Sony A7 | Long-Range remote control for M600 drone

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 RIV and previous versions are controllable via Multiport. This wired connection is most reliable and suggested, however you can also use WiFi control as option. Multiport cable is not part of basic Entire package and needs to be ordered separately.

All next information is valid for all Sony A7 series, A9 Series and also A6xxx cameras!

Option 1

Remote control of Sony A7 at DJI M600 drone via AIR Commander Link v2

The most universal solution is based on AIR Commander Entire as camera remote controller and AIR Commander Link v2 as a long-range wireless link. AIR Commander Link 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 Link v2 Receiver just accepts these commands and forward them to the Entire, which will execute them on your Sony A7 Camera via Multiport or WiFi. Interconnection between AIR Commander Link 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. Basic operation scheme you can see in the next picture.
Universal option
This option is fully universal, good for any drone or any other scenario.
Crane, Cable cam, Car mount, Wildlife buggy mount.
Long range
Range of AIR Commander Link is up to 1km, depending on other devices running at 2.4GHz band.
Easy installation
Set with AIR Commander Link is extremely easy to install. Just plug cables together and you are ready to go!
Flexible
Link v2 system is completely independent on drone. You can easily leave camera control at third party person, camera operator or keep it at master remote for one person jobs.

Option 2

Remote control of Sony A7 at DJI M600 drone via DJI Expansion Kit (Light Bridge 2)

You can also 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. SBUS is then connected to the Entire, where is converted to the commands for Sony A7 camera. This option is slightly less comfort for user, but offers full control range of the LightBridge2.
The basic scheme is in the next picture.
Full range of drone control
With this option you will get full range of the DJI M600 remote control system.
Connection necessary
For this option you need wired connection between A3 unit and camera position.
Fixed to one remote
DJI Expansion KIT is mounted to one DJI Controller and can not be controlled from other place.

Oh Wait, that’s not all!

GEOTAGGING

AIR Commander Entire does complex task of EXIF geotagging for all photos you will take during the flight, does not matter if you shoot JPG or ARW. Geotagging features are available for Sony cameras, PhaseOne Industrial cameras and also for Workswell cameras.

GPS geotagging

AIR Commander Entire is able to read GPS coordinates from your flight controller (DJI or PixHawk) and save them to the EXIF of each photo you will take. Does not matter if you use basic GPS or RTK system. If you use RTK, you will get centimeter level precision geotags with Latitude Longtitude and Heading in the EXIF.
GPS geotagging for DJI M600 M300 PixHawk

ATTITUDE tagging

Entire can read very accurate camera attitude from supported gimbals and write these angles to the XMP of each photo. Camera angles can be read from DJI flight controller with supported DJI gimbal like Ronin, but also from Gremsy gimbals via COM port, and newly also from SimpleBGC via MavLink connection. Entire can read Roll, Pitch and Yaw (absolute).
Attitude geotagging for DJI M600 M300 PixHawk

Subject Distance EXIF tagging

Entire is also compatible with LightWare range finders! Simply connect the laser distance sensor like LightWare LW20 to the Entire. Align the laser beam with camera and each photo triggered will be geotagged with actual laser distance right to the EXIF. This feature is handy for aplications of crack size measurement or precise altitude measurement. Distance EXIF tagging is only available for Sony cameras.
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Preview of geotagged images in Pix4D
Geotagged pictures by the Entire in Pix4D

AIR COMMANDER ENTIRE ISMultipurpose device with many IO interface capabilities

Camera manufacturers are very creative when choosing the type of remote control bus. No worries, we are one step ahead. Entire is electronic equivalent of Chameleon.
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