The product resolution is now 1.5m, meaning buildings are correctly identified and man-made features are better delineated. Moreover, thanks to the 12-bit pixel depth, objects in shadows of buildings, trees and mountains are easier to detect, as well as pale-colored elements in very light or bright environments. The geolocation accuracy of collected images is also better. With such performances, entire country maps can be updated for scales of 1:25,000 and even 1:15,000. Another important SPOT 6 improvement compared to SPOT 5 is the addition of the blue spectral band, making photointerpretation and classification easier.
Thanks to improved payload features and ground segment design, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 imagery now become real substance for a large spectrum of applications.