3DR Site Scan now comes integrated with amazing Sony R10C

When we announced earlier this year that we were going to be working with Sony to bring out the R10C, which has the best sensor in the industry, we also said we were going to do more than just strap a great camera on a Solo. And we did: we've created a custom gimbal and API interface with the R10C that allows Solo Site Scan to not only automatically control every aspect of the camera in real time during flight, but also automatically transfer full-resolution (20 megapixel) images to the cloud wirelessly in near real-time, via our new iOS app.  It's out now!

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on September 3, 2016 at 7:41pm

Cool, glad to see you've finally got this out there.  I've been promoting these cameras since 2013, just too bad they're all discontinued.

http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/sony-releases-stand-alone-imager


So, will the UMC-R10C be available to everybody?  A while ago I think you said it was 3DR specific, but now I see Kespry's new drone has it too?

Now, when you say "Best sensor in the industry", you're only comparing to small quadcopters right?  There's people flying around with the a7RII at 42MP. I've got a Nikon D810 on a heli with pretty serious glass on it. 

Unrelated, but, how can I get the Rev B Solo GPS I won in the last T3 contest?

Comment by Gary McCray on September 3, 2016 at 8:04pm

Hi Chris,

I see the price for Solo with RC10 and 1 year of Site Scan is $12,200.00.

What is the annual renewal price for Site Scan?

Looks like a very pro package, but I suspect that other software interfaces at far lower prices will eventually displace very expensive software interface option.

AutoDesk Fusion 360 which is possibly the preeminent 3D CAD package is priced at $300.00 per year for full commercial use.

By comparison Site Scan is primarily an interface to other programs and appears to cost an arm and a leg.

I believe the new market now opened up with 107 will produce very high quality software interfaces at much lower prices within a year.

So enjoy your momentary lead.

Just my prediction.

Best Regards,

Gary


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Comment by Pete Hollands on September 3, 2016 at 11:31pm

It would be useful  to provide a data sheet and technical specifications of the camera. I do not see any on the 3DR website as of writing this comment. ( Link to Google Search term ). 

Comment by Jerry Giant on September 4, 2016 at 5:29am

so lets flash the firmware!

Comment by Alex Maltais on September 4, 2016 at 6:47am

You should let people try Site Scan Field / Manager first, as Pix4D do (Discovery), with case studies. Pix4D is already very well established in the industry and managed a remarkable work, really.

At that price, why would I change?

And what's the autonomy? 20 min? It does not truly represent the needs of professionals, especially in agriculture - we need at least >45 min. Sequoia integration? VTOL?


Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on September 4, 2016 at 9:01am

Alex, the Solo barely flies 20 minutes with the GoPro, no way it does it with this heavier setup.  Probably 10-15.  I don't think the target market is agricultural however.  This is more like for construction sites and other industrial inspections.



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Comment by MarioSpeedwagon on September 4, 2016 at 10:04am

It's a great combo package that doesn't make any sense at it's current price point, and provides no "a la carte" flexibility. 

Comment by Alex Maltais on September 4, 2016 at 12:16pm

Rob, I agree with you for agriculture, it is certainly not the first target (even if they mention on the website), but even for the construction industry or the inspection, 20 minutes or less is impossible not to become a battery manager rather than a UAV operator

By cons, allow the purchase of the Sony camera for the standard Solo would be a good alternative for video / photo capture, finally able to look at my pictures and find it interesting (I always hated GoPro)

Comment by Pascal P. on September 4, 2016 at 1:24pm

I really do not understand, from a user point of view, the all inclusive package with drone + camera + cloud service access for one year. 12000 USD price is so high and the visibility on my activity so low. 2000 USD for a good acquisition system is ok, but I want to master the post processing side and use the good solution for my activity. We came from a very open and modular DIY-RC world for skilled people approach to an expensive locked solution for non specialists. 

Comment by Marc Dornan on September 4, 2016 at 3:08pm
Well Pascal, you have put your finger on the awkward tension between the DIYD community and 3DR these days!!

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