Remote Sensing Technologies

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Digital Camera Calibration

Digital Camera Technologies

Digital technologies and cameras bring exciting new potential to the world of remote sensing. Beginning in 2003 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) undertook a research effort to understand some of the potential for small- and medium-format digital cameras for use in photogrammetric metric applications. Included with this was research on camera calibration tools and methods. This effort largely concluded in 2011 with a restructuring of the Remote Sensing Technologies Project. Results from this research were mixed and will be reported in forthcoming publications.

Please note that, at this time, the USGS does NOT operational provide calibration services for digital aerial cameras. Work done in this area previously was for research purposes only. The USGS is aware of several firms that have announced their intention to offer calibration services for digital cameras. The USGS has not evaluated these firms and thus can offer no recommendations or insights in to their methods or services.

For further information please contact:

Greg Stensaas at 605-594-2569 (

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