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Old Jan 04, 2013, 03:56 AM
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F550 vs. S800

Hello,
I'm new to AP but interested in using it for film making.
I've seen a huge price difference between the F550 and the S800,
and wondered why. But most of all, I wondered if there's a difference
between them stabilization-wise. Can I take stable shots in the F550 like I would in the S800?
What else is different between them?
Thanks
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 06:53 AM
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 07:26 AM
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Not having any or them but from what i can read on the forums, the s800 has much more rigid frame and stability than the F550. We are talking about stability in the air and while lifting a payload.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 07:42 AM
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Thabks for the reply.
But why is it nore stable? Assuming one balanced the props...What makes the difference? The extra 2 engines? Because I've seen 4-engine drones like the Xproheli that were as stable as hell... Am I wrong?
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 07:51 AM
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Like i mentioned above the frame is more rigid hence less tendency to flex under heavy forces. The S800 has significantly more possibilities for mounting Aerial equipment like a professional gimbal , extra battery capacity etc.
The extra propeller length capacity also give it more lift.

If you are going to film making like you say then go for a large solid frame like S800, Droidworx etc You can also install retractable landing gear on these. Even though you may get decent footage from it the F550 is a hobby level hexacopter and customers who know the difference may not take you serious.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 08:28 AM
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You cannot call an S800 rigid or stable. The arms are soft plastic that flex and twist too much for stable video without the use of a Zenmuse gimbal. The F550 is a nice cheap frame the flies 100% similar to an S800.
If you want a stable frame get something cheap with carbon fiber tube arms and base.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 08:44 AM
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If you want a stable frame get something cheap with carbon fiber tube arms and base.
Any recommendations?
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 08:59 AM
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http://www.heli-world.com/detail.aspx?ID=10871 - really good deal and it gets you almost there for a 1/10th the price of what it would take to do it on DJI S800

Gimbal

http://clubheli.com/x468-XT-Flamegea...50_p_4630.html

just did a quick google search not done any reseach into the gimbal but i would! mite want to go with a 3 axis gimbal and maybe the DJI Wookong-M as the FC controller
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 09:36 AM
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S800 is meant for whole different purpose than F550.
One is hobby machine and other is built for AP work. S800 has its bugs but it is still like comparing apples & oranges.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 10:57 AM
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S800 is meant for whole different purpose than F550.
One is hobby machine and other is built for AP work. S800 has its bugs but it is still like comparing apples & oranges.

My point exactly.

From experience i can recommend Droidworx, i have one myself and i am utterly happy with it.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 11:02 AM
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Trouble is that if you want to make pro looking aerial video its not gonna be cheap.... we're talking thousands here...

If just some aerial footage is required and stability/framing is not priority, you can try F550 and GoPro with some basic gimbal.. that will certainly work to some level, but don't expect it to look like S800 & Zenmuse....
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 01:49 PM
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I had both of them and not a lot of money so I never was able to put a gimbal on either of them.

But I got very good video quality from the DJI F550 with my Sony Nex5n hard mounted to the Aeroxcraft landing gear.
Sony nex5n Hexacopter UofA (1 min 10 sec)


Then here's one of my S800 with the Son'y hanging underneath it with a five dollar suction cup ball mount.
DJI S800 and Sony Nex5n test (0 min 38 sec)


I'd same a few grand and get a F550 with a gimbal to start with.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 03:16 PM
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But I got very good video quality from the DJI F550 with my Sony Nex5n hard mounted to the Aeroxcraft landing gear.
Jasper, your videos are nice but even those slight imperfection in the stabilty can prevent a potential costumer from using the shot in his movie. Even in a student film or low budget...
But if I take the F550, add the Aeriel conversion maybe and a nice 700$ gambel like the X486 or something similiar... Won't it give me a nice enough result for half the price of the s800?
I tried to look in the internet but I feel there's a lack of videos shot with this equipment using a high quality cameras...
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 03:30 PM
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Here's the gimbal I wanted
http://www.uavproducts.com/product.php?id_product=45
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1619985
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