Soon to be Released: Full HD Capable Micro Brushless Gimbal for 200 Sized Quads

RCLogger, the company who brought one of the least expensive mini brushless quads to market with the EYE One Xtreme, is now working on a micro-brushless gimbal for 200 sized quads. The gimbal will be capable of carrying the 1080p capable Mobius camera, a favorite among hobbyists for its size, quality, and price. The entire setup, including aluminum-framed brushless gimbal, dampened mount, control board, JST connector for power, AND camera is expected to weigh in between 100 and 110 grams. Early production models tipped the scales at 108 grams with camera mounted, and 70 grams without, according to RCLogger.

The gimbal can auto-detect power from a 2s or 3s power source, which can be provided from a separate battery or a split lead from a flight battery. Out of the box the gimbal will be pre-tuned for the Mobius camera, but does provide a USB port to allow users the opportunity to change parameters, or upgrade firmware. It will also allow the user to manually adjust the pitch and roll of the gimbal in-flight, if the users radio system is capable of such control. The mount is designed to work with most 200 sized brushless quads.

Price and release date have not been officially set, but an April release has been hinted. RCLogger has also hinted pricing will make it extremely competitive in the 2D gimbal market, especially considering its small size.

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Comment by Jolyon Saunders on February 23, 2015 at 12:23am
I'm getting one of these for my heli :)
Comment by Mike T on February 23, 2015 at 12:54am

need to see some aerial footage

Comment by HeliStorm on February 23, 2015 at 1:15am
Mike T...there is flight footage indoors above. There currently is not any outdoor footage posted. I am not affiliated with RCLogger, so I cannot provide that. I can contact them and see if they could provide more footage.
Comment by HeliStorm on February 23, 2015 at 10:06am

I was given the link to a promotional video which has some more video 
RC Logger X1 Micro Brushless Gimbal Promo by jamie-rclogger


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Comment by Hein du Plessis on February 23, 2015 at 10:43am
Please post here when it's released!
Comment by HeliStorm on February 23, 2015 at 11:00am

Hein du Plessis...I will try to get a more accurate date as it comes closer to potential release. Like I said, I am not affiliated (directly) with  RCLogger. I know a couple people who work there, and they can sometimes give me a little better insight. Like you, I am waiting for this product. I love the idea of a full HD capable stabilized camera quad that I can comfortably fly indoors, or in tight spaces. I have been an advocate for smaller, lighter, more portable systems, if for no other reason than safety.

Comment by Gary McCray on February 23, 2015 at 1:02pm

Great to see somebody finally building a serious small gimbal.

Till now, they have all used gimbal motors that were way to big and bulky.

I would actually like to see one with a small chip level 1080P+ camera at 1/4 to 1/10th this size.

Best,

Gary

Comment by HeliStorm on February 23, 2015 at 1:23pm

Gary...If I read correct, you suggest that only the sensor chip move? Or, are you stating you would like to see the entire setup (processor, memory/storage, etc be condensed down into a camera.

The former, I have considered as an option. I have actually wondered (on several occasions) if a micro linear servo (think the type used on Blade MSR, etc) would be capable of moving a chip around with enough speed to be effective. Then, all the other components could be kept behind the scenes so to speak. Put the whole, "chip gimbal," in a plexi-dome no bigger than a plastic easter egg, and let micro UAS builders find find their uses. 

The latter I think will eventually happen. I could imagine 1080p full HD cameras being not much bigger than a button, in total size. Its just a matter of building smaller control circuitry. 

One thing I have also wondered, and this is given my limited knowledge of how DLP chips work, is if something akin to the chips used on DLP projectors could be used to create a chip sized gimbal. Instead of moving the camera, or image sensor, move the light to the sensor. DLP chips are relatively small, and low-powered, in comparison to mechanical systems.

Of course, there is also the Bebop. Interesting camera system. Not so sure about the implementation. Parrot could have a hit if they built a stand-alone action camera.

Comment by Gary McCray on February 23, 2015 at 2:43pm

Hi HeliStorm,

I actually think that the chip/lens itself should be direct controlled by the gimbal and the rest moved off board.

You could actually build an entire camera that had the gimbal built into it (moving only the sensor /chip, lens and gyro).

And I agree that the micro linear actuators might be a better way to go.

At the small mass we are talking about their reduced efficiency is made up for by lack of mass and ease of construction (they can also be treated like one phase of a brushless gimbal motor and balanced with the gyro) so not requiring servo feedback pots.

That is the way brushless linear motors work.

I am afraid that DLP - micro mirrors would be quite tricky, they are piezo operated and generally have a VERY limited range of motion also motion resolution is very low.

Also they have comparatively high power requirements. DLP may be possible, but there are a lot of hurdles.

Many of the actual cameras we are using now in Mobious and GoPro actually were designed to be used in cell phones, so the base camera components are actually tiny.

The battery, SD card slot, user interaction buttons, LCD screen and case are way bigger than the cameras themselves.

It really doesn't make much sense to be moving all that around when all you really have to move is the camera chip, lens and gyro.

The BeBop is a really interesting quadcopter, I think it is probably one of the best small things you can buy right now.

The stabilization in their camera works the same way it does in my Sony SV100 Sport Cam.

They use a greatly oversize camera sensor and then sample to the middle of it (still with a 4 pixel square = to 1 output pixel).

This permits them to basically pan on the chip itself and use the 4 to one pixel ratio for antailiasing.

However as has been evident in my camera, this works fairly well for straight horizontal or vertical panning / stabilization, however, angle (both motions simultaneously) results in some aliasing and blurring.

And you still get jello.

I think they still have work to do to perfect this system.

Best Regards,

Gary

Comment by MultiR- Concept on February 23, 2015 at 2:49pm

Mine arleady available for almost a year ! in two version, front or suspended mounting

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