Vexcel Imaging announced the release of the new UltraCam Eagle 4.1, the pinnacle of nadir photogrammetric aerial camera systems increasing flight efficiency at truly mapping-grade image quality for precise analysis and interpretation.
Based on Vexcel’s 4th generation camera technology, the UltraCam Eagle 4.1 collects high-resolution panchromatic, R, G, B and NIR information at over 500 Megapixels—an impressive footprint that can be exploited at different altitudes, thanks to three field-exchangeable lens kits at focal lengths of 90 mm, 120 mm and 150 mm. The Eagle 4.1 is further enhanced by the proprietary Adaptive Motion Compensation (AMC) software approach that addresses image blur caused by multi-directional camera movement during the flight. Featuring new sensors, coupled with new electronics and new lenses, the Eagle 4.1 delivers visually stunning, photogrammetric-grade quality imagery.
The Eagle 4.1 is in a class of its own. The difference is found in the camera’s panchromatic “backbone.” High-resolution PAN sensors collect and resolve object details more faithfully and with higher geometrically accuracy. Consequently, UltraCam panchromatic and full-resolution color data (produced through pansharpening) feature a higher image-resolving power. Imagery is more detailed, more accurate and more actionable.
Built on the proven UltraCam 4th generation architecture, the UltraCam Eagle 4.1 employs CMOS sensors for a finer pixel pitch, an industry-leading panchromatic image footprint of more than 28,000 pixels across the flight strip, and a rapid cycle rate of 1 frame per 0.7 seconds. The combination of high dynamic range, fast shutter speed and wide-aperture lenses gives customers the efficiency, flexibility, and image quality they need to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving market.
With the move to CMOS sensors for 4th generation UltraCam systems and a significantly increased frame rate, Vexcel Imaging recognized the need for a new approach to motion blur compensation. Not content with mechanical methods or the notion of eliminating blur through shutter speed, Vexcel developed the proprietary “Adaptive Motion Compensation” (AMC) software approach to address image blur. More than just forward motion compensation, AMC compensates for image blur caused by multi-directional camera movement during the flight. This game-changing technology is unique to UltraCam systems and is included in the UltraCam Eagle 4.1.
Commercial availability of the UltraCam Eagle 4.1 is scheduled for end of 2022. The first production camera has already been sold to Vexcel customer, Slagboom & Peeters Aerial Photography in the Netherlands. Slagboom currently operates different UltraCam systems—from nadir to oblique capture capabilities, depending on the area of application—and is looking forward to numerous successful projects with the new Eagle 4.1, delivering imagery of the highest possible quality.
- 28,110 x 18,060 pixels PAN image size
- 9,370 x 6,020 pixels color image size
- CMOS imaging sensors
- Adaptive Motion Compensation (AMC)
- 1 frame per 0.7 seconds
- 90 mm, 120 mm, or 150 mm user-exchangeable lens systems