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Gimbal or no gimbal?

Discussion in 'FPV (First Person View)' started by abjonesiii, May 29, 2014.

  1. abjonesiii

    Apr 25, 2014
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    Hey guys I am closing in on making the jump from the el cheapo quads to a phantom platform. Trying to decide between the Vision and Vision+. I like the idea of the gimbal but have never flown one or know anyone here in small town USA that has a fpv gimbal setup i can try.

    Question is does the gimbal eliminate the sensation of flight from the fpv experience (roll, twist, bank, etc). I am not a pro photographer but I can see some applications where i could use this at work some (real estate) but more than anything i want something fun to fly that "feels like flying".

    Any thoughts? Thanks
  2. QYV


    Apr 1, 2014
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    the gimbal is the piece that attaches the camera to the Phantom and evens out the movements of the Phantom so the camera & image remain stable.

    he P2 Vision models have the gimbal + camera built in. pros: all in 1 solution with built in FPV. Cons: not upgradeable, everything is fixed and the FPV range is a bit limited

    The P2 non-vision model typically comes with a gimbal (the Zenmuse, either H3-2D or the new H3-3D) with the expectation that you add your own gopro. pros: arguably better image / video from the GoPro. FPV system (if added) can have much longer range. cons: you must build/add your own FPV setup (or buy a package already configured).

    my point was, you're going to have a gimbal either way, other factors should make you decide between the Vision and non-Vision model. There are literally dozens maybe hundreds of threads on this topic, poke around the forums and you'll easily find them they might help with your decision

    does it ELIMINATE the movement of the Phantom so that there's no movement in the video? mostly. not entirely if you make sudden or extreme movements (changing direction 90 degrees hard at full speed for example) but mostly, and if you're flying gentle setting up a specific shot then yes.
  3. Rotoscope

    Apr 25, 2014
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    Good question and here's my .02. I bought my Phantom after flying smaller quads like the WLtoys 959 with a camera for a year. I bought the Phantom 2 without a gimbal believing that I could rig a camera, and that the stability of the Phantom was enough to get good video. I regret not waiting another pay period and getting the all in one gimbal package instead. I did rig several cameras after spending time researching various mounts and have taken some great photos and video. If you just want to capture the scene from the sky and don't mind some shaking, you can go w/o the gimbal. Still photos are no problem either way, though without the gimbal, you'll get a lot of shots at various pitch and banking angles. In my case, I finally got a gimbal, and after much time a research at how to power and mount it properly, I'm hooked on using it. The shots are so much more rewarding, and if I'm trying to capture a specific scene or subject, I can just concentrate on getting the shot, and not focus on keeping the Phantom still all the time. Phantom's are very stable to fly, but unless there is no wind, they will not remain in one place or steady for precise photography. There's flying skill involved, but a lot of luck too that the conditions are right.

    I've gotten pretty good at getting steady video without the gimbal (currently out of service). They keys include the following: Fly level. Fly directly forward or backward over your subject. Turn off the GPS if you can, as it's constantly auto-correcting and you get sudden shakes and jerks on the video. If you're in safe range, get off the sticks and let the breeze take the phantom for a short smooth ride. I also take a lot of shots when I simply take the Phantom directly vertical which can make a very smooth shot. Also, if you mount your camera facing straight down, the shaking is less obvious and it's a very cool effect, especially flying low over landscapes or water. Good luck!
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