Cameras of the project

For ArchEyeAutomatic, we are using several camera systems, depending on the situation and the aims of the flights. A short introduction to each camera is given on this page.

The Sony NEX-7 camere used for ArchEyeAutomatic

The most used camera: Sony NEX7

The camera with the most flight hours and still most used. A little heavier than the newer Alpha 5100 but with the same image sensor in APS-C size (23,5 x 15,6 mm) with 24MPx. It is triggered by infra-red signal, which makes the release a little slow. Since it is working at all, there is no need to change this. It is powered from the flight batteries at the moment, which is not really effective, appreciable shortening the flight time. This camera could also be used for shooting videos, but as the project’s current gimbals are not optimized for this task, the videos are rather bad.

The newcomer camera: Sony Alpha a5100

The newest camera and the lightest. But also with very good imaging qualities at 24MPx and also offering interchangeable lenses, sharing them with the NEX-7. We have 16mm, 19mm, 18-55mm and 30mm lenses, covering most use cases from overview to detail. The power distribution is the same as for the NEX7 as they have the same batteries.

The old one: Samsung NX100

The oldest camera, still lightweight and of good quality. It has a 16 MPx sensor with interchangeable lenses. It has a 16mm, a 30mm and a vario zoom 18-50mm lens. It is planned to modify this camera to shoot infra-red pictures. Then it would be possible to detect cropmarks far easier.

The Canon EOS 550D camera used in ArchEyeAutomatic

The big camera: Canon EOS 550D

The Canon EOS 550D is a digital reflex camera mounted to the quadro. We used it because of the excellent image quality. Since the camera is quite heavy – in comparison to mirrorless cameras at least – it is only used occasionally, although the image quality is still very good. Availabe are lenses with 50mm and 24mm focal length.