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Whether for indoor or outdoor, 2D or 3D applications, or other needs, we have custom calibration targets for machine and computer vision to help you achieve your goals! Read More

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Camera Calibration 101

First Principles of Computer Vision is a lecture series presented by Shree Nayar, faculty in the Computer Science Department, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Columbia University.

Calibration Targets

Are you looking to pre-calibrate your camera with calibration targets to be as accurate as possible? Our custom calibration targets are printed directly onto a rigid on premium 1/8 inch Dibond, making them the perfect calibration boards to calibrate cameras.

Direct to substrate printing at 1000 dpi with anti-reflective surface "flood white" authentic matte finish allows for easy detection in your computer vision pipeline because of its optical performance and physical robustness.

Dibond Features

Dibond signs have forever been an industry standard for indoor and outdoor business signs. The material is water, weather, warp resistant and rust proof. It's ultra flat and rigid structure makes Dibond the perfect material for calibration targets.

  • Light weight
  • Ultra flat surface
  • Anti-reflective surface (flood white finish) pitch black on pure white
  • Rigid and sturdy
  • Water, weather & rust proof

Technical Specifications

  • Material Thickness: .125"
  • Panel Type: Aluminium Composite Panel
  • Temperature Range: from -50°C to +80°C
  • Fire Classification: CLASS P/0/1
  • Physical Weight: 0.78125 lbs per ft.²

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  3. Full-scale files are required to avoid the files being scaled up or down to fit the image on the board's order size. Need a PDF for print? Try our Free Online Calibration Pattern Generator free now!
  4. During the proofing process, always double-check and compare the file size to each board order size ( is not responsible for artwork scaling if the incorrect board sizes are ordered and proofs are approved incorrectly).
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Calibration Targets: The Basics of a Calibration Target

Calibration targets are standard vital in the testing and adjusting the color responsiveness of a device. While calibration targets may not be as crucial for vision systems as lenses, vision software, camera, or illuminations, they are essential in providing the highest accuracy level in machine vision applications.

A vision system's overall accuracy relies on all components involved and the total of their errors. The level of accuracy can rise with an excellent optical system calibration. That is why you need high-quality calibration targets to get the best results when dealing with a vision system.

Let's see in detail what calibration targets are and why you need one.

What Is a Calibration Target?

checkerboard calibration target

A calibration target is a physical object which consists of a specified calibration pattern and whose function is to act as a standard in the precise measurements and adjustment of the color responsiveness of instruments. The process requires very high accuracy to enable transformation generation with a similar degree of precision.

Machine vision applications typically need high correctness in measurement and alignment. Some robot guidance and 3D fields utilize the 2D sensor image to form 3D and robot coordinates.

Nevertheless, lense distortion or physical unit measurements like in millimeters may need a transformation of the coordinates of the distorted object in measurements with high accuracy. Examples include volume or size measurements, robot guidance, 3D reconstruction, and photogrammetry.

However, such requirements involve some calibration of the image as seen by your camera and reality. Therefore, we have to calculate a transformation using a geometrical model, and this is where the calibration targets come to play.

We can picture a famous scene using a camera showing the pattern array with high accuracy. Relying on the known locations of these patterns and the positions of the patterns (whether circle grid, target grid, april tags, or something else) measured from the scene's imaging, we can determine the camera's geometric model. We can use calibration targets to transform a pixel position on the image to, for instance, a millimeter position on the known scene.

What Does Color Calibration Do?

Color calibration aims to adjust and measure a device's color response (output or input) to a known degree. It is the basis of the device's color characterization and profiling according to ICC (International Color Consortium).

When it comes to non-ICC works, camera calibration may denote establishing a known relation to a standard color space all at once.

The color space serving as the reference is the calibration target, whereas the calibration source is the device undergoing the test.

Color calibration is a necessity for devices actively involved in a color-managed workflow. Its application is widespread in many industries, including television production, photography, gaming, engineering, medical imaging, chemistry, etc.

Output Distortion and Information Flow

Input data may be from devices like image scanners, digital cameras, or any other measuring machines. The inputs are specified in multidimensional colors (typically in three channels: red, green, blue) or monochrome.

In monochrome, the response curve needs calibration. However, you may also need to specify the spectral power distribution or color coinciding with the single channel.

Usually, input data gets calibrated against profile connection spaces.

The selection of a valid source is one of the most vital properties in color calibration. If your color measuring source is not in line with the display's capabilities, your calibration ends up ineffective and providing false readings.

The primary disorienting factors on the input stage are due to the channel responses' amplitude nonlinearity.

When it comes to the multidimensional datastream, distortion arises from the non-ideal wavelength responses of each color separation filter. Typically, a color filter arrays together with the spectral power distribution of your scene's illumination.

The data then usually gets circulated in the system and transformed into a working space RGB for editing and viewing.

The computer sends a signal to its graphic card in RGB [Red, Green, Blue] form in the output phase during the exportation to a viewing device like a digital projector, liquid crystal display screen, or a cathode ray tube.

The dataset [R, G, B]=[255,0,0] indicates the device's instruction and not a particular color. This leads to red displaying red at its highest achievable brightness of 255, whereas the blue and green components remain dark. However, the final color displayed depends on two primary factors:

  • The phosphors or other system forming the light falling within the red spectrum
  • The color's total brightness leading to the expected color perception: a very bright light source always gets seen as white despite its spectral composition.

Therefore, each output device comes with its specific color signature, relaying a particular color depending on material degradation via usage and aging besides manufacturing tolerances. If, for instance, this device is a printer, other factors, including the quality of your ink and paper, will also contribute to the distortion.

The standard compliance and conductive capacity of circuitry, connecting cables, and equipment may also mess with the electrical signal at any time during the signal flow. For example, an inserted VGA connector may lead to a monochromatic display if some pins get disconnected.

Color Perception

Color perception depends on light levels and ambient white points. For instance, a red object, if placed in blue light, appears black. Hence, it is impossible to attain calibration that enables a device to appear consistent and correct in all viewing or capture conditions. Computer's calibration targets and display need consideration in predefined and controlled lighting conditions.

Calibration Techniques and Procedures

Calibration targets focus on adjusting scanners, cameras, printers, and monitors for photographic reproduction. The goal of these test calibration targets is for a photograph's printed copy to look identical in dynamic range and saturation as the standard or a source file from a computer display. This indicates that you need to perform three independent calibrations:

  • The scanner or camera requires a device-specific calibration to represent the original's approximated colors straightforwardly.
  • The computer display requires a device-specific calibration for the reproduction of the colors of the image space.
  • The printer requires a device-specific calibration for the reproduction of the colors of the image space.

These goals can get achieved either by:

  • Direct value relocation from the source to the calibration targets
  • A popularly known standard color space being the center ground.

In ICC, the above refers to the Profile Connection Space (PCS).


Camera calibration requires known calibration targets to get photographed and the resultant output from cameras to get translated into color values. We can build a correction profile using the dissimilarities between known standard values and the camera's result values.

Color mapping is applicable when two or several cameras require calibration relative to each other to reproduce similar color values within imaging systems.


When producing a scanner profile, the device needs a calibration target source. An example is an IT8 calibration target, an original comprising of numerous small color fields, measured by a developer using a photometer.

The machine scans the original then compares its scanned color values to the reference values of the calibration target. An ICC profile gets formed depending on the differences in the values. This relates a device's particular RGB color space to an independent color space (CIELAB color space). For this reason, the scanner can output with color accuracy to what it scans.


A colorimeter gets attached flat on the display surface with protection against ambient light during monitor calibration. The calibration program such as April Tags channels a set of color signals to this display and compares the sent values against those from the calibration device. This determines the offsets in the color display.

Depending on the monitor type and the calibration software used, the program may develop a correction matrix (for instance, an ICC profile) for the color values before translation to the display or relays guidelines for adjusting the display's contrast/ brightness and RGB values via the on-screen display.

In effect, the display tunes to form a relatively accurate in-gamut part of the intended color space. Calibration targets for this type of calibration are those of print stock paper lit at 120 cd/m2 by D65 light.


Comparing a background reference file with a test print result enables forming an ICC profile for printers. The test chart has CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key) colors, whose L*a*b* color offsets lead to an ICC profile.

Another way to ICC profile printers is by using calibrated scanners as the measuring devices for the printed CMYK test chart rather than a photometer.

A calibration profile is crucial for every printer/ink/paper combination.

Why Do You Need Calibration Targets?

As seen in the previous section, high accuracy measurement or alignment systems need camera calibration to offer results with high precision. Distortions always exist in lenses, whether they function as telecentric or otherwise.

Besides the usual cushion distortion and barrel distortion, the camera's construction may not be parallel to a scene, or failure of coinciding between the lens and camera can result in keystone distortion. However, a calibration target can help in the calculation of the so-called extrinsic and intrinsic transformations.

For instance, if a manufacturer provides a 0.1% optical distortion for a telecentric lens and we capture an image with a 100mm viewing field, we can calculate a 0.1mm error in the fringing field. Such an error is acceptable for multiple systems. However, we can utilize a target we used to calibrate and rectify the measurement and eliminate the error. That is where a high accuracy system is different from a low accuracy one.

What Problems Do Calibration Targets Solve?

There are a number of applications where calibration targets come in handy. These include:

1. Correcting an image's aspect ratio when it is not 1:1

2. Rectifying the perspective distortion that results from a tilted camera installation

3. Fixing a spheroidal distortion in a wide-angle lens

4. Retuning barrel distortion, radial distortion, nonlinear distortion, or cushion distortion of FA lenses

5. Fixing the improper positioning of the camera's sensor

Calibration Targets FAQs

Do Custom Calibration Targets Cost More than Standard Options?

Typically, the price of custom calibration targets is higher than that of ready-made options because of the additional calibration target features. The adjusted properties result in approximately 50% more expenses depending on the material type, calibration targets features and finish options selected.

What Is the Size of Calibration Target Suitable for Me?

A calibration target needs to occupy most of your camera's field of view (FOV) at the preferred working distance. Getting calibration details from the edges of the images is vital in determining lens distortion parameters. Regardless, most software packages need the visibility of the entire custom calibration target in all images.

Wrapping Up

Unlike the standard targets, there is much calibration targets can do, whether you are in search of any high-precision calibration target or want to get a customized calibration target. Once you understand the accuracy calibration targets can provide, you wouldn't want to land on anything short of quality.

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Frequently asked Questions


What are calibration targets?

A calibration target is an object used in calibrating a camera. For example, if you are using the camera to take pictures of plants, it would be necessary for the camera to accurately reproduce colors so that when people look at your photos, they see what you saw. To do this, you would need to use a calibration target with known colors and set up your shot to align with the targets on the screen.

What is a calibration circle?

A calibration circle is a diagram that helps you understand an image's scale. It is created by drawing a series of concentric circles with different diameters and then dividing them into 360 degrees. This shows how much space there is in the image, and it also helps when measuring objects to see if they are at their correct size or not.

What is a calibration grid?

A calibration grid is a tool that can be used to calibrate other measuring devices. It consists of a series of parallel lines printed on paper or plastic sheets, with the spacing between each line being 1 millimeter.

What is camera calibration in computer vision?

Camera calibration is the process of determining a mathematical model for an optical system, in particular a camera lens. This information can then be used to correct distortions and other aberrations introduced by the optics.

Camera calibration is essential because it helps reduce error when using the camera's imaging system. Camera calibration is done with special equipment that projects patterns onto surfaces or into space and measures how these are distorted as they pass through the imaging system. The distortion data collected this way provides data needed to calibrate lenses.

What is a calibration matrix?

A calibration matrix is a table of values used to calibrate an instrument's response. This can be done by measuring the response from different known concentrations of analytes and creating a linear relationship between the measured concentration and its corresponding signal intensity. A camera calibration curve can then be created using these data points.


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