We at Airborne Projects have been busy testing and getting feedback on our new product DROTAG that allows your Sony Alpha camera (A5000/A5100/A6000) to be triggered by any APM with a telemetry port. It also tags your images in flight with the position estimate at the time of the trigger.
With DROTAG you don't need any offline post-processing after you land to get your pictures geo-referenced. DROTAG does all that in the air. The pictures will also be in a separate folder for each power cycle. This way you don't have to sort pictures from other flights. Effectively each flight will have its photo folder. DROTAG just gives you a simpler workflow.
Use almost any consumer camera for Aerial Photography and GeoTagging!
- Decouple the image gathering from image information – No more APM logs cross reference.
- 0-effort configuring the camera for UAVs. Images are captured with ideal settings to ensure consistency over shots.
- No need for GPS enabled cameras.
- Use the Flight Controller position data to tag your pictures. Take advantage of APM’s advanced data fusion, including RTK capabilities if available.
- Huge availability of cameras.
An additional characteristic of DROTAG is that it configures your camera according according to a text configuration file present in the microSD card. This way your ISO, F-Stop and other photographic settings are guaranteed to be set when you fly.This improves inter-photo reliability.
The way it works is simple: You connect DROTAG to your camera and to your APM telemetry port, do some minor one time configuration and you are ready to go to mission planner plan your flights. To ensure that everything goes smoothly we have prepared a manual and a checklist you can adapt to your workflow needs.
Expect new add-ons regarding naming photo ordering. One of them is making the pictures organized by APM arming status change.
Also, some things changed since our last development post. DROTAG does not use USB pen drives as we previously expected. Instead the pictures are stored in an included 16GB microSD card. During testing we concluded that USB sockets are not reliable and figured that bundling a microSD to USB card gave the best usability results.
- Size: 55x27mm
- Weight: 21g
- Power supply: 5VDC via Telemetry Port Cable
- 3 Seconds Minimum Time Between Pictures (Mission Planner)
- Includes microSD 16GB Class 10 Card
- Include microSD to USB Converter
- User Manual
DROTAG is also future proofed because it relies on gphoto2 open source project to achieve compatibility with a huge number of cameras check them. Speaking of open source projects, to create DROTAG Airborne Projects implemented and created corrections to Gstreamer and libgphoto2 that will benefit the rest of the community. It is our dream to one day be in conditions of open sourcing the code. If you have a proposal let us know ;)
We have launch campaign with an discount first 10 orders, so be sure to check DROTAg product page. We are also open to questions on the product here on diydrones or at our contact page, but we recommend a look to the manual for very detailed explanations of the way DROTAG works. For quantity and distributors also use our contact page.
wrong parsing of ISO_SPEED and PHOTOGRAPHIC_SENSITIVITY tags
Minor correction found discussed in mailing list thread Re: [gphoto-devel] Speeding up USB PTP transfer