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Key Features

  • 48 MP sensor
  • 4K video at 60 fps
  • HDR10 – HDR8
  • 14 EV dynamic range
  • 6x zoom: 1 cm details at 75 m (240 ft)

48 MP sensor

ANAFI Ai’s sensor supports a high megapixel count for finely detailed aerial shots.

 

It uses a Quad Bayer color filter array, where groups of 4 adjacent pixels come in the same color. Real-time HDR capture can be obtained in both photo and video modes, by adding the signals from the four adjacent pixels.

 

Its dynamic range is 4 times greater than conventional sensors, featuring a regular Bayer matrix. Even difficult scenes can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows.

Lens design

The ANAFI Ai lens is specifically designed for Parrot. It integrates 6 aspherical elements and has been optimized for low optical flare.

 

This lens gives a 68° HFoV in Standard video mode, and a 64.6° HFoV in Standard photo mode. 

Video modes

Description of modes

ANAFI Ai shoots smooth 4K 60 fps video, including in P-Log, as well as HDR10 4K videos up to 30 fps.

 

The following table summarizes all ANAFI Ai video modes. Default values appear in bold.

Video mode Resolution
(pixels)
Framerate
(fps)
Sensor readout Max analog
gain (dB)
Max ISO HFoV 24x36 equ.
focal length
Standard
or P-Log
4K UHD
(3840x2160)
24, 25, 30 Full pixel
(QBC remoisaic)
10 bits
24 1600 68° 27mm
Standard
or P-Log
1080p
(1920x1080)
24, 25, 30 Full pixel
(QBC remoisaic)
10 bits
24 1600 68° 27mm
Standard
or P-Log
4K UHD 48/50/60 2x2 adjacent
pixel binning
36 6400 68° 27mm
Standard
or P-Log
1080p 48/50/60/ 96/100/120 2x2 adjacent
pixel binning
36 6400 68° 27mm
HDR 4K UHD
(3840x2160)
24, 25, 30 QBC HDR
10 bits
24 1600 68° 27mm
HDR 1080p
(1920x1080)
24, 25, 30 QBC HDR
10 bits
24 1600 68° 27mm

 

Video encoding

Our users can choose between H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC) formats.

 

For all resolutions, we use the following pixel formats:

 

  • YUV420p (8bits/component, BT.709 colorspace) for Standard and HDR8. 
  • YUVJ420p (8bits/component, full range - BT.709 colorspace) for P-log style. 
  • YUV420p10 (10bits/component, BT.2020 colorspace) for HDR10 recording, in H.265 only.  

HDR

When recording videos in HDR8 and HDR10, ANAFI Ai covers a 14 EV dynamic range.

 

The HDR10 format allows for a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits and 10 bits color depth. It provides a billion-color palette, against 16 millions for Standard Dynamic Range. Compared to HDR8, HDR10 allows for an image that is over twice as bright, with a matching increase in contrast.

 

HDR8 can be displayed on any standard screen, while HDR10 is designed for HDR10 TVs and screens.

Photo modes

Description of modes 

The drive modes category gathers the settings that are related to the number of images that are taken for each shutter release.

 

Single capture mode: 

Full frame is acquired and immediately processed.

 

Bracketing mode: 

Users can take a burst of 3, 5 or 7 frames with a different exposure for each frame. The available presets are the following: 

 

  • [-1 EV, 0, +1 EV] (default setting)
  • [-2 EV, -1 EV, 0, +1 EV, +2 EV]
  • [-3 EV, -2 EV, -1 EV, 0, +1 EV, +2 EV, +3 EV]

 

Burst mode:

Users can take a burst of 10 frames in 1 second.

 

Panorama modes:

  • Spherical (360°) – Sphere, Little Planet and Tunnel outputs
  • Horizontal (180°)
  • Vertical (109°)
  • New Superwide mode, stitching 9 images (HFOV 110°, rectilinear)

 

Refer to this table for details of Panorama output properties:

  Horizontal Vertical Sphere Little planet Tunnel Superwide
Ratio 1:2 1:2 2:1 1:1 1:1 4:3
Projection Spherical Rectilinear Spherical Stereographic Stereographic Rectilinear
HFOV x VFOV 180° x 90° 70° x 109° 360° x 180° 360° x 180° 360° x 180° 110° x 94°
Resolutions 9MP:
4224x2112
18MP:
6144x3072
32MP:
8000x4000
9MP:
4224x2112
18MP:
6144x3072
32MP:
8000x4000
9MP:
4224x2112
18MP:
6144x3072
32MP:
8000x4000
9MP:
3000x3000
18 MP:
4224x4224
32 MP:
5632x5632
9MP:
3000x3000
18 MP:
4224x4224
32 MP:
5632x5632
9MP:
3456x2592
18MP:
4896x3672
32MP:
6528x4896

Timelapse mode: 

This mode allows taking pictures at the following fixed time intervals:

 

  • 48 MP: 1, 2, 4, 10, 30 or 60 s 
  • 12 MP: 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 10, 30 or 60 s

 

GPS Lapse mode:

This photo mode has been designed for inspection and photogrammetry. It enables taking pictures at the following fixed distance intervals: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200 meters.

 

The following table summarizes photo modes and resolutions along with sensor readout mode.

Photo mode Photo
type
Resolution & format HFOV 24x36 equ. focal length Sensor readout for recording Sensor readout for preview Max analog gain (dB) ISO range
Standard Wide 48 MP DNG 73,2° 24mm Full pixel
(QBC re-moisaic)
10 bits
Full pixel
(QBC re-moisaic)
10 bits
(15 fps)
24 50 - 1600
Standard Wide 48 MP JPEG 64,6° 28mm Full pixel
(QBC re-moisaic)
10 bits
Full pixel
(QBC re-moisaic)
10 bits
(15 fps)
24 50 - 1600
Standard Rectilinear (with EIS) 48 MP JPEG 64,6° 28mm Full pixel
(QBC re-  moisaic)
10 bits
Full pixel
(QBC re-moisaic)
10 bits
(15 fps)
24 50 - 1600
Standard or HDR lowlight Wide 12 MP DNG 73,2° 24mm 2x2 adjacent pixel binning 2x2 adjacent pixel binning 36 50 - 6400
Standard or HDR lowlight Wide 12 MP JPEG 64,6° 28mm 2x2 adjacent pixel binning 2x2 adjacent pixel binning 36 50 - 6400
Standard or HDR lowlight Rectilinear (with EIS) 12 MP JPEG 64,6° 28mm 2x2 adjacent pixel binning 2x2 adjacent pixel binning 36 50 - 6400
HDR Wide 12 MP DNG 73,2° 24mm QBC HDR
10 bits
QBC HDR
10 bits
36 50 - 1600
HDR Wide 12 MP JPEG 64,6° 28mm QBC HDR
10 bits
QBC HDR
10 bits
36 50 - 1600
HDR Rectilinear (with EIS) 12 MP JPEG 64,6° 28mm QBC HDR
10 bits
QBC HDR
10 bits
36 50 - 1600

Settings

The following table summarizes the available settings for each mode.

Attribute Value Description
Auto White Balance ON / OFF Enables or disables the auto white balance.
Manual WB Presets / Manual Manual selection of a WB preset instead of using auto white balance: Auto, Incandescent, Fluo, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Lock (if AWB is turned off, last AWB scales will be used), and Manual (user sets the Correlated Color Temperature in the range [2000,10000]).
Exposure mode Auto / Manual / Shutter priority / ISO priority Switches between available AE modes.
Manual shutter speed values From 1 to 1/10000 s, by 1/3EV steps Only available in manual or Shutter priority modes. Values: 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/120, 1/160, 1/200, 1/240, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600, 1/2000, 1/2500, 1/3200, 1/4000, 1/5000, 1/6400, 1/8000, 1/10000.
Manual ISO values From 25 to 51200 ISO, by 1/3EV steps Values: 50, 64, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1200, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400.
EV compensation From -3 EV to +3 EV Changes brightness of the scene by 1/3EV steps. (If the exposure time/gain curve doesn’t allow it, this slider has no effect). This setting can be assigned to a dedicated control on the remote.
Auto-Exposure Region Of Interest None / ROIs The Region Of Interest is defined by a touch in the image. Exposure is automatically locked.
Auto-Exposure Lock ON / OFF Locks exposure to the current settings (with a click on a specific icon).
ISO limit Gain Manually sets the maximum gain used by the Auto-Exposure.
Antiflicker mode Off / Auto / 50Hz / 60Hz “Auto” mode automatically chooses 50Hz or 60Hz depending on the region.

6x zoom

Zoom is available in all photo and video modes.

 

Combined with the 48 megapixels sensor, precise sharpening algorithms enable high definition still images, even when using the 6x digital zoom.

 

ANAFI Ai users are now able to see 1 cm details at 75 m.

 

High pixels count also allows cropping 4K videos to 1080p, with barely any loss of quality.