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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by John Tucker, May 17, 2015.
Had a crash (Only had my P3 for 5 days now), and part of the gimbal and
Ouch is right. Expensive crash. Are you going to try a DIY repair or send the camera and gimbel off. Ugh! That's the new P3 too. Sorry for your loss.
Welcome to the forum John Tucker.
Sorry to hear your bird crashed. I hope you get it airborne soon.
This might help you find things here in the forum. It's Google Custom Search, enter your text in the middle of the page, not at the top.
Enjoy the show.
I just received a P3 camera yesterday for possible repair. Having never seen one before, I was curious as to any possible similarities to the P2V+ camera/gimbal unit. Sadly, there are none. The P3 camera gimbal looks the same, but is dimensionally different, all around. DJI thinks they came up with a better camera/gimbal unit, but all they did was come up with better video quality. This unit is heavier, an attempt to make it more robust, but all it did is amplify the same damage you get when you crash a P2V+. The pitch motor still separates from its bracket and the ribbon still tears. BTW, the ribbon is TOTALLY different, as it splits into a "Y" configuration, going into 2 connectors on the main circuit board. I like the small fan above the main board, and the "heat sink" design of the upper main board body. DJI's attempt to diffuse the heat coming from the main circuit board.
So, it seems like it will be awhile before anybody starts offering ribbon cables, and parts, in general will only be available the way we get P2V+ parts today. From buying up damaged cameras.
Fly safe, don't crash.
If u are going to try to fix it yourself, be sure to get a ribbon cable directly from DJI. The cheap ones on E Bay are crap. Most don't work and it is hit and miss. The Yaw arm and roll arm are only available as aftermarket as DJI does not sell them. They are also on E Bay. There are lots of videos on You Tube to shoe u how to do it. Be very careful with the locking clips that hold the ribbon cable, they break easy if u force them to much. I would suggest sending it to Hunch if u are not comfortable with doing it yourself. You will find him on here. He is very reasonable. There are other shops that will do it. If u send it to DJI they will just sell u a new one for about $500. If you want advise as to what to do just ask as we are here to help.
Does something like this; Amazon.com : Gimbal Saver for DJI Phantom 3 Ribbon Cable Protection Fix by RC Killer : Camera & Photo protect the ribbon and camera in a crash and prevent that from happening?
not really. depend on how badly you crash. It mostly saves it from something catching on the ribbon cable. Doesn't hurt other than extra weight.
Sorry to hear about the crash John.
can I ask how you crashed? Have you uploaded the flight logs to HealthyDrones.com - Innovative flight data analysis that matters to help identify possible reasons for crash?
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