3DR have announced the integration of the new Sony UMC-R10C Lens Style Camera into there Solo UAV platform. This will include a custom gimbal for the camera. It will replace the current GoPro camera with one of the quality of a DSLR camera capable of taking 20MP+ photographs.
The camera appears to be similar to the Sony ILCE-QX1 discussed in a previous blog – Mirror-less Cameras and UAVs. Although the technology had great potential for use in UAVs due to the fact it does not have the body and weight of a normal camera, it had the serious limitation of not having a full manual mode. Hopefully this will be remedied in the new model.
The UMC-R10C is going to be released by 3DR as part of a complete mapping and processing solution called SiteScan.
It is not currently known whether the camera and gimbal will be available separately at present.
The camera will be unveiled at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas in April.
While the package combined with SiteScan is expected to ship in June.