Streamlining your workflow

Designed for rapid 360º imaging, iSTAR is a panoramic camera that precisely captures full spherical immersive images and high resolution panoramic data streams for efficient visual documentation of an environment.


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, it’s fast and easy-to-use either indoors or outdoors.


 Fast, accurate and precise

iSTAR has 4 x pre-calibrated sensors delivering a 50MP full spherical accurate image with excellent high dynamic range. 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. Full 360º data streams can also be processed in a matter of minutes and converted into 360º video.

Seamless integrations

iSTAR deliverables can be seamlessly integrated into your work flow. The deliverables from iSTAR are industry standard compatible and can be used with your existing software.

Multiple applications

iSTAR has been designed to provide rapid 360 degree imaging across a variety of applications in 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 images are also used to provide HDR (high dynamic range) colourisation for spherical laser scanning, systems such as Faro, Leica, Surphaser, Topcon, Trimble etc. iSTAR can be set to capture in time-lapse or data-stream mode with the the output post-processed into a 360 degree video format. These modes are very useful for capturing a changing environment, such as in a building construction project; or with iSTAR’s small size and weight, for mobile capture applications.

An SDK (software developer’s kit) allows for further integration and enables application developers to control iSTAR’s operations and output for bespoke applications.

Models and versions

iSTAR is available in two variants, FUSION and PULSAR‚ iSTAR FUSION is the standard model for static HDR imaging and also has some limited data-streaming capability. A ‘Lite’ version of FUSION is available with limited HDR capability and no data streaming.

PULSAR offers extended capabilities over FUSION including access to the SDK for custom integration and control, 360º data capture at higher streaming frame rates through ethernet for mobile applications and with live preview.

An Infrared (IR) iSTAR PULSAR version is available for capturing both panoramic images and 360º data streams in zero light conditions, with (non-visible) IR scene illumination.


iSTAR is a 360 degree imaging system capable of delivering high resolution still images and video. The multiple capabilities and technical features can greatly improve your over all work flow by delivery content data quickly and efficiently.

Using iSTAR’s SDK the systems capabilities are extended to custom integrations and bespoke applications.




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 and via gigabit Ethernet (PULSAR) 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.

Key specifications

  • Rapid image capture: Capturing images takes approx. 5 seconds
  • Easy-to-use with one button push to operate
  • 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
  • Remote control from tablet or phone over WIFI
  • Automatic HDR to capture multiple exposures imaging light and dark areas
  • Can be vehicle and UAV mounted or inverted for remote monitoring
  • Totally mobile

iSTAR data capture time


Still image data can be captured in proprietary RAW with the capture time ranging from 5 to 20 seconds. Capturing in RAW format speeds up the capture time. JPG images can be extracted from the RAW files during the post processing process. Images are captured directed to a SD card or a USB stick.

[apane title=”Rapid 360º imaging”]iSTAR has been designed as a highly portable rapid imaging system. If your requirement is for fast, accurate data collection iSTAR is the perfect tool. iSTAR can capture images in seconds and in full HDR.Using iSTAR is as simple as pushing a button and no expertise is required.[/apane] [apane title=”Mobile Mapping”]Vehicle mounted or hand held, iSTAR can capture data at a multiple frame rates and image resolution delivering the perfect content for ‘google street view’ applications. Using our SDK, iSTAR can easily be integrated to work in conjunction with LiDAR scanners and GPS positioning systems.[/apane] [apane title=”Point cloud colourization”]NCTech has worked extensively with the leading laser scanner manufactures to develop iSTAR’s capability for HDR colourisation of point clouds. iSTAR’s rapid capture abilities allows for data to be quickly captured and overlaid onto the laser scan to two pixel accuracy.[/apane] [apane title=”Live immersive data”]Full spherical image streams can be captured and processed as 360º video. Data can be recorded direct to a external hard drive or via gigabit Ethernet.[/apane] [apane title=”HDR exposure fusion”]A key feature of iSTAR is it’s high dynamic rage capabilities (HDR) with an impressive EV range of 27 f-stops. This enables iSTAR to capture the true colours and a light variant in a scene ensuring no data is lost. iSTAR can be set to capture a single exposure, five, or set to fully automatic where the location is automatically analysed prior capture to determine the best EV capture range.[/apane] [apane title=”Spherical data streaming”]For surveillance and mobile capture applications, iSTAR can record images at a high frame rate and at high resolution that can be processed as immersive video. Data can be captured directly to a computer for true mobile data capture.[/apane] [apane title=”Low Light Capture”]iSTAR can capture data in relatively low light conditions. When using auto HDR mode this is enhanced with a consistent light range across the image. Additional portable mobile lighting systems can be used to floodlight the location.[/apane] [apane title=”Data with positioning”]GPS receivers can be connected to iSTAR to record the position and location of the data captured. iSTAR has been tested and is compatible with a wide range of industry standard receivers including high end IMU’s for higher accuracy. iSTAR’s internal sensors record the compass positioning as well as tilt variations during capture. The data is written directly to the images and the EXIF data and is retained throughout the post-processing work-flow.[/apane]





Automatic HDR
and exposure fusion

What defines iSTAR’s image quality is the ability to capture in high definition (HDR) in extreme lighting conditions ensuring all the detail of the location is captured accurately. HDR captures both extreme light and dark areas of a location within one image. iSTAR has a manual HDR setting and a fully automatic mode where the EV range is calculated automatically. The EV range is up-to 27 F-stops.




iSTAR can capture data in relatively low light conditions. When using auto HDR mode this is enhanced with a consistent light range across the image. Additional portable mobile lighting systems can be used to floodlight the location.

Low light

Streaming data capture

With iSTAR Pulsar, data can be streamed via gigabit Ethernet. Data stream can be customised via the SDK: ISO, white balance, resolution and FPS can all be customised for the best workflow for specific applications.

Via the SDK, data can be recorded at timed intervals or simply set to capture at the fastest frame rate possible. Full control is given over the ISO settings, frame rate and resolution.

Using a GPS device or an IMU plugged into iSTAR’s USB port, the data captured is geo-referenced with the position written to the image EXIF data.

iSTAR has an internal compass and tilt sensors that record this information to the EXIF data of the image. This GEO data can be imported into GIS applications.