Sony integration driving innovation

Aug 5, 2021

Plug-and-play integration without requiring a single line of code. Our integration with Sony will drive innovation and opens possibilities for commercial drone industry

We’re pleased to announce that we have integrated Sony’s Alpha cameras into our range of drones, opening up infinite commercial application possibilities.

Integrating Sony’s cameras within our open-source platform via the Sony Camera Remote SDK  means drone manufacturers only need to carry out the integration once without having to write a single line of code.

It paves the way for new solutions to be built and gives customers and end users greater choice and flexibility to choose the optimum combination of camera and drone for a particular use case, without any constraints.

The weight of Sony’s cameras makes them suitable for many commercial drone enterprise applications requiring the highest-quality image results, paired with Sony’s wide variety of native lenses.

The combination of Sony’s cutting-edge technology and constantly evolving SDK software solutions, backed up by development and support, delivers a diverse range of high-quality cameras for every commercial drone application including surveying, mapping, and inspection. Key Sony camera models include:

  • Alpha 7R IV – With incomparable image resolution and processing power, it features a 61MP full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and BIONZ X™ imaging engine
  • Alpha 7S III – The ultra-high sensitivity (expanded ISO up to 409600), 15-stop wide dynamic range, a powerful security camera and infrastructure monitoring tool, for day and night shooting
  • Alpha 7C – The world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera*
  • RX0 II – Super-compact with a 1” sensor, a 200kgf/440lbf/2000N crushproof and 2.0m shockproof body.

Our onboard hardware module, Skynode, enables the integration of Sony cameras via the Sony Camera Remote SDK in a plug-and-play manner. Skynode automates the geotagging of images taken by the Sony camera, connecting them to the cloud for viewing and downloading on customers’ systems.

Sony Camera Remote SDK allows users to control Sony cameras remotely, from changing the camera settings, to remote shutter release, and live view monitoring.

We are driving innovation and advancement in the drone industry by partnering with drone manufacturers, camera and payload companies, and software developers to create the largest available line-up of drone solutions for enterprise, public safety, and government organisations.

Our ecosystem is focused on providing value to the end user by offering a range of payloads that can be used with drones. If new Sony cameras are launched that provide additional capabilities, they can simply be attached to the drone without a whole new system being required. 

Lorenz Meier, CEO of Auterion: “The integration with Sony was incredibly smooth and straightforward, while the technical development experience, including the support, testing, and provision of documentation, was excellent. The integration enriches our portfolio of solutions and enables flexible and scalable drone system development through open standards and an open-source ecosystem.”

“Every possible solution that can benefit from the high-quality images produced by the industry-leading technology in Sony’s cameras, whether it’s for a mapping project, an inspection job or a safety mission, can be developed.” Yasuo Baba, European Director at Sony Digital Imaging, said: “Auterion is leading the way by using open-source technology to disrupt the industry and enable the development of the most versatile and innovative range of drone solutions for enterprise applications.

“The integration of Sony Alpha cameras with Auterion delivers a level of quality, flexibility and simplicity that drone manufacturers and end users haven’t been able to enjoy until now.”


* With an FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 lens mounted. Among full-frame interchangeable-lens digital cameras, in combination with an interchangeable zoom lens. As of September 2020, press announcement. Sony survey.

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