FPV Gimbal For Zoom Camera - First Week of Tests

Hi guys, 

First i'd like to thank all of you for your comments regarding our first post (http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/fpv-gimbal-for-zoom-camera?xg_s...). Your comments helped us with technical issues and got us really positively motivated. 

Theory became reality

We have just finished the first week of tests and we are more than happy to share our results with you. We are now flying FPV with 3 axis gimbal with a 27x zoom, so lightweight, that it can be easily attached to Iris+ or Phantom, or a SkySurfer1400 plane. And the experience is amazing. It is very natural to fly with the zoom and it gives you a lot of freedom. It really feels, that this is a must have feature in all FPV models.

More work to come

The gimbal gives some minor vibrations when the camera is at full zoom, but we plan to improve it until we get the maximum quality. We still see room for improvement, and it's only our first week of tuning :).

When we hit the maximum level of mechanical stabilisation we plan to test a digital camera with zoom, with a software stabilisation. The quality of video can improve dramatically by replacing camera to a better one.

Some specs:

-27x zoom (3,5mm - 94,5mm)
-PWM zoom control (from receiver)
-1/3'' SONY 960H EXview HAD CCD II (700TVL)
-RTF weight 360 grams /0.79 lbs (including camera, autofocus lens, brushless motors, a dedicated dampening plate and gimbal controller)
-3S Voltage input.

Jacob and I thought about building few sets for you to test. If you're interested just email us (vertigofpv@gmail.com). 

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Comment by Gary McCray on February 25, 2015 at 7:52pm

Wow, if your doing 27x Zoom and only getting minor vibrations at full zoom you are doing "Really" good.

I think this is a great project and am happy to see it going so well.



Comment by Alex Lee on February 25, 2015 at 8:41pm

Greg, this is amazing.

Comment by Quadzimodo on February 25, 2015 at 10:49pm
Very impressive. Especially for your first week of testing.

Comment by Jared S on February 25, 2015 at 11:21pm

While it may not have all the features, your gimbal's stabilization performance is on par or better than a $20k+ Tase gimbal. Weighs less too.


Comment by Serge Contal on February 26, 2015 at 5:29am

Brilliant !

Comment by Sergios Zafeiropoulos on February 26, 2015 at 6:35am

awesome although the TASE one has also a guy wearing a weird looking vest - backpack which makes it that more expensive.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on February 26, 2015 at 6:50am

Very nice!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on February 26, 2015 at 6:52am
Comment by Jason Franciosa on February 26, 2015 at 7:10am

Rob, the Aeryon Gimbal is not a realistic solution for 99% of the users here. They make a great product, but when a single multirotor system is over $250k and that gimbal alone is probably 30+k or more, I don't think it's anywhere near the same market as this gimbal being offered here.

Comment by Dan Murray on February 26, 2015 at 11:08am

Nice! Just sent you guys an email.


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