# cv_bridge: reading distance from /camera/depth/image_raw

Hi, I'm running an turtlebot simulation on gazebo. roslaunch turtlebot_gazebo myrobot.launch

I subscribed to the topic /camera/depth/image_rawto get the distance information using code

def get_distance(img):
#calculate x and y
bridge=CvBridge()
cv_image = bridge.imgmsg_to_cv2(img, "passingthrough")
print cv_image[x,y]

rospy.Subscriber('/camera/depth/image_raw',Image,get_distance)


according to the document,

depth/image_raw (sensor_msgs/Image)

Raw image from device. Contains uint16 depths in mm.

But I keep geting float numbers between 0 and 5.

Then I tried several other converting types besides "passthrough"

32FC1 gave me a complex number.

32SC1 gave me a large negative number.

16UC1 usually gave me 0.

16SC1 and 8UC1 gave me contant 5.

none of them makes sense, can anyone give me some idea? Thanks.

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I tried to mark the distance point on rviz by tf.

The result shows the distance value is correct, and in meter instead of mm.

It means the definition of kinect's measurement result in turtlebot_gazebo's simulation is different from what said in openni document.

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