iStar 360 degree Camera

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Designed for rapid, high precision 360 degree imaging, iSTAR is a panoramic camera that captures full HDR spherical immersive images for efficient visual documentation of an environment and use in other high precision applications such as laser scanning and photogrammetry.

Key specifications

  • Rapid image capture: Capturing images takes approx. 5 seconds
  • Easy-to-use with one button push to operate
  • Calibrated system for high-precision applications
  • Capture 360 degree stills, time-lapse and fast data streams
  • 600 images on one charge using optional external battery
  • Generate geo-referenced spherical imagery
  • Seamless integration into third party software
  • Two models: FUSION and FUSION Lite
  • Remote control from tablet or phone over WIFI
  • Automatic HDR to capture multiple exposures imaging light and dark areas
  • Totally mobile

iSTAR is a 360 degree imaging system capable of delivering high resolution still images and processing to 360 video. The multiple capabilities and technical features can greatly improve your overall workflow by delivering content data quickly and efficiently.

Operation modes

iSTAR has three operational 360 degree capture modes. Still image capture, time-lapse, and streaming mode for post processing to video. In all three modes, data can be captured directly to an internal SDD, SD card, USB drive capturing data at multiple frames per second (FPS). For mobile applications, data can be streamed from iSTAR and processed at various frame rates depending on the image resolution required.

iSTAR can be mounted and deployed in various methods. Terrestrial, with a standard tripod using the 1/8 thread engineered into the camera base, vehicle mounted using roof bars, tripod suction feet or secured under a UAV for airborne mapping.

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Ease of use and zero setup time

The iSTAR 360 degree panoramic camera rugged, lightweight and has a small footprint making it easy to transport and deploy. With zero setup time, iSTAR does not require photographic experience to operate. With one-button capture and IP64 rating, it is fast and easy-to-use either indoors or outdoors.

Fast, accurate and precise

iSTAR has 4 x pre-calibrated sensors fully synchronised to deliver a highly accurate 50MP spherical image with excellent high dynamic range (HDR). iSTAR is fast at capturing images with typical capture times from around 5 seconds. Typically 50 to 60 panoramas can be captured on one battery charge. This can be increased to over 600 when using the optional external battery allowing you to capture throughout the full day. Processing and stitching the images is also fast. NCTech's desktop application Immersive Studio, which is supplied with iSTAR, can batch stitch images in seconds.

Seamless integration

iSTAR is designed to be as data neutral as possible with output to connect seamlessly into your work-flow. The deliverables from iSTAR are industry standard compatible and can be used with the majority of existing application software. In addition to using neutral data formats NCTech also offers software development Kits (SDK) for producers of relevant third party software to run some core iSTAR functions run directly within their own software environment, eliminating unnecessary data import/export steps and thereby further increasing user efficiency.

Multiple applications

iSTAR has been designed to provide rapid 360 degree imaging across a variety of applications in industries such as surveying, engineering, law enforcement, public safety, and media.

Typical applications for the iSTAR panoramic camera include 360 degree visual documentation of an environment to give a full immersive view of a scene with all aspects in full context, including linking individual panoramic images together as a 'virtual tour' (similar to Google Street View) to enable the viewer to 'move' between capture positions. iSTAR's accurate calibration means that it can also be used in high precision applications such as external HDR (high dynamic range) imaging andcolourisation for spherical laser scanning systems like Faro, Leica, Surphaser, Topcon, Trimble, Z&F, etc.

iSTAR images can also be used for photogrammetry applications, both image-to-pointcloud processing (for example, Agisoft PhotoScan) and also in-image-measurement.

Models and versions

iSTAR is available in two variants, FUSION and FUSION Lite, iSTAR FUSION is the standard model for precision 360 degree HDR imaging and also has some time-lapse capability. The Lite version of FUSION is available at a lower price with limited HDR capability and no time-lapse mode.

An infrared (IR) iSTAR version is available for capturing both panoramic images and 360 degree time-lapse in zero light conditions, with (non-visible) IR scene illumination.