Gimbals and copters http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/gimbals-copters/feed.rss Mon, 25 Sep 17 23:22:10 -0600 Gimbals and copters en-CA ZhiyunTech Crane-2 Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17647/zhiyuntech-crane-2-handheld-gimbal-stabilizer Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:33:14 -0600 Scot 17647@/talks/discussions image

New level of confusing names new Crane-2 will easily get confused with V2. No info yet on BH anyone got details? Interesting new dials.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1359107-REG/zhiyun_tech_crane_2_3_axis_handheld_stabilizer.html

Integrated with an unprecedented follow focus wheel on the body, Crane 2 allows ±0.02° precision real time focus control through camera cable connection, so that you can always keep your subject in focus while moving, setting free your camera for more dedicated task.

Empowered by the 6th Gen. Instune Algorithm System which realizes 50% increase in motor torque and 20% improvement in noise reduction, the Crane 2 sets up a new benchmark for the industry supporting a max. payload of 3.2kg, mountable by all models of DSLR and mirrorless camera on the market.

Integrated with the pioneering 32-bit x 3 high-speed MCU parallel control technology which realizes 100% improvement in respond speed, CRANE 2 gets high above the industry standard with its cutting-edge attitude compensation system and unparalleled anti-shaking stabilizing performance.

The intuitive interface design help you easily identify the connection status, battery level, control mode and multiple camera params, giving you full control over every detail.

Three high energy efficiency 18650 rechargeable batteries give the Crane 2 maximum runtime of 18 hours with 6000mAh capacity. Meanwhile, the Crane 2 allows convenient real-time charging to the camera even when your camera is without batteries.

The quick control dial on the control panel is like an integrated extension of your camera. You can either press or rotate the dial to make various camera parameter settings such as TV, AV, ISO and EV, giving you seamless camera control independently from any software applications.

Product Net Weight 1250g/Unit

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Nebula Orvi Robotic Mini Crane http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17592/nebula-orvi-robotic-mini-crane Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:31:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17592@/talks/discussions image

From today Chinese presentation in Beijing.

More details and some vide to follow.

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Nebula 5100 Slant Gimbal http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17241/nebula-5100-slant-gimbal Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:44:34 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17241@/talks/discussions image

  • Very light with 900g weight
  • Can bear up to 3.2kg payload due to new drives
  • You always see screen
  • 8-10 hours battery life
  • Hidden cable design, 360° unlimited rotation for all 3 axis
  • 1/4 screw holes to attach monitor or such


Available at out deals for special entry offer: $859
Shipping: Price includes shipping for US/Canada/UK/Australia&NZ/Western Europe. Contact for any other regions.
I want to buy this gimbal.




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Nebula 5100 one hand gimbal, now with encoders http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16541/nebula-5100-one-hand-gimbal-now-with-encoders Sun, 05 Mar 2017 01:41:53 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16541@/talks/discussions

  • A new generation motor with built-in encoder for all 3 axes
  • High torque, 8-10 hours battery life
  • Made from high quality Al-Mg-Si alloy
  • Hidden cable design, 360° unlimited rotation
  • 2.5kg Payload
  • One key back to the midpoint return option
  • Direct charge
  • One key recording using button and build in IR remote
  • 1/4 screw holes for various support equipment
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Nebula 5300 - dual hand gimbals for pro cameras http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17493/nebula-5300-dual-hand-gimbals-for-pro-cameras Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:38:34 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17493@/talks/discussions image

PV preorder deal

  • 5300 price - $969
  • shipping - September 26

Shipping: Price includes shipping for US/Canada/UK/Australia&NZ/Western Europe. Contact for any other regions.
I want to buy this gimbal.

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Nebula 4300 5-axis gimbal - upgrade of the Nebula 4200 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17486/nebula-4300-5-axis-gimbal-upgrade-of-the-nebula-4200 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:01:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17486@/talks/discussions

PV preorder deal

  • 4300 price - $859
  • shipping - from September 18th

Shipping: Price includes shipping for US/Canada/UK/Australia&NZ/Western Europe. Contact for any other regions.
I want to buy this gimbal.

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Zhiyun Smooth-Q gimbal for $99 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17243/zhiyun-smooth-q-gimbal-for-99 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:49:06 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17243@/talks/discussions image

Use ZHIYUN105 code.

https://www.tomtop.com/steadycams-321/p-d4623jb.html

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Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13310/yuneec-typhoon-q500-4k Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:52:25 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13310@/talks/discussions

Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, announced the launch of the Typhoon Q500 4K today. The newest member of the Typhoon family produces unparalleled 4K video quality and 12 megapixel still images while delivering Yuneec’s standard of ready, easy and safe flight to consumers everywhere.

The Typhoon Q500 4K is an aerial and ground imaging solution, perfect for both skilled and beginner drone pilots and photographers. It offers up to 25-minutes of flight time while filming with its CGO3 4K camera. The unit comes ready to fly with a standard ST10+ Personal Ground Station featuring a 5.5-inch Android touchscreen display.

“We are very excited to be introducing one of the world’s first 4K camera drones,” said Tian Yu, chief executive officer of Yuneec International. “The Typhoon 4K has elicited the attention of everyone from professional cinematographers to techie geeks to those just discovering drone aviation. No matter the audience, Yuneec produces spectacular images and provides an unparalleled flying experience.”

The 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3 gimbal camera and the optimized fixed focus lens capture smooth videos and crisp images which are stored to an internal memory card and streamed in real time to the ST10+ screen. In addition, all of the controls typically used by professionals are accessible from the ST10+ Personal Ground Station; video resolution and white balance can be adjusted. Additionally, light exposure, ISO and shutter speed can be controlled either automatically or manually making higher quality shots available instantly. The camera features a 115-degree wide-angle distortion-free lens, the ability to shoot slow motion video at 1080p 120 FPS and allows users to take pictures in RAW (DNG) and JPEG format while simultaneously recording video.

The Steady Grip handheld device ensures ground shots are as smooth as those taken from the air. The Steady Grip user is able to capture images, shoot videos and control the CGO3 gimbal camera all from the easily downloadable mobile app, CGO3.

The Typhoon 4K comes with several smart features built into the system, including Geo-fencing, Speed Control, Follow Me and Watch Me. The Q500 4K also maintains the Typhoon family’s focus on safety with features like Dynamic Return Home, Low-Battery Return Home and FAA No Fly. The Typhoon Q500 4K system is available for the suggested retail price of $1299 USD.

http://www.yuneec.com/typhoon_4k.html

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DJI Spark Drone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17008/dji-spark-drone Wed, 24 May 2017 10:34:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17008@/talks/discussions

Specs

Spark is a mini drone that features all of DJI's signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. With intelligent flight control options, a mechanical gimbal, and a camera with incredible image quality, Spark empowers you to push your creative boundaries.

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BIRTV 2017: CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17701/birtv-2017-came-tv-prophet-gimbal Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:32:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17701@/talks/discussions

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DJI Mavic - Foldable drone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15664/dji-mavic-foldable-drone Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:28:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15664@/talks/discussions image

  • 300m wi-fi link
  • Foldable arms for ultra compact size
  • 4K UHD video
  • 3-axis gimbal system
  • 12-megapixel image sensor
  • 4 mile range and 27 minute flight time
  • Intelligent Vision avoidance detection system
  • Dual GPS satellite antennas and recievers
  • Follow mode
  • Sport mode with agile flying at up to 40MPH
  • Updated remote control
  • Gesture control to use your hands for control
  • Optional DJI Goggles
  • Ships in middle of October
  • $749 without remote at http://store.dji.com/product/mavic-pro
  • $999 with remote at http://store.dji.com/product/mavic-pro
  • $1299 bundle
  • Weight at 1.43lbs
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Neewer DLSR Gimbal, dropped to $199 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17665/neewer-dlsr-gimbal-dropped-to-199 Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:58:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17665@/talks/discussions image

Looking at the listing https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Brushless-Stabilizer-Panasonic-Mirrorless/dp/B06XX93MLN/ it has issue with batteries contacts, but otherwise e if you want to mess with it works.

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Zhiyun Z1 Crane V1 and V2 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15338/zhiyun-z1-crane-v1-and-v2 Sun, 10 Jul 2016 19:30:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15338@/talks/discussions image

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Specifications

  • 360 degrees motor with encoders
  • 3x MCU 32bit processors, highest on market 4Khz correction rate
  • 950g weight
  • Conservative lens+camera weight limit - 1200g
  • Real lens+camera weight limit - 1850g
  • 18650 / 26650 batteries compatible
  • 12 hours run time
  • Has iPhone app

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Comes with

  • 1 x Crane Gimbal
  • 1 x Plastic box
  • 1 x Camera lens support
  • 1 x Camera lens support Screw
  • 1 x Camera Mounting Screw
  • 1 x Micro USB cable
  • 4 x 18650 Li-ion Battery
  • 1 x Battery Charger
  • 1 x Battery box
  • 1 x User Manual


Optional Items:

  • $25 Bluetooth remote
  • $95 Dual handles
  • $19 Panasonic remote control cable (works with GH4 and such cameras)


Available at out deals for: Gimbal - $539, Gimbal+Dual handles - +$90 , Gimbal+Handles+Remote - +$107
Shipping: Price includes shipping for US/Canada/UK/Australia&NZ/Western Europe. Contact for any other regions.
I want to buy this gimbal.




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DJI Phantom 4 Pro, 4k at 60fps and HEVC http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16050/dji-phantom-4-pro-4k-at-60fps-and-hevc- Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:00:04 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16050@/talks/discussions image


Drone info and available at buy at

http://store.dji.com/product/phantom-4-pro#/


PR

November 15, 2016 – DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology, Tuesday introduced two new drones that raise the bar for professional imaging: Inspire 2, the best ready-to-fly platform for high-end film and video creators, and Phantom 4 Pro, the smartest and most creative flying camera of its size.

“Professional filmmakers and photographers always push to create images that have never been seen before, and DJI never stops trying to give them the tools to achieve their vision,” said DJI CEO and Founder Frank Wang. “Our newest flight platforms and stabilized aerial cameras are smarter, faster and more powerful than ever before. We can’t wait to see how creators use Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro to capture dazzling images.”

Professional Imaging

Phantom 4 Pro offers a powerful imaging system for professional photo and video creators as well as non-professionals who demand excellence from the camera and platform they use to pursue their creative visions. The camera now packs a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor, and almost 12 stops of dynamic range bring out levels of detail and low-light performance unprecedented in a flying camera of this size. Its mechanical shutter eliminates rolling shutter distortion in fast-moving scenes. Phantom 4 Pro can capture slow-motion 4K video up to 60 fps at a maximum bitrate of 100 mbps. In addition, the Phantom 4 Pro offers H.265 video compression, which substantially improves video quality at the same bitrate.

Reliable with Enhanced FlightAutonomy System

Phantom 4 Pro builds on DJI’s original obstacle avoidance system with FlightAutonomy – three sets of visual systems that build a 3D map of obstacles in front, behind and below the aircraft, as well as infrared sensing systems on both sides. FlightAutonomy can position, navigate and plan routes for Phantom 4 Pro, enabling it to avoid obstacles in a sensing range up to 98 feet at front and rear, even in complex 3D environments. When returning to home and tapping to initiate auto takeoff or landing, the Landing Protection function is able to detect and help avoid landing on uneven ground or water. Phantom 4 Pro has high-performance battery technology that provides up to 30 minutes of flight time. The Phantom 4 Pro flies at 31 mph in P mode with obstacle avoidance in effect, and has a 45 mph top speed in sport mode.

Professional Control with New Remote Controller

Phantom 4 Pro’s revolutionary new compact remote controller comes with an optional high luminance display, providing a clear and vivid live HD view from the main camera as well as essential telemetry data, even in direct sunlight. The aircraft will automatically choose between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz once powering on to gain a clear signal in areas with high radio interference. The new controller has a built-in GPS, compass, Micro-SD card slot and HDMI port.

Intelligent Flight

New intelligent flight modes make Phantom 4 Pro the smartest flying camera of its size, opening new vistas for creators, such as the new Draw Mode that allows operators to draw lines on the controller display and direct the Phantom 4 Pro to fly that route.

ActiveTrack recognizes common subjects such as people and bikes, then follows them from any angle while maintaining camera focus, and includes three new modes – New Circle, Profile and Spotlight.

Narrow sensing enhances obstacle avoidance sensitivity so the aircraft can fly through complex environments like narrow doorways. TapFly now works backwards and comes with a new Free mode that allows a pilot to set the direction of flight, turn the Phantom 4 Pro or tilt the gimbal without changing the direction of flight. With the new AR Route feature, operators will be able to tell the flight route on the screen.

As an additional safety feature, within a minute of losing GPS signal, the aircraft will automatically return to the last connected position and hover there precisely to wait for the pilot’s command. With the enhanced return to home function, the aircraft knows where it should be going from up to 984 feet away and avoids obstacles along the route.

Price and Availability

Phantom 4 Pro’s U.S. retail price is $1,499 with a standard controller. The Phantom 4 Pro, which includes a Phantom 4 Pro aircraft, and a high luminance display remote controller, will be available at $1,799. Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro are immediately available for pre-order at dji.com/phantom-4-pro and DJI flagship stores in Shenzhen, Seoul and Hong Kong. These products will begin shipping one week after launch.

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Xiaomi Mi Drone lauched http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15086/xiaomi-mi-drone-lauched Wed, 18 May 2016 00:55:04 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15086@/talks/discussions image

  • 1080p model priced at ¥2499 ($380)
  • 4k model priced at ¥2999 ($456)
  • 4 propeller with detachable shields
  • 17.4V battery 5100mAh, 27 minutes non-stop flying
  • 104° wide-angle lens
  • 4K camera at 3840 x 2160 pixels; supports recording of stills in RAW format
  • 720p live video with low latency from up to 2km distance
  • 3-axis gimbal, stabilizes up to 2000 vibrations per second
  • Lightweight design
  • GPS + GLONASS and vision-based positioning
  • Autopilots: automatic take-off + landing, waypoint flight path planning, tap to fly on map, circle an object on the ground
  • Detects low battery and returns home automatically
  • Real-time location tracking for easy retrieval even post crash
  • Hovers automatically at the edge of no-fly zones
  • Built-in PCB antenna array in remote control for maximum reach
  • Modular design and foldable landing gear
  • 3km range

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Experience with the Zhiyun Evolution Gimbal using the Yi 4K+ http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17621/experience-with-the-zhiyun-evolution-gimbal-using-the-yi-4k- Sun, 27 Aug 2017 21:29:23 -0600 markr041 17621@/talks/discussions The Zhiyun Evolution gimbal is one those gimbals dedicated to action cams with the GoPro form factor. The advantage of a camera-type specific gimbal is that it comes pre-balanced so if you have the appropriate camera there is no frustrating time spent balancing. You just attach the camera (in the same class), turn the gimbal on, and you are ready to shoot. So, the workload is no more time-consuming or more difficult than attaching a camera to a selfie stick or monopod.

The gimbal comes with two batteries and a two-battery charger. The batteries are supposed to last 12+ hours. I did not test that (a waste of my time), but basically this means that even if the actual time is 8 hours and not 12, you can just turn the thing on and leave it on all during your shoot. Again, you can just treat the gimbal like it was a stick. No worrying about power. Leave it on, forget it uses power.

The form factor is like any other 3-axis gimbal, with perhaps a longish handle (to fit those batteries). It has a joystick for pans, tilts, etc. and for selecting one of three modes, just like all modern motorized gimbals. The motors are basically silent (I can't hear them). But...

The way you mount the camera is to push one end of the camera right up against one of the gimbal motors (the tilt). This gives the best balance, and also makes it easy to figure out how to place the camera. However, one of the two internal mics of the Yi 4K+ is on that side! With the mic pushed up against the motor, guess what? - you get motor noise or at least motor vibration noise. You cannot therefore use the internal mics for audio while using the gimbal. Hence, you need to use an external mic. And the Yi 4K+ can take an external mic (mono).

My small and lightweight portable "kit' consists of the Yi 4K+, a Sony ECM-CS3 mic and the gimbal. Why this mic? it is tiny and light and, most importantly, has an alligator clip that lets me attach the mic directly to the brace between two of the motors - on the gimbal. Not the handle, so no handle noise, and as I said, the motors are basically silent, so no motor noise. My kit therefore gives me quiet (and good) audio, better stabilization than any camera or camcorder (BOSS, IBIS, whatever) with no digital degradation, and 4K video at 60 fps. The camera is $339, the gimbal is $178, and the mic is $17. Perfectly stabilized handheld video, allowing camera movement, audio with no noise and 60 fps 4K for below $550.

Why is 60 fps important? Well for normal video, you get smoother motion. But, more importantly, you can slow down the video which really smooths out movement with the camera, and you can still have 4K (at 30p).

Ok, maybe I am just a shil, trying to sell you on this combo. So, really, how good is the 4K video? is the audio really without noise? can the gimbal really give you steady handheld shots? how smooth is the movement?

See for yourself:

The Youtube version streams at 2160 60p, and if you have the bandwidth, you should choose that setting to view no matter what the resolution of your viewing device (monitor). If you cannot do this smoothly, try 1440 60p. You will see that Youtube compression does NOT ruin the quality (and that a true 4K video looks better at all viewing resolutions). This video has static shots and walking while shooting, and for audio - a saxophone, guitar, fountains, and construction noise.

I don't know if the Vimeo version streams at 4K 60p (it certainly streams at 4K), but you can download the original 173 Mbps UHD 60p original (as I made it).

How does walking with the camera look slowed down? This video was rendered at 4K 30P, but contains slowed down portion so you can see the effect:

In these shoots I did not once expereince any gimbal glitches (sudden spontaneous gimbal movements). Oh, and there is a bluetooth remote for the Yi 4K+, so you can start and stop the video without touching the camera. It works fine.

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Gudsen MOZA Air http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16993/gudsen-moza-air Tue, 23 May 2017 10:32:45 -0600 dracore 16993@/talks/discussions image

Test between Moza Air VS Zhiyun

Here are some benefits of the Moza that I've found so far:

  • Max payload 2.5kg
  • Slightly shorter grip handle than Zhiyun
  • Motion timelapse using mobile app
  • Comes with dual handles
  • Optional thumb controller
  • Low price, PV deal only $579


Optional Items:

  • $189 Bluetooth remote


Available at out deals for: Gimbal+Dual handles - $579, Gimbal+Handles+Remote - $766
Shipping: Price includes shipping for US/Canada/UK/Australia&NZ/Western Europe. Contact for any other regions.
I want to buy this gimbal.




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A beginners guide to smooth shots and a reliable DIY Multirotor http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17555/a-beginners-guide-to-smooth-shots-and-a-reliable-diy-multirotor Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:17:31 -0600 mee 17555@/talks/discussions I have been off this forum for awhile, and one of the key reasons is that I stopped lugging my gh2 around and started lugging my DIY multirotors around. Originally this was a venture to get some nice aerial shots before leaving Japan, but as with camera's, lenses and all the other equipment that is involved in the image capturing hobbies, it becomes a bit of an addiction.

The intent of this thread is to build a rolling user guide of what in my opinion makes a good reliable setup for consistently smooth predictable video shots and smooth consistently predictable flying while spending more time in the air and less time on the bench adjusting things, repairing things, and upgrading things. Those three things are largely related, but depending on what your after, your personal strengths, and endurance, mentally and physically, some things may be more important for you to focus on. This intro is a basic layout of what I find important, but I plan on building on it with questions, and others personal experience. I will do my best not to be overly wordy, and appreciate the same from others so that this can stay as streamlined and readable as possible for those just getting into DIY multirotor builds. It is not for everyone and many would be better off buying a ready to fly off the shelf unit, but for those willing to learn, I believe the DIY route will in the long run save you allot of money, and allot of frustration.

Advantages of DIY

  1. less initial money for a machine with equal or greater abilities than top end off the shelf machines.
  2. repairs are generally much less expensive since you are not tied to a specific component sold only by the manufacturer of your off the shelf unit.
  3. like building your own PC, you can upgrade components when better technology comes out without buying a whole new machine.

There are more advantages, but yeah were keeping it short (I hope).

OK, so here are your basic needs when building a machine.

1) Frame - I recommend a hexacopter between 550mm and 700mm diameter for your first machine. A quadcopter will save you a bit of component money, and is usually more nimble in the air, but the redundancy of the hexacopter gives you a bit more breathing room should a motor or esc fail in the air. It is also more stable and less prone to sudden movements (when tuned). There are many options and price ranges. Early Tarot aluminum frames can be had for very cheap places like GLB. For about $100 you can get one of their Carbon frames. Early Tarot are arguably better than the newer ones and rather than buying a cool looking newer unknown companies frame which may be fine, but may not, it is a good idea to go with a known stable platform. Those frames also have allot of mounting space, so you won't find yourself jamming a mess of wires and components into the tightest spaces on earth (been there done that).

2) Flight controller. This is the brain (just gonna leave it there for now). I recommend a pixhawk, Eagletree Vector, or a Revolution (usually sold as CC3D revo). Current prices on Pixhawk clones on ebay are as low as $50 for a complete board with all the wiring, but you will need a separate GPS unit. I recommend a M8n Gps unit which can be had for about $20 on the same site. You can get them elsewhere for this price range, or pay allot more. A Revolution board is about $30 on ebay for the nano version, but getting the larger (still very small) "CC3D Revo" board is in my opinion a better option especially for a beginner. This board includes built in telemetry which you will need (lets you talk to the board with a tablet or phone). You will also need a GPS unit. Avoid the nano GPS as it is crap (TRUST ME). Get the same size M8N GPS unit, but be sure it is for the CC3D boards. If it works with one CC3D board, it will work for the rest. This can be had for about $20.

3) PDB (Power Distribution board) . This simply routes power from your battery to the components that need it (note pixhawk has a power unit, but it also needs to go to a PDB). Here you have many viable choices but you need to be sure it will not blow if your battery is too strong. Most likely you will have a 6s battery for aerial video (yes other cell counts can work, but 6s will give you more power and flight time), so be sure the PDB is 6s capable. For the pixhawk there is a pricey at $20 (most pdb are $5 or less) PDB that can handle 10s! it has a handy connector for the pixhawk pdb to plug into. Considering the money your saving with the guide I am making here, I would probably go with that pdb if I was going pixhawk. Even if you are running 6s or less, it is nice to have pdb capable of handling allot more juice especially since accidents do happen, and you'll be less likely to short something. Some other PDB's have built in Voltage sensors and OSD's which we can discus later.

4) ESC's (plural) These plug into the flight controller and get power directly from the PDB. Your flight controller is both sending them signals based on its build in gyroscope to keep the machine level, and from your input on your transmitter (dual joystick thingy). The ESC's in turn send these signals to your motors, as well as send them power from the PDB. FYI there are all in one esc's (usually only 4 to a unit for quad copters), if you are building a quadcopter for aerial work, avoid these. If one fails you have to replace the whole unit ie all four esc's. In general that is a $100 repair vs a $25 repair. I highly recommend Either Kiss 6s esc's, Afro 20amp HV (high voltage 6s ) esc's, or Favourite little bee 6s esc's. There are other good ones out there but allot of risky ones. I HIGHLY recommend flashing the Afro's to BLheli and the others which are running BLheli firmware to the latest version and will get into that later.

4) Motors (who knew). Yeah, well these spin your props. Every other motor will be spinning clockwise, and every other counter clockwise. Each flight controller has it's own pattern, so be sure to either find an imagine online to reference, or if you have a Revolution the GUI will kindly show you. FYI there are motors out there with built in ESC's. Avoid them. First off their specs are rarely impressive, secondly if an esc fails, you are out a motor and esc, if a motor fails you are out a motor and esc. Not to mention if you ever want to upgrade either unit you are upgrading both units, as in all esc's and all motors.

5) Propellers - I recommend buying 3x what you need in plastic and the necessary adapter to allow this, and 2x what you need in Carbon fiber for the day you feel confident that your not going to crash into a tree, or tip on landing and chip your blades. CF is tough, but it can break. There are no two ways about it plastic props are ridiculously cheap (or should be), but rarely provide the stability desired for AF, and CF are expensive. I recommend RCtimer signature series for CF props as they are less than pretty much anywhere else, and more often than not are very nicely balanced. For perfect props you almost always have to do some sanding, but that is a whole page and video to explain.. If you can afford it, but 4 or 5 sets of props, pick the best, and sell the rest or keep them for backup.

6) A prop balancer. Cause you need to know. There are many cheapies which I think are fine. I paid about $40 for a Dubro (think that's how it is spelled) that has high acclaims. I think the cheap ones are easier to use though.

7) Transmitter and receiver. The transmitter is what goes in your hands to control it, the receiver goes on the machine to send what your telling it with your hands to the flight controller. There are $3000 transmitters and $20 transmitters. Do your self a favor, get a Frsky Taranis Transmitter for between $200 and $250, and an X8R receiver for between $30 and $50. This transmitter and receiver both give the $3000 units a run for their money. I have never come close to using all the functionality, but there are many customizations for both flight controller and gimbal I have taken advantage of through the transmitter.

8 GIMBAL (WHAT'S THAT WORD AGAIN? MONORAIL...Er GIMBAL!!) This is where you absolutely want to listen to me unless you want to put a dslr on the machine in which case your talking an 800mm plus frame, or unless you want to spend months dialing in a device. GET A TINY2 Gimbal. This is the best no stress gimbal on this planet for the gopro size camera's. I do recommend eventually getting an alexmos and storm32 based gimbal too, but if you start with either unit, you are going to end up with allot of throw away footage, and likely a dead gimbal, and actually a very likely DOA gimbal. That being said my first TINY2 had issues I didn't realize were there.. and that is because even though my first unit was faulty (which is very rare with this gimbal) The majority of the footage was still very very impressive. My second unit which I still use is flawless. The only down side to this gimbal is it's limited proprietary Firmware. It is supposedly based on Alexmos, but almost all customizations are not available. HOWEVER. Because it is out of the box so good, and because you listened to be and got the FRSky Taranis and X8R receiver, you are going to be able to still customize some important things like panning/pitch speed, as well as center position, ie you can tilt the gimbal slightly down to avoid props in the frame.

9) OSD (On screen display). Eagle Tree Vector comes with this build in and it is the best OSD period. Both other units you will need to spend btween $10 and $30 for an OSD, this gives you vital info on voltage, gps signal, distance of machine from pilot, direction, and the list goes on

10) VTX (Video transmitter) It is what sends the signal from your cameras (plural) to you on your ground. Yes you can fly with just a gopro, but it is not recommended because first of all the way gimbals work the camera is not always pointing forward, and this can be very confusing when flying and result in a crash, also if the gimbal malfunctions either due to defect or user error you may be trying to negotiating your way home while staring up at the sky or down at the ground, bottom of the machine, etc.. So invest in a $20 - $40 FPV camera and a $5video switcher which will let you with a flip of a switch on your taranis switch between up to 3 cameras. Surveilzone.com is my recommendation for both.

OK, well I have allot on my plate these days, and can't add any more at the moment. I think I got all the major components. There are obviously wires, and some specific connectors needed sometimes to get things connected. Practicing soldering before you start will be your friend. 12awg, 16awg, and 22awg are good size wire guages to always have around. and you can practice with them. Heat wrap in similar guage is also a must. A heat gun is good idea too.

I will try to get back to this soon, and have a rebuild of my 680mm hex starting very soon, so can takes some pics as I go and answer questions.

I hope I have at least provided a framework to start with and maybe answer questions that you had bouncing around in your head.

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Kudrone 4K Camera Drone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16639/kudrone-4k-camera-drone Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:56:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16639@/talks/discussions

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kudrone-4k-camera-nano-drone-with-gps-auto-follow-drone#/

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DJI Phantom 3 SE for $549 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16914/dji-phantom-3-se-for-549 Fri, 12 May 2017 02:50:39 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16914@/talks/discussions image

  • C4K: 4096 x 2160P 24 / 25fps;
  • 4K: 3840x2160p 24/25/30fps;
  • 2.7K: 2704 x 1520P 24 / 25 / 30fps;
  • FHD: 1920 x 1080P 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60fps;
  • Max. video bitrate: 60Mbps

Code - 1LCXRM7920

http://www.tomtop.com/rc-quadcopter-1192/p-rm7920us.html

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TRD Beholder DS1 and EC1 gimbals for Canon/Nikon DSLR http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13658/trd-beholder-ds1-and-ec1-gimbals-for-canonnikon-dslr Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:42:09 -0600 act 13658@/talks/discussions
  • The DS1 arrives pre-programed and ready to use out of the box. It can be used to shoot any angle auto Reverse for low angle short.

  • 32bit Dual IMU sensors allows precision stabilization.

  • The DS1 payload is 4.8 lbs allowing lot lens to be mounted. Tool less adjustment pitch, roll and yaw.

  • 3 axis joystick controls 2 axis pitch and yaw one axis mode selection for system correction.

  • Retail price 690usd, release day September 15, 2015.

  • Information provided by Team Rebel Design.

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    Nebula Remote, making videos in your grasp http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15120/nebula-remote-making-videos-in-your-grasp Wed, 25 May 2016 00:08:07 -0600 Avril_Lovin 15120@/talks/discussions Nowadays, making video has been more and more popular in our life. As many documentary and short films show, not only the producer but also the audience require a higher quality of filmmaking. We notice that some of the large radial and complicated tracks are too cumbersome to address the needs of shooting. Emerge as the new trend: compact, lightweight and easy to use, stabilizers are brought.

    Handheld 3-axis stabilizer is a revolutionary product to the film industry. It is so light-weighted and user-friendly to create more possibilities for photographers during filmmaking and at mean time providing smooth videos. However, designs of 3-axis stabilizer cannot address the very crucial part: the bounces caused by photographers’ step while making videos. To solve this problem, the cutting-edge Nebula 4200 5-axis stabilizer has arrived.

    With two spring arms, Nebula 4200 can absorb any vibrations and bounces under payload acting on the vertical axis and with different spring tension, the two spring arms are also able to filter part of the vibrations on horizontal axis. They are just like the vehicle suspension system which isolates road noise, bumps, and vibrations. Nebula 4200 as the terminator of stabilizer presents you a most smooth experience under the severe environment of recording.

    And here comes a brilliant accessory for Nebula 4200 to make it the most powerful combination: our new product, Nebula Remote. No more complicated operation to control both your gimbal and camera with Nebula Remote. It can be quickly installed on gimbal's handle without tools and can be simply used by thumb to control your gimbal accurately and intuitively. Only one key to stop or continue motor's working, convenient for balancing, fine-tuning and power saving. OLED screen clearly shows the current status, including modes of gimbal, current voltage, battery power, angle of pitch axis and yaw axis and other information. By using the memory function, now it’s free to capture shots that are difficult or impossible. Every design makes filmmaking smoother and easier.

    Nebula Remote is compatible with Nebula 4200/4100/4000/5200/6000. The video below is Nebula REMOTE function introduction.

    The video below is the method of Nebula REMOTE.

    Hope these can help you to understand the product.

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    Tilta Gravity G1 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15761/tilta-gravity-g1 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:41:35 -0600 MikeLinn 15761@/talks/discussions

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    UK: Drone registration coming http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17385/uk-drone-registration-coming Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:40:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17385@/talks/discussions

    It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz).

    There is no time frame or firm plans as to how the new rules will be enforced and the Department of Transport admitted that "the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out".

    "Our measures prioritise protecting the public while maximising the full potential of drones," said Aviation Minister Lord Martin Callanan.

    "Increasingly, drones are proving vital for inspecting transport infrastructure for repair or aiding police and fire services in search and rescue operations, even helping to save lives.

    "But like all technology, drones too can be misused. By registering drones and introducing safety awareness tests to educate users, we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public."

    DJI spokesman Adam Lisberg said the plans sounded like "reasonable common sense".

    "The fact is that there are multiple users of the airspace and the public should have access to the air - we firmly believe that - but you need systems to make sure everybody can do it safely," he said.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40684581

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    FeiyuTech SPG gimbal for smartphones, $104 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17384/feiyutech-spg-gimbal-for-smartphones-104 Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:11:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17384@/talks/discussions image

    Available for $104,95 at https://www.tomtop.com/steadycams-321/p-d4766.html use code FYTCSPG45

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    Lanparte LA3D-VR01 gimbal for Gear 360 and other cameras http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16865/lanparte-la3d-vr01-gimbal-for-gear-360-and-other-cameras Sat, 06 May 2017 16:41:45 -0600 PauloTeixeira 16865@/talks/discussions image

    https://www.lanpartegimbals.com/products/lanparte-la3d-vr01-owl-detachable-handheld-gimbal-for-samsung-360-vr-cameras

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    Nebula 4100 Gimbal and Nebula 4100 lite http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15093/nebula-4100-gimbal-and-nebula-4100-lite Thu, 19 May 2016 06:51:31 -0600 Leon_Kabic 15093@/talks/discussions Nebula 4100 Gimbal

    Looks like a major improvement over Nebula4000. Newsshooter published report: http://www.newsshooter.com/2016/05/12/nab-2016-filmpowers-new-roxor-4k-vr-4200-and-quick-release-nebula-4100-lite-gimbals/

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    DJI Ronin 2 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16794/dji-ronin-2 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:36:41 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16794@/talks/discussions

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    Nebula 4200 - strange monster http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13630/nebula-4200-strange-monster Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:43:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13630@/talks/discussions image

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    Nebula 4200 5-Axis Gyroscope Stabiliser, looks fun and strange

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    DJI Phantom 3 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12757/dji-phantom-3 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:32:53 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12757@/talks/discussions image

    Specs:

    PR

    DJI today announced the next evolution in its ground-breaking Phantom drone platforms – the Phantom 3.

    With two variations, the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced, this new milestone in aerial innovation provides greater control and creative options from the sky.

    Both Phantom 3 versions feature the strongest professional control features DJI has developed so far. Using DJI’s innovative Visual Positioning system, these Phantom 3 platforms can hold their positioning indoors without GPS and can easily take off and land with the push of a button.

    Controllers for the Phantom 3 come paired with DJI’s Lightbridge technology, which allows pilots to see what the Phantom 3 camera is seeing in HD (720p) at a distances up to 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) with almost no latency.

    “In developing the next generation Phantom, DJI remained committed to providing a top tier flight experience in one easy-to-use platform,” said DJI CEO Frank Wang. “We pride ourselves in creating a flying camera that fits in a backpack and can be ready to take professional quality videos from the sky in less than a minute.”

    The Phantom 3 Professional is capable of shooting 4K video at up to 30 frames per second, while the Phantom 3 Advanced records at resolutions up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. These cameras are stabilized using 3-axis gimbals to keep the video smooth regardless of flight or wind conditions.

    Both models shoot 12 megapixel photos using a 94⁰ FOV, distortion-free lens, and a high-quality, 1/2.3” sensor that is more sensitive to light than the sensor in previous Phantom 2 Vision models.

    All camera settings, including ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation, can be set using both the DJI Pilot app and the physical controls on the remote controllers. The DJI Pilot app also features a Phantom 3 flight simulator for virtually practicing aerial maneuvers, and a ‘Director’ feature, which automatically edits the best shots from flights into short videos that can be shared immediately after landing.

    The upgraded app also allows pilots to livestream their flights to YouTube.

    “Pilots, whether they are journalists, extreme athletes, or global travelers – will not just be able to share aerial videos of where they were, but will also be able to send a YouTube link to their friends and colleagues to show them the aerial perspectives of where they are right now,” said DJI’s San Francisco General Manager Eric Cheng. “This has tremendous potential for changing the way we share experiences with one another.”

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