Underwater camera has improved colour depth

Paul Boughton
Kongsberg Maritime will launch its most advanced underwater digital stills camera at the Ocean Business 2011 technology exhibition in Southampton on April 5, 2011.
The OE14-408 provides 'superb image and colour quality' and has a range of newly enhanced features since the previous OE14-208 model. These include 10 mega pixels per image (double the pixel resolution), improved colour depth and dynamic range, Ethernet upload connectivity, a much faster flashgun refresh rate and a more compact housing for ease of deployment. When used in conjunction with Kongsberg Maritime’s new dedicated flashgun (The OE11-442), the camera offers accurate exposure control via through-the-lens (TTL) flash metering resulting in striking image clarity. The flashgun recharge rate has been doubled, allowing improved productivity for inspection operations.

The OE14-408 has a 5 x zoom capability and is depth rated from 4500m to 9000m. Each image is framed and temporarily stored on the inbuilt 8GB Solid-State Storage. The images can be the uploaded ‘on the fly’ via USB2 or Ethernet, meaning that they can be transmitted immediately to the surface or to shore – and viewed anywhere on the globe, therefore increasing operational efficiency of ROV or lander deployment.

In addition to the OE14-408 Kongsberg Maritime will also be revealing a number of other new enhancements to its camera and imaging sonar range at Ocean Business 2011, including the new wider (70 degree) angle OE14-502 HD camera option, the OE15-110/11 compact inspection camera, a fourth generation underwater 3D/stereo TV development programme and the M3 multi mode, multi beam imaging and profiling sonar.

For more information, visit www.km.kongsberg.com/cameras

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