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DrotagX for GeoTagging

I’ve recently been trying to use the DrotagX to geotag images for use in a search and rescue competition (Japan Innovation Challenge) but I’ve been unable to get it to trigger the camera shutter of a Sony A5000.

I’m wondering if anyone else has had success or failures with this device?

The way this device is meant to work (I think) is it connects to both the flight controller and the USB port of a Sony camera. It receives mavlink messages from the flight controller including the vehicle’s position and also DO_DIGICAM_CONTROL messages. It should trigger the camera if it receives a do-digicam-control message and then it records (on it’s own SD card I guess) the picture id and vehicle location. then later when the vehicle is switched into RTL or Land it directly writes the location to each picture using EXIF.

I’ve talked to two other ArduPilot developers. One reported that “it just worked” while another said they’d tried two other users to get it working and were not successful.

I’m also considering trying an alternative device called the AirPixel Entire in case people have experience with this alternative.

Same issue with me with Sony RX100 mk2. Any updates on A5000 @rmackay9 ?

I recently installed the DrotagX on a drone. We trigger the camera by a separated Infra Red module like seagull or something, connected to an AUX output. I don’t know if the module is supposed being able to directly trigger the camera through the USB connector provided…
We have issue with it. It starts tagging and stop after just some pictures. Sometimes it tags only the longitude and not the latitude, etc… It is very strange and not reliable.

Ah, I forgot to give an update. In any case, I’ve been talking with the Drotag developers it’s working for me now at least on the bench. I hope to give it a test fly on a real vehicle in the coming few weeks.

There were two issues:

  • ArduPilot was sending commands to the Drotag using MAVlink2 when it shouldn’t have (PR to fix this issue). This fix will be released with Copter-4.0.0-rc3.
  • There were some other issues which I don’t fully understand that were fixed with a new version of the software from Drotag. I don’t know if they’ve published this software or not but I can check.

I’ve updated AP’s Drotag wiki page with some more details on setup and testing.

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