Leica announces ‘world’s first multispectral 60MP airborne camera’

Leica announces ‘world’s first multispectral 60MP airborne camera’


Heerbrugg, Switzerland: Leica Geosystems announced the release of its new product, Leica RCD30. According to company, the Leica RCD30 Series offers various new features, including Forward Motion Compensation, to ensure highest accuracy with “best-in-class” image quality.

The Series is reported to be the world’s first 60MP medium-format airborne camera that acquires co-registered, radiometrically-calibrated, multispectral imagery in RGBN (Red, Green, Blue and Near-Infrared). The Camera Head further provides Forward Motion Compensation along two axes. This feature, together with a lens system specifically designed for airborne applications and the industry’s most innovative and stable lens mount, make the Leica RCD30 highly accurate and stable medium format camera available today, adds the company.

The new Leica RCD30 Series of medium format cameras can be fully integrated with the well-known Leica ALS family of LiDAR systems. Since one control unit can control up to five camera heads, it can also be flown in a standalone single, dual, quadruple or quintuple configuration to increase area performance or to acquire oblique imagery. In this standalone operational mode, the Camera Controller CC32 includes GNSS/IMU processing for direct georeferencing. Further, the Leica RCD30 Series can be integrated with any other third-party system or, due to its light weight, with a pilotless platform or a UAV.

“For quite some time we have observed what the airborne market expects from medium-format imaging”, said Ruedi Wagner, responsible for airborne imaging. “We have listened very carefully to our customers and have now met these market requirements by combining available leading-edge technologies with Leica-innovation and user-friendly designs.”

The company has also announced the successful flight testing of its new Point Density Multiplier technology for airborne LIDAR.  The unique scanning system allows the use of a single laser and scanning mechanism to provide over double the data collection productivity of previous systems. The new technology will be incorporated into Leica Geosystems’ ALS series airborne LIDAR Systems.

Ron Roth, Product Manager for Airborne LIDAR at Leica Geosystems’ Airborne Sensors Business Unit, said, “The market constantly demands higher productivity from airborne sensing systems to reduce the equipment and labour costs associated with data collection. With a measurement rate of 500 kHz, this new technology gives the industry-leading data acquisition productivity. In addition, it also allows the doubling of scan rates.”

“Doing this with a single laser and scanner maximises accuracy by using a single measurement electronics chain, while maximising reliability by reducing parts count. Because this technology uses the proven ALS60 platform, the technology can be readily installed in many existing Leica Geosystems LiDAR systems.”

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