With the popular Leica ScanStation C10 and ScanStation P20 scanners as a reference point, the new family of scanners integrates the best-in-class features of those two scanners into a single scanner and then expands on them in two important areas: (1) the LIDAR system itself, and (2) the scanner''s built-in digital imaging system.
Built-in digital imaging supports both HDR and target finding at long range
It''s often useful to take pictures of a scan scene with a scanner''s built-in camera; however, if part of a scene is bright while another is in shadow, pictures are much less useful. To overcome this problem, each new Leica P40, P30, and P16 scanner has HDR imaging capability built in. A scanner can automatically take pictures of a scene using different exposures; then, images are automatically processed to properly colour the point cloud. That, in turn, enables faster office processing for creating deliverables and better looking marketing images.
HDR capability in a scanner is not unique; what is unique with the new scanners is their ability to use that same built-in, high-resolution camera to quickly find and accurately capture scan targets out to longer ranges. For both the Leica ScanStation P40 and P30, the maximum target range is specified at 75m; for a Leica ScanStation P16, that''s 40m (max range of the scanner). Like the LIDAR system improvement, long range targeting capability also reduces the number of setups needed to capture larger areas, such as for infrastructure surveys or crash/crime scenes, thus improving field productivity.