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Dex vs Phantom

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by syotr, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. syotr

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    Building a new quad in a Dex shell. It will have DJI E300 motors and ESC's. The flight controller will be a Vector by Eagle tree with GPS and color OSD. It will have 600 mw vtx and a small FPV camera. It will carry the GoPro Hero 3+ in an underwater housing. Later I may add a waterproof gimbal.
    The main purpose for this quad will be aerial photography over whitewater. It is totally waterproof and it floats.
    Here is a size comparison with the Phantom:
     

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  2. damoncooper

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    Go Syotr go! Keep us posted on the results.
     
  3. WPSPETE

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    That is awesome!
     
  4. PhantomRock

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    You will be the only one that can deliver that walkie talkie or pfd to the guy who needs it. Go for it! Good luck....
     
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    Can you tell me about the waterproof gimbal?
     
  6. syotr

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    I plan to modify a gimbal to carry the GoPro in it's underwater housing. I will coat the gimbal electronics to keep water out. The motors will be fine in fresh water. I will modify the GoPro housing to add an FPV connector and to lighten it up.
    Are you still flying your Dex?
     
  7. kitari

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    I'd love to build my own quadcopter some day. Heard it can get pretty expensive though.
     
  8. SanCap

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    I got busy with other things in life but am getting back into the Dex. Mostly because my Phantom 1 took a salt water immersion in the Atlantic Ocean last week, everything but the motors were trashed. I should have the Dex flying today if the wind is not blowing to much here in South Florida. We were in the Florida Keys last week and I really enjoyed the photos I got over the water. I will watch your progress with your Dex. I am in the boat in the center bottom of the photo, these photos were 5 miles offshore!

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  9. syotr

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    Nice Photos! Soryy to hear your bird took a swim.
     
  10. Ejazzle

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    Why did it take a swim? Awesome photos!
     
  11. SanCap

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    "Why did it take a swim? Awesome photos!"

    I have a battery that shows that all cells are fine then when it gets to 85% the Phantom thinks it has no charge left then auto lands. It has happened twice with that battery, at first I thought it was a fluke but the second time it happened I was over water.
     
  12. Yaw Master

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    Amazing water clarity. Did you use any filters? I found wind was a constant problem in the Keys in Winter, but I still flew but did not swim.
     
  13. SanCap

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    I did not use any filters.