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    Complete Guide : From basic configuration, setting up calibrated reflectance panels, to spectral bands, and beyond  

    Meet RedEdge-M, the multispectral sensor for agricultural that gives you more flight time, more flexibility, and more powerful information. It's a camera that helps agricultural professionals spot problems before they spread. identify nutrient deficiencies sooner. And see diseases before they're visible to the naked eye.

    Rededge-M integrates with almost any drones. it contains many no moving parts generating data you can count on even in the toughest environments. It collects data in multiple outputs in one flight and it takes calibrated repeatable measurements to generate not only basic crop health diseases but also advance analytics. Outputs from RedEdge-M are aligned, so you can move back and forth seamlessly between layers and compare results, month-to-month and season-to-season. RedEdge-M is compact and powerful, yet extremely flexible. It captures red, green, blue, RedEdge and near-rare infrared bands. But the dedicated life sensor for better reflactance calibration, RedEdge-M provides unparalled accuracy. It's made in the U.S.A, and backed by top-snotch support. With seasoned have used, the RedEdge product line has been tested and proven worldwide. See why agricultural professionals around the world recognize it as the industry standard.



    Using the RedEdge-M Camera

    Getting Started: Connections: 

    Insert SD Card

    • Insert SD card, label side facing up, until it clicks into place.
    • To remove SD card, press the edge of the card until the spring mechanism unlatches.

    An SDHC Class 10 SD card with a write-speed capability of at least 45 MB/s is required (32 GB SanDisk Extreme recommended). SDXC SD cards are notcompatible with the RedEdge-M camera.


    Connect DLS and GPS Module 

    The Downwelling Light Sensor (DLS) is a 5-band light sensor that connects directly to a MicaSense RedEdge- M camera. The DLS measures the ambient light during a flight for each of the five bands of the camera and records this information in the metadata of the images captured by the camera. When properly installed and calibrated, the information sensed by the DLS can be used to correct for lighting changes in the middle of a flight, such as those that can happen due to clouds that cover the sun during a flight.



    • Connect DLS to the camera port labeled “DLS/GPS”using the 6-pin cable. The other end of the 6-pin cable is connected to the “CAM” port in the DLS.
    • Connect the GPS module to the DLS using the two cables that are attached to the GPS module (4-pin and 6-pin).
    • If stand-alone GPS module is used (without DLS):
      • Connect 6-pin cable that is attached to GPS module to camera connector labeled “DLS/GPS”. The 4-pin cable attached to the GPS module is left unconnected.
    • For more advanced integrations where GPS data is provided by the autopilot or other GPS source, refer to RedEdge-M Integration Guide.
    • To remove connectors, do not pull on wires; instead use a small flathead screwdriver to pry out the connector. See “External Connections”.


    Always connect the DLS or the GPS module to the camera before turning on the camera. Failure to do so may damage the DLS or the GPS module.


    DLS and GPS connected

      Connect Power Cable 

    • Refer to RedEdge-M Integration Guide for details on power requirements and connector pinout.
    • Connect either the USB power cable, or another power cable to connector labeled “PWR/TRIG”.
    • To remove connector, do not pull on wires; instead use a small Flathead screwdriver to pry out the connector. See “External Connections”.

     C A U T I O N

    Power must not exceed 15.8V DC. Ensure correct pinout and polarity before connecting power. Failure to follow these instructions may result in permanent damage to the camera, the DLS, or the GPS module.


    Using the RedEdge-M Camera

    Power ON the Camera

    • The camera starts automatically when power is connected.
    • Alternatively, press and release the Power Button.
    • The Status LED will remain OFF while the camera is initializing (approx. 15 seconds).
    • After initialization has completed, Status LED will flash at approximately once every 1.5 seconds.


    The camera will automatically turn ON when power is first applied to the external
    power connector. If the camera is manually turned OFF, it can be re-powered ON
    by pressing the Power Button.



    To Power OFF the Camera:
    • Press and hold the Power Button for at least 5 seconds.
    • The Status LED will stop flashing once the camera has shut down.


    Camera LED Signals

    One flash indicates normal behavior, that the camera is operating as expected. More than one flash indicates an issue as outlined in the following table:

    Status LED Indicators





    1 Flash

    Camera is ready for operation (it has a GPS fix and more than 2 GB available on SD card)


    1 Flash

    Capture completed


    2 Flashes

    GPS unit detected, but does not have a fix


    3 Flashes

    GPS timeout


    4 Flashes

    No SD card installed


    5 Flashes

    SD card is full (or almost full)


    DLS LED Signals

    There are two green LED lights on the DLS, one on either side of the unit. The meaning of the LEDs is as shown in the table below. The LEDs are small and may not be easy to see without getting close to the unit. Refer to the following table for signal meanings:


    DLS LED Signal Type


    4 simultaneous flashes on both LEDs

    This occurs upon boot-up of the DLS

    Sporadic flashing

    Communications received. This is normal behavior

    Alternating blinking between the two LEDs

    Indicates a software/hardware problem. If the problem persists, contact MicaSense at support@micasense.com

    Both LEDs solid ON


    Power OFF the camera before removing the SD card. Failure to do so may corrupt some of the files in the SD card if they are still being written.

     Capturing Images (Manual Trigger)


    • With the camera turned ON and SD card installed, press and release the Manual Trigger button.



    Captures created using the manual trigger are taken using a mode designed for panel pictures. Images taken this way may appear significantly darker than images taken using other trigger methods.


    Camera Configuration and Live View

    The RedEdge-M camera hosts a WiFi access point that is used in conjunction with any WiFi-capable device for configuration of the camera and live preview of images acquired with the camera.  


    Establishing WiFi Connection

    Any device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) can be used to establish a connection with the camera. To establish the WiFi connection:

    1. Turn on the camera and wait for initialization process to complete
    2. Use the device’s WiFi configuration method to search for a WiFi access point called “rededgeRMXX-XXXXXXX-XX”, where the Xs are the serial number of the camera. The serial number of the camera is printed on the rear of the camera.
    3. The password for this WiFi access point is “micasense”.

    Once connected to the camera’s WiFi, open any web browser and access the camera’s web page by typing in “” in the address bar of the browser.

    There are 4 main “pages” for the camera:

    home.png Home
    liveview.png Live View
    coverage.png Coverage
    settings.png Settings


    Home Page

    Provides status information for the camera and the GPS receiver that is connected to it.


    DLS Verification

    You can verify that the DLS is connected to the camera from the camera configuration home page. If connected, the DLS status should be green and display “Connected”.


    In the Camera Settings page, under “Advanced Configuration” in the “Multi-Camera Configuration” section, the DLS serial number and software version should be displayed.


    Live View Page

    Provides a live preview of images captured with the camera.



    Whenever the camera captures images manually (using either the physical button or the web button), the selected image(s) will be displayed in the Live View page based on the setting of the “Band” pull-down menu.





    Shows all five single-band images at once in a matrix

    Band 1

    Shows imager #1 (Blue filter)

    Band 2

    Shows imager #2 (Green filter)

    Band 3

    Shows imager #3 (Red filter)

    Band 4

    Shows imager #4 (Near IR filter)

    Band 5

    Shows imager #5 (Red Edge filter)


    Capture:  The Capture button forces a capture for the camera, and is equivalent to pressing the Manual Trigger button on the camera.

    Streaming:  The Streaming checkbox is used for near-real-time preview images from the camera. When the Streaming mode is enabled, the images shown will update as quickly as the camera can support it (approximately twice a second). Note that Streaming mode does not save any images to the SD card. It just enables fast capture of the camera for preview purposes only.

    Streaming mode is intended for live-preview. It is recommended that streaming mode be disabled before any other operations (particularly before enabling Auto-Capture mode or flying).

    Coverage Page

    The coverage page provides information on the geographic location where images in the SD card were captured based on the GPS module information. This page also provides a calculator for estimating parameters for mission planning.





    Clicking the “captures.kmz” link will cause the camera to generate a KMZ file that will be downloaded by your browser. The KMZ file contains the lat/lon/alt of all captures in the SD card and can be used to verify coverage after a flight or series of flights. The KMZ file can be opened using Google Earth or a GIS application.