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Digital camera goes underground

CorDEX Instruments has introduced the Centurion XPM2 digital camera which is designed for use in the mining environment. Compared to alternatives it removes the need for time-consuming protocol, provides far greater flexibility in use is said to make imaging easy, quick and more cost-effective.

The Centurion XPM2 explosion-proof digital camera combines robust construction with high image clarity. It incorporates a 5 million pixel detector array with onboard interpolation options. This allows image resolution to be increased to an outstanding 10 Mp. In addition to taking still images it can also capture moving pictures in AVI format for replay with conventional Windows Media Player software.

Captured images are quickly reviewed for their clarity and content in the field on the armoured and backlit, 61mm LCD screen located at the back of the Centurion XPM2.

Another significant benefit of this ATEX certified digital camera is that it is not subject to a hot work permit. Its use is, therefore, never delayed by paperwork and no plant shutdown is required. It can also be employed with complete freedom in the mine, the camera operator can be much more spontaneous. For example, if s a new and unreported problem is seen, it can be immediately recorded on an image.

The Centurion XPM2 features a high intensity strobe flash for underground imaging. It can be set to compensate for over and under exposure caused by reflective targets. The camera’s 2Gb in-built memory allows hundreds of images to be stored in JPEG format which can then be downloaded via high speed USB connection to a PC.

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