MULTISPECTRAL CAMERAS

Spectral Devices unique pixelated multispectral filter array technology enables a single camera sensor to work like many cameras in combination.  Available in three different types: standard snapshot cameras, line scan cameras, and our new mini snapshot cameras. Snapshot cameras capture  multispectral images with each camera exposure and full frame multispectral video at up to 180 FPS.  Multispectral line scan cameras build up high resolution images line-by-line at up to 7000 lines per second.  Spectral Devices has an industry leading selection of multispectral cameras designed for precision agriculture, biomedical research, food sorting, horticulture, precision color detection, and simultaneous color and near infrared imaging.  Cameras can be customized for customers needing bands outside of our standard range of offerings.  Software and SDKs available for both Windows and Linux.

Snapshot or Line Scan Operation
Capture Bands Simultaneously
Global Shutter CMOS Sensor
High Frame Rate
High Dynamic Range
USB3 Vision and GenICam compliant
Small, Lightweight and Rugged
Flexible Mounting Options
External Triggering
External Strobing
MODELS
STANDARD SNAPSHOT CAMERAS
PRODUCT TYPE BANDS (nm) PIXELS/BAND RESPONSE VIDEOS/IMAGES PART# DATA SHEET QUOTE REQUEST
4.2MP Mono Snapshot 400-1000 2048 x 2048 MSC-M42-1-A PDF icon
UV-NIR Snapshot 400, 800 2048 x 512 Examples MSC-UN-1-A PDF icon
4.2MP Color Snapshot 440, 520, 600 2048 x 2048 MSC-C42-1-A PDF icon
Agriculture Snapshot 580, 660, 735, 820 512 x 512 Examples MSC-AGRI-1-A PDF icon
Biomedical Snapshot 735, 800, 865, 930 512 x 512 Examples MSC-BIO-1-A PDF icon
Red-Green-Blue-NIR Snapshot 450, 550, 650, 800 1024x1024 (color), 512x512 (NIR) Examples MSC-RGBN-1-A PDF icon
Red-Green-Blue-Mono Snapshot 450, 550, 650, 400-1000 1024x1024 (color), 512x512 (mono) MSC-RGBM-1-A PDF icon
8-Band Visible Snapshot 474, 495, 526, 546, 578, 597, 621, 640 256 x 256 Examples MSC-VIS8-1-A PDF icon
8-Band NIR Snapshot 720, 760, 800, 840, 860, 900, 940, 980 256 x 256 Examples MSC-NIR8-1-A PDF icon
MINI SNAPSHOT CAMERAS
PRODUCT TYPE BANDS (nm) PIXELS/BAND RESPONSE VIDEOS/IMAGES PART# DATA SHEET QUOTE REQUEST
Agriculture (Mini) Snapshot 580, 660, 735, 820 512 x 512 Examples MSC2-AGRI-1-A PDF icon
Biomedical (Mini) Snapshot 735, 800, 865, 930 512 x 512 Examples MSC2-BIO-1-A PDF icon
Red-Green-Blue-NIR (Mini) Snapshot 450, 550, 650, 800 1024x1024 (color), 512x512 (NIR) Examples MSC2-RGBN-1-A PDF icon
8-Band Visible (Mini) Snapshot 474, 495, 526, 546, 578, 597, 621, 640 256 x 256 Examples MSC2-VIS8-1-A PDF icon
8-Band NIR (Mini) Snapshot 720, 760, 800, 840, 860, 900, 940, 980 256 x 256 Examples MSC2-NIR8-1-A PDF icon
STANDARD LINESCAN CAMERAS
PRODUCT TYPE BANDS (nm) PIXELS/BAND RESPONSE PART# DATA SHEET QUOTE REQUEST
Agriculture Line Scan 580, 660, 735, 820 2048 x 1 MSC-AGRI-1-L PDF icon
Red-Green-Blue-NIR Line Scan 450, 550, 650, 800 2048 x 1 MSC-RGBN-1-L PDF icon
CUSTOM CAMERAS
PRODUCT TYPE BANDS (nm) PIXELS/BAND VIDEOS/IMAGES PART# DATA SHEET QUOTE REQUEST
4-Band Custom Snapshot User-Defined 512 x 512 Examples MSC-CUS4-1-A PDF icon
4-Band Custom Line Scan User-Defined 2048 x 1 MSC-CUS4-1-L PDF icon
8-Band Custom Snapshot User-Defined 256 x 256 MSC-CUS8-1-A PDF icon
8-Band Custom Line Scan User-Defined 2048 x 1 MSC-CUS8-1-L PDF icon
16-Band Custom Snapshot User-Defined 256x256 MSC-CUS16-1-A PDF icon
16-Band Custom Line Scan User-Defined 2048x1 MSC-CUS16-1-L PDF icon
DESCRIPTION
RGB-NIR CAMERA
Our multispectral camera with RGB and NIR bands has conventional red, green, and blue bands of spectral transmission, and also contains a NIR channel, which is sensitive to near infrared light from 750 nm to 1000 nm. The camera is a high performance alternative to standard color cameras, since the amount of cross-talk between bands is much lower, especially between the NIR channel and the color channels. The camera is useful for a variety of applications where color and NIR imaging must be performed simultaneously.
AGRICULTURE CAMERA
Our multispectral camera for precision agriculture is useful for agricultural applications where measurements on vegetation are performed. It offers multispectral imaging at 4 bands: (i) 580 nm is sensitive to live vegetation; (ii) 660 nm is sensitive to the NDVI red channel; (iii) 735 nm is sensitive to the 'red edge' channel; and (iv) 820 nm is sensitive to the NDVI NIR channel. With these four images a number of spectral analyses can be performed, including NDVI and SAVI.
BIOMEDICAL CAMERA
Our multispectral camera for biomedical research has 4 bands of spectral discrimination. The first band (735 nm) is sensitive to deoxyhemoglobin (deoxygenated blood). The second band (800 nm) is sensitive to total hemoglobin (total blood). The third band (865 nm) is sensitive to oxyhemoglobin (oxygenated blood). The fourth band (930 nm) is sensitive to lipid. With these four images a number of analysis can be performed including oxygen saturation and total hemoglobin which are important for monitoring tissue health. Note: the multispectral camera for biomedical research is to be used for investigational purposes only.
UV-NIR CAMERA
Our UV-NIR multispectral camera has 2 bands of spectral discrimination. One band is centered in the UV region covering 350 to 450 nm and the other covers the near infrared region between 700 and 1000 nm. The camera is useful for horticultural applications such as visualizing hidden features in flowers. It is also useful for detecting hidden skin defects and measuring the coverage of lotions such as sun screen products.
RGB-MONO CAMERA
Our multispectral camera with RGB and mono bands has conventional red, green, and blue bands of spectral transmission, and also contains a panchromatic channel, which is sensitive to the full spectral range from 400 nm to 1000 nm. The camera is useful for a variety of applications where color and monochrome imaging must be performed simultaneously.
8-BAND CAMERAS
Our 8-band cameras offer nearly equally spaced bands across the visible (8-Band Visible) and the near infrared (8-Band NIR) spectral ranges. These cameras are an excellent choice when more spectral information is needed at the expense of spatial resolution. These cameras offer 3-fold higher sensitivity for each band due the unique filter arrangement on the sensor. These cameras are useful for detailed color testing of paints and inks, spectral analysis of plants, and biomedical research applications were a greater number of bands is needed.
CUSTOM CAMERAS
We offer custom multispectral cameras in configurations of 4, 8, and 16 bands (please see CAMERA MODELS). The selection of the bands is limited only by the filter choice and bands can be manufactured in the UV, through the visible, and into the NIR. Please review the specifications for each filter type on our TECHNOLOGY page. Custom multispectral cameras are manufactured in consultation with the customer to meet the requirements of the customer-specific imaging task. We can deliver a custom camera in as little as 6 weeks. Please contact us for a quotation.
MONOCHROME AND COLOR CAMERAS
Spectral Devices monochrome and color cameras incorporate high performance CMOS sensors. Global shutter provides accurate high-speed imaging of fast moving objects. USB3 Vision and GenICam-compliance makes these cameras easy to setup and use. Cameras are available in color or monochrome format, resolutions of 2.2 or 4.2 megapixels, and with or without near infrared-enhanced sensors. Each camera has external triggering, integrated c-mount, and imperial and metric mounting holes on five sides. We carry high-quality lenses from major manufacturers and can recommend a lens that is optimized for a particular imaging task. The cameras are compatible with a wide selection of software and SDKs for Windows, Linux, and National Instruments LabVIEW.
LENS SELECTION
Since many of our multispectral cameras cover a broad spectral range in a single exposure, lens selection is critical for achieving top performance. We offer a wide range of lenses from reputable manufacturers such as Schneider Optics, Navitar, and Kowa. Send us details of the imaging task and we will recommend a lens and camera that solves your imaging problem.
ANTI-X-TALK™ TECHNOLOGY
Anti-X-Talk™ technology is unique to Spectral Devices multispectral cameras. Anti-X-Talk™ technology works at the filter level and prevents light leakage between individual filters. Without Anti-X-Talk™ technology, stray light between spectral channels is significant, often exceeding the light leakage due to spectral overlap between adjacent filters. Without Anti-X-Talk™ technology, images suffer from low contrast and spectral ambiguity. Spectral Devices invented Anti-X-Talk™ technology to overcome these problems. It works by blocking stray light between adjacent filters, so the pixel response is predictable and directly related to the actual spectral response of the overlying pixelated filter. The result is multispectral images with better spectral discrimination and higher contrast. Furthermore, high quality image data from the MSC and MSC2 cameras can be used as is without the need for proprietary post-processing algorithms. Also, Anti-X-Talk™ technology enables the use and interchange of a wide range of lens types on the same camera and allows better light collection efficiency since filter response is insensitive to large aperture settings (e.g., f/2.8) .
SOFTWARE
SDK FOR MSC2 (MINI) CAMERAS
Included with all MSC2 cameras is an industrial-grade SDK for camera control and image capture. The SDK is compatible with a variety of Windows, Linux and MacOS operating systems. It includes drivers, libraries, documentation, and samples. Environments such as Python and OpenCV are also supported.
SDK FOR MSC CAMERAS
The MSC multispectral cameras come with the Medley Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows at no extra charge. The Medley SDK is an industry-proven, broad functionality SDK and driver supporting the USB3 Vision protocol. Diverse in its capabilities, Medley SDK controls all functions of of the MSC Cameras with low CPU overhead and memory requirements, facilitating rapid development of camera application software. Supports: Microsoft Visual Studio C, C++, C#; Visual Basic, VB.net; MathWorks® MATLAB; National Instruments™ LabVIEW – direct connect without the need for their Vision Acquisition Software (NI-IMAQ); Python™; TWAIN; DirectShow; Micro-Manager – ImageJ; Delphi; Java™; PowerBuilder; Ruby; Qt; OpenCV; GE FANUC; WinCC Flexible; and InduSoft Studio. For more information go to the Medley homepage (https://www.jadaktech.com/products/machine-vision/medley-software-development-kit/).
2ndlook for Windows
2ndLook is a complete image acquisition software package that enables users to connect and acquire images from one or more cameras on a single PC. Offers real-time synchronized video recording from GenICam-compliant USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, and DirectShow cameras. Easily record directly to popular file formats such as AVI and TIFF. Record from multiple cameras to different file formats concurrently. Multispectral imaging conversion filters for Spectral Devices cameras are built in. View montage of spectral images in a real-time. View RGB color and NIR images side-by-side. View NDVI images using our Agriculture camera. Easy to use interface with interactive help and user guides.
RESOURCES
2ndLook Camera Software (32 bit trial version)
2ndLook Camera Software (64 bit trial version)
2ndLook Setup and Imaging
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2ndLook Camera Settings
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2ndLook Conversion Steps
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2ndLook Multi-Camera Imaging
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