With the demise of the DJI Zenmuse X4S camera, some drone users have been looking for alternative cameras, particularly for mapping, to fit the DJI Inspire 2 and some other DJI drones. Of course, the recommended solution from DJI is to simply buy the Zenmuse X5s, but there is a pretty significant price difference there, at 3-4x the cost.
Australia-based Klau Geomatics, however, has other ideas. They’ve just released a gimbal for the Inspire 2, M200, M210 and M210V2 drones that lets you mount your Sony camera to take advantage of those large sensors, and get more control over the images you shoot from the air.
Now, you’re not going to be mounting a Sony A7RIII and 70-200mm f/2.8 on here, but a smaller camera like the A6400 with a lightweight lens? Absolutely. And those large APS-C sensors are going to let you get higher detail shots with less noise, better high ISO performance and increased dynamic range.
The custom 2-axis gimbals offer adjustable and programmable camera pitch, smart camera trigger control, and their proprietary KlauPPK/PPP technology which offers more accurate positioning for mapping and inspection projects and automated options for covering large areas more easily.
Even though the system is designed primarily for mapping and surveying, you’ll also have more creative options due to the wide lens choice available to Sony shooters.
There’s no mention of a price on the system yet, but looking at the prices for Klau Geomatics’ other kit, it won’t be inexpensive. But if you’ve already got a suitable drone and Sony mirrorless camera, then it might work out cheaper to get one of these than to buy the DJI X5S.
You can find out more on the Klau Geomatics website.
[via SUAS News]