Also derived from the DARPA SCENICC program, the Distant Focus Panoramic Imager uses the same lens and sensor technology and repackages it into a compact optical head of five sensors that allows high-resolution panoramic imaging with a full panorama collected as close as 0.5 meters from the central axis. This optical head is connected to a controller module that can be up to 50 feet away. The controller electronics and computers provide a web-based interface that allows a user to configure and control the camera system. The servers also provide storage space for the video data and processing power for turning the raw frames into color-corrected and stitched video.
The Panoramic Camera provides unparalled situational awareness for fixed installation applications, and has also been used as a mobile camera platform to take videos while on the move. Due to its small size and high resolution, this system enables capturing high-resoultion panoramic videos close to the action in a way that has never-before been possible.
More information on the design and construction, as well as example images and videos, can be found on the pages covering the SCENICC Project.
The DFC Panoramic Camera is under active development and improvements to the hardware and software are in-progress. Limited numbers of units are available now as engineering samples and development systems. Please Contact Us for information on pricing and lead times.