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October 19th, 2022
Vexcel introduces new UltraCam Eagle 4.1 photogrammetric aerial camera

Graz, Austria: Vexcel Imaging today announces the release of the new UltraCam Eagle 4.1, the pinnacle of nadir photogrammetric aerial camera systems increasing flight efficiency at truly mapping-grade image quality for precise analysis and interpretation.

Based on Vexcel’s ground-breaking 4th generation camera technology, the UltraCam Eagle 4.1 collects high-resolution panchromatic, R, G, B and NIR information at over 500 Megapixels—an impressive footprint that can be exploited at different altitudes, thanks to three field-exchangeable lens kits at focal lengths of 90 mm, 120 mm and 150 mm. The Eagle 4.1 is further enhanced by the proprietary Adaptive Motion Compensation (AMC) software approach that addresses image blur caused by multi-directional camera movement during the flight. Featuring new sensors, coupled with new electronics and new lenses, the Eagle 4.1 delivers visually stunning, photogrammetric-grade quality imagery.

The Eagle 4.1 is in a class of its own. The difference is found in the camera’s panchromatic “backbone.” High-resolution PAN sensors collect and resolve object details more faithfully and with higher geometrically accuracy. Consequently, UltraCam panchromatic and full-resolution color data (produced through pansharpening) feature a higher image-resolving power. Imagery is more detailed, more accurate and more actionable.

Built on the proven UltraCam 4th generation architecture, the UltraCam Eagle 4.1 employs CMOS sensors for a finer pixel pitch, an industry-leading panchromatic image footprint of more than 28,000 pixels across the flight strip, and a rapid cycle rate of 1 frame per 0.7 seconds. The combination of high dynamic range, fast shutter speed and wide-aperture lenses gives customers the efficiency, flexibility, and image quality they need to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving market.

“The UltraCam Eagle 4.1 serves all airborne acquisition missions through just one system”, says Alexander Wiechert, CEO of Vexcel Imaging. “From low altitude engineering applications to high altitude orthophotography projects, this camera covers it all and provides data of unprecedented sharpness, detail and image dynamic”.

With the move to CMOS sensors for 4th generation UltraCam systems and a significantly increased frame rate, Vexcel Imaging recognized the need for a new approach to motion blur compensation. Not content with mechanical methods or the notion of eliminating blur through shutter speed, Vexcel developed the proprietary “Adaptive Motion Compensation” (AMC) software approach to address image blur. More than just forward motion compensation, AMC compensates for image blur caused by multi-directional camera movement during the flight. This game-changing technology is unique to UltraCam systems and is included in the UltraCam Eagle 4.1.

Commercial availability of the UltraCam Eagle 4.1 is scheduled for end of 2022. The first production camera has already been sold to Vexcel customer, Slagboom & Peeters Aerial Photography in the Netherlands. Slagboom currently operates different UltraCam systems—from nadir to oblique capture capabilities, depending on the area of application—and is looking forward to numerous successful projects with the new Eagle 4.1, delivering imagery of the highest possible quality.

Learn more about the system at the UltraCam Eagle 4.1 webinar, held on November 16, at 8 am GMT & 4 pm GMT.

Key Specifications

  • 28,110 x 18,060 pixels PAN image size
  • 9,370 x 6,020 pixels color image size
  • CMOS imaging sensors
  • Adaptive Motion Compensation (AMC)
  • 1 frame per 0.7 seconds
  • 90 mm, 120 mm, or 150 mm user-exchangeable lens systems

About Vexcel Imaging
Vexcel Imaging, a global leader in aerial imaging, develops cutting-edge large-format aerial cameras and photogrammetric software with innovative approaches, and places an emphasis on continuing product upgrades and world-class support. The broad UltraCam aerial camera portfolio covers all applications in airborne photogrammetry—from nadir to oblique to wide-area data collection. UltraCam data is processed with the UltraMap photogrammetry software, providing an end-to-end processing workflow for highly automated, quality data products that include point clouds, digital surface and terrain models, orthophotos and 3DTINs.

Learn more about Vexcel Imaging under www.vexcel-imaging.com.