Abandoning the Bayer-Filter To See in the Dark

Xingbo Dong, Wanyan Xu, Zhihui Miao, Lan Ma, Chao Zhang, Jiewen Yang, Zhe Jin, Andrew Beng Jin Teoh, Jiajun Shen; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2022, pp. 17431-17440


Low-light image enhancement, a pervasive but challenging problem, plays a central role in enhancing the visibility of an image captured in a poor illumination environment. Due to the fact that not all photons can pass the Bayer-Filter on the sensor of the color camera, in this work, we first present a De-Bayer-Filter simulator based on deep neural networks to generate a monochrome raw image from the colored raw image. Next, a fully convolutional network is proposed to achieve the low-light image enhancement by fusing colored raw data with synthesized monochrome data. Channel-wise attention is also introduced to the fusion process to establish a complementary interaction between features from colored and monochrome raw images. To train the convolutional networks, we propose a dataset with monochrome and color raw pairs named Mono-Colored Raw paired dataset (MCR) collected by using a monochrome camera without Bayer-Filter and a color camera with Bayer-Filter. The proposed pipeline take advantages of the fusion of the virtual monochrome and the color raw images and our extensive experiments indicate that significant improvement can be achieved by leveraging raw sensor data and data-driven learning.

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@InProceedings{Dong_2022_CVPR, author = {Dong, Xingbo and Xu, Wanyan and Miao, Zhihui and Ma, Lan and Zhang, Chao and Yang, Jiewen and Jin, Zhe and Teoh, Andrew Beng Jin and Shen, Jiajun}, title = {Abandoning the Bayer-Filter To See in the Dark}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)}, month = {June}, year = {2022}, pages = {17431-17440} }