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Drone Industry

Drone Industry

Drone Industry

Drones are transforming aerial photography, bringing advantages such as lower costs, increased flexibility, and greater convenience when compared to conventional flying. The range of application is expanding day by day. Sony cameras can provide the required attributes and are easy to integrate with the airframe and with electronic systems for communication and control. With our range of high-performing Alpha full-frame mirrorless cameras, we deliver solutions that ensure outstanding photographic results

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Surveying and Mapping, Photogrammetry

Companies are using drones to build 3D digital land models that are accurate to within 2-3cm. Depending on the drone and the camera, an outdoor area of almost 200 acres can be adequately surveyed within about 40 minutes of flying time. Based on Sony’s Exmor R™ sensor optimised for high resolution, with 61 Megapixels, the ILCE-7RM4 is suited to surveying, inspection and mapping applications. The high pixel resolution, together with high-speed image processing, enable detailed and accurate images to be captured extremely quickly. The combination of the image sensor and BIONZ X image-processing engine minimise noise and ensure excellent image quality with smooth transitions from shadows to highlights and accurate colour reproduction. An internal damper structure minimizes shutter vibration. The camera weight, approximately 665 grams with battery and memory card included, ensures excellent photographic results with minimal impact on drone manoeuvrability and flying time.

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Low Light Conditions

In security applications drones can be despatched quickly and travel fast to any location including remote places to investigate if an alarm is triggered and help security guards safely assess a situation. In security applications, drones effectively provide mobile surveillance cameras that are impossible to tamper with and extremely difficult to evade. Sharp image resolution and clear picture quality are essential, to help security guards quickly understand situations that arise and to capture high-quality evidence as effective support for any legal proceedings. High sensitivity in low-light conditions is an important camera attribute. Because the drones must be able to operate unimpeded and continuously, whatever the lighting, from bright sunlight to night-time deployment, a full-frame camera with high sensitivity is needed. Leveraging the 12 Megapixel Exmor R sensor optimised for sensitivity, the Sony ILCE-7SM3 delivers the performance needed for drone-based surveillance and security activities. The sensor has expanded ISO up to 409,600, while the low contrast S-Log2 tone curve allows more of the camera's dynamic range to be utilised.

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Inspection

Drones provide the opportunity to carry out indoor inspections, such as inside a large or tall warehouse, or manmade or natural subterranean space, that may be impossible to inspect safely or may otherwise require scaffolding to be erected, adding time and cost to the project. They can go to areas humans cannot go, such as an industrial site after an accident, to inspect fire damage, or where the risk of hazardous waste cold delay or prevent access by inspectors. A high-resolution camera is needed to capture information about the condition of equipment such as cables, roof beams, or bridges. Again, low camera weight is needed to extend the operating window of the drone and so allow assignments to be completed as quickly and efficiently as possible. The ILCE-7C is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame system, weighing just 509 grams. Bringing together the Exmor R sensor and BIONZ-X image-processing engine, the ILCE-&C features Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF) to facilitate movie shooting and provides a wider dynamic range, lower noise, and higher resolution than alternatives of comparable size and weight

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Lenses

Only Sony can create the best lenses for our cameras. All our lenses are packed with the best of our unique technologies; in a compact and lightweight form. Whatever your subject may be, you will always enjoy the incredibly high resolution and fast autofocus performance of our lenses. Discover how our unique technologies help to achieve your best. For photography and videography, all our lenses are designed and crafted to give you the best, whatever your discipline. With more than 50 lenses in the Sony E-Mount Line Up, all our lenses are developed with the future in mind, so regardless of all new developments, your gear is fully ready.

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