New UV Camera Suited to Drone-Mounted Inspection

MX081 drone-mountable ultraviolet (UV) camera modules by XIMEA capture UV radiation, utilizing Sony's IMX487 sensor to deliver sharp, detailed images with precise pixel-level clarity By Sarah Simpson / 23 Apr 2024
New Drone-Mounted UV Cameras
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Developers of scientific and industrial cameras, XIMEA has expanded its range of ultraviolet (UV) cameras with the MX081 range. 

As part of XIMEA’s xiLAB initiative, the MX081 model features Sony’s IMX487 sensor, renowned for its superior image quality, low noise, and high sensitivity.

Leveraging Sony’s advanced sensor technology, the UV camera delivers exceptional performance and reliability, ensuring consistent results in demanding environments.

Suited to being mounted on environmental inspection and industrial drones, the MX081 range measures just 26 x 26 millimeters. The compact and lightweight design makes it versatile and easy to integrate into a wide range of unmanned systems and applications.


  • 8.1 Mpix
  • 2856 x 2848 pixels
  • 2.74 μm pixel size
  • 2/3”
  • Sony IMX487 sensor
  • PCIe or USB3

With a spectral range extending from 200 to 400 nm, the MX081 camera captures UV radiation with advanced sensitivity and accuracy. This specific wavelength range allows for the detection of subtle variations in UV reflectance and fluorescence, enabling enhanced analysis and visualization of target materials and substances.

The camera delivers sharp, detailed images with precise pixel-level clarity. With a frame rate of 59 frames per second (FPS), the MX081 camera enables smooth, real-time imaging of dynamic scenes and fast-moving objects. This high frame rate is ideal for applications requiring rapid image capture, such as machine vision, motion analysis, and quality control in manufacturing processes.

Why UV Cameras?

XIMEA assert that within the field of modern technology, cameras have progressed from mere devices capturing visible light to sophisticated tools divulging concealed facets of the electromagnetic spectrum. One of the innovations is the UV camera, which delves beyond human visual perception and unlocks a host of information that was previously unattainable.

Operating through various wavelength ranges like UVA (315-400 nm), UVB (280-315 nm), and UVC (100-280 nm), UV cameras can be beneficial in the following unmanned applications:

Inspection Drones – UV Wavelengths Required: 200-400 nm (UVC, UVB, UVA)
– Detecting cracks, defects, and contaminants in materials such as metals, glass, and plastics

Environmental Monitoring – UV Wavelengths Required: 300-400 nm (UVA)
– Monitoring air and water quality by detecting pollutants and contaminants that fluoresce
– Studying plant health, stress responses, and ecosystem dynamics

Agritech – UV Wavelengths Required: 300-400 nm (UVA)
– Attracting insects and pests that are sensitive to UV light, aiding in their identification and control
– Monitoring and studying insect behavior, population dynamics, and disease transmission

UV cameras function by capturing the UV light that objects reflect or emit. They employ specialized sensors or filters detecting and recording UV wavelengths. Unlike traditional cameras relying on visible light, UV cameras integrate components designed to prevent contamination from visible and infrared light sources, ensuring that captured images are primarily influenced by UV radiation.

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