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ADC Lite



The ADC Lite is a lightweight (7 ounce) version of our ADC Air Camera. This model's light weight qualifies it as an ideal solution for applications in which weight is a critical factor (such as on board small-payload-carrying unmanned aerial vehicles). The ADC Lite contains a single 3.2 megapixel sensor optimized for capture of visible light wavelengths longer than 520 nm and near-infrared wavelengths up to 920 nm.  

The camera and its accompanying software, PixelWrench2, are ideally suited for capturing and processing multi-spectral images of crops and forests and studying a variety of eco-systems.

PixelWrench2 provides color processing of Tetracam RAW and DCM files, complex batch processing tools, the ability to extract a variety of vegetation indices and a comprehensive suite of image editing tools.  Refer to our Multispectral Crop and Application Database or Selected Readings for descriptions of example applications.

ADC Lite (with 8.0 mm Lens) Ground Resolution & FOV Examples

The ADC Lite's field of view (FOV) is laid out in a 4:3 format.  When carried in a manned or unmanned aircraft, the field of view increases as the above ground level (AGL) altitude increases.  As the altitude increases, the camera's ability to resolve individual details on the ground decreases.   With its standard 8.0 mm lens, when flown at altitude of 400 feet above ground level, this camera creates an image large enough to capture 1.85 acres at a resolution of less than two inches per pixel in a single shot! 

System Controls and Connections

                                                                                 ADC Lite Control

The ADC Lite is designed to maximize the endurance of small unmanned aircraft systems.  Consequently, the system omits the rear liquid crystal display and in-camera batteries of the ADC.  User control of the ADC Lite is accomplished through hierarchical system menus such as the one shown at left. These are accessible via the system software (PixelWrench2) running on a Windows computer connected to the camera through its USB interface. The system menus present users with a series of configuration choices.  Scrolling through and selecting these configures the camera.  The indented button atop the ADC Lite acts as a shutter release for the camera.

Standard System Contents

System Contents Includes:

ADC Lite Camera2GB CF memory card

8.0 mm "C" mount lens

Rugged Pelican Carrying Case

12 VDC external power supply

External power cable (un-terminated on one end)

External Trigger Cable (un-terminated on one end)

USB Cable

White Teflon Calibration Plate (AKA Calibration tag or Software Calibration Tile)

System CD with PixelWrench2 software (PW2)

(See additional CD contents at right) 


Typical Availability:

2 to 3 weeks (although faster turnaround times are often possible). 

Please contact us for more information regarding configuration options,

pricing and availability.

Options Commonly Purchased with this Product:  

FirePoint? GPS Navigation System 

Tetracam Camera Calibration Service  

Features and Specifications


High resolution and precise spectral accuracy

Simple operation and control

Red, Green and NIR bands (approximating 

TM2, TM3 and TM4) provide the information needed  for extraction of NDVI, SAVI, canopy segmentation and

NIR / Green ratios

Ultra lightweight (7oz) composite housing ideal for UAV or    weight-critical applications

Remote power and display features for optimized

placement on the remote vehicles

Video out in PAL or NTSC format

GPS-logging of captured images with external receiver

User interchangeable optics

The optional SensorLink GPS waypoint triggering application enables camera triggering at pre-defined waypoints

Uses standard Compact Flash Memory cards (standard = 2 GB Optional = up to 256 GB)

Powerful PixelWrench2 image editing software with tools specific to multi-spectral images and Tetracam cameras (see Tetracam Application Software Overview for further details)


3.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor (2048 x 1536 pixels)

Green, Red and NIR sensitivity with bands approximately equal to TM2, TM3 and TM4.

Image storage to Compact Flash in Tetracam 10 bit DCM lossless, 8 bit RAW, and 10 bit RAW formats.

Camera body CS lens mount system with C mount adapter is compatible with thousands of available lenses.

Camera supplied with a 8.0 mm lens

Optional 4.5 - 12 mm varifocal lenses may be substituted

Only member of the ADC family lacking Multi-I/O connector 

Image Capture Capacity:

Up to ~3 MB per image (DCM format), limited only by CF card size.

Maximum Image Capture Rate: Approximately 1.0 to 7.5 Seconds between consecutive images depending upon image format and resolution selected -  See Interval Tables


+ 9 VDC to + 12 VDC (300 mA) Center Positive

RS-232 dedicated to capture of NMEA GPS sentences.

External Trigger 

Power Consumption

Two watts nominal

Outputs:Real time NTSC or PAL Video for both viewfinder and menu operations. 

Data Interface:USB 1.1

Environmental -  Note: the camera will operate outside of the recommended environmental range, however performance may be degraded.

Temperature:0 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees Fahrenheit) 

Humidity:Less than 85% relative humidity, non-condensing  



4.5 in. x 3.0 in. x 0.87 in. (114 mm x 77 mm x 22 mm) without the 8.0 mm lens.

4.5 in. x 3.0 in. x 2.38 in. (114 mm x 77 mm x 60.5 mm) with 8.0 mm lens.  

Weight:200 g. (7.0 oz.)

Mount:4 Shock mount attachment points

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