Auto360 features a patent pending automatic camera triggering system to trigger the camera shutter every 60, 72, or 90 degrees (user selectable) as it pans. This makes shooting the panoramas a simple ‘one switch’ operation from your RC controller.
To achieve the required field-of-view you should use a DSLR or Mirrorless DSLR camera with an ultra-wide fisheye lens. For crop sensor cameras (APS-C) you’ll want to use an 8mm to 10.5mm fisheye lens. For full frame sensor cameras you would use 10 to 15mm fisheye lens.
The Auto360 requires a camera that has a wired remote. Many professional DSLR cameras have wired remote capability. If your camera does not have a wired remote there are two options:
- Modify your camera by soldering wires to the shutter button which you can then connect to the Auto360
- Use a GentLED Shutter to interface between the Auto360 and your camera’s IR remote sensor. Be advised this method will introduce latency into the shooting process and require slower pan rotation rates.
The Auto360 uses an rc servo to rotate the pan axis. Thus, you simply connect the servo wire to a spare channel on your receiver or flight controller. Rotation speed is determined by the ‘travel’ setting on your RC transmitter. Ideally, you will want the pan rotation rate to be set at approximately one revolution every 4 seconds. At this speed the camera shutter speed will be around 1/800 which will allow sharp images despite the continuous rotation of the camera mount during the capture process.