Designed for rapid 360º imaging, iSTAR is a panoramic camera that precisely captures 360º 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 set up 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 of 2 to 3 seconds. Typically 80 to 100 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 imaging, site documentation and accurate measuring across a variety of applications in geographic information systems (GIS), law enforcement, military and media.
Typical applications for the iSTAR panoramic camera include RGB overlay for LiDAR imaging, fast data streamcapture, time-lapse imaging, mobile mapping and forensic crime scene documentation. iSTAR can be tripod, vehicle or arial mounted to capture high resolution image data for a wide range of applications.
An SDK (software developers kits) allows for further integrations and enables application developers to control iSTAR's operations and output for bespoke applications.
Models and versions
iSTAR is available in two software models, FUSION and PULSAR‚ both of which capture the full spherical environment. PULSAR offers extended capabilities over FUSION, including 360º data capture at high frame rates with live full immersive video preview, and fast capture for mobile mapping and surveillance applications.
An Infrared (IR) iSTAR version is available for capturing both panoramic images and 360º data streams in zero light conditions.
Rapid image capture: Capturing images takes approx. 2 to 3 seconds
Easy-to-use with one button push to operate
Capture 360 degree stills, time-lapse and fast data streams
Live "real time" stitched spherical images with remote viewing 600 images on one charge using optional external battery
Generate geo-referenced spherical imagery
Seemless integration of images into third party software
3 iSTAR models, FUSION for capturing still images PULSAR for 360 degree streaming data and PULSAR IR for capturing in zero light
Live remote control with full immersive view from tablet over WIFI
Automatic HDR to capture multile exposures imaging light and dark areas
Can be vehicle mounted, UAV mounted and inverted for surveillance and remote monitoring
Totally mobile. Capture over 600 images on one charge using optional external battery
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.
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.
Point cloud colorization
NCTech has worked extensively with the leading laser scanner manufactures to develop iSTAR's capability as a RGB overlay solution for liDAR scanning.
iSTAR's rapid capture abilities allows for data to be quickly captured and overlaid onto the laser scan to millimetre accuracy.
Spherical data streams
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 to a computer.
Post processing of data is fast and image stitching in "real time" delivers a live immersive data stream from iSTAR.
Key technical capabilities
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 or to a connected SSD (hard drive) to allow for true mobile data capture.
For remote monitoring applications, a "live" spherical data stream can be viewed directly from iSTAR either over WiFI to a tablet device or to a dedicated computer via Ethernet.
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.
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.
HDR and 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, three, or set to fully automatic where the location is automatically analysed prior capture to determine the best EV capture range.