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.

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.



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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Comment by Kefta on January 29, 2015 at 12:51am

Vibration at high zoom should be first solved in the drone before blaming the Gimbal.

1- Quality frame (arms and everything tightened)  I use a tarot CF frame with excellent build quality and robustness

2- Quality motors and bearing and all leveled nicely (I use Tiger Motors 3110)

3- Well balanced quality props  ( I use Tiger Motor props 14/4.7 )

4- make sure the the load (batteries) CoG is in the intersection of the arms.

5- a good gyro / compass is a must with calibration it's essential

6- Solve any compass/gyro interference 

7- did I forget anything else ?

You need a lot of tuning in order to have a very stable flight, once that done you can start blaming your gimbal and tuning it.


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Comment by Jost Laznik on February 26, 2015 at 12:37am

If anybody is interested in this gimbal check here. If you are interested please contact me on atmolab1@gmail.com

best regards 

Comment by Hans Miller on February 26, 2015 at 2:09am

If you could stop spamming us with your gimbal, Joscht, that would be great.

Comment by Kefta on February 26, 2015 at 2:37am
Joscht : seriously!!!
You could have chosen a low profile ceiling camera ! At least ! Before spamming us

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Comment by Jost Laznik on February 27, 2015 at 12:09am

Sorry guys

My purpose was not to spam. Disregard the post and delete it please

best regards

Comment by Greg Dronsky on March 2, 2015 at 6:07pm

For all of you who didn't have the chance to catch the latest blog post about Vertigo FPV 27x, there is a newer blog post here:

http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/fpv-gimbal-for-zoom-camera-firs...

If you are interested in buying the RTF gimbal please let us know by mail vertigofpv@gmail.com

Cheers! 

Comment by Santosh Sharma on March 22, 2015 at 5:15am

Hi Greg I want this gimbal from where I can buy it.

Comment by Greg Dronsky on March 22, 2015 at 5:19am

@Santosh Sharma http://vertigofpv.com, but we are out of stock. Please write me an email i will see what i can do - vertigofpv@gmail.com

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