This article provides an overview of how PlexiDrone supports genuinely professional camera applications, as part of its series of unique features.
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Most consumer drones are limited to a proprietary or a specific entry-level camera, usually in the interest of keeping the weight of the drone low for increased flight time. Thanks to PlexiDrone's advanced and efficient electronics it can accommodate not only a multitude of cameras but also heavier cameras. And PlexiDrone still maintains industry-leading flight times!
Officially Supported: Sony RX100 Series
The Sony RX100 Series (II/III/IV/V) is the standout professional camera officially supported by PlexiDrone X8. It is used with the 3D Cinema Gimbal and is supported on the PlexiDrone X8 model only.
For perspective here is a comparison between the typical drone camera versus PlexiDrone's ace camera:
|Specification||GoPro Hero 4
(w/ Standard Gimbal)
Sony RX100 IV
|Effective Pixels||12 megapixels||20 megapixels|
|Focal length (equiv.)||14 - 28 mm||24 – 70 mm|
|Max. Image Resolution||4000 x 3000 pixels||5472 x 3648 pixels|
|Max. Video Resolution||
3840 x 2160 pixels
|3840 x 2160 pixels|
|Storage Types||MicroSD, MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC||
SD / SDHC / SDXC,
|Image Formats||JPEG||Extra Fine JPEG, RAW|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
The Sony RX100 is suitable for most professional applications, but there are photographers and videographers who make high-profile content and need to go beyond. PlexiDrone X8 can accommodate custom payloads. See more information on that here.
Can I use the Same Quick-Release Payload Clip for Professional Cameras that is Otherwise used with Entry-Level Cameras?
Yes. The Payload Clip is meant to be universal for every PlexiDrone payload / camera option. No need to purchase a different Payload Clip or make your own. You can use what came with your original PlexiDrone purchase.
Do I Need to use a Specific Gimbal for the Sony RX100?
Yes, the 3D Cinema Gimbal is specially designed for Sony RX100 (II/III/IV/V).
Which PlexiDrone Configuration Supports Professional Cameras?
Professional cameras tend to be heavier than entry-level cameras seen on most drones, and most drones are not capable of carrying such a weight. As such virtually all professional cameras will require the PlexiDrone X8 configuration.