The UltraCam Eagle takes Flight in Japan

shinThe very first UltraCam Eagle to ship to the Land of the Rising Sun has been acquired by Shin Engineering, a provider of engineering,
consulting, GIS and aerial surveying services with headquarters in Sapporo City on the northern island of Hokkaido.

Very proud to have the first customer in Japan for adapting to the improved technology of Microsoft’s 3rd generation of cameras. Shin clearly did their homework, analyzed their options, and recognized the increased efficiency of collecting data with a camera having the largest across track footprint currently on the market. Having chosen the UltraCam Eagle also allows them the option of additional focal lenses (100mm for minimizing building lean or 210mm for high-altitude missions) to their current 80mm lens in the future.

Congratulations to the entire team at Shin!

Full announcement included below.

-Jan Schoderer, Sales Director APAC, Microsoft UltraCam Team

Shin-Engineering Purchases First UltraCam Eagle in Japan

 Graz, Austria — June 25, 2013 — Shin-Engineering Co., Ltd., a Japanese engineering and surveying firm, has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit to purchase an UltraCam Eagle photogrammetric digital aerial camera system with an 80 mm lens. The new camera will be used to complete construction, infrastructure, and planning and design projects throughout Japan.

“We continuously strive to improve our quality of service,” said Masahiko Hatamoto, Shin-Engineering Technical Manager. “By purchasing an UltraCam Eagle, we can deliver better results more quickly to our clients due to the wide image footprint and superior operating efficiencies.”

The UltraCam Eagle is the first multi-cone digital photogrammetric camera to offer an exchangeable lens system with 80mm (standard) and 210mm (tele for high altitude flights) and includes filters with curved characteristics to flatten out vignetting.

“Microsoft is pleased that Shin-Engineering has purchased the first UltraCam Eagle in Japan,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “We continue to enhance the UltraCam product line with features that will have a positive impact on the efficiency of our customers’ business operations.”

IMG_5369 copyAbout the UltraCam Eagle

The UltraCam Eagle features a pan image footprint of 20,010 pixels across the flight strip. In addition to the ultra-large image footprint, the UltraCam Eagle includes enhanced electronics for improved frame rate and less noise (72 dB signal-to-noise ratio for high image dynamic) when compared to previous UltraCam systems, and innovative high-resolution, high-performance lenses and state-of-the art CCD technology (@ 5.2 µm pixel size) for sharp images with a high dynamic range. This digital camera system boasts an integrated housing concept with all of the parts residing in a modular sensor head. Compared to previous UltraCam systems, the smaller physical form factor of the UltraCam system requires less aircraft space, weighs less for more efficient aircraft fuel consumption, and is easier and quicker to install.

About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Maps business unit. The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that today include the UltraCamLp, UltraCam Falcon, and UltraCam Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors, and the UltraCam Osprey nadir/oblique photogrammetric digital aerial sensor. Rounding out the UltraCam offerings is the fully integrated UltraMap workflow software system, with features that include high-density 3D point cloud creation, highly accurate and detailed digital surface model (DSM) generation, and ortho mosaicing capabilities based on an automatically generated DSM or traditional DSM.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Shin-Engineering Co. Ltd.

Since 1958, Shin-Engineering has provided engineering, consulting, GIS and aerial surveying services in areas such as construction, transportation, environment, disaster management, geology, and planning and design. More recently, the firm has become involved with cultural preservation work, including excavation of archaeological sites. Shin-Engineering established its corporate headquarters in Sapporo City on the northern island of Hokkaido; however, customers include private companies and government agencies throughout Japan. For more information go to or contact Masahiko Hatamoto by telephone 81 11 859 2600 or email



About UltraCam Team

Vexcel Imaging is a leading provider of digital aerial cameras. Its family of UltraCam aerial sensor products includes the UltraCam Condor, UltraCam Osprey, UltraCam Eagle/EaglePrime, UltraCam Falcon/FalconPrime and and end-to-end processing with UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software. Terrestrial products include the UltraCam Mustang mobile sensor system and the UltraCam Panther portable sensor system.
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