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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Four models: FUSION LITE, FUSION, PULSAR and PULSAR IR
- 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.
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.
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.