Optech released its new CS-6500 aerial camera system. A direct advance from the Optech CS-4800 camera, the CS-6500 inherits the CS-4800’s robust and proven design while providing enhancements and new features. As a result, the CS-6500 is designed to be a highly efficient camera that offers a fast cycle time, an electronic shutter, panchromatic or color CCD sensors, interchangeable lenses, and a metric-quality data set.

According to Optech, the CS-6500’s new 29-Mpix interline CCD increases the camera's operational window, makes data collection 80% more efficient, and reduces readout leakage output—enabling operators to gather high-quality imagery even faster than before. The camera also features simplified operations, high versatility, and a large 6500×4300 pixel footprint that enables integration with Optech’s ALTM lidar sensors and CS-series of thermal and multispectral cameras, helping users to step forward into multi-sensor data collection. These qualities also make the CS-6500 suitable for entry-level users who are looking for photogrammetric accuracy, reliability and straightforward operation.

The CS-6500 will be available in Q2 2013.