ZEISS thermal imaging cameras for a new way of birding

ZEISS presents the ZEISS DTI 1, DTI 3 GEN 2, DTI 4, and DTI 6, four thermal imaging cameras for daytime and nighttime observations that are rich in detail.

Oberkochen, Germany | 17 July 2023 | ZEISS Consumer Products

At the Global BirdFair in Rutland, UK, ZEISS recently unveiled its complete range of thermal imaging devices for nature observation and birding for the first time. With the ZEISS DTI 1, DTI 3 GEN 2, DTI 4, and DTI 6, ZEISS offers a comprehensive line of thermal imaging cameras for day and nighttime observation, as well as for research and nature conservation. All the models in the ZEISS DTI family have a number of features in common: intuitive ergonomics for ease of use, excellent optics for an exceptional viewing experience with the ability to reliably recognize even the smallest details, as well as sophisticated power management.

New ZEISS Thermal Imaging Cameras © ZEISS
New ZEISS Thermal Imaging Cameras

Thermal imaging cameras for nature observation and birding

“The use of thermal imaging cameras in nature observation and birding is becoming increasingly popular,” reported Stefan Gerner, himself an experienced birder and product manager in Nature Observation at ZEISS Consumer Products. These devices make it possible to locate, identify, and observe nocturnal birds such as owls, nightjars, and even other wildlife without disturbance from a light source during twilight and darkness, while during the day, and especially in dense brush and rough terrain, they make it easier to locate particularly camouflaged species such as snipes or bitterns. Thermal imaging cameras are also a useful tool in the fields of research and nature conservation – whether for tracking populations or observing breeding behavior, there are many applications. “This means that a thermal imaging camera is now part of many ambitious birder’s and ornithologist’s must-have gear and opens up a new way of observing nature and birds by day or night,” Gerner explained.

ZEISS DTI 1

The lightweight and compact companion

ZEISS DTI 1
ZEISS DTI 1 – the lightweight and compact companion
ZEISS DTI 1/25
ZEISS DTI 1/25

The ZEISS DTI 1 is a high-quality entry-level product in the thermal imaging line. In addition to the features that are typical of the DTI family, this particularly compact and lightweight thermal imaging camera has additional features such as Transition Zoom, which provides uninterrupted observation with its continuous zoom effect. The camera is rounded out by eight new color modes that, among other things, significantly reduce the screen’s glare effect and, with the new “Detection Mode,” allow heat sources to be detected more easily. The ZEISS DTI 1 is being launched with two different focal lengths: the DTI 1/19 with a field of view of 24 meters at 100 meters and a range of 1000 meters, and the DTI 1/25 with a field of view of 18 meters at 100 meters and a range of 1320 meters.

ZEISS DTI 3 GEN 2

The versatile solution for any situation

ZEISS DTI 3 GEN 2
ZEISS DTI 3 GEN 2 – the versatile solution for any situation
ZEISS DTI 3/35 GEN 2
ZEISS DTI 3/35 GEN 2

“The ZEISS DTI 3 GEN 2 builds on the DTI 3 first introduced in 2022 and offers a significant upgrade in terms of hardware and software features. In particular, the new image processor and AMOLED display deliver a significant improvement in image quality – for a remarkably detailed and sharp image. “The DTI 3 GEN 2 is an extremely versatile option among thermal imaging cameras. The advantages of the four additional observation modes are particularly evident when observing birds at closer distances in native forests or tropical rainforests,” noted Gerner. The DTI 3 GEN 2 will be offered with two focal lengths: the DTI 3/25 with a range of 930 meters and a particularly wide field of view of 26 meters, and the DTI 3/35 with a range of 1300 meters.

ZEISS DTI 4

Unparalleled detail recognition thanks to high-performance sensor

ZEISS DTI 4
ZEISS DTI 4 – unparalleled detail recognition thanks to high-performance sensor
ZEISS DTI 4/50
ZEISS DTI 4/50

“With the DTI 4, we’ve taken image quality to another level,” Gerner said. Building on the features of the DTI 3 GEN 2, the DTI 4 is primarily distinguished by its higher resolution 640 x 512 px sensor. “This delivers even better image quality at all zoom levels and increased detection range – for increased detail recognition and a sharp, high-contrast image, even at longer distances.” For this reason, the DTI 4 is being offered in two focal lengths: the DTI 4/35 as well as the DTI 4/50. With the 50 mm focal length, ZEISS is offering a particularly long detection range of over 2,500 meters.

ZEISS DTI 6

The high-end thermal imaging camera for even more details

ZEISS DTI 4
ZEISS DTI 6 – the high-end thermal imaging camera for even more details
ZEISS DTI 6/40 with 20mm interchangeable lens
ZEISS DTI 6/40 with 20mm interchangeable lens

“Every detail matters when observing and identifying birds and other wildlife,” Gerner noted. Thanks to the innovative ZEISS Smart Image Processing Pro (ZSIP Pro), combined with a 640 × 480 sensor and a 1024 × 768 AMOLED display, the high-end ZEISS DTI 6 thermal imaging camera delivers particularly sharp and detailed images. Developed, designed, and manufactured in Germany, the DTI 6, with its intuitive operating concept and two interchangeable lenses, proves to be a particularly reliable and flexible companion – whether being used during the day or at night or for casual observations or scientific use.

More information

The ZEISS DTI 1, DTI 3 GEN 2, DTI 4, and DTI 6 thermal imaging cameras are available from specialist dealers effective immediately.

Product

Recommended retail price

ZEISS DTI 1/19

€1,700

ZEISS DTI 1/25

€1,900

ZEISS DTI 3/25 GEN 2

€2,200

ZEISS DTI 3/35 GEN 2

€2,500

ZEISS DTI 4/35

€3,300

ZEISS DTI 4/50

€3,600

ZEISS DTI 6/20

€4,500

ZEISS DTI 6/40

€4,800

ZEISS DTI 6 20 mm interchangeable lens

€600

ZEISS DTI 6 40 mm interchangeable lens

€900

All prices incl. VAT.

Further information is available at www.zeiss.com/nature/thermal-imaging-cameras. Additional product shots application images in use can be downloaded here:

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Tatjana Schuerholz
ZEISS Consumer Products
Phone: +49 7364 20-16797
tatjana .schuerholz @zeiss .com

About ZEISS

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 8.8 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2022).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.

With over 40,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities (status: 31 March 2023). Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

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Press Contact

Tatjana Schuerholz
ZEISS Consumer Products
Phone: +49 7364 20-16797
tatjana .schuerholz @zeiss .com

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