When choosing a drone for industrial inspection, the Wispr Ranger Series is the best all around option. It can carry all of the industrial payloads under 4lb and it has a FPV camera built in for non-camera payloads. If you want to carry Sony A6000 series, A7, A7R or A9 you will need this drone. It will get 22 minute flight time with 3.5lb.
The Wispr Scout has limited payload options with only a 2-pound max payload capacity, but when it is equipped with a Gremsy Mio and a Sony RX100 it is a good starter package for industrial inspection. It will get a 22 minute flight time with 2lb payloads.
WISPr's preferred camera options for industrial inspection
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Sony RX100 VII 20.1MP Zoom
Mixing speed, reach, and portability, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII is a pocket-sized camera packing a wealth of stills and video versatility. This seventh-generation camera in the esteemed RX100 series is the second to feature the impressive 24-200mm-equivalent ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens that covers wide-angle to telephoto focal lengths for greater shooting flexibility in a variety of conditions. Making use of the extended range is a redesigned 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor, along with an improved BIONZ X image processor, for fast shooting performance, high sensitivity to ISO 12800, and UHD 4K video recording. The camera has 8x optical zoom and combined with digital zoom it can achieve 30x zoom!
Sony A6 Series
For visual inspection, we believe Sony Mirrorless digital cameras are a great option. The Sony A6 Series is an affordable option to start. They are built off of the APS-C sensors so they do not have the full frame sensor like the A7 series has, but they offer good 24.3MP pictures and a good affordable every day option. We suggest using Sony's 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens for inspection purposes, but other E-mount lens options are available.
Sony A7 III
The Sony A7 III has a full frame sensor and offers 24.3MP pictures. The placement of the SD card on the A7 series is easier to get to on the drone rather than the A6 series. We suggest using Sony's 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens for inspection purposes, but other E-mount lens options are available.
Sony A7R III
The Sony A7R III has a full frame sensor and offers 42.4MP pictures. The placement of the SD card on the A7R series is easier to get to on the drone rather than the A6 series. We suggest using Sony's 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens for inspection purposes, but other E-mount lens options are available.
FLIR Vue Pro R
For thermal mapping camera options we suggest using FLIR products. When it comes to selecting what thermal camera is the best option for you need to determine the resolution of the thermal you want to use, the field of view (FOV) and what will be your average distance from the object you are trying to view.
If you want a wide FOV and less detail from objects far away from the camera then you will need the shorter lenses <=9. If you want to see more detail from objects far away from the camera then you need one of the longer lenses >=13mm, which has a smaller FOV, but you can see a lot more details. For industrial applications the 640x512 resolution thermal is the only option. The 336 thermal is not enough quality for professional work.
If you want to have a RGB view as well when videoing or taking pictures, the FLIR Duo Pro R is a good option, but it will no longer be available as of 2022. New Hadron FLIR with 640 thermal will be available in the following months to replace the FLIR Duo Pro R.