Visual Intelligence today announced the world’s first integration of Sony’s recently announced ILX-LR1 camera on the MACS-3D™ dual-camera drone sensor system…

Visual Intelligence Premiers the First Sony ILX-LR1 Camera Integration in Drone Payload Upgrade

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Las Vegas, NV, USA – Sept. 5, 2023 – Visual Intelligence today announced the world’s first integration of Sony’s recently announced ILX-LR1 camera on the MACS-3D™ dual-camera drone sensor system. The new Sony ILX-LR1 integration features a smaller footprint, weight, and performance, increasing compatibility across a wide range of drone manufacturer models – including the Airpeak S1. Importantly, like earlier versions, the upgraded sensor payload collects Engineering Class 3D data that is both millimeter-accurate and provides near-complete surface coverage.

“As more companies move to adopt Engineering Class drone data, our focus has been on optimizing our payload for scale and performance,“ said Ted Miller, Founder and Chairman of Visual Intelligence. “The Sony ILX-LR1 is an exciting chapter for the drone industry, and will be our go-to-camera as we continue to push the boundaries of precision 3D Reality Modeling.”

The newly announced Sony ILX-LR1 features a 61-megapixel full-frame E-mount mirrorless camera, and is smallest, lightest full-frame camera ever built. The Sony ILX-LR1 is built around a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor and Sony’s BIONZ XR processors which deliver images continuously at up to three frames per second, making it suitable for drone-based applications. The camera body is 74x100x42.5mm in size, with screw mounts on all sides for fitting to different mounts. The Sony ILX-LR1 does not have a built-in display or and requires an external power source.

Visual Intelligence remotely synchronizes two Sony ILX-LR1 cameras in-flight for improved collection performance, photogrammetric geometry, and 3D model detail.

By integrating the Sony ILX-LR1 camera into the MACS-3D drone payload, Visual Intelligence further miniaturizes its patented dual-sensor configuration. This new upgrade also boosts overall camera and flight performance, allowing operators to more reliably collect high-precision 3D data on physical infrastructure. Since formally announcing their partnership last year, Visual Intelligence and Sony have worked to tightly integrate Sony’s world-class technologies into Visual Intelligence’s aerial data collection methodologies, with a shared goal of maximizing the 3D photogrammetric result.

Visual Intelligence will preview the new Sony ILX-LR1 integration at Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas at Sony Booth #901, September 5-7.


Visual Intelligence is a unified drone sensor and software automation platform that digitizes physical infrastructure with millimeter accuracy to reliably deliver 3D, engineering-grade asset intelligence.

Using patented dual-sensor drone technology and proprietary enterprise software, Visual Intelligence generates billions of datapoints to map exponentially more measurable surface area than any alternative aerial or ground-based method. Our unique sensor-software pairing is the first industry solution that enables enterprises to capture and execute around engineering-grade digital twins. By maximizing data fidelity and coverage, we’re exponentially increasing the ability of artificial intelligence to automate performance capacity at an engineering level, feeding insights upstream and across new business units, vendors and geography.

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