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Calibrating nightlight images (dark low texture background) with optional precise IMU positioning data

Hi,
we have done an airborne flight taking images (approx. 1500 images) at night to analyze the nightlight in a city. Example Image below.

The images are taken with a commercial NikonD3 camera (nikon raw images .nef) mounted on a stabilized platform, and we have simultaneously acquired differential GPS and inertial data.

Until now I have played around with several settings in the first calibration step, but the images could not be calibrated. (I have loaded the raw files with the initial GPS coordinates of the Nikon camera.)

Are there any options I should try?

We also have accurate dpgs locations and angles in an external file. Would it help to write the locations and angles to the exif files of the images? Or can I include external location and angle information somehow in the process?

Any help, is highly appreciated. Thanks.

You don’t have to write the exterior orientation values to the exif data. Pix4DMapper can import a csv with the x,y,z, omega, phi, kappa values:
Image geolocation file
Then I would try using the accurate geolocation and orientation calibration method in step one.

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Thanks. I will try that and will report here.

Hi @magnus, as @Andrew_Milanes mentioned, you can import the image geolocation and orientation using the From File… option in Pix4Dmapper.

Keep in mind that:

Let us know how it goes,