Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Proposal: Ultra-Light Aerial Photography Camera

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MonsieurAnon, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. MonsieurAnon

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2013
    Messages:
    353
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    I have been following a number of threads on rcgroups, and in other places about the attributes that the perfect compact camera for aerial photography might have. While there hasn't exactly been a consensus, or enough interest to spur any of the big camera manufacturers into making something that caters for us, the following is what I see as a good summary of what people wanted:

    • APS-C or similar sized sensor
    • Under 250g ready to shoot
    • Interchangeable lenses
    • Powered by main flight battery
    • Continuous shooting
    • Manual camera control
    • Remote shutter via RC channel
    • AV out

    Instead of sitting on my hands, or settling for a camera that achieved some of these goals, I have been a little more pro-active. I have found / hacked / modified / wired together a prototype camera that meets all of the above goals, except for AV out.

    The camera I started with is part of a series, or line of cameras that HAD that feature, but because I bought mine as a new model before there was a definitive answer online on the topic, I simply assumed that it would have it. As it stands, there are quite a number of second hand, older camera bodies available, and I am thinking of buying one, to complete the above list.

    I already have everything that I need in the prototype that I've produced, as I do photogrammetry, and FPV isn't really relevant for that. However, I believe that a large number of people must have a need for a similarly light, large sensored camera, so;

    ***

    If I were to attempt to manufacture these in small batches, how much would you personally pay for something like this?

    I originally posted this over at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2379544 but didn't receive much of a response so I thought I'd try a different crowd.
     
  2. Brent10

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    For me, the ability to shoot in raw format is essential. Also, it should be ruggedized to some extent to give it a better chance of surviving crashes. Depending on the features of the end product I might pay up to $300.

    I have been looking at the Sony RX100 with the Dronexpert.nl adapter that allows manual control. However, that setup would approach $1000. Yikes.
     
  3. N017RW

    Joined:
    May 2, 2014
    Messages:
    7,387
    Likes Received:
    2,142
    Location:
    Palm Beach Co.- FL
    How about some photos of and from it?
     
Loading...
Similar Threads - Proposal Ultra Light Forum Date
DJI's Remote Identification Proposal News Mar 28, 2017
Drone Marriage Proposal Photos and Video Mar 25, 2017
Registration Proposals in the UK General Discussion Dec 21, 2016
Care to share your proposal template? General Discussion Nov 30, 2016
Fytrex Flight Mapping Proposal General Discussion Oct 12, 2016