Sony Partners With Gremsy for Drone Solution With High-End Imaging


Sony and Gremsy announced an all-in-one solution for drone users and manufacturers: the Pixy LR S-Port gimbal, developed for a plug and play integration with Sony’s dedicated drone camera, the ILX-LR1. The companies say it will bring reliability and lightness to any drone payload to further optimize drone operation in terms of flight time versus data capture and data availability for processing.

For the Sony ILX-LR1 camera, Gremsy has already developed a gimbal, the PIXY LR (Standard version) with full customization capabilities specialized for professional drone makers and a Pixy LR S-Port, designed for users who want a plug-and-play solution that facilitates the payload-swift process. On July 7, Gremsy released a gimbal called PIXY MR, integrating LR1 camera with DJI M300/M350 drone platforms. According to the company, all Gremsy’s gimbals aim to maximize the ILX-LR1 functionality in industrial applications by enhancing the overall performance and data processing capabilities.

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Sony says the Sony ILX-LR1 is built around a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor and Sony’s exclusive BIONZ XR processors, which can deliver images continuously at up to three frames per second for an extended period and eight frames per second in burst if required. The company says this makes the body ideal for aerial mapping, inspection and surveying missions which require high precision with high resolution, and high flexibility of lens choice. Sony also says it is compatible with Sony’s SDK, for the remote controlling of different features.

The camera body is 74 x 100 x 42.5mm in size and 243g, with screw mounts front, back, side, top and bottom for fitting to different frames (as well as a standard UNC 1/4in tripod mount for ground operation or presetting in the lab).

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Sony and Gremsy say the Pixy-LR and Pixy LR S-Port serve a wide range of audiences in Sony LR1 camera-gimbal ecosystem, from drone professionals to end users. The companies say the Pixy-LR S-Port is optimized for plug and play operation in the field, with a hot swap system that allows swift payload changes according to requirements. The onboard AirPixel Entire module creates an easy communication link to the drone platform via MavLink and enhances geotagging during flight, according to the companies. The Sony SDK is already embedded in the Gremsy SDK to control camera features.