OSAC Camera Systems Compared

  Full OSAC System w/UPS Component OSAC System no UPS Competitors
Nav Display and Control  Garmin (1)  Garmin (1)  Proprietary
  Waypoints Total  3000(1)  3000(1)  Unlimited?
  Lines/Routes  50(1)  50(1)  Unlimited?
  Flight plan upload  Yes, via USB (1)  Yes, via USB (1)  
  Camera Release  Auto/Manual  Auto/Manual  ?
       
 Remote Pilot Trigger  Yes  Yes  No
       
 Camera Control Computer  PC/Mac  PC/Mac, Opt  PC, Proprietary
  Control ISO, Shutter, Metering, etc.  Yes  Yes, Opt  
       
 Photo Indexing  Yes  Yes  
  Exif GPS location Stamp  Yes  Yes  
  Review/Edit Images  Yes  Yes  
  Flight Track Review on Google Map  Yes  Yes  
Photogrammetric Event Marking  No  No  Often
       
 Ext Power Supplied to:  Yes, 10-28V w/UPS  No, 10-28V aircraft  
  Nav Display  Yes, w/ UPS  Yes, direct aircraft  
  Trigger Hardware  Yes, w/ UPS  Yes, direct aircraft  
  Camera Computer  Yes, w/ UPS  No (2)  
  Camera  Yes, w/ UPS  No (2)  
   Configurable UPS Battery Power Supply  Yes  No  
       
 Flight Planning Software      
  Basic FP (spreadsheet based)  Yes  Yes  Usually
  Advanced FP  3rd Party  3rd Party  Usually
  Use GIS, CAD, or Spreadsheet Tools  Yes  Yes  Usually
       
 Camera Compatibility      
 Small Format DSLR      
  Canon 5D mk II  Yes  Yes  
  Other Canon, Nikon  Yes, Custom  Yes  
  Sony, Olympus, Panasonic  Yes, Custom  Yes  
 Medium Format      
  Hasselblad, Contax  Many, Custom  Yes  
  Phase One  Yes, Custom  Yes  
  Mamiya, Pentax  Yes, Custom  Yes, Custom  
 Large Format Mapping  No  No  Often
       
 Base Price  <$3000  <$2000  >$10,000

 Notes:

 Notes:

(1) Garmin GPS are tested and reliable for our systems, but any GPS with NMEA 0183 serial output should also function properly. The user would have to custom configure the cabling for non-garmin GPS receivers. The number of routes and waypoints available for triggering the camera is dependent upon the capacity of the GPS, the values given in the table are based upon most Garmin aviation portable GPS such as the 495 and 496.

(2) The GPS Nav system contains no provisions for providing electrical power to the camera or optional exposure computer system, the user needs to use either the internal battery supplied with the camera and laptop/cockpit computer, wire their own external power, or talk to us about a custom OSAC system which would include power supplies with battery backup.