The PhotoShip One MP360 is a one of a kind camera gimal system for multirotor aircraft. The MP360 has a patent pending automatic camera triggering system for 360 degree panorama photography which allows for simple and fast image acquisition for panorama imagery.
Normally when acquiring images for spherical aerial panoramas the camera is single axis (pan) with the camera mounted on the included bracket in the portrait mode. In this configuration a fisheye lens is used to capture wide angle photographs with the largest side of the field of view running vertical.
For traditional landscape orientation aerial photography the MP360 is reconfigured with the included roll/tilt gimbal and becomes a full 3 axis system.
Roll Travel – 30 degrees total
Tilt Travel – 100 degrees
Pan Travel – 360 degrees
Weight – 730 grams (3 axis)
500 grams (panorama)
G10 composite fiber and aluminum construction
Servos below included:
Hitec HS5245MG Roll Servo
Hitec HS5485HB Tilt Servo
Spring RC 4315R Pan Servo
Dual Roll Servo & Gear Drive Tilt servo options available (same as mkTR Professional)
Patent Pending Magnetic Shutter Triggering System
With the MP360 it is very easy to create full 360 degree aerial panoramas by clicking only one switch on your transmitter.
Neodymium magnets (included) are pressed into the mounting plate at user selected intervals. In the case of this arrangement there are a total of six magnets at 60 degree intervals.
The mounting plate as holes at 45, 60, 72, and 90 degree intervals for 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8 shot panorama triggering.
As the camera gimbal (and landing gear) rotate under the mounting plate via the pan servo, a sensor(reed switch) passes over the magnets and switches instantaneously. When the switch is connected to the camera shutter release port it will trigger the camera shutter.
If the camera does not have a remote trigger port and uses an Infrared remote system, a switch to infrared converter can be sourced from www.gentles.ltd.uk. Be advised however, that infrared triggering typically suffers from great latency which may cause issues since aerial panoramas generally need to be photographed very quickly to eliminate parallax stitching errors.
MP360 Kit Contents
Landing gear, mounting plate, roll/tilt gimbal, panorama bracket, triggering magnets, and misc. hardware. Servos and trigger sensor circuit board are included as well.
Some assembly is required. Assembly manual is located HERE.
The MP360 in panorama mode will fit cameras as large as Canon 5D/7D. With the roll/tilt arch the maximum size camera is Canon 550D/600D or similar.
The video below shows how the magnet trigger system commands the camera shutter to take a photo as the magnet passes over the shutter trigger sensor on the MP360.