Phase One’s new iXM-GS120 aerial camera is designed for national security, geospatial intelligence, search and rescue applications.
Phase One has announced a new aerial camera, the iXM-GS120, built to meet the demanding needs of national security and geo-intelligence collection projects. Designed for use on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, the iXM-GS120 is the first 120-megapixel resolution camera designed around advanced global shutter sensor technology.
The iXM-GS120 was designed for reliable, maintenance-free operation during long missions in remote areas, which often characterize national security and intelligence gathering activities. For traditional inspection and mapping applications, geospatial users will find the new camera efficiently captures massive volumes of high-quality imagery.
Extended Coverage Capabilities
The iXM-GS120 underscores Phase One’s commitment to pioneering the development of reliable and innovative aerial imaging solutions. The single-sensor design combined with 120MP resolution ensures rapid collection of detailed information over a wide area of interest in each image, reducing flight times and improving efficiency. Linked to a camera system with a single, smaller sensor, the iXM-GS120 camera with its wide FoV options requires fewer flight lines to cover an area for a given ground resolution. Fewer flight lines means shorter total flight time.
On the processing side, this design also eliminates the tedious assembly of image scenes from multi-sensor camera systems: linked to payloads built with multiple smaller sensors, the iXM-GS120 provides large single images , with no inaccuracies or processing times. associated with stitching small images together.
Integration of high sensitivity and low noise technology
The new camera is the most productive airborne system ever developed by Phase One. Incorporating a CMOS global shutter sensor, the iXM-GS120 offers a remarkable seven frames per second capture rate and wide dynamic range. High-sensitivity, low-noise technology gives the camera the ability to collect data in low-light conditions, expanding its operating window to several hours per day.
Available in RGB color and monochrome versions, the application range of the iXM-GS120 is further extended by a wide selection of fields of view for operation at many different altitudes and aircraft speeds. Compatible fields of view include a range of lenses from 35mm to 300mm.
In national security activities, the iXM-GS120 will reliably handle long missions related to extended persistent surveillance (WAPS), geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), search and rescue and other surveillance reconnaissance. intelligence (ISR). The term Geospatial Intelligence in this context means the collection of high-bandwidth, high-resolution, geotagged imagery over long flight lines in a short time, to be leveraged for rapid response and detailed analysis. Weighing just 630 grams, the compact camera housing easily mounts to a wide range of platforms, including Group 3 tactical unmanned aircraft for long endurance operation.
Geotagging and zooming capabilities
An accompanying video demonstrates the geotagging and zooming capabilities, which add the camera’s spatial position and pointing direction to each image metadata, in the same way that date and time are added. iX Capture software converts RAW camera images into distortion-corrected TIFF files. Third-party post-processing software, such as Agisoft Metashape and Trimble Inpho, combine the corrected and geotagged images onto a geotagged map.
The high level of detail is explained by the large number of pixels in each image, the small pixel size, the high dynamic range and the 14-bit pixel depth: a large number of pixels and a small pixel size make it possible to zoom in on a specific area of choice, in a large digital magnification. High dynamic range and 14-bit pixel depth help detect fine detail in every part of the image, even in bright and dark areas, and in low light conditions. The Phase One Capture One and iX Capture software applications provide sophisticated tools for zooming, applying brightness corrections and lens vignetting effects, reducing noise and more.