MicaSense RedEdge-M

Rugged, built-to-last, professional multispectral sensor for agriculture


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RedEdge-M - Professional multispectral sensor

Agricultural companies, service providers, researchers and academics across the globe need a reliable, accurate, high-precision sensor.
The RedEdge-M is one of world’s best UAV mounted agricultural sensor and can:

- Capture five narrow spectral bands
- Generate plant health indexes and RGB (colour) images from one flight
- Designed for easy and flexible integration
- Calibrated for precise, repeatable measurements
- Built to last with no moving parts
- Operates in temperatures up to 50℃ or 122℉

Agricultural sensor certainty

The RedEdge-M integrates seamlessly no matter the platform and it’s compact and lightweight design allows it work with multiple drone models.
Low weight, low power and the ability to capture RGB and narrowband spectral bands simultaneously, means fewer data gathering flights.
As you’re not limited to a particular processing platform, you can choose whichever is best for you, your customer, or your project.
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RedEdge-M offer five bands—blue, green, red, red edge, and near-infrared. This is the optimal for sensing crop vigor and health.
RedEdge-M is field ready. Predictable, tough and reliable so you can gather the data you need when you need it.
Fly a 100-acre field (at 400 ft AGL, 70% overlap) with RedEdge-M in 27 minutes!

The Micasense RedEdge-M, delivers a great deal more than just images

The RedEdge-M multi-spectral camera is the world’s leading camera for agricultural, environmental and vigneron drone driven solutions.

With the ability to produce narrow and calibrated spectral bands and with near infrared capability, it has frequencies of light that work in with popular crop index products - Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and Normalized Difference Red Edge (NDRE).

This provides users an accurate measure of not just plant and crop vigour, health and growth, but also indicatives of soil water content and quality.

Technical specification

The RedEdge-M commercial grade specifications ensure professional outcomes for agricultural operations. With manual trigger button, status LED, SD card slot, 3 x DLS ports and 4 x camera ports, it is widely considered the best UAV driven sensor on the market.

  • General Overview
General Overview
Description Specification
Weight 170 grams (6 oz) (includes DLS and cables)
Dimensions 9.4 cm x 6.3 cm x 4.6 cm (3.7 in x 2.5 in x 1.8 in)
External Power 4.2 V DC - 15.6 V DC 4 W nominal, 8 W peak
Spectral Bands Blue, green, red, red edge, near-IR (global shutter, narrowband)
RGB Color Output Global shutter, aligned with all bands
Ground Sample Distance (GSD) 8 cm per pixel (per band) at 120 m (~400 ft) AG
Capture Rate 1 capture per second (all bands), 12-bit RAW
Interfaces Serial, 10/100/1000 ethernet, removable Wi-Fi, external trigger, GPS, SDHC
Field of View 47.2° HFOV
Triggering Options Timer mode, overlap mode, external trigger mode (PWM, GPIO, serial, and Ethernet options), manual capture mode

Frequently asked questions

  • Q. How do I power the RedEdge-M?

    RedEdge-M requires 5.0 volts DC for operation, with a maximum operating voltage of 15.8V. The supply must be able to provide 10W (2A@5V) peak. Power can be provided to RedEdge-M in 2 main ways:

    1. Power from an external battery pack.
    2. Shared power from aircraft’s main battery pack.
  • Q. Whats included in the kit
    • GPS/MAG module
    • Downwelling Light Sensor (DLS)
    • 3-pin to USB power cable for RedEdge-M
    • 3-pin cable for power and optional external trigger
    • 12-pin Ethernet cable
    • 6-pin cable for connection of camera to DLS
  • Q. What options do I have for integration?

    Please visit our shop website to view the possible integration kits.

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