iXA AERIAL CAMERA SYSTEM

Extraordinary Accuracy

"I use Phase One because it’s the best. I just can’t afford not to." - David LaChapelle

100 MP resolution

At 100 megapixels, the iXU cameras deliver 11,608 pixels cross-track coverage, which is 12 percent greater than previously available medium format aerial camera systems. Flying with an iXU-R 1000 or iXU 1000 enables users either more coverage during a flight, while maintaining the same ground sample distance (GSD), or a lower GSD, while flying at the same height.

Accuracy

A true metric calibrated camera depends on sophisticated engineering and structural integrity of the camera. Each Phase One camera design undergoes rigorous testing for vibrations and temperature ranges. Every camera is subjected to tests for functionality and performance as it goes through the assembly process. All cameras employ mechanisms to solidly lock their lens to the camera body and secure lenses at infinity focus if necessary. Despite the inflight vibrations and sudden movements during takeoff or landing that the camera might be exposed to, the consistency and the rigidity of the camera and lens provide metric data with pinpoint accuracy for mapping and other applications.

Widening operational hours

The CMOS technology of the iXU 1000 cameras enables captures all the way up to 6400 providing quality images all across the ISO range. As weather conditions deteriorate or on days when photography was impossible, the CMOS-based cameras provide the high sensitivities that can make a difference.

Near infrared

Phase One iXU 1000 cameras are also available with an optical glass over the sensor for near infrared applications (NIR). The camera is suited for a variety of agricultural or forestry applications including analyzing illicit drug growth, determining harvesting periods, analyzing crop damage caused by insects, fungus or insufficient water or nutrients in the soil.

Choice of lenses

The iXU-R cameras are built with one of three Rodenstock lenses — 40 mm, 50 mm and 70 mm. The interchangeable lenses are individually inspected and factory calibrated for infinity focus. The iXU cameras use removable Schneider-Kreuznach fast sync lenses, which are available in focal lengths from 80 mm to 240 mm.

UAV Ready

Their light weight and small footprint make the iXU cameras perfectly suited for small aircraft and UAV integration. Using iX Link's RS-232 connectivity and optional internal CF storage, iXU cameras are able to capture thousands of images on a single mission. The iXU 1000, equipped with full HDMI output, can be guided to photograph specific objects seen by the operator on the ground.
 

iXU / iXU-R camera specifications

Phase One cameras offer reliability and versatility for users looking for a full-featured medium format aerial camera. Easily integrated into existing or new setups, the camera offers maximum connectivity with systems


Camera iXU AERIAL CAMERA SYSTEM iXU-R AERIAL CAMERA SYSTEM
Resolution 100 MP (11,608 x 8708) 100 MP (11,608 x 8708)
Dynamic range >84 db >84 db
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Pixel Size 4.6 micron 4.6 micron
Sensor size effective 53.4 x 40.0 mm 53.4 x 40.0 mm
Lens factor 1.0 1.0
Light sensitivity (ISO) 50 - 6400 50 - 6400
Camera type Medium format camera for aerial photography Medium format camera for aerial photography
Lenses Schneider-Kreuznach fast sync lenses Rodenstock lenses 40 mm, 50 mm, 70 mm
Shutter speed Leaf shutter: up to 1/1600 second* Leaf shutter: up to 1/1600 second
Shutter control 1/3 f-stop increments 1/3 f-stop increments
Interfaces
  • USB 3.0
  • Secured power input (LEMO)
  • Camera trigger
  • Mid-exposure pulse
  • Camera status
  • iX Link
  • USB 3.0
  • Secured power input (LEMO)
  • Camera trigger
  • Mid-exposure pulse
  • Camera status
  • iX Link
Live View/HDMI  
  • 1920 x 1080 25p/30p
  • 1280 x 720 50p/60p
GPS/IMU support Applanix, NovAtel, IGI, NMEA devices Applanix, NovAtel, IGI, NMEA Devices
Data storage
  • 1 TB SSD storage (optional iX Controller)
  • CompactFlash card: Type I/II including UDMA 6 & 7
  • 1 TB SSD storage (optional iX Controller)
  • CompactFlash card: Type I/II including UDMA 6 & 7
Synchronization speed in multiple camera configuration 100 microseconds with factory calibrated FS lenses 100 microseconds with factory calibrated FS lenses
Capture rate - full resolution frame 0.95 s 0.85 s
RAW file compression
  • IIQ large: 100 MB
  • IIQ small: 65 MB
  • IIQ large: 100 MB
  • IIQ small: 65 MB
Lens+ technology optimizes
  • Color cast
  • Light falloff
  • Chromatic aberration
  • Fringing
  • Sharpness falloff
  • Lens distortion
  • Color cast
  • Light falloff
  • Chromatic aberration
  • Fringing
  • Sharpness falloff
  • Lens distortion
Output format Phase One RAW, TIF and JPG Phase One RAW, TIF and JPG
Post processing
  • iX Capture
  • Capture One Pro
  • Capture One Processing Engine
  • iX Capture
  • Capture One Pro
  • Capture One Processing Engine
IR cut-off filter Camera system available either with or without IR filter Camera system available either with or without IR filter
Connection to pod Four M4 bolts Four M4 bolts
Power input 12 - 30 V DC 12 - 30 V DC
Maximum power consumption 10 W 10 W
Dimensions 97.4 x 93 x 110 mm (w x h x l) excluding lens
  • 97.4 x 93 x 170.5 mm (w x h x l) 40 mm
  • 97.4 x 93 x 177 mm (w x h x l) 50 mm
  • 97.4 x 93 x 175.3 mm (w x h x l) 70 mm
Weight (excluding lens) 930 grams/2.05 lb 940 grams/2.07 lb
Weight with lens 1.430 kg/3.15 lb (with 80 mm lens)
  • iXU-R 40 1.600 kg/3.5 lb
  • iXU-R 50 1.700 kg/3.7 lb
  • iXU-R 70 1.450 kg/3.2 lb
Approvals FCC (Class A), CE, RoHS FCC (Class A), CE, RoHS
Operating Conditions    
Temperature -10° to 40°C (14° to 104°F) -10° to 40°C (14° to 104°F)
Humidity 15 to 80% (non-condensing) 15 to 80% (non-condensing)
  * 240 mm leaf shutter speed is 1/1000s.