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Cameras are important for many payload use cases, including mapping and surveying, surveillance, search & rescue, crop health and pest detection, and so on. They are commonly mounted on a gimbal that can provide camera stabilisation, point tracking, and movement independent of the hosting vehicle.

Camera Types

PX4 integrates with three types of cameras:

MAVLink cameras are recommended because they provide the broadest access to camera features using a simple and consistent command/message set. If a camera does not support this prototol, a camera manager running on a companion computer can be used to interface between MAVLink and the camera's native protocol.

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