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The detect feature of SIFT/SURF always breaks code


Ive been trying out SIFT/SURF from online resources and wanted to test it out myself.

I first tried without the non-free libraries using this code:

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
Mat img = imread("c:\\car.jpg", 0);
Ptr<FeatureDetector> feature_detector = FeatureDetector::create("SIFT");
vector<KeyPoint> keypoints;

feature_detector->detect(img, keypoints);

Mat output;

drawKeypoints(img, keypoints, output, Scalar(255, 0, 0));

namedWindow("meh", CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE);
imshow("meh", output);

return 0;


Here if I do a step by step debugging it breaks at feature_detector->detect(img, keypoints);

Then I tried using the non-free library and tried this code:

int main(int argc, char** argv) 
    const Mat input = cv::imread("/tmp/image.jpg", 0); //Load as grayscale

    SiftFeatureDetector detector;
    vector<KeyPoint> keypoints;
    detector.detect(input, keypoints);

    // Add results to image and save.
    Mat output;
    drawKeypoints(input, keypoints, output);
    imwrite("/tmp/SIFT_RESULT.jpg", output);

    return 0;


This again compiles without errors but when ran, breaks at this step: detector.detect(input, keypoints);

I cannot find the reason why. Can some one please help me out here.

Thank you