AIR Commander Entire
If you are a drone user, wildlife photographer or professional cinematographer, for sure you needed a long-range remote control for your camera many times. No matter, if your camera is mounted on a drone, cinema crane, cable cam, or on the buggy for wildlife photography. AIR Commander Entire is a device you are finding for. Piece of very smart electronics, which is able to control almost any current camera.
Sony A7, A9, and A6xxxx series are available for control via USB (multiport) and Infra commands. The Multiport connection cable for Sony is sold separately and is available at our shop.
Why we are using Infra commands as an addition to USB control? There are many commands unavailable via USB (multiport) cable, like MENU access and navigation inside. Buttons control like “left/right/down”, or switching to image review, zooming into the reviewed photo, playing videos and few others. If you are not interested in these functions, you can simply leave IR-LED cable in the package and do not mount it to the camera. However, with IR commands you will get total and most advanced remote control available.
We have Sony A7RIII camera and would like to get control during the flight. Found the Entire as option, but do we need something else?Request from our customer.
Option 1 – AIR Commander v2
The most suggested solution is based on AIR Commander Entire as camera remote controller and AIR Commander v2 as a long-range wireless link. AIR Commander v2 will just transfer your commands from the place where you or your camera operator stands and remote location (drone, crane, cable cam or etc.). AIR Commander v2 Receiver just accepts these commands and forward them to the Entire, which will execute them on your Sony camera. Interconnection between AIR Commander v2 Receiver and the Entire is very simple, just one cable which includes also power for the Receiver. Interconnection cable is included in the basic package of the Entire. The camera is connected via USB Multiport cable which is available separately at our shop. The infra transmitter is included in a basic package of the Entire.
Option 2 – Hobby RC Receiver
Another option is controlling the Entire via usual hobby RC transmitter with S.BUS output. This solution can have a slightly better range, however, hobby transmitter is large, heavy and controlling camera by the stick is not that user-friendly as Option 1. RC Receiver can be powered up from the Entire via S.BUS cable. S.BUS cable is included in a basic package of the Entire. You
Option 3 – DJI Lightbridge 2
Optionally you can use DJI Lightbridge 2 wireless link from your DJI M600 drone as a control channel. For this solution, you will need DJI Expansion Kit for your DJI Transmitter. This kit enables you to transmit custom commands via Lightbridge to F-Ports of your drone. Because DJI A3 F-ports are only PWM you need to mix them up by PWM->SBUS converter. The basic scheme is in the next picture.
Option 4 – PixHawk MavLink telemetry
We have developped plugins for Mission Planner and also for QGround Control application for simple camera configuration. Installation is very easy, just install the plugin and on the new console simply click “Aperture+” or “ISO-“. It can not be easier. MavLink commands are standardized, so you do not have to be worried about safety of this communication. Commands sent from Mission Planner are then sent via telemetry to the PixHawk and forwarded to the Entire. Entire then executes command on almost any camera on current market.