I currently have a Canon SX260 with near-infrared capabilities that I attach to my 3DR Y6. I also use the GoPro camera that it came with. My SX260 keeps getting damaged from dust, and I'm wondering if anyone else has this problem? I fly fields, and when I can, I launch from grass or cement to prevent dirt getting in any of the parts, but in many situations there is nothing available to launch from except a dirt lane.
The obvious fix for me would be to build some sort of launching pad into the back of my truck, which I am working on.
What I am wondering is, since it's looking like I'm going to have to replace my SX260, I'd like to look into other options that may not be so sensitive to environmental factors. My GoPro has held up really well, and I've heard that I can get a GoPro converted to near-infrared, but I'd still like to have GPS on the camera for stitching purposes. Also with the GoPro, I get "fish eye" images, so they are rounded and do not stitch together as well either.
So does anyone have any advice on different near-infrared cameras for flying in dusty like conditions? Preferably one that has GPS and that isn't too heavy so that a 3DR Y6 can support it? I'd also like to find one that can easily be switched to a different UAV, as I will probably upgrade to a different multirotor or even plane style sometime within the next year.
I appreciate any advice!