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June 20, 2012

Leica announces RCD30 multi-head camera concept


LAS VEGAS – Last year at the Hexagon conference, Leica Geosystems’ big new release was terrestrially based, the C5 laser scanner. This year, Leica hit on its airborne mapping customers, an­nouncing that the company is expanding its RCD30 series of medium format cameras by adding dual-head and penta-head solutions to the portfolio.

The Leica RCD30 combines design features such as bi-directional motion compensation and beamsplitter technol­ogy, and Leica believes it is the only medium-format camera to generate highly accurate, co-registered multispectral imagery from one camera head for photogrammetric and remote sensing mapping applications.

“We are very pleased with the market acceptance of this revolutionary imaging technology. Our rapidly growing custom­er base worldwide indicates that this innovative technology exceeds their expectations in image quality, accuracy and productivity,” said Ruedi Wagner, VP, imaging, at Hexagon Geosystems’ Geospatial Solutions Division, in a statement. “Once again we have listened to the market and will now expand on the success of the Leica RCD30 design with dual-head and penta-head configurations. We are confident that the industry-first design of a camera head capable of acquiring multi­spectral data in RGB and NIR combined with four camera heads acquiring RGB data will be of particular interest to such high-growth markets as 3D city and urban mapping.”

The Leica RCD30 multi-head camera system is fully integrated with the Leica Geosystems workflow including Leica MissionPro, Leica FCMS, Leica IPAS and Leica FramePro. The system can be operated in the Leica PAV80 gyro-stabilized mount, thus offering full image stabilization in pitch, roll and drift.

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