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Best Stereo Camera that ROS Supports ?

asked 2018-04-08 21:21:33 -0500

sai gravatar image

Dear Users and developers,

I am looking to buy a stereo camera, specifically for outdoor self driving car applications such as mapping and localization probably by using ORB-SLAM2.

I found that ZED and Bumblebee are two of the options.

  1. Could anyone say which Stereo camera(with ROS support) is the best one to get and their pros and cons ?


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I think this is a very difficult question to answer (the "best that ROS supports" one), as there are very few products that have such a range in performance as to be applicable to all imaginable application scenarios. Your question text adds some more info/constraints, but is still quite vague.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-04-09 03:33:35 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-04-09 02:18:40 -0500

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updated 2018-04-09 02:19:57 -0500

Personally, I don't have any experience with the Bumblebee. The ZED is IMO not very robust, especially in an outdoor context, which is mainly due to the somewhat limited FOV (again, outdoor context).

Considering your application (outdoor self driving car), I would actually go for the Multisense S21. It has the far larger base length compared to the other two, is (thus) long-range and specifically designed for outdoor and "heavy-duty" use. Also, you can get different lenses...

Con: Price

(Then again, I'm no camera expert...)

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Thank you and this information is quite useful!

sai gravatar image sai  ( 2018-04-10 02:56:49 -0500 )edit

Checking online brought me to this link which might be useful for others

sai gravatar image sai  ( 2018-04-10 02:57:50 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-04-11 08:31:47 -0500

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I could suggest TARA stereo camera form e-con systems. Customizing baseline option is available, according to your application. Please refer the below link localization accuracy and Comparision

Please refer the below link for frame rate achieved with Tara camera and system configuration

Please refer the below blog to ROS driver for tara

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