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Single vs Multi-Sensor Gimbals: Which Should You Choose?

Single Sensor

A single sensor camera payload allows one sensor to be integrated into the system, which is pre-defined by the manufacturer. This is usually an electro-optical (EO) sensor, which can provide high definition daylight imagery and video. A single sensor camera payload is best suited to applications that require simple daylight imagery.

Suitable applications include:

  • Aerial photography
  • Cinematography
  • Real estate photography
  • Mapping & surveying
  • Simple asset inspection
  • Agriculture
  • Daytime wildlife spotting

 

Multi-sensor

Likewise, a multi-sensor gimbal is equipped with a high definition EO sensor. However, these allow more sensors to be integrated into the system to give operators enhanced situational awareness. With a multi-sensor gimbal, you can choose between a range of sensor configurations to suit the needs of your mission. For operations that run at day and night, an Infra-Red (IR) sensor can be integrated within the gimbal to provide an adaptable, multi-use solution for gathering information in daylight and at night. Laser sensors can also be integrated for operations that require measuring distances. A multi-sensor gimbal is best suited to ISR applications as it can provide operators with more opportunities in the field. 

Suitable applications include:

  • Surveillance
  • Mapping & surveying
  • Advanced asset inspection
  • Emergency response
  • Search and rescue
  • Marine rescue
  • Disaster management
  • Wildlife spotting and environmental science
  • Law enforcement
  • Border protection
  • Gas leak detection

 

When choosing between a single and multi-sensor gimbal, consider the four Ws.  

What platform will you be using?

What is your application?

What are your goals?

What is your budget

SWaP-C

The size, weight, power and cost of a single sensor gimbal is often cheaper than a multi-sensor payload. However, this is not always the case. A dual sensor gimbal, such as the CM100 is lower in SWAP-C than many single-sensor gimbals on the market.

Are you still having trouble choosing? Email your queries to sales@uavvision.com and we can advise you on the best system suited to your mission.