Smallest hyperspectral camera

Hyperspectral cameras are becoming quicker, more sensitive, smaller and more affordable. Gamaya, a spin-off from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, developed world’s smallest and lightest hyperspectral imaging (HSI) camera. Gamaya sensor’s operational weight is just 100 grams in comparison to 400 grams – 2,5 kilo of all currently available alternatives with comparable performance. This is especially important for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, UAV), with its limitations of payload capacity.

The Gamaya hyperspectral camera is the smallest, most lightweight hyperspectral camera currently available – so tiny it can be flown via drones. Not only is the camera itself small, but it compresses data 100 times more efficiently than other hyperspectral cameras, making our data processing quicker, less complex, and less expensive than other hyperspectral sensors. To read more please refer to the Technologist article – A world of invisible colours.

World’s smallest and lightest hyperspectral imaging sensor optimised for deployment on small unmanned aircraft systems

Sensor OXI Vis-16 OXI NIR-25 OXI VNIR-40 OXI NIR-100s
Configuration snapshot snapshot snapshot dual-head line-scanner
Spatial resolution 2MP (2048 x 1088 px) 2MP (2048 x 1088 px) 2MP (2048 x 1088 px) 2048 px swath
Spectral range 450 – 630 nm 600 – 950 nm 450 – 950 nm 600 – 950 nm
Spectral resolution 16 channels 25 channels 40 channels 100 channels
Pixel size 5.5 x 5.5 μm
Shutter type global
Dynamic range 60 dB
SNR max 41.3 dB


Camera module
Max frame rate 16 fps 16 fps 16 fps 30 fps
Exposure time 20 μs – 1 s 20 μs – 1 s 20 μs – 1 s 20 μs – 20 ms
Integrated optics 16mm, f/2.8, 2/3’’
Integrated storage SD card 64GB
Trigger in N/A
Event out
Serial port
Dimensions 60 x 55 x 40 mm 60 x 55 x 40 mm 100 x 60 x 40 mm 100 x 60 x 40 mm
Weight 160 gr 160 gr 250 gr 220 gr


About Gamaya

Gamaya, based in EPFL Innovation park, provides integrated services for large-scale airborne monitoring and diagnostics of farmland, thanks to its novel and unique hyperspectral imaging technology. Gamaya technology delivers high-resolution, high-precision diagnostics of crop diseases, the proliferation of invasive species and environmental stresses, which will facilitate the targeted delivery of the necessary treatments. The Gamaya hyperspectral imaging solution reduces the costs of both data acquisition and its processing by a factor of 10, while providing a 20-30% increase in yields for its customers. Gamaya makes the monitoring of vegetation a highly profitable business.