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How do Phantom cameras stay level?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Monkeyleg, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Monkeyleg

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    How do the cameras on the various editions of Phantoms stay level? What tells the camera when it's level with the earth?
     
  2. DroneDestination

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    The compass, flight controller, and other sensors work together to move the motors of the 3-axis gimbal to keep the camera steady. It works WONDERS, even on a P3 Standard with no Vision Positioning System.
     
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  4. Monkeyleg

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    What if you've had three completely different Phantoms (different copters, controllers, etc), and none of them had cameras that stayed level? All cameras wandered, rolling left to right?
     
  5. DroneDestination

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    Wow. What model Phantom? (1/2/3 etc.)
     
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    a good, level IMU calibration
     
  7. DroneDestination

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    Do a gimbal calibration as well
     
  8. Monkeyleg

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    They've all been P2V+ v3's. I've done many IMU calibrations (on a professionally-leveled pool table, and a heavy dining room table), as well as tried different gimbals, flight control modules, wifi transmission modules, remote controllers, etc. Every time the birds act the same.

    I'm not aware of a way to calibrate the gimbal on a P2V+. Can it be done?
     
  9. DroneDestination

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    Not sure about a 2V+, I've only ever had a P3. Did the camera wander in flight or while the bird was on the ground? Also, seems like you are reeeeeeeeeeeeaally unlucky :confused:
     
  10. Monkeyleg

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    Yeah, the P2V's had gimbal calibration and the P3's have it, but not the P2V+'s. I was hoping there was a calibration tool hidden in the Assistant software I hadn't seen. ;)

    It's not a matter of luck. I've had too many Phantoms go through my hands doing this for it to be luck. There's a common denominator, but I just can't see it. Maybe it's the laptop I use for IMU calibration.

    The cameras roll left or right when landed every so often, and every so often they roll in flight. I don't think I can fly for more than a couple of minutes without the camera being off-level.