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Mounting a GoPro on an FC40

Discussion in 'Phantom FC40 Discussion' started by twoglom, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. twoglom

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    Somewhat of an FYI for people that are gearing out their quads piece by piece...you can attach a GoPro to the underside of the quad with the included mounts with virtually no vibration. I was pretty amazed. Using the GoPro app with an iPhone is great, except when recording; it doesn't allow you a real time view. It's a HUGE upgrade from the stock camera so I would highly recommend it. Just thought I'd potentially help some folks out!
     
  2. BALDYIAN

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    Aside from using the App. Would it not be more beneficial to just get a P2 with or without a H3-2D Gimbal, use a GoPro and benefit from extended flight times and range over a FC40 :?:

    Plus all models differ regarding Vibration, which is why the Jello mounts etc came out in the first place, to compensate for this.

    Ian
     
  3. ericdes

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    Calculate the initial price difference, plus extra battery price.

    Is that amount worth the extra flight time?

    Now add Phantom 2 props, and mad dog or similar rated batteries on the FC40. You are now around 10 minute flight time.

    I believe dslrpros has a comparison about the Phantom 1 and 2, with battery charge times, etc..
     
  4. BMc

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    My rather heavily modded FC40 just finally hit $1000 total. I already had the GoPro Hero2 however if I didn't I would be at $1300. Even at $1300, I still have a far more capable bird than the P2V. By a long shot. That said, I kinda wish I would started with a F450 just because it's easier to modify.

    There is a high probability I will yank the Naza M V2 out of my phantom and build an F450 with all the gear and run 2.4 GHz for the RC control to free up the 5.8 for a 2w FPV kit. I will have a hard time buying a whole new Naza system. Who knows, it could also be nice to have a completely stock FC40 to toy around with on the side.

    Here is my build list:
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    Cheers!
     
  5. ericdes

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    How much does it weigh??
     
  6. BMc

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    It's a tank. I haven't weighed in its current state however it is about 3 pounds, plus or minus 150 grams. With two batteries it still flies for about 8 minutes but with a single battery it will go about 6.5. I have gone back to flying it with a single battery just because I get way more total flight time. It is borderline too heavy with two batteries however it flys just fine.

    I am just trying to decide on whether to do an F450 or an F550 next. I will never be hauling more than a gimbaled gopro and an fpv Tx so a 550 may be overkill.
     
  7. ericdes

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    I don't know if this is a factor to you but think about portability.

    I needed something I can easily carry in a backpack if required, the Phantom fits the bill. Apart from that it lives in its case, which is also quite compact considering what I am carrying. When I carry it in its case somewhere I usually dont' stand out that much in the crowd, yeah its not a briefcase but it's still maneuverable. Even biking carrying it in its backpack. No problems
     
  8. rustysd

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    Yes.

    You'll end up spending the same amount of money and wasting so much time upgrading your fc40 to do what a P2 can do in the first place.
     
  9. BMc

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    Yes, yes you will. On the other hand, you will learn a ton along the way and have no problem building an F550 from scratch and saving loads of money on the next toy. :ugeek: