Survey2 Camera - Near Infrared (NIR)

The Survey2 has a 16MP sensor and sharp non-fisheye lens allows you to easily capture aerial media. It captures photos on the default timer or can be sent a PWM signal through the HDMI port (see below). If you supply power to the USB port it will power on and off the camera automatically. Sized similar to a GoPro® Hero these small survey cameras can be attached to your aerial drone platform using our various mounts.


  • Specifications
  • Accessories
  • Survey Software Settings, PWM & Filter Chart
  • Recommended SD Cards
  • Firmware
  • Click the Green Tabs Above for More Information

    Image Resolution 16 MegaPixel (4,608 x 3,456 px), 12MP, 8MP, 5MP, 3MP
    Image Format RAW+JPG, JPG - 24bit sRGB
    Video Resolution 1440p30, 1080p60, 720p120, 480p240
    Video Format MP4 (H.264 Codec)
    Lens Optics 82° HFOV (23mm) f/2.8 Aperture, -1% Extreme Low Distortion (Non-Fisheye) Glass Lens
    Ground Sample Distance (GSD) 4.05 cm/px (1.59in/px) at 120 m (~400 ft) AGL
    Sensor Sony Exmor IMX206 16MP (Bayer RGB)
    Chipset Novatek NTK96660
    Capture Speed RAW+JPG: 3 Seconds / Photo.  JPG: 2 Seconds / Photo
    Remote Trigger PWM via HDMI Port (see below)
    Battery Removable Li-ion (900mAh) (Not Required When USB Powered)
    Power Draw 5.2V 0.2A (Without Battery), 5.2V 0.4A (With Battery)
    Weight 47g (1.7 oz) (Without Battery), 64g (2.3 oz) (With Battery)
    Dimensions 59 x 41 x 30mm (Length x Height x Depth)
    Memory Storage Micro SD (Up To 128GB Card) (64GB Card ≈ 12,500 JPG, 1,750 RAW+JPG)
    White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Tungsten / Fluorescent / Blue / Light Blue / Red / Light Red / Custom*
    ISO 50 / 100 / 200* / 400, Auto
    Shutter Speed (s) 1/2000, 1/1000*, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/30, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, Auto
    Exposure +2.0 / +1.67 / +1.33 / +1.0 / +0.67 / +0.33 / +0.0* / -0.33 / -0.67 / -1.0 / -1.33 / -1.67 / -2.0
    Metering Average* / Center / Spot
    Color Normal* / Black and White / Sepia / Vivid
    Sharpness Strong / Normal / Soft*
    Capture Mode Single* / 3 Sequence / 10 Sequence
    LCD 1.5” Ultra Bright Color LCD Screen
    Video Out HD 1080p (HDMI Micro), SD 480p (Optional USB FPV Cable)
    TV Mode NTSC* / PAL
    Power Battery, USB (Micro-A Cable Included, Optional Micro USB FPV Cable)
    Auto Power On (When Power Applied to USB Port) ON* / OFF
    OSD Language English*, French, Spanish, Portuguese Brazil, Dutch, Czech, Polish, German, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Korean
    Frequency 60Hz* / 50Hz
    OSD Display ON* / OFF
    Date Stamp ON / OFF*
    Sound ON* / OFF
    Quick Capture ON / OFF*
    Auto Power Off OFF* / 1min / 3min / 5min / 10min / 15min / 30min / 60min
    Auto Sleep LCD 1min* / 3min / 5min / OFF
    Vertical Rotate ON / OFF*
    Included Accessories Lens Cap, USB Charge Cable, Manual
    * = Default Setting

  • Included:

    (1) Survey2 Battery

    (1) Protective Silicone Lens Cap

    (1) USB Charging Cable



    Reflectance Calibration Target - Normalize Your Results:

    PWM Shutter Trigger Cable:

    Survey2 Glass Lens Protector:

    64GB Memory Card:

    Survey2 External Battery Charger:

    Survey2 Extra Battery:

  • For best stitching results, we recommend a survey overlap of at least 70% front-lap and 70% side-lap and a maximum 5mph (8kmh) speed for every 65ft (20m) of altitude (AGL) for RAW+JPG mode, and a maximum 10mph (16kmh) speed for every 65ft (20m) of altitude (AGL) for JPG only mode.

    Camera Parameters for Flight Management Software

    Sensor Resolution (megapixel) 16
    Sensor Size (mm) 6.17472 x 4.63104
    Sensor Pixel Size (um) 1.34
    Lens Focal Length (mm) 3.97
    Image Dimensions (pixels) 4608 x 3456


    Bayer Image Channels For Post Processing

    Channel 1 (Red) Captures Reflected Near Infrared Light
    Channel 2 (Green) Do Not Use
    Channel 3 (Blue) Do Not Use

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  • Download by clicking a link below and copy the .bin file onto an empty SD card, insert the card into the camera and turn the camera on. Once the camera boots up the new firmware will be installed.

    Version 1.5 - August 18, 2016

    • Removed PWM video start mode due to possible issues with trigger cables producing low PWM signal and starting video recording

    Version 1.4 - April 27th, 2016

    • Stock Firmware