Infrared Targets

Imatest’s specialized Infrared targets support testing in short to medium wavelengths (1.4­8
microns) and long wavelengths (8­15 microns). Imatest’s standard, inkjet­printed test charts
work in near­infrared wavelengths up to 1.4 microns. The targets produce adequate contrast to
effectively test a range of infrared camera systems.

These test charts include high resolution slanted­edges that can measure sharpness variations
across the entire image sensor. The targets support analysis of other key IR image quality
factors, including noise and distortion.

Available Sizes:​  ​ 61 x 91 cm (2 x 3 feet). MWIR target also available in 91 x 122 cm (3 x 4 feet).
Larger sizes are available upon request.

Additional Information:
Infrared: Imatest Software and Targets

These two targets are constructed differently and use unique materials in order to measure their
respective IR wavelengths.

The MWIR target is produced using a silk­screened SFRplus print on an aluminum sheet.
Contrast is produced due to the difference in emissivity between the different paints.

The LWIR target has a heated aluminum back­plane. Insulated spacers help float the cooler
plasma­cut SFRplus aluminum front plane. The target is painted in a powder­coated matte to
diffuse specular reflections. Temperature difference between front and back planes produce
contrast in the LWIR target.

Equipment

 

ITI LED Lightbox   
The ITI LED Lightbox produces uniform light with excellent spectral characteristics that can be adjusted over
a wide range of brightness (30 ­ 10,000 lux; >300:1) to illuminate transmissive test charts. Automatic control
is available through Bluetooth support or USB.
The lightbox provides 95% uniformity, adjustability, and a high color rendering index (CRI), making it
superior to other systems we’ve seen. See our ​ Lightbox Comparison Guide​  for details.Artograph Lightpad​
● Inexpensive, lightweight, compact lightpads for transmissive test charts
● LED lamps provide an evenly illuminated surface
● Maintenance free LED lamps last up to 50,000 hours
● Viewing area ranges from 6” x 9” to 17” x 24” (4 sizes)
● Durable extruded aluminum frame and chrome steel cornersLightbox Comparison Guide​ : ​ https://www.imatest.com/products/equipment­lightboxes/
https://store.imatest.com/equipment/artograph­lightpad­series.html 
Note: There is a four week lead time between order and shipment for this product.

ISO Light / ISO Light Color

● Quickly and effectively identify light quality for many industry standard test charts
● LED indicators allow for quick verification of light levels
● Two indicator modes: level tolerance and uniformity tolerance
● Easy­to­read display screen
● Analyze audio output, measure still image and video image time parameters

Note: There is a four week lead time between order and shipment for this product.

Minolta CL-200A Chroma Meter

Minolta CL-200A Chroma Meter ​
Required Description:
The Chroma Meter CL­200A is a compact, lightweight, handheld instrument for measuring the
color and illuminance of light sources (including new LED and EL light sources) and displaying
the results in terms of tristimulus values, illuminance, chromaticity, dominant wavelength,
excitation purity, correlated color temperature, and difference values from a target.

i1 Basic Pro2 Spectrophotometer

Required Description:
Meet the new standard of perfection. This spectrophotometer offers an affordable,
professional­level spectral color measurement solution with display and projector profiling,
monitor and print quality assurance and spot color measurement.

Learn how to ​ measure with a Spectrophotometer

Training

Imatest offers Training Courses throughout the year in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In this
intensive 2­day course, students will discover the many factors that contribute to image quality
and how to use Imatest to measure each factor. Learn to select test charts and configure
options to achieve testing objectives. Gain insight into test automation for manufacturing quality
control and the importance of optimizing yield and end­user satisfaction. See Imatest’s detailed
Training Schedule​ .

Companies that send 2+ engineers will receive a 20% discount per registration.

Customized in­house training is available. Please contact us​ with inquiries.

Check out our complete training course schedule.

New Items

 

Imatest 4.4 Public Beta

Now available for download.
Main features include:
Support for all CPIQ metrics for 2016 international standards for mobile device image quality.
Autofocus, Auto White Balance, and Auto Exposure metrics for faster image adjustments.
Additional controls for Image Sensor (IS) device management.
Concurrent network license adds flexibility for shared work environments.
Image processing module to assess the effect of standard image processing algorithms on image quality.
Join our Beta Test Group to receive download information.

 

Imatest 4.3

We are pleased to announce Imatest 4.3. New features include:
● Support for Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) across all Imatest software
● Python API for IT for a simplified, flexible development environment
● SSIM module for estimating the loss of image quality caused byimage processing, especially data compression
● Updated Matlab Compiler Runtime (MCR) resulting in ~35% improved speed throughout Imatest
● Uniformity module produces four channel Bayer raw results

 

New Manufacturing Test Equipment

Imatest is pleased to announce our partnership with isMedia, a specialist in building digital imaging test machines and custom test solutions. This partnership will provide customers with a wide range of highly customizable test machines capable of extensive image quality analysis on manufacturing lines.

The first products of this partnership include a variety of compact camera module and device level test machines that deliver semi-automatic and fully automatic functionality.

Manufacturing customers can capitalize on the wide array of tests available, including: focus, blemish, electrical, and optical image stabilization (OIS) tests.

Fully automated machines enable module assembly with UV curable adhesive, pass/fail module sorting for quality control, and also interface with machine part-delivery systems for complete automation. Extensive customization options are available.

“We are pleased to integrate Imatest software with isMedia test machines. With the addition of Imatest’s comprehensive software modules, existing Imatest customers can now directly tie their manufacturing results to their R&D specifications,” stated Seongchelo Hong, isMedia’s CEO.

Imatest CEO, Jeff Herman, commented, “We have partnered with isMedia because we believe in the quality of the machines they build and the strength of their team. Together we have already tested millions of units on manufacturing lines. We are confident that we will continue to address the ever-changing and unique needs of our customers.”

 

24-Patch Transmissive Color Targets

This new 24-patch Transmissive Color target can be used for evaluating color accuracy using a lightbox, which can be more compact and uniform than a reflective lighting system.

These targets are produced with high-precision Light-Valve Technology. Custom reference files are provided with each chart to ensure accurate color measurements. Customers using small field of view systems or testing at close distances will benefit from these small and precise targets.

Standard sizes include Small – 117.5 x 93.345 mm (4.625 x 3.675”) and Medium – 177.8 x 235 mm (7 x 9.25”). Custom sizing as small as .35 x .5″ is available. Imatest recommends using this target with the ITI LED Lightbox.

 

Sinusoidal Siemens Star Target

The Sinusoidal Siemens Star test chart allows you to measure MTF and limiting resolution with a chart that provides angular response and may be less affected by signal processing (especially sharpening) than slanted-edges. Siemens star MTF20 (the spatial frequency where MTF is 20% of its low frequency value) is a good estimate of limiting resolution. Since the Imatest Star module analysis is extremely noise-resistant, measurements are highly repeatable. When placed off-axis, the chart will have segments that cover sagittal and tangential directions in addition to vertical and horizontal directions.

The Siemens Star is included in the ISO 12233:2014 standard along with the slanted-edge and hyperbolic wedge, all of which are supported by Imatest modules. Slanted-Edge versus Siemens Star contains a detailed comparison of results. The Imatest version of the chart includes registration marks for automatic region detection and slanted edges for convenient MTF comparison. This target will be particularly useful for security and automotive industries where extreme processing is commonplace and RAW sensor data is difficult to obtain.

The Imatest Sinusoidal Siemens Star chart is produced on matte paper and is available at various sizes.

 

GL-E Series Lightbox Viewers

SKU: GL-E
The GL-E Series Light Box Viewers are available in sizes from 10″x18″ (25x46cm) viewing area up to 16″x44″ (40.6×111.8cm). An optional rotary or digital dimmer is available. Lighting options include 5000k, 6500k, CWF and XPS41 (4100K with long life).

Note: There is a four week lead time between order and shipment for this product.

 

Beta Test Group

Help make our next release the best yet.
When it comes to adding new features, we love to incorporate our customer’s feedback. Many of our most important updates have come to life based on the needs of our customers. You can help build the next version of Imatest by joining our Beta Test Group. Gain early access to our newest features and bug fixes. Connect with our engineers to ensure that you have the tools you need for your next project and workflow.

We will email our Beta Test Group mailing list with download instructions for each new beta release.

Imatest version 4.4 is now available as a public beta.

Main features include:

● Support for all CPIQ metrics for 2016 international standards for mobile device image quality.
● Autofocus, Auto White Balance, and Auto Exposure metrics for faster image adjustments.
● Additional controls for Image Sensor (IS) device management.
● Concurrent network license adds flexibility for shared work environments.
● Image processing module to assess the effect of standard image processing algorithms on image quality
Visit our Change Log to see full release details.

Imatest Product List

 

Software
New Licenses
SKU
M2000 Master License including One Year of Support
IS2000 Image Sensor (IS) License including One Year of Support
IT3000 Industrial Testing (IT) License including One Year of Support
IT3000-INTRO Imatest IT – Introductory price on first IT license w/ Master or IS under current supp
IT-P3000 IT Parallel License including One Year of Support
S1000 Imatest Studio
G100 Gamutvision
Support Renewal
SKU
M2010/M2015 Master Support Renewal – 1 Year (Option to renew for multiple years and save.)
IS2010/IS2015 IS Support Renewal  – 1 Year (Option to renew for multiple years and save.)
IT3010/IT3015 IT Support Renewal  – 1 Year (Option to renew for multiple years and save.)
IT-P3010/IT-P3015 IT Parallel Support Renewal  – 1 Year (Option to renew for multiple years and save.)
Upgrades
SKU
IS2050 Master to IS
IT-P3020 IT to IT-P
Test Charts
SFR Plus Charts
New item: SFRreg Target
eSFR-ISO Charts
Texture Charts
Dynamic Range Charts
High Dynamic Range Charts
Color Charts
24-Patch Transmissive Color Target
Infrared Targets
Medium Wave Infrared Test Chart (MWIR)
Long Wave Infrared Test Chart (LWIR)
Equipment
LightBoxes
ITI LED Lightbox
GL-E Series
Artograph LED Lightpad Series
ISO Light Color
ISO Light
Minolta CL-200A Chroma Meter
i1 Basic Pro2 Spectrophotometer
Training

Software Sources Ltd. is serving as Imatest Reseller.