Some observations about Phantom max payload
Just a small test I've ran tonight; DJI claims the overall fly weight should be kept below 1kg, which leaves around 200g for payload.
After some testing, using a water bottle mounted underneath (difficult payload as the water mass shifts all the time), it appears that it flies reasonably well with 320g (1130g AUW). It's sluggish and I think it doesn't hold position as well (in part because of the liquid payload, I'm sure), but it's definitely workable if you're a decent flyer and doing AP work using a quality gimbal.
We then tried 380g (1190g AUW) payload, which was considerably more difficult on the quad. The climbout was there but very slow (approximately 1m/second), and the motors could be heard fluttering during direction changes. Again it is workable for a good flyer doing AP, and I managed to fly pretty tight and complicated patterns in a park between trees with it, but you're on the absolute limit of what the stock quad can do and you can forget about fast flying.
The conclusion here was that looking from an AP perspective and ignoring flight times, I'd easily mount up to 300g on my stock Phantom.
I may repeat this test with 9x4 Zinger props.
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