New Naza GPS is starting to hit the shelves

Early customers are starting to receive their Naza GPS Units, and while I await mine, the early feedback appears positive.

DJI customers in the southern hemisphere will be pleased to hear there are as of yet no reported issues regarding GPS lock. The GPS Upgrade, which brings Position Hold, Return to Home and Simple mode (often known as Carefree mode) appears to be around the $190 tag for existing customers.

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Comment by Ellison Chan on June 7, 2012 at 10:35am

Well, I'm waiting for time and good weather to fly my Naza some more.  I believe that I have it set up properly now.  The main problem was the ESC's needed calibration and me not being familiar with that "vario" throttle system.  It does fly very stable, but not as responsive as I've tuned my APM1 to be.

I noticed that DJI had the new firmware and Assistant, so I thought I'd load it, but had to downgrade back to the old version.  You need to have at least a 3 way toggle switch on your transmitter for the new GPS mode. Now you have GPS, FAILSAFE, ATTITUDE, and MANUAL.  I don't have a 3 way switch to use.  Well actually, I don't know how to assign it to a channel on my Turnigy 9x yet.

Yes, I find the price for this GPS quite high.  I'm not ready to order yet, until I see the performance and features.

Comment by Crasher on June 7, 2012 at 11:52am
@Ellison
Esc calibration is often overlooked by beginners but can make a big difference! I dont have a 9x but there are videos on Youtube RE three pos. switch and I'd be happy to help you. Seems a shame to be taking those first flights on outdated firmware.

Let me know if I can help.
Comment by Ellison Chan on June 7, 2012 at 12:07pm

Hey Crasher, I'm a little insulted. ;-)

I've been flying APM for over a year now, and don't really consider myself a beginner.  I've flow RC on an off for 20 years.  I know the code, AeroQuad, Arducopter, and KK.  I even can tell when my ESC is not calibrated on the APM, by feel.  

As I mentioned in other threads, I was actually able to fly the Naza better in manual mode, with the uncalibrated ESCs better than I could in Attitude mode.  This is what lead me to think the the issue was not ESC calibration related.  The fact is that for someone used to flying RC, and Flight controllers like AC and AQ, the Naza is a little foreign.  Also not having access to at least look at the DJI code, makes it doubly difficult, since I've been used to diagnosing problems, by looking at the code.  Maybe the Naza is not for people like me.

Just wanted to clear things up, and defend my rep a little. ;-)

Comment by Crasher on June 7, 2012 at 12:32pm
@Ellison
My apologies! I clearly misunderstood .
Although there is no shame in being a beginner :)

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Comment by Dean Wynton on June 7, 2012 at 1:06pm

At present the apm can loiter within a couple of meters pretty well, if tuned correctly and a good gps signal, although that Naza looks super stable, it hardly moves...


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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on June 7, 2012 at 1:07pm

Ellison, if you have never used a 3 way switch or touched some of the more advanced features like mixes, on a computer radioa then you are a R/C nooooooob.. :)  But all joking aside. DJI has totally different goals, especially with the Wookong system. They aim at people who use multicopters for photo and video and wants it to move as steadily as possible. In other words behave sluggish.

Comment by Ellison Chan on June 7, 2012 at 1:12pm

Hey John thanks for the reality check. ;-)

Actually, it's the firmware on the 9x, I believe.  I know how to mix everything else except one of the aux channels into the 3-way.  There's no way that I can see to select it.  If you got the procedure, please feel free to enlighten me.

Comment by Alex on June 7, 2012 at 9:31pm

I'm calling shenanigans! it's just hanging from that piece of string!!

;)


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Comment by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on July 8, 2012 at 12:46am

Thats a great video Crasher, I have seen a number of videos for the DJI NAZA GPS upgrade, seems a lot of people are enjoying the DJI NAZA GPS!

 

Regards

 

Martin.

Comment by Edgar Scott on September 28, 2013 at 8:26am

Danny, it looks like its for V1 or V2

I don't know if there is a limit to the number of waypoints but the lack of waypoints was the #1, #2 and #3 reason I pulled my NAZA-M out last month and put in a new APM

I have owned 2 NAZAs and 2 APMs and I will say I think this is important news.

Either way I love my new APM so far and improvements in latest firmware and GPS.

  • All the firmware of the flight control systems should be upgraded to the latest version.
  • The firmware of NAZA-M and NAZA-M V2 should be upgraded to version 4.00.

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