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 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.
- 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/
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!!