Almost two decades ago, the Eastman Kodak Company developed for the US Forest Service the first digital camera capable of directly producing Color Infrared (CIR) imagery. Kodak initially marketed the DCS 420CIR (1.5Mpixel) followed by the DCS 460CIR (6.3Mpixel). These cameras saw extensive application in aerial remote sensing of vegetation. Kodak discontinued the manufacture and support for these unique cameras in 1999. Additionally, Kodak also discontinued production of the widely used CIR Aerochrome III Infrared Film 1443 and SO-734 aerial films.
Cirrus Digital Systems is now offering the Cirrus CIR Camera, a high-resolution (16 Megapixel) digital camera originally developed for the US Forest Service and NASA applications and based on proven technology and applications. This camera represents a significant improvement in image quality and capability over all preceding digital CIR cameras.
Cirrus Digital Systems has produced single and multi-camera mapping systems for NASA and DoD high altitude manned and unmanned aircraft.These camera systems have been used for large-area, high-resolution mapping applications, Antarctic and Arctic ice studies, disaster assessment and agricultural research.