Simple UAV photo camera, based on Xiaomi YI action camera has a 16MP SONY sensor.

We made a huge list of improvements to make a high quality camera for UAV.

Depends on modification, could shoot  RGB ,NirGB or RGNir spectral images.

We made special MARA-drones camera control PCB with external 5V power in (camera has no battery inside), AV output, logic level relay ON\OFF and shoot pins allow You to easily control it from drone autopilot.

Special companion computer software helps to geotag images in fast and easy way.

Camera can shoot JPG (from 1 image per second) with fine tuning via control script.

It allow You to make a high quolity ortophotomosaic with GSD from 2.5cm.

This camera is best choice to use with “MARA” and “MARA-2k” UAV’s.

  • General purpose orthophoto mapping
  • Fields border verification and area measurement
  • 3D modelling and volumetric  measurements
  • Soil humidity, waterlogging and snow covering study
 RGB lens

RGB lens sensitivity
This lens is recommended to analyze crops in early to mid growth stages, when vegetation is sparse and soil is visible through the canopy. It is useful to inspect:

  • tree crowns;
  • standing water;
  • soil;
  • early to mid growth stage crops.

Collected data could be used to calculate:

  • normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI);
  • green difference vegetation index (GDVI);
  • green normalized difference vegetation Index (GNDVI);
  • green soil adjusted vegetation index (GSAVI) and others.
 NDVI-7 (Blue – Green – Near IR) lens

NDVI-7 lens sensitivity

 Analyze crops in mid to late growth stages.  It is useful for assessing the canopy variation in biomass, and is an indicator of senescence in case of stress or late maturity stage. It also helps to study weed pressure (to identifi the non-crops or unwanted plants). The vegetation index ENDVI can be calculated.ENDVI-5 (Blue – Green – Near IR) lens

ENDVI-5 lens sensitivity

Analysis of crops in early to mid growth stages, in areas with relatively sparse vegetation where soil is visible through the canopy. Allow to calculate:

  • chlorophyll vegetation index(CVI);
  • normalized green (NG) index;
  • normalized near infrared (NNIR) index;
  • normalised red (NR) index;
  • triangular vegetation index (TVI) and others.
CVI-6 (Red – Green – NIR) lens

MARACam1 short specification

Sensor:16MP Sony EXMOR R CMOS BSI image sensor
Effective Megapixels:16 Megapixels
Sensor Format:1/2.3 inch (6.175 x 4.631 mm)
Color Filter Type:RGB, NDVI-7, ENDVI-5, CVI-6
Lens:Fixed focus 70ᵒ Ultra low distortion glass lens
Focal Length:26.1 mm (35mm equivalent) / 4.3 mm (actual value)
Aperture Range:F2.8
Auto Focus:Fixed focus
ISO Settings:Auto or fixed 100/200/400/800/1600/3200 selectable by the script
White Balance Settings:Auto
Image format and resolution:JPEG 4608 x 3456 (16.0 MP, 4:3) at the camera memory card
Movie format and resolution:1080p (30 fps) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Composite Video Out:Yes, by micro USB connector or by MARA-drones camera control PCB.
Shutter Speed Range:Auto or selectable by the script
Metering Modes:Average
Program Auto Exposure:Yes
Storage Types:MicroSD up to 64GB
External Connections:USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi, Bluetouth 4.0, Micro HDMI video out.
Remote Control Type:Via Wi-Fi or MARA-drones camera control PCB.
PowerExternal USB power optіon or by MARA-drones camera control PCB.
Size61 x 42 x 21 mm
Weight70 g





MARA UAV camera mount
Fully Plug&Fly camera allow You to make a RGB images for ortophotomosaic and mapping.

Our companion computer has a full support of this 18MP , 10-x zoom camera and allow You to set image resolution, shutter mode, automaticly add geotags to the thrumbnail images (1440 x 1080 px) and generate log file for geotagging of 18MP images from memory card.

We recomend this camera to use on a “MARA” and “MARA-2k” UAV’s, and as a gimballed photocamera on a “Morana” UAV.

SONY DSC-QX10 Camera short specification

Sensor:Sony Exmor R CMOS
Effective Megapixels:18.2
Sensor Format:1/2.3 inch (6.17mm x 4.55mm)
Color Filter Type:RGB
Lens:Sony G len; 9 elements in 7 groups, including 4 aspheric elements
10.00x zoom (not used)
Focal Length:25 – 250mm (35mm equivalent) /  4.5 – 44.5mm (actual value)
Aperture Range:f/3.3 (wide) / f/5.9 (tele) – f/8.0
Auto Focus:Single-shot AF
ISO Settings:fixed, selectible by companion computer 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
White Balance Settings:Auto
Image format and resolution:JPEG 4896 x 3672 (18.0 MP, 4:3) at the camera memory card
JPEG 1440 x 1080 (1.5 MP, 4:3) thrumbnail images at the companion computer
Movie format and resolution:1440×1080 (30p) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with AAC-LC stereo audio
Composite Video Out:No, but companion computer AV out could be used
Shutter Speed Range:4 – 1/1600
Metering Modes:Multi Pattern
Program Auto Exposure:Yes
Storage Types:MS Micro M2 / microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC
External Connections:USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
Remote Control Type:Via Wi-Fi
PowerSelf Li-io rechargeble battery (200+ shots) or external USB power optons
Size62 x 62 x 30 mm (lens hide) / 62 x 62 x 50 (zero zoom lens)
Weight105 g


Fully Plug & Fly camera allow You to make a great RGB images for orthophoto mosaic and mapping.

Sony QX1 is a prime lens for the clearest and most detailed imagery available from any fixed wing drone in its class.

Our companion computer use a unique WiFi control software with a full control over exposure, speed, trigger time, ISO, and many other parameters of this 20MP camera.

We recommend this camera to use with gimbal or vibration isolation cage to achieve the best images on a “Morana” UAV.