Phase One Introduces New Medium-Format Cameras for Aerial Imaging


Phase One Industrial has introduced two 100-megapixel, medium-format metric cameras – the Phase One iXU 1000 and iXU-R 1000 – for aerial data acquisition.

According to the company, the systems, available in either RGB or near-infrared variants, are distinguished from other medium-format aerial cameras because of their combination of higher image resolution, wider ISO range and faster capture speeds (up to .85 seconds per frame).

At 100 megapixels, the cameras deliver 11,608 pixels cross-track coverage, which is 12% greater than that of other medium-format aerial cameras, says Phase One, which adds that flying with an iXU 1000 and iXU-R 1000 enables users either more coverage during a flight while maintaining the same ground sample distance (GSD) or a lower GSD while flying at the same height.

In addition, the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor design enables image capture in lower light, with an ISO range from 50 to 6,400, as well as more flights under the clouds in low light and/or later in the day.

Phase One says the cameras also offer faster capture rates, permitting more overlap for greater accuracy in producing point clouds and generating 3D presentations.

Like the company’s other aerial cameras, the new systems offer USB 3.0 connectivity, geo-tagging of image files as they are captured, auto exposure, and easy integration with popular IMU/GNSS and flight management systems.

The iXU-R’s Rodenstock lenses (40 mm, 50 mm and 70 mm) are each calibrated for infinity focus and tested to ensure edge-to-edge sharpness across the sensor. The iXU’s Schneider Kreuznach lens options include a wide range of focal lengths, including 55 mm, 80 mm, 110 mm, 150 mm and 240 mm.

The cameras’ full specifications can be found here.

Photo courtesy of Phase One Industrial

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