I’m diving in to the deep end of GIS and am starting to realize getting some drone data is the next logical step and need some advice.
I’ve primarily been researching pixhawk and dji. Is it necessary to have a drone with fancy sensors to get started in photogrametry or can I get the ball rolling by hiring the kids down the street with a basic dji to zip around and take a few hundred pictures for me?
From what I understand, Parrott’s software platform is derived from Ardupilot, but is otherwise their own thing. Their older SLAM/CHUCK flight controllers are pixhawk-compatible and ports of Ardupilot have begun.
Their newer USA model has passed strict DOJ guidelines, allowing usage for federal projects, as well as for collecting data of CIKR.
For the Anafi platform itself, it is incredibly small/light, has an excellent camera module, great range, better than most flight autonomy time, and great compatibility with Pix4D Capture.
It isn’t that expensive for the base model, either.
I use a 3DR SOLO with a modified GoPro, but this is very much a DIY platform these days with the need for modified batteries. Otherwise, I think this is a perfect platform since the entire stack is open-source and under constant development.
The electronic stablization on the Anafi is only for the yaw axis, so pitch/roll are mechanical. I could see it potentially impacting when doing something like a tower survey, but shouldn’t it be a non-issue for most terrestrial survey?