Connection set for ILX-LR1 for PixHawk

Installation basics #

Here is a list of cables you will need for direct connection of Sony ILX-LR1 to the Pixhawk / Ardupilot / Cube flight controller for geotagging and control of the camera.

Pixhawk cable:

ILX-LR1 connection harness (this cable comes pre-connected together with uBEC)
This harness will supply you connector to power up the camera and the ENTIRE togehter. Also it supplies trigger feedback connection, trigger capture connection and USB connection from the ENTIRE to the camera.

Connection to the ILX-LR1 #

STEP 1

Connect USB-C connector of wiring set to USB-C connector of the ILX-LR1 camera. Connector needs to be connected in proper orientation!
Correct direction is with “zig-zag joint side” of USB-C connector aiming to side of HDMI port.
There is no risk of damage when inserted reversed, just USB connection will not work properly.

STEP 2

Use 6-pin Molex connector (biggest one) at pre-connected harness to connect the ILX-LR1 main connector.

STEP 3

  1. Connect the ENTIRE unit USBMULTI connector with proper end with 9pin JST SH connector.
  2. Connect the ENTIRE unit EXT port with proper 3pin JST SH connector of pre-connected harness
  3. Connect the ENTIRE unit PWR connector with 2pin JST SHconnector from uBEC

STEP 4

Connect Pixhawk cable to ENTIRE’s UNI-C port

STEP 5

Connect other end of the Pixhawk cable to the Pixhawk Cube telemetry port TELEM1 (or TELEM2)

STEP 6

At this point you can connect power to JST SYP (RED one) connector.

CHECK POLARITY!
MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW CAMERA min/max VOLTAGE 10-18V!

MavLink configuration #

STEP 1

  • Connect your PixHawk to PC and connect it via Mission Planner
  • Open Settings Bookmark
  • From left MENU select FULL PARAMETER TREE
  • Find section named SERIALx (x is number of port you used)
  • Configure proper Telemetry port to the budrate of 1 250 000bps
  • Configure proper Telemetry port to the MavLink2 protocol

STEP 2

  • Search section named SRx (x is number of port you used)
  • Make sure all SRx items are set to 0

STEP 3

  • For newest Ardupilot firmware set CAM1_TYPE to 5 (MavLink)
    • If you do not have this parameter in the list, ENTIRE will work without this configuration.
    • If you use CAM1 mount already, you can use also CAM2_TYPE

STEP 4

  • Open Entire’s configuration page (how to)
  • Click to the “UNI port C” bar and in the new window select MavLink & baudrate of 1 250 000. The port should become “online” in a few seconds, if not, do not use other baudrates or other port modes. Check baudrate settings in the Cube (steps above)
  • Numbers under the icon are input GPS/ATTI stream corresponding to incoming GPS updates frequency and Attitude update frequency. The optimal is 50/10, but numbers may float a bit.

STEP 5

  • Open MENU -> (geotagging) Settings
  • From the list select “GPS data preview”
  • In the popup you should get similar data if the GPS / RTK has enough signal.
  • Data preview popup is real-time and should change as drone / gimbal moves.
USB configuration for EXIF geotagging #

STEP 1

  • ENTIRE needs to be set to “USB Control” mode and updated to the latest firmware to have this procedure working.
  • Navigate to MENU->Capture detection and set to “Hotshoe sync” – important for high acurracy and reliability!

STEP 2

  • Enable GeoTagging via ENTIRE MENU->Logging mode-> Direct EXIF

STEP 3

  • Select camera mount mode to fixed mount depending on your mount of the camer in the drone
    • FIXED TOP
      • Camera top is aimping top and lens is looking in direction of the flight
    • FIXED FORWARD
      • Camera top is aiming in direction of the flight and lens is looking straigh down
    • FIXED LEFT/RIGHT
      • Camera top is aiming left or right and the lens is looking straight down

STEP 4

  • Select camera Pitch / Yaw offset if camera is not fixed in 90degree offset steps
  • This step is optional and usually skipped

STEP 5

  • Open the MENU -> (Geotagging) Settings
  • Scroll down to Other features
  • And insert X, Y, Z offsets.
  • When GPS is used, offset is counted from body center (if correct offset is configured in the FC). If your flight controller does not have configured antennas offsets, configure offset from the camera to the antenna.
  • When RTK is used, offset is counted from body center (if correct offset is configured in the FC). If your flight controller does not have configured antennas offsets, configure offset from the camera to the antenna A.
 

Offsets are in millimeters!

STEP 6

Open camera MENU and navigate to:
SETUP->USB->USB Connection Mode->MassStorage

STEP 7

Open camera MENU and navigate to:
NETWORK->Cnct./PC Remote->PC Remote Function->OFF

STEP 8 – GEOTAGGING TEST

  • Your setup is ready to be used at this point
  • Entire has Self-Test routines for GeoTagging to easily check if all wiring is working well
  • Make sure that all equipment is turned ON and camera is set to MASS STORAGE MODE
  • Click to MENU->Configuration test and let the Entire to do a self-test
    • At the beginning of the test, one photo will be triggered
    • Entire will check if HotShoe sensor has properly recognized trigger
    • Entire will check all necessary input data connections
    • In case of any problems, result will provide hints to solve the issue
    • Test photo will not be geotagged in the test method!
WiFi configuration for control #

STEP 1

Open camera MENU and navigate to
NETWORK->Network Option->Access Authen. Settings
Open this item and in submenu DISABLE authentication
Confirm all warnings OK
Access Authen. Settings should be OFF

STEP 2

Navigate to:
NETWORK->Wi-Fi->Access Point Set
And enter item
Wait for scan of available accesspoints

STEP 3

From the list of networks select Accesspoint of the ENTIRE
Entire_xxxx
Confirm OK

STEP 4

Camera will connect the ENTIRE via WiFi now
Once done, confirm OK for return to the list

STEP 5

Click right (MANUAL SETTINGS) on the ENTIRE’s WiFi item to enter manual IP settings

Scroll to IP Address settings “Auto” and change to “Manual”

STEP 6

Fill IP addresses and masks:

192.168.122.1
255.255.0.0
192.168.10.1

Confirm OK

Camera will now re-connect the ENTIRE

STEP 7

Once connection is done, scroll up to “Wi-Fi Connect” and turn it ON

STEP 8

Navigate to:
NETWORK->Cnct./PC Remote->PC Remote Function->ON

STEP 9

Now scroll to PAIRING and enter item

Wait for initialization

Once pairing confirmation for the ENTIRE shows, confirm OK

*** YOU HAVE TO REPEAT THIS STEP AFTER EACH UPDATE OF THE ENTIRE FIRMWARE ***

STEP 10 – EXPOSURE CONTROL TEST

WiFi control should be now available together with the geotagging via USB. You can control exposure values via MavCam / ENTIRE’s web page, AIR Commander Link or MissionPlanner plugin.

Installation basics

Here is a list of cables you will need for direct connection of Sony ILX-LR1 to the Pixhawk / Ardupilot / Cube flight controller for geotagging and control of the camera.

Pixhawk cable:

ILX-LR1 connection harness (this cable comes pre-connected together with uBEC)
This harness will supply you connector to power up the camera and the ENTIRE togehter. Also it supplies trigger feedback connection, trigger capture connection and USB connection from the ENTIRE to the camera.

Connection to the ILX-LR1

STEP 1

Connect USB-C connector of wiring set to USB-C connector of the ILX-LR1 camera. Connector needs to be connected in proper orientation!
Correct direction is with “zig-zag joint side” of USB-C connector aiming to side of HDMI port.
There is no risk of damage when inserted reversed, just USB connection will not work properly.

STEP 2

Use 6-pin Molex connector (biggest one) at pre-connected harness to connect the ILX-LR1 main connector.

STEP 3

  1. Connect the ENTIRE unit USBMULTI connector with proper end with 9pin JST SH connector.
  2. Connect the ENTIRE unit EXT port with proper 3pin JST SH connector of pre-connected harness
  3. Connect the ENTIRE unit PWR connector with 2pin JST SHconnector from uBEC

STEP 4

Connect Pixhawk cable to ENTIRE’s UNI-C port

STEP 5

Connect other end of the Pixhawk cable to the Pixhawk Cube telemetry port TELEM1 (or TELEM2)

STEP 6

At this point you can connect power to JST SYP (RED one) connector.

CHECK POLARITY!
MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW CAMERA min/max VOLTAGE 10-18V!

MavLink configuration

STEP 1

  • Connect your PixHawk to PC and connect it via Mission Planner
  • Open Settings Bookmark
  • From left MENU select FULL PARAMETER TREE
  • Find section named SERIALx (x is number of port you used)
  • Configure proper Telemetry port to the budrate of 1 250 000bps
  • Configure proper Telemetry port to the MavLink2 protocol

STEP 2

  • Search section named SRx (x is number of port you used)
  • Make sure all SRx items are set to 0

STEP 3

  • For newest Ardupilot firmware set CAM1_TYPE to 5 (MavLink)
    • If you do not have this parameter in the list, ENTIRE will work without this configuration.
    • If you use CAM1 mount already, you can use also CAM2_TYPE

STEP 4

  • Open Entire’s configuration page (how to)
  • Click to the “UNI port C” bar and in the new window select MavLink & baudrate of 1 250 000. The port should become “online” in a few seconds, if not, do not use other baudrates or other port modes. Check baudrate settings in the Cube (steps above)
  • Numbers under the icon are input GPS/ATTI stream corresponding to incoming GPS updates frequency and Attitude update frequency. The optimal is 50/10, but numbers may float a bit.

STEP 5

  • Open MENU -> (geotagging) Settings
  • From the list select “GPS data preview”
  • In the popup you should get similar data if the GPS / RTK has enough signal.
  • Data preview popup is real-time and should change as drone / gimbal moves.
USB configuration for EXIF geotagging

STEP 1

  • ENTIRE needs to be set to “USB Control” mode and updated to the latest firmware to have this procedure working.
  • Navigate to MENU->Capture detection and set to “Hotshoe sync” – important for high acurracy and reliability!

STEP 2

  • Enable GeoTagging via ENTIRE MENU->Logging mode-> Direct EXIF

STEP 3

  • Select camera mount mode to fixed mount depending on your mount of the camer in the drone
    • FIXED TOP
      • Camera top is aimping top and lens is looking in direction of the flight
    • FIXED FORWARD
      • Camera top is aiming in direction of the flight and lens is looking straigh down
    • FIXED LEFT/RIGHT
      • Camera top is aiming left or right and the lens is looking straight down

STEP 4

  • Select camera Pitch / Yaw offset if camera is not fixed in 90degree offset steps
  • This step is optional and usually skipped

STEP 5

  • Open the MENU -> (Geotagging) Settings
  • Scroll down to Other features
  • And insert X, Y, Z offsets.
  • When GPS is used, offset is counted from body center (if correct offset is configured in the FC). If your flight controller does not have configured antennas offsets, configure offset from the camera to the antenna.
  • When RTK is used, offset is counted from body center (if correct offset is configured in the FC). If your flight controller does not have configured antennas offsets, configure offset from the camera to the antenna A.
 

Offsets are in millimeters!

STEP 6

Open camera MENU and navigate to:
SETUP->USB->USB Connection Mode->MassStorage

STEP 7

Open camera MENU and navigate to:
NETWORK->Cnct./PC Remote->PC Remote Function->OFF

STEP 8 – GEOTAGGING TEST

  • Your setup is ready to be used at this point
  • Entire has Self-Test routines for GeoTagging to easily check if all wiring is working well
  • Make sure that all equipment is turned ON and camera is set to MASS STORAGE MODE
  • Click to MENU->Configuration test and let the Entire to do a self-test
    • At the beginning of the test, one photo will be triggered
    • Entire will check if HotShoe sensor has properly recognized trigger
    • Entire will check all necessary input data connections
    • In case of any problems, result will provide hints to solve the issue
    • Test photo will not be geotagged in the test method!
WiFi configuration for control

STEP 1

Open camera MENU and navigate to
NETWORK->Network Option->Access Authen. Settings
Open this item and in submenu DISABLE authentication
Confirm all warnings OK
Access Authen. Settings should be OFF

STEP 2

Navigate to:
NETWORK->Wi-Fi->Access Point Set
And enter item
Wait for scan of available accesspoints

STEP 3

From the list of networks select Accesspoint of the ENTIRE
Entire_xxxx
Confirm OK

STEP 4

Camera will connect the ENTIRE via WiFi now
Once done, confirm OK for return to the list

STEP 5

Click right (MANUAL SETTINGS) on the ENTIRE’s WiFi item to enter manual IP settings

Scroll to IP Address settings “Auto” and change to “Manual”

STEP 6

Fill IP addresses and masks:

192.168.122.1
255.255.0.0
192.168.10.1

Confirm OK

Camera will now re-connect the ENTIRE

STEP 7

Once connection is done, scroll up to “Wi-Fi Connect” and turn it ON

STEP 8

Navigate to:
NETWORK->Cnct./PC Remote->PC Remote Function->ON

STEP 9

Now scroll to PAIRING and enter item

Wait for initialization

Once pairing confirmation for the ENTIRE shows, confirm OK

*** YOU HAVE TO REPEAT THIS STEP AFTER EACH UPDATE OF THE ENTIRE FIRMWARE ***

STEP 10 – EXPOSURE CONTROL TEST

WiFi control should be now available together with the geotagging via USB. You can control exposure values via MavCam / ENTIRE’s web page, AIR Commander Link or MissionPlanner plugin.