Wingtra Unveils Latest Multispectral Camera: The MicaSense RedEdge-P

Precision agriculture and environmental research can expect a significant boost in accuracy, efficiency and cost-effectiveness with Wingtra’s new MicaSense RedEdge Panchromatic (RE-P) payload. Capturing with the same five bands as the time-tested RedEdge-MX, the RE-P introduces a panchromatic sensor for enhanced resolution, life-like detail and empowering RGB output possibilities. Specifically, RE-P’s pan-sharpened resolution is double that of the MX, with a three-times faster capture rate, meaning you can fly lower to improve the resolution even more. 

We’re excited to bring RE-P to our customers, because it breaks through an efficiency barrier while holding to our high-quality standard. You get both RGB definition and high-resolution multispectral in one flight. Add to this WingtraOne’s fast coverage, easy setup, and high-quality PPK, and we now offer an all-in-one solution for a wide range of projects.

Julian Mackern
Product Manager, Wingtra

What is panchromatic imagery, and how does it work?

Multispectral images involve precise narrow bands of light captured by each pixel. Since the bands are so narrow, the available light across a pixel is dimmer. So enlarging the pixel size is the way to let in enough light for images to turn out. But the larger the pixel, the poorer the spatial resolution. Adding one more sensor to capture monochrome brings in the possibility of grayscale data capture at a higher spatial resolution. Pansharpening is the fusion of that greyscale, higher resolution imagery with the multispectral. Panchromatic imagery, as a result, offers spectral insights with sharper edges that are not only more accurate, but also more photorealistic.

The RE-P offers pansharpened output resolutions of 2 cm (0.8 in) flying at 60 m (197 ft). This is twice the ground resolution of RedEdge-MX. These previously unattainable multispectral resolutions are thanks to both the 5.1 MP panchromatic sensor and the faster image capture rate—three frames per second. You can also extract useful digital elevation models, just like you would with a 24 MP RGB sensor. And there’s no need to switch up your software. 

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