(iOS) Add a custom camera

The custom camera option allows users to plan and fly missions with the correct overlap even if the camera is not included in the database of Pix4Dcapture. 

In order to create a custom camera, name, focal length, sensor width, image width, and height and the minimum trigger time between pictures need to be defined. It is also possible to edit or delete a custom camera.

 
Note: This option is available for DJI drones only and for polygon, grid and double grid missions. Several custom cameras can be defined.

The procedure is the following:

1. Open the app.
2. In the Home screen, tap Settings.
3. In the Drone section, tap Camera.
4. In the Custom camera section, tap Add custom camera...

 
Information: Camera parameters can usually be found in the camera's user manual. 

5. Enter Camera name.
6. Enter Focal length [mm].
7. Enter Sensor width [mm].
8. Enter Image width [pixel].
9. Enter Image height [pixel].

 
Important: The minimum triggering interval must be the same as the automatic triggering interval set for the camera in order to achieve the correct overlap when flying the mission. First step is defining the time-lapse directly in the settings of the camera, and then applying the same value for the Min. triggering interval [s] in the app.

10. Enter Min. triggering interval [s].
11. Tap Save to save the camera model.

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Note: Some differences compared to flights with cameras in the app database:
  • According to the selected interval [s], the speed of the drone is adjusted to achieve the desired front overlap [%]. It is not recommended to apply a too small interval as the drone will fly very slowly if the front overlap is high.
  • As the triggering is based on time-lapse, pictures accumulate in the corners where the drone slows down to turn.
  • Missions flown with a custom camera cannot be synchronized. In other words, images cannot be downloaded from the drone to the device and the project file (.p4d) is not generated. This is, however, not a problem for processing.

 

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  • Mandaa Manda

    hello all 
    I need X5S sensor size, image size and focal length please help ?

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hello Manda,

    What is the configuration you are using to achieve flight plans? (drone, camera, mobile device).
    Indeed the X5S camera is supported by Pix4Dcapture without having you to add it as a custom camera as you can see on our supported drones and cameras article.

    here are the specifications used for the X5S camera:
    - Resolution: 5280x3956
    - Sensor width: 17.5mm
    - Sensor height: 13.112mm
    - Pixel Size: 3.31439 um
    - Focal length: 15.128mm

    Best,

               
  • Bartlomiej Handke

    Hello,

    Zenmuse X5S 15 mm camera doesn't take good photos after updating Pix4DCapture on ios. This is a big problem because on Android it's dangerous and I'm flying in the red zone.
    Beloved, DJI knows very well how the X5S works and you don't need to improve it. Do something please ...
    How to downgrade Pix4DCapture on ios?
    Thank you, Bartek

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hi,

    What is your configuration? (Drone, mobile device)

    The behavior you are describing has not been reported to us so far in your configuration with the latest versions of Pix4Dcapture.

    I would recommend you to go all along with the basic checks and troubleshooting steps article on our Knowledge Base. If properly followed, it will solve most of the issues that can be encountered by users. Also, we do not expect Pix4Dcapture to work properly in DJI restricted Zones.

    Also if the issue persists after having done the troubleshooting describe above, can you precise if the issue is reproducible? Can you also send images so that I can better visualize the issue?

    Best,

  • Gabriel Jorquera

    How can I select the Parrot Sequoia while flying a Mavic Pro?

    If I can try to set as new camera the software saids that the name already exists.

    Can not find the right setting for Sequoia +

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hi Gabriel,

    If you intend to fly the Mavic Pro with a Sequoia+, you have to be very cautious about the integration of the camera on the drone.
    Then you can fly with a custom camera using the iOS version of Pix4Dcapture by applying the following procedure.

    You can find the camera specifications of the Parrot Sequoia+ here.

    Best,

  • Gabriel Jorquera

    Hi Gaël,

     

    Thanks for your answer.  But I am afraid that I still don´t see it clear.

    I guess you link me to this

     

    But first, Pix4D app does not allow to use "," or dots. so it is a little bit difficult to select 3,98 mm

    then,  Width are within range, so Should I select the middle ?

    and last, as there are 4 sensors should I create 4 cameras with each with band? This is a little confusing to me, since Sequoia it is suppose to be Pix4D integrated

    I guess it is a little basic for you, but I am just trying to get it work right now.

    Thank You

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hello Gabriel,

    I tried this morning entering the Sequoia parameter with an iOS mobile device and the procedure to add a custom camera and it works fine. Could you please send me a screenshot of the error displayed when you try to apply this procedure.

    The camera model parameters for your RGB Parrot Sequoia according to Pix4D’s camera model database are copied below for your reference.

    • Focal Length [mm]: 4.84
    • Sensor width [mm]: 6.09
    • 4608
    • Image width [pixel]: 4608
    • Image height [pixel]: 3456

    Best,

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