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Posted by Drone Minds | Jun 23, 2015 @ 02:17 PM | 1,066 Views
I was excited to try my new DJI Phantom 3 Professional with 4K camera, so I was initially shocked and disappointed by the following results..
DJI Phantom 3 pro Terrible Camera Wobble Maiden Flight (2 min 45 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | May 26, 2015 @ 09:48 AM | 1,414 Views
Thought I'd share this video on here as I have posted anything for a couple of months. This is a railway viaduct at a place called Penistone in the Pennines, a range of hills between Yorkshire and Lancashire in England.

I'm really loving the Q500+, and think it's one of my favorite quadcopters ever. I love the smooth flying style and the super stability of the gimbal. Hopefully Yuneec will be releasing a 4K camera next month so I can't wait to try that!
Penistone Viaduct with Yuneec Q500+ (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Mar 17, 2015 @ 01:15 PM | 2,542 Views
Flight test using Bixler 2 with our home built patch antenna, rc antenna and radio mod. Even using low mah video receiver we can get over 2km with our patch antenna. You do have to move it from time to time to point at your plane, though doing this also shows you which direction the plane is in if you lose sight of it. I guess the next step would be an antenna tracker.
Bixler 2 High in the Sky (5 min 37 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Feb 01, 2015 @ 11:28 AM | 2,561 Views
Talking about my aftermarket Gopro 4 lens then a flight over a church to show how it looks.
Gopro 4 Flat Lens Tali H500 Hexacopter (6 min 10 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Jan 20, 2015 @ 06:22 AM | 2,753 Views
Did a little history lesson with the Tali H500 footage on the end.
Walkera Tali H500 Germany Beck Battle of Fulford (5 min 42 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Jan 06, 2015 @ 10:37 AM | 2,567 Views
In this video I unbox the Walker Tali H500, take her apart to look inside, fly her around a bit then declare my love for the RC Groups community after slating a few of them.
Walkera Tali H500 Hands on Review (19 min 49 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Sep 27, 2014 @ 11:26 AM | 2,522 Views
I did this test of T-Motor beeachwood self-tightening props on a very window day. I think they're very good, no jello or vibrations. There are a few wobbles and shakes but that's all the gimbal and quadcopter being blown about by the wind.

I'm trying to keep my waffling down to a minimum in these videos, but somehow have still managed over two minutes waffle time.
T-Motor Wooden Prop Quadcopter Test, Very Windy (5 min 22 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Sep 11, 2014 @ 05:04 PM | 2,704 Views
1st test of my home-built brushless gimbal for camcorders on a DJI S900. Quite pleased with the results so far, will be even better with a few adjustments. Go to 1 min 45 if you want to miss my rambling at the beginning and just see the video footage.
DJI S900 Brushless Camcorder Gimbal Test Heslington Church (3 min 21 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:32 PM | 2,483 Views
Here is a short video where we test a flat lens fitted to a Gopro 3.This is an actual lens replacement done by a friend of mine, Lionel, who is selling a few of these cameras with the lens already fitted. See for more info:

If you don't want to listen to me talking skip to 1:35:
Gopro Hero 3 Flat Lens Test on DJI Phantom 2 (2 min 53 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Jun 28, 2014 @ 09:30 AM | 3,196 Views
Another little quadcopter review, not quite as small as the last quadcopter though and flies well outdoors.
Aerocraft 6-Axis System Quadcopter (4 min 37 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Apr 09, 2014 @ 03:56 PM | 3,779 Views
I bought this tiny quadcopter the other day and made this video review. Being so small makes it a little difficult to fly at first, it's quite twitchy, but you do get used to it fairly quickly. I've since discovered that it works with the larger Hubsan transmitter also, which also has yaw trim, that makes it fly easier.

It can do flips and rolls, which I managed to do once in this video. Should be easier with more practice.
Hubsan Q4 Nano - Smallest Quadcopter in the World (6 min 1 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Mar 17, 2014 @ 05:56 AM | 3,277 Views
I thought I'd give a CP filter a try on my gopro for three reasons. One, to cut down on reflected glare on water and windows etc;Two, to reduce the amount of prop flicker; Three, to protect the actual gopro lens.

Video 1 with filter explanation. Castle at 4 mins if you don't want to see camera stuff.
Spofforth Castle, Quadcopter and Gorpo Lens Filter (5 min 57 sec)

Video 2 shows a river and weir and is a good test of the CP filter, especially near the end where you can see through the water to the brick construction of the weir.
River Wharfe with weir at Tadcaster aerial photography (2 min 29 sec)
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Posted by Drone Minds | Feb 22, 2014 @ 04:33 PM | 4,167 Views
Full length review of a 3 axis gopro gimbal I bought from this week.
DYS Smart 3 axis GoPro Gimbal - Hands-on Review (16 min 38 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Jan 31, 2014 @ 01:23 PM | 3,409 Views
A short unboxing video of Maytech's Canon 5D 3 Axis Gimbal
Maytech GBM3F5D 3 Axis Brushless Gimbal Unboxing (6 min 11 sec)

Also, you may wish to consider joining our humble little RC Flying UK Forums
Posted by Drone Minds | Dec 02, 2013 @ 11:01 AM | 3,478 Views
This is a video of a Viaduct near where I live, using a DJI Evo S800, Zenmuse gimbal and Panasonic GH3.
You can see a more detailed description on my personal blog or be a super amazing person and join my little forum and discuss it there.

Stamford Bridge Viaduct DJI S800 Evo. (1 min 12 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Nov 29, 2013 @ 08:21 AM | 3,000 Views
Our little UK flying forum is pootling along steadily. I've taken to redirecting email requests for help to the RC Flying UK Forums, partly so I don't have to keep writing the same emails if I'm honest, but mainly so other people can see what's being asked and answered. Questions are never left unanswered.

There are reviews of RC Flying bits and bobs and regular members will also be given the chance to review things themselves, things I send to them for free!

If you're in the UK, or even Europe, it would be brilliant if you joined our little community no matter what level of experience you have. We're not trying to compete with the big guys like rcgroups etc, but just create a little UK RC Flying community.
Posted by Drone Minds | Nov 18, 2013 @ 02:02 PM | 3,823 Views
Here is a nice little test of our DJI S800 Evo with Panasonic GH3 and matching Zenmuse gimbal.
It's in a pretty low light situation, in a valley with no direct sunlight as the sun had dropped down below the hills, so I think the GH3 has done very well.
I'm also impressed with the Evo and A2 flight controller, with no problems yet about about 20 flights.
This was also a first attempt at a two man operation, one on camera and one just flying. It was certainly different and a lot of fun, but I'm still not convinced it's entirely for me.
Howsham Mill Aerial Video DJI S800 EVO and Panasonic GH3 (1 min 50 sec)

Posted by Drone Minds | Oct 27, 2013 @ 02:31 PM | 3,178 Views
I've had a blog for a while now, over two years, and decided to add a UK based forum to my site a few weeks ago:

Obviously it will never compete with rcgroups and other massive RC forums, but I hope it will slowly develop into a nice UK based hang out where people can ask rc flying related questions, post their videos and events and share their experiences with online RC shops and arrange local meet ups.

There will also be a classified section where members can buy and sell and/or exchange their RC gear, which I hope will be useful to UK people who are tired of seeing classified ads with CONUS (Continental?Contiguous United States) ONLY when they want to buy something.

I will also be giving away rewards and hosting free competitions for members.

Please consider signing up if you're into anything RC that flies and want to help develop this UK based community.
Posted by Drone Minds | Oct 09, 2013 @ 06:47 PM | 4,300 Views
I did a little review of this tiny quadcopter with built in camera. And to help promote my little UK flying forum I'm giving them away to members.
Hubsan X4 Video Recording Quadcopter Review and Giveaway (6 min 48 sec)