Model: XNiteCanon550NDVI 18 Megapixel DLSR 3-Band Vegetation Stress Camera T2i
Model: XNiteCanon600NDVI 18 Megapixel DLSR 3-Band Vegetation Stress Camera T3i
Model: XNiteCanon650NDVI 18 Megapixel DLSR 3-Band Vegetation Stress Camera T4i
Model: XNiteCanonELPH300NDVI 12.1 Megapixel Point & Shoot Lightweight 3-Band Vegetation Stress Camera
Model: XNiteCanonSX230NDVI 12.1 Megapixel Point & Shoot Lightweight 3-Band Vegetation Stress Camera with GPS
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We have improved on our original 2 Band NDVI camera by making a new 3-Band vegetation stress camera.
The Canon T2i, T3i and T4i use almost the same sensor so the response curves are interchangeable.
The ELPH 300 and SX230 use the same sensor so the response curves are interchangeable.
We have created a vegetation stress camera that allows you to take one picture and get the visible blue light in the blue channel, visible green light in the green channel and get the near infrared light the red channel. By evaluating the red versus the blue and green channels, you can quickly get information about vegetation as well as minerals, bodies of water, camouflaged object detection and more. Healthy plants have a strong near infrared reflectivity, sometimes called the "Red Edge". Our non-destructive, easy, remote sensing camera allows for quick and accurate analysis. The ratio of the near infrared reflectivity to the visible reflectivity can give you information on the plants health, discern bodies of water, barren land, shrubbery, rainforests, minerals and more. Aerial photographs with our camera can allow farmers to quickly asses the health of their crops spotting disease, sick plants, weeds and other variations.
How to measure vegetation stress with our camera and convert image to a scaled NDVI picture
Traditionally, the NDVI ratio was calculated with special Kodak infrared film which had the unusual property of the blue channel capturing the infrared and the red and green channel capturing the visible red and green. Kodak has discontinued this film. With our digital camera, the blue channel captures the visible while the red captures the near infrared, which is the reverse of the Kodak film. Taking pictures with our camera and then finding the RGB values for any point using a program such as Photoshop, you can get a direct reading of both near infrared and visible light. Using our camera makes the process simple and easy.
Advantages over Chlorophyll Meters
Quick and easy chlorophyll measurements of plants without damaging the leaf. Because chlorophyll is reflective in the hear IR and because a unhealthy plant has a drop in chlorophyll, comparing the hear IR reflection to the visible green or blue will give you a non-destructive way to assess plant health. The NDVI cameras can be used to monitor the growth and health status many agricultural products including corn, wheat, rice, cotton, oranges. Fertilizer optimization is possible by allowing the user to see if plants are over or under fertilzed.
Since the 3-band camera includes the visible blue and green bands, the user can discriminate between bodies of water and plants.
This camera can also be used to detect camouflaged objects. While a camouflaged object may be hard to detect in normal human visible colors, often the dyes and pigments used to camouflage the object have different responses in the hear IR.
Picture of a bag with a normal camera Picture of a bag with a Canon ELPH300NDVI
Noite that in the second picture, the zippers on the bag are red while the normal camera see a black bag. This effect occurs because the color dyes used on the zippers happen to reflect infrared light while the black leather does not.
To make the process even easier, you can download a public image processing program developed by the National Instiute of Health, called ImageJ for free. We have written a special program (script) for ImageJ that will automatically convert the picture taken by the MaxMax Vegetation camera into a scaled NDVI image such as show below. We have a few different scripts avaialble for mapping the NDVI data. The picture below was processed with our script NDVI8 which assigns green to high NDVI values (healthy plants), red to low NDVI values (stressed plants) and purple and black to negative NDVI values (sky and water).
Normal Healthy Lawn
Regular Picture ELPH 300 NDVI Processed Picture
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