I am currently working on a personal project. This project involves a drone which is capable of flying a route by itself and while doing that taking pictures of the earth beneath it. My idea is to let the drone fly a path and use a camera to take pictures on an interval. These pictures will later be stitched and the stitched image will be placed on a Google Map within an application I will build myself. The problem I am facing right now is the camera I need to use. Currently I am using the following equipment:
- 3DR X8+
- GoPro Hero 4 Silver
- DYS 3-Axis SMART GoPro Brushless Gimbal
The trouble I am having is that the GoPro is not geotagging the images by itself. I have written a little tool to geotag the images using a CSV file created after a flight but this is not completely accurate. Another problem is the interval used by the GoPro, I would like to send a command to the camera trough a raspberry pi to take a picture at will. By doing this I could calculate the optimal interval by checking how fast the drone is flying at that moment. My question is if anyone knows a camera that would for fill my needs.
- 12MP or higher
- Needs integrated GPS
- Changeable interval
- WIFI would be nice to have
- Compact and quite light (around 300 grams would be nice)
- Must be shockproof
I have searched a little bit myself and came up with the following camera’s
- Ricoh G800SE (with additional GPS module)
- Olympus TG-860
- Imperix B4822
With getting a different camera I would also need a different gimbal if anyone knows a gimbal that is easy to use and easy to calibrate I would love to hear a suggestion.
I hope my story was clear enough, if not please feel free to ask any questions.