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Old 14 October 2014, 06:11   #1
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Any dji phantom experts quad copter experts??

Looking into buying the phantom2.

I want to use it with my gopro hero 3+ & ideally want the gimbal that moves the camera.

However these ones are around the £900 mark!!!

I was thinking of buying the standard phantom2 without a camera or mounts & seperatly buying the brushless gimbal.

Seems to work out cheaper- phantom2 (£400-500) gimbal mount (£50ish)

Can this be done or will it not work?
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Andyb on here has one. He's used it to film his boat although he needed new pants when he did it. He's got some bloody good footage on it too.
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i think the gimbal that youre looking at only keeps the camera steady - and not remotely move the camera
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My expertise spans the spectrum of one buddy who has the basic phantom and we just purchased the big daddy kit with the gimbal and remote camera extender with the fancy remote and monitor at work. I not the user but have been hanging around him a lot.

Even if the gimbal move side to side(I think it does) you may not want to, the legs will be in the picture. Your best shot would be to rotate the copter.

The buddy with the simple copter took some cool shots of humpback whales from my boat. It is nerve wracking as they don't float...
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Old 14 October 2014, 16:28   #5
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Spoken to a bloke from a hobbie shop that sells them and I think I need the dji phantom2 with the zenmuse mount. It's brushless motors means you can move the camera by tilting your phone & it also keeps it at that angle as the copter tilts when flying....still £650 though!!!
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I've got a modified P1
The biggest problem with the P2 is battery choice.
Personally I wouldn't go for the vision if you want good steady footage.
Since this picture was taken I've also added Fatshark FPV

Here's the footage from mine "again!"....lol
I love the stabilisation of the gimble when it's sat on the sun pad before take off.
If you want any help/advice (personal opinion) Pm me


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The gimble adjustment Mod is an easy fix
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This was a spectacular piece of Phantom drone video
Now that's what I call flat calm

also for the gimbal
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This guy has some great video shot on a Phantom 2 Vision+

Tom Vaughan - YouTube
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This guy has some great video shot on a Phantom 2 Vision+

Tom Vaughan - YouTube
The vision 2+ is a different beast all together
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Luke,
If your seriously interested in a phantom Quad then there are plenty of good second hand ones around for about £350.
People seem to get fed up with being told where and when they can or can't fly them and sell up!

They are easy to fly, but you "will" crash it more than once
so a second hand one might be a good place to start.

If you do buy one second hand make sure you get the seller to plug it into his computer so that you can see it has no faults.

He will know how to do this and if he says no then like all things just walk away.

Look for signs of abuse, rough landings and so on.
These things can take a fare bit of abuse but eventually they go out of calibration.
This can all be sorted and parts are readily available.

Get the seller to put a battery in it and let it cycle through it's warm up procedure.
If you have space get him to take off and let the thing hover.
In GPS mode it should hover in place. Within a few feet.

These plenty of help out there if you do get a problem.
I myself had a compass go bad with near disastrous consequences!
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And queue the red tape!!!
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And queue the red tape!!!

Yup but that's what happens when people take the p1ss, everyone suffers.


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I'll give it 12 months before legislation is tightened
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-29785322


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I don't normally favour extra/tighter legislation, but in this case, rightly so, I think. Too many potential privacy, security and safety problems for my liking.

Some of the existing rules are already adequate; if I remember rightly, you have to be something like 50m from the nearest building outside your control and 50m from the nearest people. But I'd like a lower weight limit (maybe a couple of kilograms). 20kg moving at 10mph would be like being hit with an angry, buzzing sack of cement with propellers. Maybe an installed power limit, but that's already starting to feel a little too bureaucratic for me. Maybe restrictions on the use of cameras on them, but I don't know how you'd do that without it being excessively bureaucratic either.

Thing is, though, I like the idea of model aircraft, which get far beyond a couple of kilos, and don't much care for quadcopters with cameras... and then I start to disagree with myself.
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personally i think if there are going to be any restrictions, then it should be to do with fpv where the operator watches on a screen what the camera sees. that is where any kind of threat is likely to be i think. there are already rules about the drone staying within sight but of course if people can extend ranges then they arent going to be bothered about the rules. pretty hard flying something you cant see if you dont have a video screen.
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I don't normally favour extra/tighter legislation,

Neither do I, & I'm certainly not advocating it, but if people keep taking the p1ss, the " something must be done" brigade will get their teeth into it, & that'll be the end of it. "It" being the relative freedom to fly quad copters & such like with few restrictions, if people keep on pushing the envelope, those freedoms will be taken away, either on elf 'n safety or security grounds.


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Can't see em being a problem bit of good target practice for those with a gun.
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Can't see em being a problem bit of good target practice for those with a gun.
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