Point sets generated by image-based 3D reconstruction techniques are often much noisier than those obtained using active techniques like laser scanning. Therefore, they pose greater challenges to the subsequent surface reconstruction (meshing) stage. We present a simple and effective method for removing noise and outliers from such point sets. Our algorithm uses the input images, and corresponding depth maps to remove pixels which are geometrically or photometrically inconsistent with the colored surface implied by the input. This allows standard surface reconstruction methods (such as Poisson surface reconstruction) to perform less smoothing and thus achieve higher quality surfaces with more features. Our algorithm is efficient, easy to implement, and robust to varying amounts of noise. We demonstrate the benefits of our algorithm in combination with a variety of state-of-the-art depth and surface reconstruction methods.
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