US 7,620,236 B2 Nov. 17, 2009
(54) IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS
(75) Inventors: Makoto Hirota, Tokyo (JP); Akihiro Katayama, Kanagawa (JP)
(73) Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Tokyo (JP)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 899 days.
(21) Appl.No.: 10/900,191
(22) Filed: Jul. 28, 2004
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2005/0024496 Al Feb. 3, 2005
(30) Foreign Application Priority Data
Jul. 31,2003 (JP) 2003-204673
An image processing method enables to reconstruct a new image viewed from set POV (point of view) position and direction without increasing a communication amount. To do so, in the image processing method of reconstructing the new image at a POV position where no actual photographing is performed, from among plural images respectively photographed at different POV positions, there are provided a setting step of setting POV position/direction information; a transmission step of transmitting the set POV position/direction information to plural photographing devices; a reception step of receiving effective pixel information of images according to the POV position/direction information respectively from the plural photographing devices; and a reconstruction step of reconstructing the new image based on the received effective pixel information, wherein the photographing device extracts a effective pixel from the photographed image, on the basis of the POV position/direction information.
10 Claims, 10 Drawing Sheets