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Phantom + GoPro + POV?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RipGroove, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. RipGroove

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    Firstly I don't own a Phantom yet and have limited knowledge when it comes to drones, I do however have a GoPro, have owned RC Helis and Gliders in the past so am a little educated in that area.

    Am looking for the easiest route to getting a Phantom in the air with GoPro attached and still be POV capable. So far I've obviously been looking at getting a Phantom and adding the H3-2D gimbal but how do I go about adding POV? Can I use the GoPro's output or will I need a second camera etc?
     
  2. rilot

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    You can use the GoPro's video output but you will also need a video transmitter.
     
  3. OI Photography

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    Here's an example (and there's plenty of others) of an everything-you-need bundle for adding FPV to the Phantom, using the GoPro's video output: http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index. ... ts_id=2066 (note: for that one, you'll actually need to add an XT60-JST battery adapter, but those are like $4)
     
  4. RipGroove

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    Cool thanks for the link, am actually in the UK but now I know kits exist I know what to look for.
     
  5. Peter Patricelli

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    Just to clarify a couple of points that have been talked around but not speficied clearly:

    The analog video output of ANY Gopro will work fine...but has to be transmitted back independently on a 5.8GHz Tx/Rx set. BUT....the Phanton is very weight sensitive and limited so the advantages of the LIGHTER GoPro3 over the earlier versions are significant. Also, most gimbals are designed/balanced for the GP3 and some won't take a GP2 AT ALL without major modification...which is NOT worth it considering the extra weight of the GP2. The GP3"+" itself, without the protective case, is NOT lighter that the GP3, more expensive, and of questionable advantage.

    You cannot use the built-in wifi of the GP3 for either camera control OR transmission back as it interferes (same frequency) with the PH V1 TX/RX set.

    The kit is fine, but you can beat the $300 price by half or more by buying the components individually. The list is useful.

    My advice, go slow and play with each step until you start chafing at the limitations. You can strap ANY GoPro to a new Ph V1 right out of the box and get exciting video....after awhile you notice "jello" and all the bothersome jiggling. Then it is time for a stabilization gimbal...research and make an informed choice. After awhile you want controllable tilt....add that after some research. After awhile you realize your video will be SO much better of you can actually SEE, live, what is being recorded and fly the bird/camera platform accordingly. THEN it is time for FPV. Do your research and choose according to what you are going to be doing with your bird.

    Make each choice keeping the WEIGHT of each additional component foremost in mind. By the time you get gimbal/camera/FPV TX on you will have lost MINIMUM of 3 minutes flight time due to weight...worse of you have not upgraded to 9" higrade props or tri-blades.

    When you start chafing about the limitations of the GoPro system, short flying times, want more range and longer flights...meaning better control TX/RX pairings AND better/stronger/heavier FPV TX/Rx pairings....it is time to buy a BIGGER BIRD!
     
  6. Davek

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    Thanks for all the info Peter! This thread has great info too!

    http://www.phantompilots.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3576

    I'm also making a list of things I want with the info I'm getting here like the mini OSD. I really can't imagine flying without that. But I also have a couple of questions.

    The fat shark comes with it's own camera but I assume that you don't use it if you have a newer gopro?

    I have the old original beaten to crap GoPro that works great. I use it to mount to my sailboat during racing and other stuff. So with that said, can I do any FPV with that old camera? I'm kinda interested in FPV first and gimbals later.

    This is my first silly vid and it really isn't that bad using the stock mount with Jello. Although my lens was dirty.
    https://vimeo.com/80648730
     
  7. RipGroove

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    Ok so thanks for the info and here's wher I'm at now:

    I'm now looking a Phantom 2 + Zenmuse Gimbal, which is here for £520

    http://www.buildyourowndrone.co.uk/mobi ... x?id=38143

    So by the time I add another battery, some props and maybe an av transmitter (I believe the Zenmuse has a connection for using the GoPro as the FOV camera?) And a cheap av receiver and screen I'll probably have spent £700 so my question is:

    Is there a better option for that sort of money which will deliver the same spec including the following?

    Flight time
    Ease of use
    Gimbal with tilt
    FOV