NeRF–: Neural Radiance Fields Without Known Camera Parameters [article]

Zirui Wang, Shangzhe Wu, Weidi Xie, Min Chen, Victor Adrian Prisacariu
2022 arXiv   pre-print
Considering the problem of novel view synthesis (NVS) from only a set of 2D images, we simplify the training process of Neural Radiance Field (NeRF) on forward-facing scenes by removing the requirement of known or pre-computed camera parameters, including both intrinsics and 6DoF poses. To this end, we propose NeRF–, with three contributions: First, we show that the camera parameters can be jointly optimised as learnable parameters with NeRF training, through a photometric reconstruction;
more » ... , to benchmark the camera parameter estimation and the quality of novel view renderings, we introduce a new dataset of path-traced synthetic scenes, termed as Blender Forward-Facing Dataset (BLEFF); Third, we conduct extensive analyses to understand the training behaviours under various camera motions, and show that in most scenarios, the joint optimisation pipeline can recover accurate camera parameters and achieve comparable novel view synthesis quality as those trained with COLMAP pre-computed camera parameters. Our code and data are available at
arXiv:2102.07064v4 fatcat:jzaoja2hxva2xnurnl5wqllcui