Phase One Aerial Cameras

Fully Integrated Aerial Photography Solutions

IXU/iXU-RS 1000 AERIAL CAMERA SYSTEMS (100 megapixel)

Best Choice for Surveying
The Phase One iXU-RS aerial cameras include features such as: accurate metric calibration, central leaf shutters, scalability to form multi-camera arrays, as well as easy integration with popular flight management systems and GPS/IMU receivers.

The iXU-RS cameras are built with one of seven lenses —32mm,40mm,50mm,70mm,90mm,110mmor 150 mm. The interchangeable lenses are individually inspected and factory calibrated for infinity focus.

The range of focal lengths cover most uses and is suitable for creating DTMs and DSMs for surveying as well as Orthophotos. The 50 mm lens, with its opening angle of 56.4, is especially suited for capturing images alongside a LiDAR.

100 Megapixel CMOS Sensors
The CMOS technology of the iXU-RS 1000 enables you to move from ISO 50 all the way up to 6400, providing quality images all across the ISO range. As weather conditions deteriorate or on days when you previously were unable to capture, the CMOS-based cameras provide the high sensitivities that can make a difference.

Large Format Advantages at Medium Format Price
The Phase One iXU-RS camera, equipped with a 100 MP sensor, offers a small-bodied medium format camera with high performance optics. The camera delivers 11,608 pixels cross-track coverage, which is 12 percent greater than previously available medium format aerial camera systems, large format captures in a medium format body.

Flying with an iXU-RS 1000 enables users more coverage during a flight, while maintaining the same ground sample distance (GSD), or a lower GSD, while flying at the same height.

The small form factor make it an ideal camera for use as a standalone camera for photogrammetric work or as part of an array of multiple cameras, either to cover a larger swath or as part of an oblique camera system.

 Phase One iX Controller

Ultimate Speed and Control

Capturing aerial data today demands fast computers optimized to work with aerial cameras and capture software. With all of the components working together, you are able to capture, monitor and store images, and to change camera settings as conditions change. Phase One introduced the iX Controller as the perfect companion for the iX Capture application or SDK-based application and Phase One aerial cameras.

Designed to provide the ultimate in speed, and with the ability to control multiple Phase One aerial cameras, the iX Controller is a rugged fanless PC based on the 4th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 Processor.

 (AeroTherm)  Thermal IR Camera

AeroTherm is a thermal infrared camera, available as cooled or uncooled sensor. It enables monitoring of objects that emit thermal radiation. The Airborne Thermography is useful for many applications such as :

  • border security
  • industrial plant security
  • inspections of pipelines
  • water quality monitoring
  • thermal insulation of objects
  • inspections of chemical plants
  • vehicle, boat and person detection
  • management of forest fires and hot spots by improving visibility through smoke and darkness
  • management and measurement of coal fires and hot spots, enabling survey without people moving around the risk locations
  • inspections of high voltage power lines and isolators
  • surveys of underground steam system
  • detection of illegal discharge of liquids
  • location of lost persons in forested and dark environments
  • change detection
  • animal detection and survey during dusk and night

AeroTherm can be fully integrated with AeroTopoL Flight Management System (FMS) and the AeroStab stabilizer family.

The camera is managed by the AeroTherm Control Software via Firewire. Real-time control of the actual data is possible. Larger areas can be captured using two or three linked cameras to widen the view. In addition, other sensors can be used in combination with AeroTherm including LiDAR scanning with AeroScan, or true colour imagery with AeroCam.

 Lidar Aero Scan

Under the Label Aero Scan we integrate Riegl’s Lidar technology on our product line. We offer complete solutions with GPS/IMU, cameras, post-processing tools and assistance in installation and project based training.

 Gyro Stabilized Camera Mounts

Gyro stabilized Cameramounts are essential for small and midformat cameras especially when using small aircrafts.

We have 2 sizes of own developed stabilizers:

AeroStab-3, designed for single cameras
AeroStab-Twin, designed for 2 or more Cameras.

 Flight Management System

  • User-friendly using a Wizard
  • GIS based Mission Planning
  • Vector and Raster Operation

  • River- and Meta Projects
  • Analysis to place GCPs

  • Analogue and Digital Cameras

  • Accuracy Computation
  • ASCII output for Autopilots
  • Avionic Instrumentation
  • Display of Image Frames
  • Moving Map

  • Interaction with AeroStab

  • Full Heading Compensation

  • Oblique imaging
  • Scanner missions
  • Overlap Analysis
  • Output of X, Y, Z, Omega, Phi, Kappa

Analysis of overlaps during planning helps with mission planning to predefined best places for GCPs. AeroTopoL supports any frame based analogue or digital camera and calculates the accuracy of the project. With AeroTopoL-DTM the terrain is taken into account in computing adjusted footprints.
AeroTopoL’s oblique option enables planning and navigation for oblique capture missions using set-ups with one or more cameras .
The Scan Option allows planning and navigation with scanning sensor like Lidar.


Deeply Integrated Direct-Orientation-System

GNSS-INS: AeroNav, AeroDiDOS, NovAtel-Span

AeroDiDOS-2 is the second generation of a deep integration of GPS and INS Technology for aerial surveying applications. Synchronized Position Attitude and Navigation Technology combines GNSS and inertial functionality to provide continuous operation with accurate position and attitude measurements. Use AeroDiDOS with frame cameras to reduce or eliminate costly ground control.

AeroDiDOS enabling user-choice of various supported IMUs such as the Imar FSAS, the Litef LCI, Northrop Grumman LN200 or the Honeywell HG1700. Tight coupling in both real time and in post processing is supported.

The AeroDiDOS Main Unit simultaneously manages the camera shutter release at planned image centers through its interface with AeroTopoL, and logs the mid-exposure pulses. Scanning sensors can automatically be started and controlled.

AeroDiDOS Main Unit logs raw GPS and IMU data at up to 200Hz refresh rates directly to memory cards redundantly for post processing. This eliminates the need for an additional PC for on-board data logging, and simplifies data transfer for your post flight work-flow. Real-time data can be used to control airborne stabilizers like the AeroStab Twin.

AeroDiDOS includes AeroTopoL Flight Management System software which now supports direct access to real-time data. The GPS-INS solution is used for navigation and for pre-orientation of image footprints in real time.
AeroTopoL’s Flight Management application makes use of 10Hz refresh rate to enable extremely smooth and precise navigation.

 SmartBay System Sensor Pod

SmartBay© has been developed to meet the following conceptual and operational criteria:

  • Perform rapid sensors suite configuration on different flight platform
  • Standardize and automate the sensors management during the mission
  • Facilitate post-processing operation of the data collected
  • Optimize the sensor maintenance (off-board) operations

 SmartBay Payload Sensors

SmartBay comes already pre-equipped with standard universal plug&play gyro-stabilized slot which can natively accommodate a wide range of consumer sensors of different vendors.

 SmartBay Technical Features

  • Very low aerodynamic impact wing pilot
  • 3 Standard payloads slots carrying up to 40 kg (overall)
  • Multi range payloads’ power supplies
  • Embedded mission computer driving payload sensors
  • Cabin desk command & control
  • Mission planning
  • WiFi connectivity (to pilot, to hangar)
  • Built-in large digital storage
  • Flexible payloads BUS interface

 Flight Planning

The tools for flight planning consist of a spread sheet for numerical planning and a set of tools for Quantum GIS or ArcGIS 10.x for graphical flight planning of manned surveys. The spread sheet is used for comparing flight alternatives and the ESRI / QGIS tools for creating the flight lines. Additionally, the flight planning contains tools for map indexing, e.g. dividing large orthomosaics into manageable tiles.

 Camera Pod

Camera stabilize pod holds either two cameras or one camera and an optional sensor. Mounts to either left wing or right wing or both. The cameras can look vertically down or oblique sideways, forward or backward. Camera pod can be delivered also separately.

  • For Tecnam P 92 and P92 Eaglet.
  • Cessna 172, 182, 206, GA8 and similar models
  • Interchangeable between different aircraft
  • Fitting takes 10 – 20 minutes
  • Adjustable in roll, pitch and yaw
  • GNSS and battery compartment
  • Wireless or cable control
  • Payload 10 kg
  • Diameter 230mm, Length 760mm
  • Certified


One or several cameras can be connected to the system, e.g. of these sensors put not limited to:

  • Hyperspectral camera, Rikola HS camera
  • Medium format SLR RGB camera, e.g. Nikon, Canon or Phase One
  • Modified CIR camera.
  • Thermal camera, e.g. FLIR

 Flight Control: GNSS, IMU and Camera Control

The flight electronics are core part of the survey system. Accuracy of the system output is defined by selection of GNSS and IMU. Typical installation with Novatel GNSS with Terrastar correction + Vectornav IMU has positional accuracy of 10 cm without Ground Control.

The flight management and camera control electronics are available in three different versions:

  • A. Complete stand alone system connected into aircraft power supply: dimensions 17 cm * 36 cm * 47 cm, Weight 8 kg
  • B. Complete stand alone system with internal power supply Power: dimensions 14 cm * 29 cm * 34 cm, Weight 6 kg
  • C. Core components without power supply, GNSS and power supply according to MosaicMill instructions, dimensions 11 cm * 7cm * 3 cm, Weight 0,3 kg

Flight control electronics is the most precise camera control system in its price segment. System applies PPS signal from GPS for camera triggering, which guarantees perfect coordinate – image matching.

The flight control electronics is available in three different versions according to integration level. System can be upgraded into highest positional accuracy (0.05 m, without GCP) level by selecting a relevant GNSS device and IMU.

A. Complete stand alone system connected into aircraft power supply

  • Includes GNSS, trigger and synchronization, power supply, NavCam
  • Power: input 12 V or 24 V aircraft power
  • Durable case, dimensions 17cm*36cm*47cm, 8kg

B. Complete stand alone system with internal power supply

  • Includes GNSS, trigger and synchronization, NavCam software
  • Power: equipped with internal batteries
  • Durable case, dimensions 14 cm * 29 cm * 34 cm, 6 kg

C. Core components without power supply

  • Includes trigger and synchronization and NavCam software
  • No GNSS receiver; a device with PPS signal required
  • No power source; 12 V input required
  • Dimensions 11cm*7cm*3cm, 0.5kg

 UAS LiDAR Camera

  • UAS LiDAR mapping is the fastest and the most flexible way to capture highly accurate and detailed point cloud data. LiDAR technology is at its best when there is a need to penetrate tree canopy, map complex structures such as power lines, or acquire data for detailed modeling from larger areas when under dead line pressure.
  • The accuracy of the results vary depending of the scanner choice, mapping methodology and software option used. At its best, centimeter level accuracy can be achieved even without known control points.

 NDVI Cameras

Converts standard SLR cameras to capture CIR images in order to create NDVI. The converted cameras are reconfigured and calibrated to optimize image quality.

Cameras have two alternatives: 2-band (NIR, RED) narrow band version or 3 band (NIR, RED, Green) version. 2-band version is recommended for NDVI mapping while 3-band version is better for CIR mapping without need for exact NDVI measurements.

Optionally the same camera can be used also to capture both band combination versions as well as original RGB bands.

Images can be post-processed with standard GIS software or with MosaicMill Agri tools to have pure NIR, RED and GREEN bands. Currently we offer e.g. these converted models:

  • Nikon D810 36 Mpix sensor, recommended lens Nikkor 50mm/1.4G.
  • Sony a6000, 24 Mpix sensor, recommended lens Sony 20mm/2.8G.
  • Sony a7r II, 42 Mpix sensor, recommended lens Zeiss 35/2.8
  • Canon 6D, 21 Mpix sensor, recommended lens Canon 50mm/1.4.
  • Canon 5DS, 51 Mpix sensor, recommended lens Canon 50mm/1.4.

As an option, we provides Agri tools - package for creating reflectance images and to calculate true NDVI.

We are offering various Scanners:

  • AeroScan 240 (range=650 m, Points=10.000/sec)
  • AeroScan 480 (range=1500 m, Points=150.000/sec)\
  • AeroScan 560 (range=1800 m, Points=160.000/sec)
  • AeroScan 580 (range=2350 m, Points=190.000/sec)
  • AeroScan 680 (range=3000 m, Points=266.000/sec)

 3D Camera


  • CMOS Quantity: 5 pieces;
  • CMOS Size: 23.5mm*15.6mm
  • The camera Angle: 45;  Lens Focus: 35mm Fixed Focus (equivalent)
  • AUTO ISO Range: Auto ISO200-ISO3200;
  • Shutter speeds: 1/1000 Second
  • Pixel: 24.3million
  • Pixel Physical Dimension: 15um
  • Effective Pixels: >100 billion
  • Resolution: 6000*4000 (3:2)
  • Boot: Independent power supply for the payload; unified switch on & off; Power Consumption: 15-20W
  • Storage: MicroSD(TF)320G storage
  • Data Extraction: Quick assemble and disassemble storage card; USB3.0 data extraction in one time, no need several times extraction
  • Supporting automatic fault detection
  • Unified gimbal mount, quick installation and dismounting
  • CCD ON/OFF: 5 CCD ON/OFF at same time
  • Exposure mode: Triggered to exposure/ Time exposure
  • The minimum exposure interval: 2S
  • Operating humidity: 95%
  • Operating temperature range:-10~+40;
  • Total Weight: 2.0kg


Single sensor, high performance gyro-stabilized gimbal

System specifications

Environmental Protection
Operating Temperature
Rotation Limits

Slew rate
Input Voltage
Video Out

Control Interface


<250 μrad
900 grams
135mm diameter x 150.3mm
IP64 rated
-25 to +50 C
360 continuous pan
-90 to +45 elevation
120 deg/sec
15W peak, 8W typical
10-16 Volts
Digital H.264 encoded video
Analog PAL or NTSC
RS 232

Onboard Image Processor Specifications

Object tracking
Software stabilization with rotation correction
HD Video output
H.264 encoding
Onboard Video Recording/Snapshots
Moving Target Indicator
Video Enhancement


720p HD output
32 Gb onboard memory


Sensor name
Global shutter
Vertical FOV
Optical zoom



Sensor #1

Hitachi DISC120R
EO sensor
37.9 -1.3
HD 720p


Lens focal length
Vertical FOV
Human target

Sensor #1

LWIR uncooled
60 mm
2000 meters

Sensor #2

LWIR uncooled
25 mm
833 meters

 LiDAR Camera


LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is mainly composed of Laser Scanner, Global Positioning System and Inertial measurement unit. The LiDAR belongs to the measurement technology of non-contact three-dimensional data acquisition, high flexibility, high accuracy, high safety and high efficiency etc. It is widely used in surveying and mapping, road planning, resource investigation, environment detection, urban planning, disaster emergency treatment, major engineering construction, land supervision and other fields. We made laser, GPS and IMU, CPU combined into a whole through the integration of the structure design, then the products tend to be miniaturization and lightweight, easy operation and maintenance, the application in carrying platforms such as the UAV, a variety of vehicles, backpack and ships is easier, no need to do calibration again, and get the all-round way of the land, sea and air.


Laser safety level:
Laser type:
Environmental protection:
Scanning frequency:
Measurement range:
Data points generated:
Field of view (vertical):
Field of view (horizontal):

Level 1
16 channels
300,000 points per second
+15.0 to -15.0 (30)


Gyro range:
Angular random walk:
Bias stability:
Accelerometer range:
Bias repeatability:
Velocity random walk:
Working voltage:
Power dissipation:
Operating temperature:
Storage temperature:

10-30v dc


Multiple Platforms:

Customized Products:


Integrated Design