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The Venus UTPR Specifications

..Dimensions:

55 x 85 x 105 mm

..Mass:

700 g (weight in water 200 g).

..Illunination:

 

....Depends on illumination wavelength and water quality. For long wavelength illumination (outside normal mammal and fish visual response) the range is limited to about 1 m.
For shorter wavelengths (within the animal's visual response) longer ranges can be achieved. Turbid water will reduce illumination range.

..Depth:

Designed to withstand depths to 1000 m

..Imaging:

User selectable between the following modes:

Mode
Compression
Resolution
Frame Rate
Recording
Time*
Still
Low (FINE)
High (NORM)
640 x 480
640 x 480
1 frame per 3 sec
1 frame per 3 sec
30 min
1 hr
Movie
Low ( VGA)
Low (S-FINE)
Medium (FINE)
High (NORM)
Very High (LP)
320 x 240
160 x 120
160 x 120
160 x 120
160 x 120
5 frames per sec
15 frames per sec
12 frames per sec
10 frames per sec
2 frames per sec
20 min
20 min
40 min
2 hr
4 hr
Time Lapse
(10x)
Low ( VGA)
Low (S-FINE)
Medium (FINE)
320 x 240
160 x 120
160 x 120
1frame per 2 sec
1 frame per sec
1 frame per sec
3 hr
3 hr
4.5 hr


*(The times given are approximate for a 64MB SmartMedia card and are image dependent)

..View Angle

30 full angle

 

..Depth of Field

....DOF (Depth of Field) depends on the selected resolution, wavelength of illumination and focus position. A high resolution (640 x 480) setting will result in a small DOF compared to a low resolution setting. This is simply due to higher resolution images being less tolerant to blur. For longer wavelength illumination and close focus DOF is about 0.5m. With shorter wavelengths and distant focus, DOFs similar to those found in normal underwater photography are achieved.

..Data Logging:

....A special version of Wildlife Computers MK7 TDR is incorporated. This not only records the dive behaviour, but is also programmed to start and stop the image capture within the user's chosen depth range and chosen hours.

..User Interface:

....A User Box allows you to program the unit for the next dive, viewthe results on retrieval and recharge the battery.

..Viewing the ..images:

....The images are recorded on a SmartMedia card that can be plugged into a standard PC and the data transferred. Each file is time stamped and the Wildlife TDR record will allow you to link each underwater picture file to the appropriate point in the behaviour record. Still pictures are stored in JPEG format and can be displayed and analysed using any one of a number of proprietary packages. Movie and Time Lapse recordings are stored in a format known as ASF, which is one of the new Microsoft Windows Media standards. The ASF files can be viewed using Windows Media Player (freely available from Microsoft). Analysis software is being developed.

..Battery Life:

Approximately 4.5 hours when fully charged.

..Recharge Time:

Between 2 to 3 hours

..Attachment:

....Attachment of a UTPR to the animal is the responsibility of the researcher, however, Wild Insight can give assistance if required.

..Included:

Included with each UTPR are:

- Sharp 'PixLab' software,
- 64 MB SmartMedia card,
- 'Venus' users manual,
- Floppy Disc Adapter for SmartMedia

..Optional:

Further optional components are avaiable. These are:

-PC-Card Adapter for SmartMedia;
- Extra illumination Heads for different wavelengths: 660 nm, 735 nm, 805 nm and 850 nm are currently available;
- Extra User Interface Boxes

..Prices:

For information on prices please contact Wild Insight

About Wild Insight
Products
Consultancy
The Venus Underwater Camera
The Divers Camera
Contact