The Inspire 1 Quadcopter

The Inspire 1 is a welcome inclusion to ARC Aerial Imaging's sub-7Kg RPAS fleet and is the work horse of our aerial imaging services.

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It is a professional aerial filmmaking and photography platform that features an onboard camera equipped with a 20mm lens and 3-axis stabilised gimbal.  It shoots sharp 12.4Mp stills both in Adobe DNG RAW and jpeg formats and stable HD, FHD and UHD (4K) video quality.  When in flight, Its retractable landing gear pulls up out of view, giving the camera an unobstructed 360 degree view of the world below.

An advanced flight controller makes the Inspire 1 stable, safe and easy to fly outdoors or in.  Like all DJI flight controllers, it is also able to return home if remote controller signal is lost or if the low battery warning is triggered.

With the Inspire 1's camera being modular in design, it can be removed from the platform for safe transportation and imaging sensor upgrades are now possible.

The Inspire 1 Professional Quadcopter
(X5 CAMERA & 15mm lens)

ARC Aerial Imaging has introduced the DJI Zenmuse X5 camera system, marking the next evolution of aerial camera technology.  The Zenmuse X5 is designed to work seamlessly with the DJI Inspire 1, in so that it's ready to fly and capture professional-level footage in moments.  The large Micro Four Thirds sensor in the Zenmuse X5 Series camera captures incredibly detailed 16 megapixel photos and UHD (4K) video.

The Zenmuse X5 uses an M4/3 mount that lets you easily change lenses.  Using the DJI GO app, a live HD view and control aperture and focus are possible.

OLYMPUS 45Mm lens

ARC Aerial Imaging welcomes the addition of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8 lens for the DJI Zenmuse X5.

Having the 45mm included in its lens inventory has significantly enhanced its UAV aerial imaging outputs by several key factors.  We are able to produce "closer in" imaging during key building and structural asset inspections through the use of our 45mm lens when operating at similar stand offs from subjects that were previously undertaken and imaged with a 15mm lens.

Panasonic 35mm-100mm lens

Having also available a 35mm-100mm telephoto lens will significantly improve our drone aerial imaging service outputs to our clients in many practical ways.

This lens enables us to have a greater ability to provide enhanced drone aerial imaging resolutions for our client's initial key infrastructure and critical sub-component inspection assessments. This can be applied if our drone is required to operate away from restrictive environments or at greater drone operating safety distances at offsets from subjects that are of a sensitive nature or live operating apparatus but still achieving valuable aerial imaging information at highly interpretable detail.

 Our 15mm (left), 35mm-100mm (centre) and 45mm (right) lenses

Our 15mm (left), 35mm-100mm (centre) and 45mm (right) lenses

 Our 35mm-100mm lens fitted on the Inspire 1 Pro X5 16MP aerial camera

Our 35mm-100mm lens fitted on the Inspire 1 Pro X5 16MP aerial camera

 MAPIR Survey1 NIR + Blue Camera

MAPIR Survey1 NIR + Blue Camera


ARC Aerial Imaging has the capability of providing multi-spectral aerial imaging accompanied with our spatial analysis and consulting through the use of a UAV/drone-mounted, near-infrared (NIR) & blue spectrum sensor to produce NDVI (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index) processed aerial imaging and products for precision agricultural and other landholding studies.

It's through our configured sensor and with our spatial analysis techniques that we're able to detect and determine exactly which parts of a landholding may require further focused attentions in order to improvements in its management.  Additionally, and whilst a particular crop is developing, it can provide us and the client valuable information allowing to discriminate using imagery between what are healthy and unhealthy crops on a periodic basis.

THE PHANTOM 4 PRO quadcopter

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With an uprated camera equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor, the Phantom 4 Pro is capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps.  The adoption of titanium alloy and magnesium alloy construction increases the rigidity of the airframe and reduces weight, making the Phantom 4 Pro similar in weight to the Phantom 4.  The Flight Autonomy system adds dual rear vision sensors and infrared sensing systems for a total of 5-direction of obstacle sensing and 4-direction of obstacle avoidance.

At ARC Aerial Imaging it will further enhance our aerial imaging capturing on behalf of clients for their mapping and surveying needs by providing source imaging typically between 0.5cm/px and 3.2cm/px.

The Phantom 3 and PHANTOM 2 QuadcopterS

Among ARC Aerial Imaging's fleet of aerial platforms, the DJI Phantom 3 and Phantom 2 platforms are light, yet stable imagery collection platforms.

With a maximum horizontal flight speed of 15m/s, a vertical speed of 6m/s and having line-of-sight control with the operator over open areas of approximately 1000m, the Phantoms are the perfect combination of robustness and stability to capture digital still imagery and video in sharp and smooth details.

The Phantoms also have a fail safe autopilot function.  In the unlikely event if communication between the controller and the transmitter has dropped, the outputs of all command sticks from the controller will go to the centre position.  With the GPS signal firm, the system will trigger its pre-registered return-to-home protocol and will land safely; usually to where the platform initially registered its location prior to flight.

As well as undertaking refined collection tasks via ARC Aerial Imaging's tripod and controller-mounted first person view monitor, the platform may only be small and lightweight yet it is capable for tasks that require little planning considerations or, depending on location, undertaken on an ad-hoc basis.