RTF Hexacopter from Event 38 - Aphex

I’m happy to announce the release of our first multirotor drone at Event 38, the Aphex aerial photography platform. This hexacopter is based on the 3DR Hexa frame. It comes ready to fly with a 2-axis stabilizing camera mount for taking aerial photographs. We modified the camera mount so it can now take images not only at moderate angles but also straight down for super low altitude mapping missions. You can easily make small mosaics with resolution less than 0.5cm/pixel. Aimed straight forward, the Aphex can be used to take amazing oblique aerial shots of houses, landscapes and large structures.


The Platform:

The Aphex is based on the 3DR Hexa-B frame using the larger 880kV motors and 11x4.7 propellers. APM2.5 with uBlox GPS are included. The pre-configured tilt/roll stabilized camera mount keeps your cameras up to 500g shooting straight and level. Adjust the tilt axis any time from your R/C controller. The 3DR battery monitor warns you when the battery is low on charge.


The Possibilities:

-          Mapping – Great for small but extremely high quality maps, up to 20 acres per flight

-          Inspection – Bridges/Buildings/Rooves

-          Photography – Get a vantage point above pole cameras and below helicopters

-          Planning – Construction, Mining, Logging, any large scale outdoor operation can benefit from a periodic, "big picture" vantage point.


For those who want really high quality images from an aerial vantage point and don’t like the distorted look and curved horizon you get from GoPro, we’ve sized the Aphex to carry larger traditional cameras. Mount your own or choose one of our Canon Powershot SX260s for medium resolution (12.1MP) and to have your images automatically geotagged. For very high quality images, we offer an automatic trigger system for Samsung mirrorless cameras, the NX1000, NX20 and NX210. These cameras are a great blend of DSLR quality images (20MP APC-C sensor) and lightweight bodies compatible with aerial use.

Check out some of our images below or see more here: http://droneyard.com/aerial-shots/


Click here to read more about the specifications or to order now.


Please leave your questions or comments below and also feel free to message me directly through DIY Drones or by email at Jeff@Event38.com. If there's any interest, I'll make another blog post detailing how to trigger Samsung NX cameras from APM.

Finally I'd like to thank the 3DR and uDrones teams and especially the ArduPlane, ArduCopter and Mission Planner dev teams, thank you!!

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Comment by Jon on June 11, 2013 at 1:40pm

Nice, this gimbal looks far superior to the $15 hobbyking version 3dr udrones charges $150 for

Comment by DroneNerd on June 11, 2013 at 7:39pm

Well done, Jeff. Congrats!!

My E382-LR has today hundred missions and more than 350 flight hours, in perfectly conditions.
Aphex I sure, goes to same way.


Comment by Jeff Taylor on June 11, 2013 at 7:46pm

Thanks Marcelo!

Great to hear about your E382!

Comment by Nuno on June 12, 2013 at 10:41am

Great, i realy want to know how you make the triger to the nx1000

please explain.

Comment by Jeff Taylor on June 12, 2013 at 4:29pm

I'll make another post in a few days Nuno, stay tuned!

Comment by Jeff Taylor on June 18, 2013 at 6:15pm

Nuno, I just posted a tutorial on making the remote shutter cables for Samsung cameras here:


Comment by Jeff Taylor on June 19, 2013 at 4:35pm

Thanks Justin!

Comment by Leonardo Fuica Babogredac on December 2, 2013 at 12:41pm

Hi Jeff....¿do you live in Chile?

Well, i try to trigger my NEX1000 via remote shutter and soldered two cable and shutter well, but when connected to Wookong trigger once when i put the cable in camara or, if i connected invert in wookong trigger faster and dont stop....¿how is the solution for this?

I try to use this camera for photogrammetry in Chile, actually use a Sony NEX 5n and trigger with IR

Comment by Jeff Taylor on December 2, 2013 at 2:42pm

Hello Leonardo,

I did live in Chile earlier this year, as part of the Startup Chile program, but now I'm back in the USA. I'm not sure how the Wookong trigger works, but maybe it uses PWM instead of a digital pulse. The NX1000 can only understand a digital pulse for remote triggering unfortunately. If you do have a PWM output, look up the Gentwire USB cable, that decodes PWM into a single digital pulse.


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