SmartPlanes, a Swedish company that develops civilian drones has announced the release of Ricoh GR NIR Camera that can acquire image data in the near infrared spectrum. Aimed at agriculture applications, this is a specially modified version of the Ricoh-GR camera.
The camera is designed for applications within the fields of precision agriculture and vegetation health monitoring. The spectral information can be used to compute the normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) and other spectral indices.
According to the company, the high resolution optics combined with a large (APS-C size) with very good signal to noise ratio makes it ideally suited for accurate measurement of spectral properties. It also features manual focus and exposure settings. Image data can be acquired in the uncompressed RAW format preserving the integrity of the radiometric data.