Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

The Best Props/Gimballs to minimize vibrations?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SVI, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. SVI

    SVI

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2013
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm starting to shoot more videos and my factory set-up has some slight vibrations. Any recommendations on upgrading props and/or gimball? Thanks
     
  2. pwright

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2013
    Messages:
    282
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Las Cruces, NM
    Balance the props you have. Get a DuBro prop balancer and check out some of the YouTube videos on balancing props.
     
  3. SVI

    SVI

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2013
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Word, I'll check it out. Thanks.
     
  4. Gizmo3000

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,859
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Sherman Oaks, CA
    The stock DJI props are a bit flexible, but DJI says they're coming out with "no Jello" props for the Phantom . should be shipping very soon I imagine.

    the hot props to get were the carbon fiber Graupners,. but those are very scarce to find.

    There are a few other CF props being sold (hobby-wing has some), which are said to be good.

    But another viable option is to consider the APC 3.8 flow flyer props, which are a bit stiffer than stock props and come fairly well balanced. - tho they need to be reamed to fit the DJI motor shaft (as do the graupners). I've been using them tho and they seem to work ok.

    as for a gimbal, if it's just a straight anti-vibration one you want, there's the VGE one that people seem to like
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DJI-Phantom-Qua ... 0864844093

    But honestly, if you're bitten by this bug,. might want to consider the Arris gimbal, it stabilizes the camera, but also includes anti-vibration dampers.
     
  5. martcerv

    Joined:
    May 27, 2013
    Messages:
    1,002
    Likes Received:
    2
    Prop balancing is the first thing you should do and I second the DuBro balancer as it works great. There are a couple others around but I have heard some bad reviews on those being off balance themselves with bent shafts and other such issues. For a few dollars more you may as well get one that works properly ;) Prop balancing is good even if you have a mount that reduces vibrations very well as it will avoid the insides of the phantom shaking themselves apart.

    With the jello mounts, I had the VGE carbon fiber mount but found it a bit too soft. I had to mod it to be able t use it in wind or more then 50% speed so I wasnt real happy with it. I then crashed and this is the only part that broke, I then tried a DIY method which worked better at speed but had more jello when moving slowly so I ordered another when I got my FPV setup.

    http://www.helipal.com/lp-0064-jello-ki ... -base.html This one use a similar system as the VGE but is better built. The carbon layers are thicker and stiffer, the rubber balls are also much bigger and have much less camera wobble then the VGE one had. I have only had a couple of quick flights with it and its better then the VGE was plus it also has some extra holes drilled where you can use the supplied cable ties to stiffen it some more or just to tether it in case one of the rubber grommits fails. On the VGE I was lucky my camera didn't fall off as one ball had nearly been cut through while doing some fast flying.

    I also like how its cut away so you mount the DJI gopro mount inside the mount rather then outside to give you that little bit more space below the camera.

    [​IMG]

    Also flying in bright sun it helps to have an ND filter to slow the shutter down and reduce jello this way, I use the Snake River Prototyping Blurfix adapters and filters when ever the sun is out. This also gives better motion if shooting slower frame rates in bright light by reducing shutter speeds and avoiding the stuttering type motion this can bring by smoothing it out with some motion blur between frames.

    [​IMG]

    In the end though for best stability get a good gimbal and these will come with a vibration mount, the DJI one looks awesome and a couple others look pretty decent too but not sure about the real cheap ones as some of those look like a waste of money if they dont actually work properly.