Acoustic Camera

Acoustic Camera
Product Data
Acoustic Camera
• Three array sizes with up to 384
microphones available
• Real time virtual microphone
• Digital microphones, no extra
acquisition unit needed
• Intuitive software
• Plug and play within 5 minutes
• Robust camera front-end based on a circular carbon fibre disc, three sizes available: - 128 microphones 0.4 meter array, only 2.5 kg weight
- 256 microphones 1 meter array, only 11 kg weight
- 384 microphones 1.6 meter array for lower frequency analysis
• No interface box between array and laptop, direct connection with LAN cable
• Listen to and analyse real time audio from virtual microphone position
• Virtual microphone enables you to listen to the sound contribution from any source real time, filtered with your selected
frequency range
• Microphones on a disc prevent sound and echo from behind
• Low self-noise and large measurement range
• RPM option for analysing rotating machines.
• High-performance optical video camera is included in the camera front-end unit
• The distribution of the high number of microphones ensures high resolving power and reduces the problems due to
side lobe effects compared to most other acoustic cameras
• Digital microphones ensure large dynamic range and high stability
• Simple connection to the included MacBook Pro computer through a single LAN-cable.
• All parts are integrated in the camera frontend – no need for a signal processing interface box
• Operated on mains or DC input
• Records the signal from every microphone
Innovative sound instrumentation
Noise abatement planning for environmental noise
The Norsonic Nor848A sets a new standard for acoustical
cameras. The large number of microphones eliminates the
problems of ghost-spots, compared to traditional acoustical cameras where the relatively low number of microphones increases the side lobe effect, resulting in the so
called ghost-spot effect where you may measure a nonexisting source. The Nor848A software is extremely intuitive and easy to use. Just after a few minutes of training,
the user is able to operate the system and do real measurements. Three camera frontends are available. A 0.4m
array with 128 microphones, a 1 meter array holding 256
microphones and a 1.6 meter array with 384 microphones!
The system enables the user to perform noise analysis with
a clear view of the spatial distribution of the sound in real
The system is easy to set up in the field. Just power the
self-contained unit from mains or battery and connect the
LAN cable to the computer. The system is ready to measure in just a few minutes after entering the site.
The sound signal from every microphone as well as the
video from the integrated optical camera are recorded and
stored in the computer. Both live level plots as well as postprocessed analysis with refined resolution are available
with the user friendly software package that runs on the
included state-of-the-art MacBook Pro computer.
By moving the cursor in the picture you may analyse
and listen to the sound in the selected directions – in real
time! This enables the user to identify the problem, whether
it is an annoying sound, a leakage or other difficult noise
problems in just a fraction of time compared to traditional
Easy operation
The acoustic camera Nor848A has been designed with the
operator in mind and is very simple to operate
• Set up the front-end in the desired direction
• Connect the LAN cable between frontend and computer
• Power the frontend and computer – mains or battery
• View the noise sources in real-time
• Press the start record button to save a measurement
recording for further analysis
The video from the wide-angle optical camera and the signal from all microphones are recorded on the hard-disk of
the computer. The filename is automatically picked from
the time of the day and may eventually be given a more
descriptive name.
Select a virtual microphone position by the cursor position and the focus distance and listen to the signal and
perform a frequency analysis – in real time or after the measurement. Many operators have found that listening by the
ears and looking at the level picture is very useful in finding
noise sources.
Essentially, only the placement of the frontend is important for a good recording since all parameters like focal distance and level- and frequency-range may be selected at
any later time. There is no initial setting that can be made
Beampattern, maximum side lobe level (MSL)
and mean side lobe energy for Nor848A-10. The
large number of microphones is the basis for high
angular resolving power and the low side lobes typically more than 20 dB below the main lobe.
0.5 kHz
1 kHz
1.5 kHz
3 kHz
Side lobe level [dB]
Attenuation (dB)
Max level
Mean energy
-90 -80 -70 -60 -50 -40 -30 -20 -10 0
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Angle (deg)
3.5k 4.3k
Log Frequency [Hz]
Live analysing software - intuitive and easy to use!
Record button
Thumbnails of recordings
Enable acoustic eraser
Select the colour range
Set frequency range
Playback control
Virtual microphone position selected by the cursor.
Used for analysis and listening
Set the focal distance
Display spectrogram
Display the spectrum as FFT,
1/3 or 1/1 octave
A, C or flat weighting selection
RPM and order tracking
Video frames for quick navigation
within recording
Sound level history
Time axis
Listen to broadband or selected
frequency band
The digital microphone elements are protected behind the disc-shaped carbon fibre enclosure. A dust and water
repellent mesh is protecting the microphones from dust and moisture. The robust and sturdy construction also
ensures that all microphones are kept in the correct position – important for field applications. The small distance
between the microphones in the inner circle is important for low spatial aliasing at higher frequencies.
The large number of microphones also contributes to the wide measurement range and the low self-noise. The
signal in the selected direction is based on the weighted average of all microphones and is therefore far below
the self-noise from a single microphone. Allows measurements of levels below what is achievable with a normal
sound level meter.
The backside of front-end contains the connectors DC power or mains via mains adaptor, two external signal input
(RPM input) and the computer interface (LAN). The computer runs on the internal battery for about two hours.
Alternatively, use the enclosed mains adapter/charger or external battery pack.
Using acoustic eraser to remove a
source from the image to distinguish
between different sources
Number of microphones
0.4 meter array
1 meter array
1.6 meter array
digital mems
AD converter
4th order Delta Sigma
16 bit/sample
AC coupling 3dB frequency
20 Hz
Max sound level (re. 20 µPa)
120 dB
Microphone frequency range
20 Hz – 20 kHz
Mapping frequency range
Self-noise, A-weighted
316 Hz - 15kHz
125 Hz – 15 kHz
80 Hz – 15 kHz
12 dBA
9 dBA
7 dBA
Sampling frequency
44.1 kHz
Analysing spectrum
1/1 octave or 1/3 octave or FFT
FFT spectra
4096 lines 10,8 Hz line width
Operating distance
0,5 m to 200 m
Optical camera resolution
1600 x 1200
Optical camera frame rate
15 frames/sec
Optical/acoustic covering angle
± 48,5° horizontal ± 35° vertical
Temperature range
-10°C to +40 °C
Humidity range
up to 90 % RH
Mains supply (via mains adaptor)
100 - 230 V (50-60 Hz)
DC supply
11–36 V
Power consumption frontend
Disc diameter
Weight (excl. tripod)
Ingress protection code
Max. 20 W
43cm x 4.5 cm
103 cm x 4.5 cm
164 cm x 4.5 cm
2,4 kg
11 kg
16 kg
IP 40
Included in the delivery
• Acoustic camera array Nor848A-0.4, frontend disc
with 128 microphones build in optical video camera
and electronic interface. Alternatively acoustic camera
array Nor848A-10, frontend disc with 256 microphones
build in optical video camera and electronic interface or
Nor848A-16, frontend disc with 384 microphones, optical video camera and electronic interface and processing unit.
• Live analysing software with recording, measurement
and post-processing functions. Supplied with Bose
noise cancelling headphones for optimum live listening.
• Mains adapter Nor337/848.
• LAN-cable 5 m.
• Nor848/case - Transport casing for Acoustic camera
front-end with space for tripod and accessories.
Nor848A 0.4 meter array
• RPM option for analysing rotating machines.
• Battery pack Nor342 with charger Nor343 and cable Nor4574 (>4 hour operation)
• Nor848/Tripod – Rugged tripod for Acoustic camera frontend including detachable wheels and detachable tripod
holder for MacBook. Fits all camera discs sizes. Weight 11.4 Kg
• Nor848/TripodL – Light weighted tripod for 0.4m Acoustic Camera Frontend. Weight 2.8 Kg
• Plug for DC input, (Lemo FGG.1K302.CLAC65Z)
• Plug for RPM input, (Lemo FFA.00.250.NTA)
• Nor4575, 10 meter RPM input cable BNC to Lemo
• Soft case for easy transportation
P.O.Box 24, N-3421 Lierskogen, Norway
Tel.: +47 3285 8900
Fax.: +47 3285 2208
PD 848A Ed3Rv1En 0615
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