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Brushless Gimbal Madness

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Brushless Revolution

The years of looking for an affordable two axis gimbal for pro level AV work seems to be coming to end. If you have been watching the forums, you would have seen the term "Brushless Gimbal" spread like wildfire. From just a mention of the idea a few months ago, to full-blown, ready to install products available today. So what's the big deal? Why are brushless gimbals so cool? The answer is almost instant direct control of the roll and pitch of the camera with no mechanical shaking or binding which has been the bane of servo driven gimbals since they were conceived.

Up until now, one of the only semi affordable brushless gimbals was the DJi Zenmuse, which to this day is the industry gold standard. But at around $3500, the Zenmuse was out of the reach of most hobbyists. Now with the development of the brushless gimbal controller and the many brushless gimbal designs coming out almost daily, anyone should be able to afford a brushless gimbal.

Check out the multirotor forum here on RCGroups.com and watch as the brushless gimbal explosion takes place. Will you adopt this blossoming technology or will you let the brave men and women currently purchasing these units work out the bugs for a while.

At the end of the day, gimbal design will never be the same, we have just steeped in to a full reboot. AV Gimbals REV 2.0.

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Old Apr 03, 2013, 12:22 AM
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You're not wrong mate. The forums are an exciting place to be, with this technology combined with 3d printing it is going to be fun to see what happens in the future.
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 01:49 AM
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Great job. Keep up the hard work!
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Old Apr 07, 2013, 01:21 AM
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I thought brushless was good for turning propellers?

How do the physics work for turning a gimbal? How is it controlled? Servos with PWM seem simpler..
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Old Apr 08, 2013, 05:56 AM
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Just look at the videos on youtube about brushless gimbles. The video is amazing from these things!
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Old Apr 08, 2013, 06:12 AM
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Yes I agree ,This technology is right on the cutting edge of a lot of new tech out there. 3D printers ,Small Hobbyist CNC , any material you want to build with shipped to your door These are very interesting times to be alive .....Celebrate life ...get yourself a multi-rotor .....
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Old Apr 08, 2013, 11:01 AM
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Brushless Gimbal Madness, can't agree more!
In other word, brushless gimbal is very important for those who want to shoot great videos.

I saw more than 10 gimbals these days . And more are doing DIY SBG.

Hope to see more nice videos make by those gimbals.
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Old Apr 09, 2013, 11:14 PM
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IMO if you're looking to get in to AV getting a brushless gimbal is the best move you could make... there is no way that I could have gotten these long flight shots with my previous servo driven gimbal powered off my main FC.

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Old Apr 10, 2013, 01:11 AM
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IMO if you're looking to get in to AV getting a brushless gimbal is the best move you could make... there is no way that I could have gotten these long flight shots with my previous servo driven gimbal powered off my main FC.

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Old Apr 19, 2013, 02:28 AM
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And one wonders if the brushless system can be used for tracking antennas, and on Tricopter tail yaw control.
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And one wonders if the brushless system can be used for tracking antennas, and on Tricopter tail yaw control.
For Tricopter yaw control I'll stick to regular servos thanks.
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For Tricopter yaw control I'll stick to regular servos thanks.
I don't have a brushless gimbal motor so I'm interested in what it can do. So is your comment because the brushless motor does not produce enough torque?
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 11:46 PM
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brushless motor does not produce enough torque?
That's right.
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 11:54 PM
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my F550 ready for the Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal !!

Hi,

I just wanted to show you some pictures of my DJI F550, which is my second multirotor after the Phantom. Did some endurance tests at 2968 grams takeoff weight with the Lumix Gh1. I get solid 7 minutes of flight in this combo on a 5000 Zippy 4S 40C.

cheers,

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