Interview with Dan Wang at Hasselblad
Can you recommend a camera that is best for Photographic UAV applications?
Each application calls for a different camera or sensor that is best suited for the purpose intended – be it photography, inspection, or measurement. When it comes to high resolution RGB and NIR sensing and photography, the Hasselblad A6D-100c is the only camera of its kind to directly integrate the market’s leading flight control software, DJI Go, offering direct camera control in a software environment familiar to the majority of UAV operators. The camera’s higher resolution allows for a stunning degree of image detail while the wide dynamic range of the A6D-100c helps in situations of extreme brightness and shadow. Hasselblad’s diverse offering of lenses give operators a wide offering of focal lengths to best suit their operations and can be easily interchanged in the field in a matter of seconds.
What is the difference between a normal Hasselblad camera and one being used on a UAV?
While the A6D-100c shares a few similarities with its H6D-100c cousin such as sensor size and image resolution, the A6D has been optimized for an industrial environment. Unlike the standard H6D camera, the A6D is a mirrorless camera which reduces weight and is an all-metal exterior with multiple mounting points. Power and control interfaces are via a series of locking LEMO connectors and data via a locking USB type-C connector – both measures ensure a stable connection in extreme environments. For higher accuracy, the A6D-100c’s lens mount features a locking clamp design to mitigate loss of accuracy from vibration, and Hasselblad lenses can be delivered with a factory-calibrated focus distance to ensure maximum image sharpness. The A6D-100c can be ordered as a standard visible-spectrum (RGB) model or NIR, capable of near-infrared sensing.
What features should I look for with a camera for UAV?
The best camera varies by application, but in general the camera should record in a RAW file format and have a wide degree of adjustable control easily available to the pilot or camera operator. A high quality lens or variety of lens options alongside responsive aftersales support will ensure that your UAV photographic operations run smoothly.
Do you have any interesting and unique case studies that promote your cameras, vs. other types of cameras that would have difficulty and why?
Documenting The Fuentidueña Apse at The Met Cloisters is a great example. Check out this link and see the video on the page: https://www.hasselblad.com/a6d/