Shop our selection of DJI and Parrot cameras. From infrared, optical zoom, and NDVI the team here at Aerial Media Pros is ready to help you. See how one UAS can carry multiple camera payloads to provide the best data depending on the use case. From inspection to pubic safety UAS provide real-time information faster than traditional methods.
The optical cameras work just as a digital point and shoot camera. Light from the scene you are photographing zooms into the camera lens. This incoming "picture" hits the image sensor chip, which breaks it up into millions of pixels. The sensor measures the color and brightness of each pixel and stores it as a number. The string of numbers describing the exact details of each pixel it contains. This digital image is transmitted over to the controller which is then converted back to a picture image which the piolt in command can view on the monitor screen. The difference between an optical zoom and a digital zoom camera are the optics in the lens. Optical zoom means there is lens magnifying the scene onto the sensor, similar to using binoculars. This way of zoom is more expensive then digital zoom because the lenses have to be motorized in order to focus the incoming light onto the sensor. For digital zoom, the sensors processor further enhances specific areas of the sensor to crop in on an area. This is similar to looking specifically at an object in a room of objects.
DJI Zenmuse X5S
One of DJI’s most powerful aerial cameras, the Zenmuse X5S is precisely engineered to deliver superb results for a wide variety of aerial photography and videography applications. Equipped with an upgraded 20.8-megapixel Micro 4/3 CMOS sensor, this camera offers a high dynamic range of 12.8 stops, which allows it to effectively handle high-contrast scenes and capture images and videos that retain a wealth of detail in all areas of the image. Along with a significantly improved the signal-to-noise ratio and enhanced color sensitivity, the X5S is able to produce sharp, low-noise imagery in various lighting situations. In addition to its impressive photography capabilities, the Zenmuse X5S is a highly effective aerial imaging tool for professional filmmakers due to its superior video resolution. With the integrated CineCore 2.0 image processing system on the Inspire 2, it can record movie-quality videos in 5.2K CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes, as well as 4K video in H.264 and H.265 (both at a bitrate of up to 100Mbps). Having a fixed lens can be limiting for users who want more creative flexibility when it comes to their final output. The Zenmuse X5S can be used with a variety of compatible interchangeable micro 4/3 lenses, allowing you to choose the most appropriate lens type or focal length to fit your shooting needs. It currently supports eight standard micro 4/3 prime and zoom lenses from Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, and DJI, with focal lengths ranging from 9 to 45mm.
DJI Zemmuse Z3
The DJI Zenmuse Z3 is equipped with a gimbal stabilized camera that produces ultra-high definition 4K video at up to 30 frames per second and crisp photos at a resolution of 12 megapixels. Aside from delivering outstanding image and video quality, what makes this camera stand out among other gimbal cameras is that it is capable of 7x optical and digital lossless zoom thanks to its 22-77mm lens, which offers a wide-angle to the telephoto field of view. This makes the Zenmuse Z3 a highly useful imaging tool for various commercial and industry applications, such as power line inspections and search and rescue operations, that require real-time zooming capabilities. When used in the public safety field, the Z3’s ability to zoom without negatively affecting image quality gives aerial photographers and videographers more control over the look and feel of their final output.
DJI Zenmuse Z30
For image data collection that is faster, safer and more accurate, DJI offers the Zenmuse Z30. It is an aerial zoom camera geared towards industrial use. It has a powerful 30x optical and 6x digital zoom which lets you fly at a safe distance and still get precise and detailed images of components, structures, wires and more. The Zenmuse Z30 also boasts plug-and-play use with the Matrice series. You can also connect it with DJI's Go app and enjoy its TapZoom function for automatic focal length adjustment. The Zenmuse Z30 is the most powerful integrated aerial zoom camera on the market with 30x optical and 6x digital zoom for a total magnification up to 180x. Whether you are inspecting cell towers or wind turbines, it enables you to get a detailed look at structures, wires, modules and components to detect damage.
With fully integrated gimbals from DJI and thermal cores from FLIR, having thermal images from a drone is becoming mainstream. Infrared cameras usually detect radiation in the long-infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum (roughly 9,000–14,000 nanometers or 9–14 µm) and produce images of that radiation, called thermograms. Since infrared radiation is emitted by all objects with a temperature above absolute zero, thermography makes it possible to see one's environment with or without visible illumination. The amount of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature; therefore, thermography allows one to see variations in temperature. When viewed through a thermal imaging camera, warm objects stand out well against cooler backgrounds; humans and other warm-blooded animals become easily visible against the environment, day or night. As a result, thermography is particularly useful to public safety and inspection companies.
Full compatibility with DJI SDK allows the Zenmuse XT to have complete access to some of the best DJI drone features, such as Intelligent Flight Modes, long-range video transmission, and flight customization and control over the camera subsystems, including the gimbal. It’s fully compatible with the Matrice 100, Matrice 200 Series, Matrice 600, and Inspire 1, with which the Zenmuse XT can provide detailed thermal aerial imagery within seconds, take off in record time, and go on long flights (up to 35 minutes). The XT is avialble in a wide range of configurations including the image sensor size, lens configuration, and radiometric format.
The dual sensor configuration combins FLIR’s Tau 2 thermal sensor and 12MP visual camera. With FLIR MSX quickly interpret data with details from the visual image overlaid on the thermal data stream. The XT2 utilizes the highest end Tau 2 sensors, with all models having radiometric capabilities – storing temperature data in every pixel – and a max 30 Hz thermal frame rate. The XT2’s dual sensors are housed within a weather resistance encasing, providing an IP44 level rating. This makes it the first DJI camera to match the M200 Series’ rugged build, combining to form a drone solution that can fly through light rains.
XT2 Software Features
Temp Alarm: Don’t miss a thing with instant notifications when object temperatures exceed pre-set parameters. Heat Track: Capture the most critical information by automatically locking the XT2 onto the hottest object in view. Temp Check: Tap a point or select an area for real-time temperature measurements. Quick Track: Select an object to lock the XT2 onto it, simplifying missions in complex environments. Isotherms: Focus on a specific temperature band to identify what’s important. Color Palettes: Adjust the colors applied to the thermal data to easily interpret what’s happening. PiP Options: Optimize how you view the thermal and visual feeds - side by side, and overlapping imagery.
Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) quantifies vegetation by measuring the difference between near-infrared (which vegetation strongly reflects) and red light (which vegetation absorbs). Healthy vegetation (chlorophyll) reflects more near-infrared (NIR) and green light compared to other wavelengths. But it absorbs more red and blue light. This is why our eyes see vegetation as the color green. If you could see near-infrared, then it would be strong for vegetation too. In the past these sensors were big and expensive now they have become much more efficient and can fit onto UAS. The primary companies sensors we sell are from Parrot, specifically Micasense. The Micasense Altum integrates a radiometric thermal camera with five high-resolution narrow bands, producing advanced thermal, multispectral and high-resolution imagery in one flight for advanced analytics.