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This Gimbal Mounts Sony Cameras to DJI Drones

As DJIs X4S cameras came to an unfortunate end, a number of drone pilots have been searching for an alternative solution to fit the Inspire 2 and M200/M210/M210V2 drones. Whilst DJI suggest purchasing the Zenmuse X5S, the cost may seem out of reach for many users, especially those engaged with mapping.

However, Klau Geomatics has come to save the day, enabling drone users to mount their Sony cameras to the Inspire 2 and other drones mentioned above. The company state that this will lead to “more effective and accurate mapping and inspection using superior quality, plug and play camera payloads with precise 3D positioning accuracy.”

The potential for attaching a Sony camera with a large sensor, leaf shutter and stable internals for calibration to a drone is an exciting prospect for those looking to maximise quality in aerial photography.

Sharp lenses, an increased depth of field, reduced noise, HDR and ISO capabilities of Sony cameras far exceed the capabilities of DJI’s now defunct X4S. This increase in quality, the company believes, “means clearer, sharper pictures with more data in shadows and less geometrical distortion.”

But before we get too excited, only the smaller Sony models will be possible for mounting on the gimbal. This means no a7R IIIs with heavy lenses, but custom 2-axis stabilised gimbals for the likes of Sony’s RX1r2, a6400, and a5100 cameras. Each gimbal will also have customisable and programmable camera pitch, smart camera trigger control, and KlauPPK technology for accurate mapping and inspection projects.

Whilst the product is largely for corporate mapping projects, it won’t prevent more creative drone users from utilising the gimbal to make the most of Sony’s powerful cameras and range of lenses.

Prices are yet to be announced, but it is likely to be a cost-effective alternative if you already own an appropriate drone and Sony mirrorless camera, in lieu of purchasing DJI’s X5S.

For more information visit their website.

Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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