Comparison between all MicaSense sensors.

 

The following tables shows a quick reference to highlight the differences between MicaSense sensors.

 

Currently, we offer these options: 

 

RedEdge-P

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Key Features:

• High-resolution panchromatic band for pan-sharpened output
resolutions of 2cm (0.8in) at 60m.
• Five spectral bands for multiple vegetation indices and
composites.
• New professional removable storage standard in CFexpress,
enabling up to three captures per second for faster flight speeds,
cutting down on time required to map an area.
• Electrical and mechanical interfaces compatible with existing
RedEdge installations with just a connector upgrade.

 

Altum-PT

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Key Features:
• Removable, professional-grade CFexpress storage up to 2TB
allowing for 2 captures/second.
• Ultra-high-resolution panchromatic imager for data outputs at
2.49cm resolution from 120m—more than 2 times the resolution
of today’s comparable multispectral cameras.
• Built-in 320 x 256 radiometric thermal imager for two times the
ground resolution of the Altum.

 

Below is a table comparing the technical specifications of these 3 sensors. Further down below we will compare major differences between these models and previous generations.

 

  RedEdge-MX RedEdge-P Altum-PT Dual Camera System
Weight (including DLS2 and cables) 231.9g (8.18 oz) 350g (12.35 oz) 460g (16.2 oz)

508.8g (18 oz.)

(Two sensors + mount plate + DSL2 + cables)

Bands**

5 bands

Green, Blue, Red, Red edge, Near infrared (NIR)

6 bands

Green, Blue, Red, Red edge, Near infrared (NIR), Panchromatic

7 bands

Green, Blue, Red, Red edge, NIR, Thermal (LWIR), Panchromatic

10 bands

Coastal blue 444(28)*, blue 475(32), green 531(14)*, green 560(27), red 650(16)*, red 668(14), red edge 705(10)*, red edge 717(12), red edge 740(18)*, NIR 842(57)

Power input 5.0 - 15.8 V 7.0 - 25.2 V 7.0 - 25.2 V 5.0 - 15.8 V (provided through mount)
Thermal? No No Yes No
Sensor resolution 1280 x 960 px

1456 x 1088 px (1.6MP MS bands)

2464 x 2056 px (5.1MP PAN)

2064 x 1544 px (3.2MP MS bands)

4112 x 3008 px (12MP PAN band)

320 x 256 px (thermal)

1280 x 960 px
Ground Sample Distance at 120m (~400ft) 8 cm/px

7.7 cm/px (MS bands)

3.98 cm/px (PAN)

5.28 cm/px (MS bands)

2.49 cm/px (PAN)

8 cm/px
Storage SD Card CFexpress type B CFexpress type B SD Card
DJI Skyport enabled? Yes Yes Yes No
Capture rate (all bands) 1 capture per second Up to 3 captures per second raw DNG Up to 2 captures per second raw DNG 1 capture per second
Field of View 47.2° HFOV

50° x 38 (MS bands)

44° x 38° (PAN)

50° x 38° (MS bands)

46° x 35° (PAN)

48° x 39° (thermal)

47.2° HFOV

* Denotes RedEdge-MX Blue bands

** For more details about each sensor's center wavelengths and bandwidths, click here

 

 

In addition, we also have these discontinued models along with some basic technical specifications:

RedEdge-MX

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Key Features:

Five narrow spectral bands captured during flight.
• High image resolution; 8 cm/pixel at 400 ft (120 m).
• Single SD card stores all images with geotags.
• Standalone operation, with optional external trigger and data
from host aircraft.
• Web-based configuration page accessed from any Wi-Fi–
capable device.
• Embedded mounting points for easier integration.
• Global shutter imagers - doesn’t require a gimbal.

 

Dual Camera System

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Key Features:

• Synchronized capture of all 10 bands for pixel aligned imagery.
• Standard 12 bit TIFF file outputs with embedded metadata for
full access to raw data.
• Combined Downwelling Light Sensor and GPS for streamlined
integration, accurate ambient light calibration. Only one DLS
required.
• Radiometrically calibrated spectral imagers for precise,
repeatable measurements.
• Global shutters on all 10 lenses for distortion-free results on
every platform.
• Comes standard with fixed bracket and quick-mount connector
for easy integration with DJI drones.

 

Altum

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Key differences from Altum-PT:

* Does not have a panchromatic band

* Minimum trigger interval only 1.5s

* Thermal band is half resolution of Altum-PT

* USB storage instead of CFexpress card

 

RedEdge-M

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Key differences to RedEdge-MX:

* Plastic housing rather than all-metal like the RedEdge-MX

* Compatible with new DLS2 but originally comes with DLS/GPS combo

 

RedEdge-3

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Key differences from RedEdge-M/MX:

* Voltage range of 5.0 - 5.5v

* Non-removable WiFi adapter

* Larger form factor

* Does not receive firmware updates after v5.1.13 specific to RedEdge-3. 

* Compatible with new DLS2 but originally comes with DLS/GPS combo

 

  Altum RedEdge-M RedEdge-3
Discontinued? Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with DLS2? Yes Yes, with firmware update Yes, with firmware update
Weight

406.5 g

(including DLS2)

170 g (including DLS) 168 g (including DLS)
Voltage range 5.2 V - 24.2 V 5.0 V - 15.8 V 5.0 V - 5.5 V
Removable WiFi? Yes Yes No
Dimensions

8.2 cm x 6.7 cm x 6.75 cm

(3.2" x 2.6" x 2.7")

9.4 cm x 6.3 cm x 4.6 cm (3.7” x 2.5” x 1.8”)

12.1 cm x 6.6 cm x 4.6 cm

(4.8" x 2.6" x 1.8")

Ground Sample Distance

5.28 cm per pixel at 120m

(400ft)

8 cm per pixel at 120m (400ft)

8 cm per pixel at 120m (400ft)

 

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