A practical core photography system

Casper is a mobile, light-weight and field-tested core tray photography system for core sheds. Casper has been collecting thousands of high-quality core photographs since it was released in January 2020. The feedback from logging geologists has been very positive because Casper is easy & comfortable to use. Casper follows a 'camera-to-core' principle where, instead of a fixed core photography station, a mobile frame rolls along roller racks over the core trays to consistenly acquire high quality imagery.
Casper is a modular system, which means it can be customised to perfectly match the width of your roller racks. You can even transform Casper into a fixed camera station by replacing its wheels for feet that allow it to be directly attached to roller racks. Additionally, we can acommodate any other customisations to meet your requirements due to in-house CAD (computer aided design) and 3D printing capabilities.
Casper is compatible with cloud-enabled core photography management services such as IMAGO. Alternatively, you can use Casper 'offline' with any live view & capture software1. And in case you want to apply deep learning / machine learning to your core photographs then get in touch with the experts at DATAROCK.

Casper comes in 2 configurations

Includes 50MP digital camera & spare battery
Includes matching prime lens
Achievable image resolution: 125 microns
Includes tablet computer
Includes Core Cropper software
Fully pre-configured (works out of the box)


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Casper Professional comes with a custom Windows app called Core Cropper. It allows to automatically crop, rotate & rename multiple core photographs with a single click. Just select a folder with all the pictures and press the CROP. Done.
Casper comes flat-packed and can be set up in less than 30 min. All you need is an allan key (which comes in the box). If you can build an Ikea Billy bookcase, then you are more than capable of setting up Casper.

Key points

High dynamic range photographs2
Glare mitigation on wet drill core
Colour calibration bar
Automatic lens vignetting correction3

Photograph captured by CASPER and cropped with Core Cropper

CASPER brochure (PDF, 3.5MB)

  1. Most cameras from Canon, Sony and Nikon have remote shooting capabilities. 

  2. Dynamic range = ratio between highest and lowest brightness captured in a photograph 

  3. Vignetting = reduction of image's brightness towards its edges