Patent Number: 8,818,127

Title: Image processing apparatus and image processing method

Abstract: The picture quality of captured images can be improved with the degradation of clearness of image-captured object boundaries suppressed. An image processing apparatus (100) comprises: an image/distance acquiring unit (200) that acquires corresponding pixel pairs between left-eye and right-eye images, its depth information and its matching scores; a weight information calculating unit (300) that determines, for each of the pixel pairs, a weight of each of the pixels in a certain area including, as pixels of interest, the pixel pair on the basis of the depth information and the matching scores; and a pixel value superimposing unit (400) that applies, for each of the pixel pairs, the weight to the pixel values in the aforementioned certain area, thereby performing a smoothing process in at least one of the two images and that superimposes the two images using the values obtained by the smoothing process.

Inventors: Hayata; Keisuke (Kanagawa, JP), Tomita; Hiroto (Fukuoka, JP), Kimura; Tomoo (Fukuoka, JP)

Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America

International Classification: G06K 9/40 (20060101); G06K 9/36 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018