FPV gimbal for zoom camera

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It’s nice to fly around with your copter or plane, watching the surrounding area with a live view. Anyone who tried FPV knows that feeling. There is much to see with the regular equipment, but if you want to see some detail from a higher altitude, there is a problem. Normally it’s good to have a wide angle camera, to see the surrounding space. But what if you want to watch a particular spot, like your house, or something interesting happening few miles away in detail, without making a lot of flying with your drone? 

We found very little neat solutions for that, that’s why me and my buddy Jacob are working on a low cost project of a FPV gimbal for zoom camera.  
This is an early 3D printed prototype of a simple to use FPV zoom gimbal. It is designed to get along perfectly with almost any coper or plane.

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If you want to zoom on something while flying it’d better be stabilised, thats why 3 axis gimbal is put to work. The body is designed to work with most of FPV zoom cameras, analog or HD. As a controller we are using AlexMos, slim version to cut the mass. All of the cables are hidden inside of the body which makes it really nice and handy.


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The whole gimbal with camera weighs 305g, we think thats really nice result.
For now we are making some iterations to reach optimal body design, but later we’re going to test things like object tracking with Raspberry pi and OpenCV, and a HD Light Bridge transmission. 
What are your opinions on this? Do you think it would be useful for your FPV needs? 
If you’re interested in this project write a comment or send me a private message on DIYD, we’d love to hear some feedback!

Soon we should have some footage from an actual flight! 
Cheers!
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  • Not yet Nikoli, but the update will be soon. 

  • Anymore updates ?

  • What I meant was the c.g. changes as the zoom moves the internal lenses around. Since you don't know what I mean, you obviously aren't experiencing this problem which is great for you :]

  • im designing a full quad with 123D and my 3d printer, i'd love to intergate you gimbal on my design int he future!

  • can i buy the file?

  • @Jim G we should post some more info this week.

    @Hamish the axis are centered, as well as the centre of gravity. We are going to post some videos from tests.

  • Looks great, lovely project.

    Does it stabilise OK when zoomed in/ zoomed out? I'm asking because the centre of gravity changes, which made my gimbal very sad indeed when I tried something similar.

  • @Greg Dronsky, Looking forward to it and as previously posted i am very interested in your product please let me know either by pm or other means. 

  • We are working on a easy to use, plug and play version for sale. I will post some additional info as soon as possible.

  • I'm very interested in this gimbal. For sale?

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