February 15, 2016

Aerial Mapping Configurations – DSLR, Mirrorless, Medium Format & Custom Payloads

Strut mount aerial camera platform in flight Dual Nikon 5-Band, RGB & NIR, System Single Canon 5DSR system

Capture Awesome and Professional Quality Geo-coded Aerial Images with a DSLR, Mirrorless or Medium Format Digital Camera.  

Taking photos from a plane usually means dealing with a lot of inconvenience and getting blurry or obstructed shots. SkyDSLR eliminates these hassles and lets you take stunning vertical and oblique photos and video using your DSLR camera, in a fast, safe and cost effective manner. 

Single Pilot Aerial Camera Operation

Single pilot operation, lap top to configure camera and store images, iPad to display flight paths, tethered trigger to actuate camera. Camera receives constant power from plane.

  • Initial installation takes 2-2.5 hours, then remove and re-attach and fly in under 30 minutes
  • Permanent or Temporary
  • Easily cover large parcels or multiple parcels in a day
  • Mount multiple systems to a single aircraft
  • Share a system among multiple aircraft – move from airplane to airplane or helicopter and back.

Using additional software and data sets, easily use geocoded images for:

  • GIS applications
  • Aerial Mapping and Surveying
  • Digital Elevation Models (DEM)
  • Huge Mosaics for Analysis or Artwork

The unique DSLR mounting system is STC FAA-approved and
includes a lightweight, environmentally protected and sturdy pod that is ready to be mounted on the wing strut. The system allows for closed cabin, laptop-controlled operation using the manufacturers software or intervalometer.

  • No steep banking maneuvers
  • No fuselage holes
  • No open windows
  • No other modifications

Digital Still Camera Options

Phase One Aerial Camera & Applanix IMU aerial mapping system

Phase One Aerial Camera & Applanix IMU aerial mapping system

Usually in stock: Nikon D850 & D810, Canon 5DS/DSR, Phase One iXU-RS & iXM camera mounts and adapters.

We’ve configured our mounts with other cameras. We can usually adapt any camera or sensor that fits – including many mirrorless and other camera brands.

Do you have a specific brand/model in mind?  Contact us.

View our portfolio to see images taken from our Aerial Camera Platform

Optional Mounts
Vertical (straight down) or Oblique (at an angle), Custom Payloads

Optional Accessories
Housing extensions, flat glass cover, plastic dome cover, GPS Antenna


Corning Hyperspectral Sensor with Anti-vibration mount

Corning Hyperspectral Sensor with Anti-vibration mount

Canon 51 Megapixel 5DS is FAA Certified by SkyIMD for Aerial Photography

SkyIMD and Phase One Industrial Announce FAA-Approved Aerial Mounts for Phase One Cameras