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Does calibrating the compass damage the gimbal?

Discussion in 'Zenmuse H3-3D/H4-3D GoPro Gimbal' started by da.rookie, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. da.rookie

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    Hey everyone!

    As per manual it is required to calibrate the compass of the DJIP2 everytime before a flight...or at least if you start from a new point.

    However i am wondering if this brings any damage to the gimbal.

    Of course the drone is switched on while calibrating the compass and so the gimbal is trying to equalize its movements.
    I think in the case of rotating the drone 360 degrees in its standard take off positon there should be any problem.
    But the moment i rotate the drone toward its head...basically starting the 2nd phase of the calibration process...the gimbal obviously is in a kind of "unnnatural" position...and the engines work hard to figure out how to keep it stable...

    and exactly because of this i am wondering what to do...or if i shouldnt worry about it and just keep on doing as explained in the manual.

    Short feedback on this would be much appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  2. jamesbrett

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    I'm not sure if it damages the gimbal, but to be safe when i calibrate the compass i unplug the gimbal cable, cailbrate and then plug it back in.

    Compass calibration seems to work fine, although i do wonder if having the gimbal powered would affect the calibration at all?
     
  3. Seandyt

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    do you think Calibrating Compas with gimbal attached on P2 won't interfere with Compas in its leg ? because Gimbal is Metal essentialy..
     
  4. OI Photography

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    It won't cause any issues, otherwise the compass would be affected by the gimbal during flight as well (the compass takes readings constantly not just during calibration).
     
  5. Russell

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    I have wondered the same thing. So did we come to a conclusion??? Is it better practice to disconnect the gimbal or to just not be concerned? Is there any official word on this?
     
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    I'd just leave it in, I can't see many people disconnecting the gimbal and then reconnecting it just for a simple compass calibration. Move your body around the gimbal, as in do the "dance".
     
  8. henrycruz

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    i was wondering does it matter if you go clockwise or counter clockwise when you do the dance? which is more accurate?