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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 1261-1272 (July 2010)

An Efficient Auto Focus Method for Digital Still Camera Based on Focus Value Curve Prediction Model

LI-CHENG CHIU AND CHIOU-SHANN FUH
Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering
National Taiwan University
Taipei, 106 Taiwan

This paper models focus value curve from point light source to focus measure calculation. This model shows that focus values of one object in a scene will form a single peak bell-shaped curve in camera. Our proposed auto focus method adopts this model with focus sub-window selection to predict the peak of focus value curve. Accurate prediction for the best-focused lens position will greatly shorten search time. Besides, the period of focus value feedback from camera chip is further considered to determine lens step in one period to optimize practical time consumption. Through experiments, our model for focus value curve is correct and proposed auto focus method efficiently shortens overall search time.

Keywords: focus value curve, focus measure, auto focus, sub-window, best-focused lens position

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Received June 10, 2008; revised October 27, 2008; accepted November 12, 2008.
Communicated by H. Y. Mark Liao.