RX1: General Information Guide

This article explains how to check and adjust camera settings for RX1RII payload.

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  1. SD card slot (use at least a 128 GB SD card size)
  2. Battery compartment
  3. Closure lid—has to stay open when inserted in WingtraOne
  4. Mode dial—default "2"
  5. Power ON/OFF switch—default "ON"
  6. Focus ring
  7. Aperture selection ring
  8. Focus mode dial

During the flight, the dummy battery powered by WingtraOne needs to be inserted into the battery compartment. To change the camera settings without powering on WingtraOne, the external camera battery can be used. The Charging Accessories chapter tells you how to charge this battery.

In most cases, the default camera settings (mode dial on 2) should be fine. If you want to change the settings, you have to power on WingtraOne and adjust the exposure settings.

 

RX1_settings

The default settings give good results in a large range of light conditions. The maximum ISO the camera adjusts to is 6400. In case of dark conditions, you can decrease the shutter speed down to 1/1500s or open the aperture further (take the camera out and turn the aperture ring to a smaller number). Here is an image depicting the relationship of the exposure triangle:

triangleTo save different exposure settings permanently, you must store them as a memory recall function and adjust memory. Set the mode dial to "M" and adjust the desired settings on the camera, like file size, compression, metering mode, WB, shutter priority, shutter speed, or ISO. Go to the settings menu and save the settings to memory recall "1" or "3." Make sure not to overwrite the default settings by Wingtra on "2." Then, turn the camera off and on via the power switch. To use particular exposure settings, set the mode dial to the respective setting.

During the preflight procedure, WingtraOne checks that the camera is set up correctly, the SD card is inserted correctly and that triggering from the autopilot is possible. If the camera check fails, we recommend opening the WingtraOne cover and inspecting the routine on the camera screen. During the camera check, the camera is entering the Mass Storage mode and then the Wingtra logo appears on the screen. In case the screen is going black for >5 s during the procedure, check if the SD card is inserted. If you run into trouble, check the WingtraOne RX1 Troubleshooting Section before submitting a support request.

The manual aperture can be set to any value by hand via the aperture selection ring. There is no storage setting for the correct aperture in manual mode.

Image Quality Settings

It is possible to increase the image quality settings to extra fine, and RAW + fine. These settings can improve the image quality even further. However, the file size of individual images increases significantly from ~18MB with fine, to ~38MB with extra fine, and ~44MB +18MB with RAW + fine. The continuous write speed in the camera during image acquisition is limited. To trigger reliably every image, do not use the image quality setting extra-fine below 1.4cm/px GSD (@75% frontal overlap), or RAW + fine below 2.1 cm/px (@75% frontal overlap). Please note: Image file size directly affects the post-processing speed of geotagging, file copying, and orthophoto generation. To change the image quality setting, go to the menu, and browse to the first page in the image settings tab. Change the image quality setting to raw + jpeg or extra fine. To use this setting in flight you have to save it to a memory recall button and adjust the mode dial to the respective number. The camera should be preconfigured when you receive the unit to the following:

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If the settings are not correct, you can set them yourself. To save the setting on memory recall, go to page 8 in the image setting tab, choose "memory" and select "1" or "3." Finally, turn off the camera via the power switch. To access the setting for the next flight, adjust the mode dial to the desired memory recall position.

Once you overwrite the preconfigured settings, they cannot be automatically restored.

For more information about the camera, see the official Sony Documentation.