I'm a big fan and supporter of open source multirotors but this is just too impressive to pass. Too bad it is super expensive and out of reach for most hobbyists. Just wanted to share this with the community and see what they have to say about the the frame, gimbal and about DJI in general. 

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Comment by Ellison Chan on May 23, 2012 at 12:06pm

I don't like that frame. With the arms raised and tilted inwards, I would think that you're loosing quite a bit of lift, at the cost of some increase in stability.

Comment by Robert Sinclair on May 23, 2012 at 12:32pm

Looks cool!  Can someone with adruplane experience speak of how the camera stabilization available on the apm?

Comment by Richard on May 23, 2012 at 1:06pm

I dont think its available yet - ive been waiting! fingers crossed itll be along soon!


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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 23, 2012 at 1:15pm

I think the cambered rotors are a great idea.  They will impart some natural stability, at the cost of only a little lift.  If you do the trig, it's probably just a few %.  Now, what I'm not sure about is what happens when you try to tilt in a certain direction.  You will also get side thrust, not just a tilting motion.  But maybe that's a good thing.

As for the video, I've seen plenty that offer similar performance, so nothing new there.

Comment by Steve on May 23, 2012 at 1:43pm

At $3500 it better be impressive!

Comment by Jack Crossfire on May 23, 2012 at 2:01pm

Definitely needs a few pounds of chrome & rhinestones.

Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on May 23, 2012 at 5:34pm

Is it really super expensive?

People that will use this will have USD10k cameras and lenses hanging off it and be involved in million-dollar video productions etc.

I sometimes wonder whether the beneficiaries of the open-source ethic understand the real value of what they get for next-to-no cost...

Comment by Rana on May 23, 2012 at 6:38pm

Really very impressive !

Comment by Mike on May 23, 2012 at 10:38pm

Impressive...sort of but a lot of heli guys have been producing similar stuff for a long long time. An incremental step in making it easier, possibly, but not seemingly a major step...


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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on May 23, 2012 at 11:55pm

I saw that gimbal on my trip to Beijing Hobby Expo. It does look even greater on real life. Movement is ultrasmooth due custom stepping motors and other parts what they have on it. One thing I noticed, it's a bit heavyish. And if you look that whole landing-gear frame around the small camera... It does look a bit overweighted for the purpose. Hexa it self is still missing from that picture. 

But still yeah it was really nice to play with is and it looks cool. And like said, if you are using it for million-dollar production who cares how much it costs :)

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