High RMS calibrateCamera Python

asked 2017-05-26 10:18:40 -0500

bart.p1990 gravatar image

updated 2017-05-26 10:19:39 -0500

I have made a script that calibrates using an assymetric pattern imaged by a thermal camera. For some reason my RMS error is around 15. However, undistorting my images does a decent job. I have made a GUI to adjust the blobdetector values for each image manually and return the ret, and corner values on approval.

Am I misunderstanding that the return value for the function should return an error roughly between 0.1 and 1? Or should I use another function to correctly calculate the RMS?

# What images to calibrate
folder = "images/4/"
imageList = glob.glob(folder + "*.*")
print ("Number of images in directory: " + str(len(imageList)))

imgpoints = [] # 2d points in image plane.
objp = np.zeros((gridH * gridW, 3), np.float32)
objp[:, :2] = np.mgrid[0:gridH, 0:gridW].T.reshape(-1, 2)
objpoints = []

my_file = Path(folder + "initialPoints.npy")
if not my_file.is_file():

    for image in imageList:
        image = cv2.imread(image)
        ret, circles = createFindCirclesWindow(image)

        if ret:

    np.save(folder + "initialPoints", imgpoints)

    imgpoints = np.load(folder + "initialPoints.npy")
    # Match the number of objp for each array if imgpoints
    for a in imgpoints:

# termination criteria
criteria = (cv2.TERM_CRITERIA_EPS + cv2.TERM_CRITERIA_MAX_ITER, 30, 0.001)

# Calculate camera calibration matrices
ret, mtx, dist, rvecs, tvecs = cv2.calibrateCamera(
    objpoints, imgpoints, (imgW, imgH), None, None, flags = cv2.CALIB_FIX_K4+cv2.CALIB_FIX_K5, 


print (ret)
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