Canon 5DS and 5DS R Get Certification for Aerial Photography


The Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras, featuring 51MP, have received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval by Sky Imaging Mapping Data (SkyIMD) as aerial cameras on fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft.

SkyIMD’s Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) integrates a Canon 5DS pod kit for a Cessna 152, 172 Skyhawk, 182 Skylane, 206 Stationaire, or most helicopters using a Meeker Mount. A 22 pin cable interface connects power and laptop to the camera for live viewing, recording, or even in-flight processing.

Canon EOS 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R

Mark Zaller, COO of SkyIMD says, “A Canon 5DS in an FAA approved Cessna pod provides an economically competitive alternative to drones. A Cessna captures huge areas at altitudes from under 400 feet (above ground level) to over 17,000 feet, with no commercial airspace restrictions. SkyIMD’s FAA approvals will now allow up to five Canon 5DS (255MP total) on the same low cost aircraft. During a recent Precision Ag mission, SkyIMD diverted to use the Canon 5DS R on a true Emergency Response at the Santa Barbara Refugio Beach Oil Spill. With a 35mm lens from 1000 feet up, we supplied the US Coast Guard with 2-inch pixel resolution of the affected beaches.”

Tags: Aerial Photography, drones, Canon 5DS and 5DS R, SkyIMD, SkyIMD’s Supplemental Type Certificate, Canon 5DS pod kit, Meeker Mount