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March 26, 2013

Optech's new aerial camera system boosts data collection efficiency by 80%


New CS-6500 digital camera ‘perfect device’ for multiple sensor platforms

Optech Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced lidar and camera survey instruments, said Tuesday its new CS-6500 aerial camera system, boasting multi-sensor data collection, will be available at the beginning of the second quarter. 

Toronto-based Optech offers standalone and fully integrated lidar and camera services in airborne mapping, airborne lidar bathymetry, mobile mapping, terrestrial laser scanning, mine cavity monitoring, and industrial process control.

The CS-6500 is an enhanced version of Optech’s CS-4800 camera, offering features such as the new 29-Mpix interline CCD sensors that boost the camera’s operational window and reduce readout leakage, making data collection 80 percent more efficient.

The new camera also boasts a large, 6500×4300 pixel footprint allowing integration with Optech’s ALTM lidar sensors and CS-series of thermal and multispectral cameras.

Optech said the CS-6500 is the perfect choice for entry-level users looking for photogrammetric accuracy, reliability and straightforward operation.

Building on the robustness of the CS-4800, Optech said the CS-6500 offers: 

  • electronic shutter  

  • fast cycle time  

  • panchromatic or color CCD sensors 

  • interchangeable lenses  

  • metric-quality data set  

Optech said the CS-6500 will help it pursue its “strategy of sensor integration through a single workflow.” 

Julien Losseau, Optech’s camera system product manager, said: “The new interline CCD sensor, along with the wide range of lenses that can be used with the CS-6500, make it the perfect device for multiple sensor platforms, whether it’s in standalone mode or combined with our ALTM products.”

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