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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you are familiar with the basics of OpenCV, January 4, 2013
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A. Oliver (Michigan Tech, Mi) - See all my reviews
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I'm one of the authors of the book Practical Computer Vision with SimpleCV. The original reason we wrote the book was we felt OpenCV was lacking a lot of 'real world' type of examples that the average programmer could pick up without having to have a complex in-depth knowledge of Computer Vision. I feel this book does a very good job at that as well. Each chapter is basically it's own example with various computer vision techniques applied. I also appreciate the authors have posted all the code online for download and testing it the code compiled without any issues (Ubuntu 12.04). I definitely recommend this book if you are new to OpenCV or even interested in learning some of the basics of programming computer vision, although you should probably also have a bit of programming experience as well to actually understand what the code is doing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice end-to-end cookbook for computer vision with OpenCV, March 5, 2014
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The book starts off by stating that it's intended for people with at least a bit of OpenCV knowledge and programming experience, and that rather than its aim is to show how to put together whole projects rather than explaining the theoretical background behind what you're doing. It's definitely correct in describing its target audience, and for the most part the focus is on implementation rather than theory. If you're looking for some examples of how to work with OpenCV as an all-around solution, this is a great collection for you.

A big plus is that for the most part it uses the new OpenCV C++ interface. I say "mostly" because the authors also demonstrate projects for mobile devices - one for Android and one for iOS, which I really enjoyed reading.

If you're looking for theory, you will find a bit in this book, but not much. I found the level that things were explained quite good, because you could understand what the code in the book does, but didn't... Read more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Projects, Could do with more in-depth explanations of the more complicated algorithms, August 31, 2013
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The book contains a variety of different mini-projects, some simple, some extremely complicated. All are interesting and generally well presented. The only problem I have with this book is that the truly complex ones (such as chapter 6) could have used some deeper explanation of the math and algorithms used. Of course that would have meant the book had be either much bigger, or drop some of the chapters. In other words, it's a bit unclear if this is a book covering Computer Vision algorithms or OpenCV functionality - it tries to be both, and succeeds only partially.
Bottom line - a good departure point for experienced OpenCV programmers who want to start their own projects.
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