Multispectral Sensors

Capture near-infrared radiation (NIR) and ultraviolet light invisible to the human eye

A standard visual sensor collects red, green and blue wavelengths of light. Multispectral sensors are able to collect these visible wavelengths as well as infrared radiation and ultraviolet light (non-visible wavelengths).

Multispectral sensors are instrumental in plant health and management. They can pinpoint nutrient deficiencies, identify pest damage, optimize fertilization and assess water quality. Detailed insight can also be secured using algorithms from Vegetation Indices.

Multispectral sensors fall into two categories: modified and multiband.

Modified sensors are created when a special filter is placed inside a standard visual sensor. As a result, modified sensors collect three bands of light at once through the same lens. Filters can come in many different formats to display different combinations of spectral bands.

Multiband sensors are manufactured specifically for multispectral data collection. Each band is collected separately so there is no need for multiple flights. Multiband sensors also enable you to mix different band combinations to meet your needs.

Available Multispectral Sensors

MicaSense RedEdge-M™

Dedicated sensors capture each band in a single flight

MicaSense RedEdge-M
  • Sensor Type: Multiband (blue, green, red, red edge, near-infrared)
  • Number of Bands: 5
  • RGB Effective Pixels: 16 MP
  • GSD: 8 cm/pixel (at 120 m)
  • Field of View: 47.2°
  • Weight: 173 grams (includes DLS and cables)

DJI Zenmuse X5 BGNIR

Delivers crisp and detailed images via its M4/3 sensor

DJI Zenmuse X5S
  • Sensor Type: Modified
  • Number of Bands: 3 (blue, green, near-infrared)
  • Effective Pixels: 16 megapixels
  • GSD: 1.3 cm/pixel (at 50 m)
  • Field of View: 72°
  • Weight: 530 g (without filter)

Multispectral Sensor Comparison

DJI Zenmuse X3 BGNIR DJI Zenmuse X5 BGNIR MicaSense RedEdge-M™
Number of Bands 3 (blue, green, near-infrared) 3 (blue, green, near-infrared) 5 (blue, green, red, red edge, near-infrared)
Sensor Type Modified Modified Multiband
Effective Pixels 12.4 16 16

Sample Outputs

Triple B Farms recovers from rainstorms

Learn how Triple B Farms Inc. used multispectral remote sensing to quickly assess tobacco crop damage following a period of excessive rain, and make informed decisions about crop management as a result.

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Multispectral Sensors Provide Your Industry with Actionable Intelligence

Smarter Energy

Review data related to environmental mitigation activities such as plant health, water quality assessments and plant counting.

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Smarter Insurance

Increase flood risk assessment accuracy by combining bare earth topographic models and vegetative analysis.

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Smarter Government

Assess water quality following floods to pinpoint unsafe areas and better prioritize emergency resources.

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Smarter Construction

Streamline roof inspections by obtaining detailed imagery and measurements of residential roofs.

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Smarter Agriculture

Determine the absolute nitrogen content of crops to optimize fertilization. Perform more effective crop management with plot-level statistics on plant count, height, vigor, leaf area and canopy cover.

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